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Knowing the fundamentals of drawing and reshaping paths is only part of the story. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second of the popular One-on-One series, computer graphics expert Deke McClelland covers some of Illustrator's most powerful and least understood features. He shows how to merge simple shapes to create complex ones with the Pathfinder palette, as well as align paths to create schematic illustrations. Deke explains how to paint fluid, multicolor fills with blends, and the new and improved gradient tool. He explores seamlessly repeating tile patterns, blobs and brushes, and imported images. He also dives into one of the deepest features in all of Illustrator, transparency. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Recommended prerequisite: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.
Now the amazing thing about the Alignment and Distribution options inside of Illustrator. They are not hard to apply. They are just hard to understand and they are hard to anticipate, which is why I'm walking through this example in such painstaking detail. I have gone ahead and save my progress such as it is so far as Still messed up.ai, so called because we have got the central group of four squares right here exactly where they need to be. But the squares around here are either aligned properly horizontally or vertically, but never both and then the corners are completely out of alignment.
So what do we do? Well I have gone ahead and zoomed in by the way in previous exercise we were zoomed out like that, now we are zoomed in like this. I just felt like we needed to be closer to our artwork. All right what we are going to do is we are going to distribute with respect to this Central Object here using the Distribute Spacing options, but rather than working exclusively Horizontally or Vertically, we are going to work both ways for the corner checkers. So I want you to click on the top left corner checker and then Shift-click on the bottom right corner checker and then Shift-click on the central group of four.
Click again on the central group of four. By the way do not have the Shift key down when you do that. If you Shift- click on the object you are going to deselect it. Shift-click again to select it, then just click on it in order to make it the Key Object. Then go over to your Distribute Spacing options right there. Make sure the value is set to 0 and I want you to click on first Vertical Distribute Space and then Horizontal Distribute Space like so and now the corners are aligned exactly where they need to be. Now do the same with the other opposing corners that is the bottom left checker and top right checker and then of course you want to also select the central group of four. Then click on it again to make that central group the Key Object and then click on this icon and then click on this icon, like so. So now we have our corner aligned exactly where they need to be. All right how do we fix the aberrant sides? All right I'm going to go ahead and select this right hand column and this time around we want to Align to the Selection, so make sure Align To is set to Selection right there.
We are not going to take advantage of Distribute Spacing. We are going to take advantage of the Standard Distribute Objects functions and first for this right hand column, we are going to click on Vertical Distribute Center and now everything is aligned exactly the way it needs to be. Let's go ahead and grab that first column and click on that same icon. Notice this time we are not working with Key Objects because Distribution always works with the extreme objects and in this case when we are doing a Vertical Distribution which is what we just got through applying, then the extreme objects of the top one and the bottom one not in terms of stacking order, but in terms geometric positioning inside of the illustration.
All right now let's select the top row and click on Horizontal Distribute Center and then select the bottom row and click on that same icon again. Honestly have you ever had so much fun with a checkerboard in your life? I dare say, you haven't. In the next exercise we are going to move away from checkers the darning checkers they are where they need to be now for once and for all and we are going start aligning them, let me show you, I'll go ahead and twirl close checkers and I'll turn on the letters layer. We are going to start to align Teen Slaw Baby 2009 coming right up.
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