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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
Illustration by John Hersey

Document Raster Effects Settings


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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Document Raster Effects Settings

So here I am still staring at this shockingly, appallingly low resolution image. I've gone ahead and saved it out as Brick-based graffiti.ai. What in the world do we do in order to make this illustration look better? After all, it is ultimately a vector-based piece of artwork. It should be resolution-independent. We shouldn't have any resolution issues. Well as soon as you start heaping on the Photoshop effects, then resolution becomes an issue. If you want to increase the resolution, you go up to the Effect menu and you choose Document Raster Effects Settings and this is a document-wide control that's saved along with the illustration.
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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
13h 5m Advanced Jan 28, 2011

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Document Raster Effects Settings

So here I am still staring at this shockingly, appallingly low resolution image. I've gone ahead and saved it out as Brick-based graffiti.ai. What in the world do we do in order to make this illustration look better? After all, it is ultimately a vector-based piece of artwork. It should be resolution-independent. We shouldn't have any resolution issues. Well as soon as you start heaping on the Photoshop effects, then resolution becomes an issue. If you want to increase the resolution, you go up to the Effect menu and you choose Document Raster Effects Settings and this is a document-wide control that's saved along with the illustration.

So it affects every single raster effect that you apply. Now notice in my case I have this document set up with a Resolution of 72 pixels per inch, and that's why everything is falling apart here. You might think well obviously, we want something higher than that. There is no reason to go with 72 ppi. Well there is. If you're creating a web image, there is not really any reason to go beyond that as long as you're satisfied with what you're seeing at the 100% view and by the way, it's going to be way quicker. As soon as you start increasing the Resolution value, things slow to a crawl.

So you were definitely going to see more longer progress bars. Once we bump it up to Medium, it gets even worse at High. Now the other thing to bear in mind is some of your effects are going to get smaller. For example, these bricks in the background are currently set to 104% and they'll automatically grow to a bigger size to accommodate your new resolution, but they can't grow beyond 200%. So if you take the resolution all the way up to high, you're going to shrink your bricks and that's just the way it works. A lot of the other effects are going to shrink as well.

What I suggest you do, if you're going to work with these raster effects, these Photoshop effects, you go ahead and set them up at a low resolution, so that you can set things up quickly, and then when it's time to render out those effects-- you're pretty confident you've set up the effects you want to apply in other words-- then go ahead and bump the Resolution up to Medium and see how it looks. If you still feel like it needs to go higher, then take it to 300 ppi to High, or you can dial-in your own other resolution such as 200 ppi or something along those lines. I'm also going to turn on Anti-alias, so we get as smooth the transitions as possible.

I'll click on OK in order to apply that effect. Now what's going to happen is Illustrator has to sit here and recalculate every single dynamic effect that you've applied. You may end up seeing something like this where the progress is not responding, which is one of those things where you never know if Illustrator is actually crashed, or if it's just gone dormant on you, because it's so overwhelmed it can't even talk to you properly. In our case, it was just overwhelmed. So the progress bars have gone away, but the spinning circle has not gone away. In fact, I'm still seeing Not Responding up here in the title bar.

But my guess is that everything is okay. Now we get some more progress bars, which is showing me that everything is working properly, and it's done, and we now have this super-smooth piece of artwork. At least the skull is very smooth. The bricks in the background are still a little bit iffy. We've got some rough resolution going. However, we do have smooth effects, and I think that's going to be good enough, quite frankly, between you and me. If you feel like you want to test out 300 ppi, well, by all means go for it. But I'm going to leave the Resolution set to 150 ppi, so I can still get some work done.

Now I do want to take a moment and show you what I was talking about with bricks. This is just a basic example of the fact that virtually every single raster effect you'll apply has some sort of limitation. So I'm going to go ahead and twirl open the background layer there and I'm going to meatball that bottom path, just to make sure it's active. I'll go to the Appearance panel and I'm going to click on the Texturizer effect that's associated with this open fill. So I've twirled-open the fill in other words, and I'll click on Texturizer, and then I want you to notice as soon as this dialog box appears on-screen, that Scaling is now maxed out.

So Illustrator was smart enough to go ahead and automatically increase that Scaling value from 104% to 200%, which is great. But it ended up hitting the ceiling. So if I increase the resolution any farther, I'm going to pack more pixels into a smaller space and that means I'm going to reduce the size of the bricks inside of my illustration. Just something to bear in mind and it's something to bear in mind about every single raster effect, especially those that open up inside the Filter Gallery here. They all have some sort of maximums and your effects will change on-screen when you change the resolution.

Anyway, I'm going to cancel out. This is our high-resolution effect for now. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to mix and match graphic styles to create your own custom combo.

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
 
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