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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
All right friends ,countrymen the next step is to add a spiral at the end of this arcing line right here. I'm still working inside of The template.ai and I have since over the course of the previous two exercises, I've added this vertical line and this curved arc right here. We are now going to add this spiral using the Spiral Tool. But before I do, before we venture down that road, I want to add a guideline at this location just to make sure that we exactly align our lines with each other. I'm going to click on this line right here, on the continuous arc and I'm going to add a vertical guide by dragging from the vertical ruler over to this position here, and I want to make sure that I snap into alignment with this endpoint, and I know I've snapped when I see that hollow arrowhead right there.
Then I'll release. Now this guideline just happened to go to the Guides layer for me, which is really nice. If it didn't go to the Guides layer for you, if it's on the Draw here layer, then you just need to go ahead and drag the square, there will be a square in the Draw here layer, a little red square like that. You need to go ahead and drag it down to the Guides layer like so. Having done that go ahead and switch back to the Draw here layer. Go and click off the guide to make sure that it's deselected. Now let's add the spiral using the Spiral Tool. Now each one of these line tools gets progressively more complicated and you need to memorize a few keyboard shortcuts here. I showed you a bunch of them associated with the Arc Tool. Well there's a couple more that are associated with the Spiral Tool here.
So I'll go ahead and select the Spiral Tool from my little Line Tool palette or you can select it from the Line Segment Tool flyout menu here. Either way you want to go ahead and start dragging with the Spiral Tool down here. Notice that it goes the wrong direction. At least it does for me. Now it would be nice if I could just press the F key in order to flip it, the way that I can with the Arc Tool, but I can't alas, so I'll just go ahead and undo the addition of that spiral. I'm going to go ahead and click with the tool in order to display the Spiral dialog box here. Notice our options. We have a Radius option which allows us to specify how big the spiral is. We have a Decay option, how quickly the line spirals in on itself.
That's something that's difficult to anticipate in advance, so it's very unlikely that you're going to change this value here. These are the number of segments. There's these little quarter segments that make up the spiral. And this is asking you how many segments you want to have. Finally we have the Style option, and that's what I want you to change. I want you switch from this style to this style so that we're flipping the spiral, then click OK. And it's going to go ahead and create a spiral for you. Fine, just us go ahead and press the Backspace here or the Delete key to get rid of that. Now let's start drawing our spiral again and now this is going in the right direction. Good.
A couple of changes we need to make. First of all it's got too many segments inside of it. So I'm going to press the down arrow key to reduce the number segments and notice every time I press the down arrow key I remove a segment from the shape. If I press the up arrow key I add a segment, and this is the number of segments that we want, incidentally. Now I'm pressing the spacebar in order to move my spiral into the proper position. Here's an interesting one. If you press the Control key as you drag with the Spiral Tool you'll change the decay, how quickly it spirals in on itself. So you can make it spiral more quickly or less quickly like so, and I've got the Control key down here on the PC, or the Command key down on the Mac until I get that decay the way I want it, and I don't think this is right actually. Let's go ahead and move the spiral into a better position here. I don't have the Control key down for a moment.
Now I've got the Control key down again. I'll release the Control key, that would be the Command key on the Mac once again, you know sort of going back-and-forth between moving this shape and changing it's decay here, actually this might be a little better. It's a little tricky to use the Spiral Tool frankly. But you should ultimately be able to get it into the proper place here. Let's go ahead and make this line a little bigger, and actually this is starting to look pretty darn good. I think if I just press the Control key or the Command key once more in order to change the decay just ever so slightly more, I might be able to get this more or less the way I want it.
And this is good. Good enough anyway. I could drive myself crazy trying to exactly trace this template. No sense in doing that, I'm crazy enough, as are you I'm willing to bet as well. So I've gone ahead and drawn this, to the best of my ability. Started it at a reasonable location and I'm ending it right here at the intersection of these two guidelines like so. Then I'll go ahead and release my mouse button. As always, it seems my line is stroked improperly so I need to go ahead and grab my eyedropper, click inside one of the properly stroked lines in order to assign that stroke attribute to my spiral and I've done it. I now have a continuous line or what appears to be a continuous line, that I began with the Arc Tool and ended with the Spiral Tool here inside of Illustrator CS3.
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