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Creating a sculptural type effect


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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Creating a sculptural type effect

In this movie I'll show you how to create this sculptural type effect that includes a stroke set to a dynamic pathfinder operation. And incidentally, this technique works equally well for live editable text, as well as text that's been converted to path outlines. I'll switch over to my most recent version of the document and I'll click on the baseline for these letters in order to select by point text, and then I'll double-click on the word Characters here inside the Appearance panel to gain access to the existing white fill that's assigned to the independent letters. And I'll click on the Fill Swatch and I'll change it to None, because I don't want that fill to end up creating problems later.
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.

Topics include:
  • Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Understanding the color-managed workflow
  • Creating a multicolor blend
  • Establishing a clipping mask
  • Blending different levels of opacity
  • Combining a letterform with a path outline
  • Warping logo type around a circle
  • Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
  • Mixing and matching color harmonies
  • Recoloring artwork
  • Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
  • Creating translucency
  • Editing attributes in the Appearance panel
  • Adjusting and updating dynamic effects
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Creating a sculptural type effect

In this movie I'll show you how to create this sculptural type effect that includes a stroke set to a dynamic pathfinder operation. And incidentally, this technique works equally well for live editable text, as well as text that's been converted to path outlines. I'll switch over to my most recent version of the document and I'll click on the baseline for these letters in order to select by point text, and then I'll double-click on the word Characters here inside the Appearance panel to gain access to the existing white fill that's assigned to the independent letters. And I'll click on the Fill Swatch and I'll change it to None, because I don't want that fill to end up creating problems later.

Now I'll click on Type No Appearance in order to switch focus back to the text objects so that we can apply multiple fills and strokes, I'll drop down to the Add New Fill icon, click on it, and then I'll change the Fill color to White. Now I want to add another new fill by clicking on that Add New Fill icon again, or of course you can press Ctrl+/ or Command+/ on the Mac. I'll click on the rearmost filled to select it, and then I'll go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform and choose Transform. Or if you loaded dekeKeys, you've got Ctrl+ E or Command+E on the Mac. And I change the Horizontal and Vertical move values to 5 and 3 pt., respectively. Turn on the Preview checkbox to see that text scoot down into the right, now I'll click OK.

Now I want this second white fill to serve as a kind of bright shadow, so I need to thicken it up a little bit; and you do that by going up to the Effect menu, choosing Path and then choosing Offset Path. And I just went with the low offset value of 1 pt., turn on the Preview checkbox in order to see those white letters in the background thicken up, then click OK. All right, now I want to trace a black line between those two fills. Now with the bottom fill selected--the one that contains the two dynamic effects--go ahead and click on the Page icon at the bottom of the Appearance panel in order to duplicate both the fill and its effects. Then change the color of the Fill to Black. And we need to nudge the fill up, so click on the word Transform and change both Move values to 1 pt. apiece, and then turn on the Preview checkbox in order to create this effect here.

All right, the next step is to color the interior of the letters, and I'm going to need these Offset and Transform effects again, so I'll grab this white fill at the bottom of the stack and then Alt+Drag or Option+ Drag it to just below the stroke. Now I'll change the color of this fill to CMYK Red. Now I want to shrink the letters, and just as you can grow fills and strokes using offset path, you can also shrink them. And so I'll click on Offset Path to bring up the dialog box, turn on the Preview checkbox, click inside the Offset value, and then notice when you press the Down Arrow key you shrink those letters on-the-fly.

I came up with a value of negative three pt., and you may want to remember that because that information is going come in handy in the very next movie. Now click OK to apply the change, and then we need to scoot the letters up into the left. So click on the word Transform and change the Horizontal Move value to -1 and change the Vertical value to 0, and then turn on the Preview checkbox. And we get this effect here; now click OK. I want to add some patterning to my red letters, so I'll click on this red fill to make it active, then click on the little Page icon at the bottom of the Appearance panel to make a duplicate of it.

We don't need to change the settings for Offset Path and Transform, but we do need them to be there so that our two fills exactly overlap. Go ahead and click on the red swatch and change this fill to pompadour, which is a pattern that ships along with Illustrator. And notice that this pattern has a little bit of transparency built into it, so we can see through to the red fill in the background, and it's also got this brown, which doesn't work at all. So click on the word Opacity underneath the Fill in order to bring up the Opacity panel and change the Blend mode to Screen in order to produce this effect here.

All right, now for the stroke. I'll click on a stroke at the top of the stack to make it active and I'll change the Line Weight to 2 pt., and we end up with a fairly tragic effect here. I want a stroke all the letters as a group; unfortunately what Illustrator does is it traces each letter independently, and because we have such tight kerning, that means Illustrator is tracing the overlapping areas. So one way to get rid of that effect is to click on the Type object to make it active, and then go up to the Effect menu, choose Pathfinder.

Now I want you to understand what's going on with the dynamic pathfinder operations. You apply them to either a group or a layer or a text object, and then Illustrator goes ahead and merges all of the stuff inside that container. So when we applied Intersect to that layer a few movies back, Illustrator combined the objects inside that layer using the Intersect operation. In our case, we want to merge all the letters inside this text object; and the best way to do that is to choose Add, and that way you end up getting this effect here.

But we've got some pretty obvious problems. Notice here in this region between the O and the P that Illustrator is merging not only the strokes, but it's also merging the pattern fill and the red fill. And in my case--you may or may not see this effect-- Illustrator is beveled off the miters for the strokes. So here's how you fix those problems. The first thing you need to do is click on the word Add there, which is applied to the entire object, and drag it and drop it onto the stroke so that you affect the stroke independently of the rest of the attributes.

Then click on the word Stroke in order to bring up this panel and increase your miter limit value; mine is 4, so I'll change it let's say to 40. I just want to get nice sharp miters all the way around, and we end up with exactly the effect I am looking for. So there you have it. That's how you create a sculptural text effect that's every bit is applicable to live, editable text as it is to text that's been converted to path outlines.

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