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Drawing concentric circles

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All right now it's time to draw the concentric rings that make up the pupil and iris inside of Horus' eye, and if you want to catch up with me, then you'd open the illustration called Now for the iris.ai that's included inside the 03_Line_Art folder and we're going to be drawing these concentric rings using a single application of a single tool and that single tool is this guy right here the Polar Grid Tool. Notice that there's a couple of great tools available to us; the Rectangular Grid Tool and the Polar Grid Tool and the idea is that you can draw grades that you would then convert to custom guides using that Make Guide command that we saw a few exercises ago. So that's one thing you can do, but you can also draw if you want to, you can draw printable items, which is what we're going to do. So I'm going to select the Polar Grid Tool, and I can do it by clicking this final icon here inside of my little Line Tool palette.

Drawing concentric circles

All right now it's time to draw the concentric rings that make up the pupil and iris inside of Horus' eye, and if you want to catch up with me, then you'd open the illustration called Now for the iris.ai that's included inside the 03_Line_Art folder and we're going to be drawing these concentric rings using a single application of a single tool and that single tool is this guy right here the Polar Grid Tool. Notice that there's a couple of great tools available to us; the Rectangular Grid Tool and the Polar Grid Tool and the idea is that you can draw grades that you would then convert to custom guides using that Make Guide command that we saw a few exercises ago. So that's one thing you can do, but you can also draw if you want to, you can draw printable items, which is what we're going to do. So I'm going to select the Polar Grid Tool, and I can do it by clicking this final icon here inside of my little Line Tool palette.

Or I could select the tool from the Line Segment Tool flyout menu. Either way I want you to begin drawing from this guide intersection that marks the center of the concentric rings, like so. Now the tool's really set up to draw from corner to corner of the bounding box. If you press and hold the Alt key however, or the Option key as you're dragging and keep that key down then you'll draw from the center outward. You'll also want to press the Shift key, so I have the Shift and Alt keys down here, or the Shift and Option keys down on the Mac, in order to constrain the rings so that they're perfect circles.

Now I need to get rid of some concentric rings. I have too many rings going on, and I don't want those little radial lines either, so I need to press a few more keys, but truth be told I'm out of hands. I only had one extra hand to work with and you only have one extra head to work with as well, unless you're an octopus, in which case you don't have any hands, you have tentacles but I digress. What you're going to need to do is go ahead and release the keys on the keyboard for a moment, keep that mouse button down though if your working along with me because Illustrator is very forgiving, as long as you keep that mouse button down you can do whatever the heck you want. Now I'm going to press the arrow keys and notice if I press the down arrow key I get rid of concentric rings. If I press the up arrow key, I add concentric rings.

However, I get there, I just want to have three concentric rings including the outer ring. So what we see on screen is what I want. Then you can press the left and right arrow keys. So if you press the left arrow key, you'll get rid of radial lines. If you press the right arrow key, you'll add radial lines. I want to press the left arrow key until I totally get rid of all of those radial lines. Okay, now I have the right number of lines. I've still got my mouse button down folks, you should too if you're working along with me here.

Now, having gotten the right number of lines here, press the Shift and Alt keys on the PC or the Shift and Option keys on the Mac and keep those keys down. So keep Shift and Alt down. Keep Shift and Option down until you line up your lines, like so, then release your mouse button and then release the keys. Was that not cool? Admit it. I love pressing these keys while I'm using these tools, and you've got to love it too, because it's one of those things you do in Illustrator a lot. Illustrator really grooves when you're pressing keys as you're dragging with the mouse, when you're drawing inside of the program. So it's just one of those things you have to come to terms with.

All right anyway, I have my concentric rings that are all in the right place. I now need to lift the proper stroke attributes, so I'm going to grab my eyedropper, I'm going to click in the center of one of these stroked lines and there I have it. The concentric pupil and iris rings of Horus, all ready to go.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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