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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
Working with the Liquify tools can certainly be a lot of fun but it's important to know that there is certain settings that you can actually use to control these Liquify tools as well. For example I'm actually going to go ahead and select the Warp tool here. Let me actually just rip off the entire panel here and bring that up here so we can take a closer look at it. And I have right now the Warp tool selected and you will notice there is a little circle that indicates my Brush Size or just an area that is now we are actually going to affect artwork in distorted in that way. Now if I hold on the Alt key on my keyboard or the Option key on a Mac, so it's Alt on Windows or Option on Mac, I actually see little arrow that kind of pops up there and if I click and drag the mask with that button down, I can actually adjust the shape of that particular cursor or the brush size.
Now if I hold down the Shift key, we'll constrain it to a circle like I can even make it very large or very small and I can basically adjust how I want make a distortion or how much artwork I want to basically adjust when I'm working with it. That's one thing that I can do. Another thing also is that you can actually double-click on the tools and what's interesting to notice is that the Warp tool themselves, or actually we would say the entire Liquify toolset, are all pressure sensitive. If you do have a Wacom Tablet or any the kind of pressure sensitive tablet, you could choose the option to use pressure pen and in that case the intensity is control by the pressure of how hard you press on your tablet. So that way you can really start to introduce different levels of distortion as you paint with the Liquify tools.
Now it's also interesting to note is that over here you have Reset tools. So if you ever do change to brush size, for example, with one click of button, you can reset all the tools. Notice over here it now reset the Intensity to 50% and I could actually turn the Use Pressure Pen setting back on but these settings actually apply to all of the Liquify tools. However, on the bottom because I have basically double-clicked now on the Warp tool, I'm seeing options that are specific to the Warp tool. For example, the level of detail and the Simplify, meaning as we have seen sometimes when we go ahead, we actually apply distortion many, many different anchor points are added. So at the time Illustrator has the ability to simplify those paths to prevent the paths from getting too complex.
So notice that I have the ability here you can say to control the Detail and Simplify with different sliders here. But if I click OK and I double-click on the next tool, for example, the Twirl tool, I'll see that while these global settings are the same as before, I now have options specific to the twirl options, for example, the Twirl Rate and then again Detail and Simplify for this brush here. In fact if I double- click on any of the brushes here, I can see specific options for that tool. So basically go ahead here and double- click on any of these tools here to see those options. Most importantly if you do have pressure sensitive tablet, turn-on that pressure sensitivity settings to allow you to easily control using the pressure of your pen how the distortion is added when we work into Liquify tools.
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