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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now I know I said we were going to move on to the next project, but there is one last thing about this project that I wanted to bring to your attention just in case you were noticing it. It's way out of our depth because we haven't experienced the wonderful world of live effects really in any degree of rich detail. But I just want you to get a sense of the fact that you're never stuck with an effect inside of Illustrator. There is always something you can do to remedy a situation. For example, we're looking at the results of the previous exercise and I've gone ahead and saved this document out. It's Graphite poem.ai, found inside the 08_type folder. And you may notice if you look at this title that it's not just green, it seems like it's got black edges as well. It's not that it seems that way. If we were to zoom in here, it is that way. We have a green scribble pattern with a black scribble pattern in back of it, so green on black at this point.
So let's say that we want to change the letters to some other color. With the Black Arrow tool I'm going to triple click inside this text here in order to select that entire title. Now we can't see everything but I do have the entire title selected. I'm going to press Ctrl+H, Command+H on the Mac in order to hide that highlight so that we can see the color of the letters for real. Then I'm going to bring up the Color palette, notice that it's already up here on screen. And I'm going to dial in a different color. I'm going to enter a Cyan value of 0, a Magenta value of 25, a Yellow value of 50 and a K value there, Black value of 0 as well so that we get this effect. And now we can really see that black in the background.
Now let's say that I want to take that black in the background and I want to offset it a little so that it forms the scribble drop shadow. And this is a very unusual approach to drop shadows inside of Illustrator but it is possible so might as well give it a shot. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom out here from my text so that we can take a little bit more of it in at a time. And I'm going to switch back to my Black Arrow tool and I'm going to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac so that we can see the selection, which in this case is marked by these baselines. Then I'm going to go over to the Appearance palette and notice that we have a Fill that's assigned to the text. Now, you're going to see more of this kind of stuff, when we take a look at advanced type effects in a far-flung future chapter.
But basically what we're seeing here in the Appearance palette, we're seeing that not only do we have color that's applied to the text itself, so a fill color applied to the letters of text, but we also have an additional fill that's applied to this text block. So we can take this Fill right there and we can modify it. So I'm going to go ahead and click on this Fill. Notice I could turn it off if I wanted to. If I click that eyeball, that black in back of those letters, both the title and the byline, is going to go away. So the byline becomes just a little thinner, we don't have quite as much black going on. Then of course, the black disappears from the title.
So I'll go ahead and turn it back on there. You can see that the byline gets a little heavier down there. It's a slight effect, but it will be noticeable in print. All right, I'm going to click on this Fill item here inside the Appearance palette and as I say this is a place we haven't gone inside the software yet. We're not going to go for several chapters except for this one exception here, go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform and choose this command right there, Transform, which allows us to apply a live transformation to this background fill right here, to this black. I'm going to turn on Preview so that I can see what I'm doing down here in the bottom left corner of the Transform Effect dialog box. And I'm going to change the Horizontal value to 1 and press Tab and notice that scoots the shadow detail over right there. Then I'm going to change the Vertical value to -1 to scoot it down, like so, and that's it. Then I'll click OK, you could do a bunch of other things. You could scale it, you could rotate it.
Who would do that with a drop shadow? So let's say OK and then I'm going to click on the word Opacity right there and I'm going to reduce the Opacity value to 50% and press the Tab key in order to invoke that as well. Let's go ahead and put that away now and that is that effect. So, it looks great! Now as I say a very non-standard approach to drop shadows, the reason that we're doing it is because we have this Fill to work with and it's already got Scribble and Roughen applied to it so it allows us to create a scribbled roughened drop shadow, like so.
Now what about all this text here that is also looking too heavy, the text inside the poem? Well, what I would suggest we do in this case, we once again have a double fill, so we've got the text filled and we have a fill assigned to the text block, which is this weird, wonderful, unusual thing that Illustrator can do. So what I would suggest is that we just go ahead and double click inside this text in order to position our blinking insertion marker and then press Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac to select all the text. Then go over here to the Appearance palette, click on Fill right there and let's change that Fill to Transparent like so to None.
We can't do that from the keyboard, you can't go ahead and just press the slash key because of course you would replace all of your text with the slash if you were to do that. All right, so we are now done with that and I'll press the Escape key in order to restore the Black Arrow tool. Press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect the text and there it is. So the text now is more legible, it's less thick, it has less weight, which I think is nice because it creates a lighter feel for the poem for real this time, folks. This is the end of this document. In the next exercise, also for real, we're going to take a look at a new document and we're going to begin to learn about advanced formatting inside of Illustrator.
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