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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
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Duplicating perpendicular shapes


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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Duplicating perpendicular shapes

Alight, in this exercise, I am going to show you that strange trick, which can be very useful sometimes absolutely necessary, where you can move an object in a perpendicular direction by pressing and holding the 5 key of all keys, and the only way I can defend this operation is that it was going to be the Tilde key but the Tilde key doesn't exist on a lot of European keyboards, so they went with 5 instead. And the reason is that 1, 2, 3 and 4 were taken up, switching between panes and between no pane of course; no perspective whatsoever and then the 5 key comes next in the sequence.
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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

Duplicating perpendicular shapes

Alight, in this exercise, I am going to show you that strange trick, which can be very useful sometimes absolutely necessary, where you can move an object in a perpendicular direction by pressing and holding the 5 key of all keys, and the only way I can defend this operation is that it was going to be the Tilde key but the Tilde key doesn't exist on a lot of European keyboards, so they went with 5 instead. And the reason is that 1, 2, 3 and 4 were taken up, switching between panes and between no pane of course; no perspective whatsoever and then the 5 key comes next in the sequence.

But how in the world does it work? Well, in order to show you what's up here, I have created another document and this time we are going to build the step object in perspective. So I am going to switch over to the layers panel and meatball the perspective layer, just so that we can use it as a kind of tracing template, and I'm going to reduce the Opacity value to 35% and then I am going to go ahead and lockdown this layer. So we don't end up modifying it. Now you should see the Perspective Grid on-screen. I have already created that in advance for you. If you're not seeing the Perspective Grid, then just go ahead and switch to the Perspective Grid tool and it will pop up on-screen.

Then turn on that core objects layer, and you will see the side-view; the side elevation of this object. You'll also see one of the steps from the top view and one of the steps from the front view as well and these steps are set up exactly the way that they need to be as you will see in a moment. All right, so if you've got your little widget up on-screen, make sure that the left grid is active. I have also got my Smart Guides working. So if you don't, press Ctrl+U or Command +U on a Mac to turn them on and then go ahead and grab that side-view right there and I'm trying to select it, however I've got the wrong tool selected, that's my problem.

So I will go ahead and switch from the Perspective Grid tool to the Perspective Selection tool and then I will click on that side elevation and I'll drag it. It's important that your Bounding Box is not visible at this point. So go ahead and drag it by the bottom-right corner so that you snap into alignment or at least align with that intersection of the panes down there at the bottom of the grid. Next, I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+B and we are going to be switching back and forth a lot, by the way, in order to pull this effect off because it's a combination of tedium and automation, as you are about to see.

So press Ctrl+Shift+B or Command+Shift+B in order to turn on the Bounding Box, and then I'm going to drag the upper- left corner like so in order to scale the elevation like this, that's about right. Next, I want you to go ahead and grab the front-view of this orange step here, and I am going to go ahead and drag it by its bottom-left corner, but if I do that now, of course, I'll scale the shape. So I'll press Ctrl+Shift+B again or Command+Shift+B once again in order to turn off the Bounding Box, and then I will go ahead and drag the shape down; it's aligning to the left-hand grid, that's not what I want.

So I'll press the 3 key to align it to the right grid, and drag it into position and it would be nice if we were snapping into alignment but it doesn't seem to be doing that for me. So I'll just have to eyeball it here and try to get it as exact as possible, and I might want to go ahead and zoom in as well. So I can see what I'm doing. Now press Ctrl+Shif+B again or Command+Shift+B in order to bring back the Bounding Box, and go ahead and scale that shape up into the right like so, so that it matches essentially the template in the background.

Okay, here is the amazing thing. We are going to go ahead and grab this top-view and it doesn't really make sense that it's coming in as a vertical element, but as soon as you press the 2 key in order to switch to the ground level, it goes ahead and amazingly snaps to the grid exactly as it should. So those of you, who are familiar with creating these kinds of elevations, the Perspective Grid is set up to work along with you. All right, I am going to go ahead and drag this bottom-right corner, because I still have my Bounding Box turned on, in order to scale that step and then I will drag up into the right in order to scale outward like so, so that I am more or less once again matching the scene, and I'm trying to get it exactly right.

And the reason it's so important to get the alignment on as much as you can to the degree that you can, is that every little weirdness, every little nonalignment is going to be accentuated as we continue to work. All right! So that looks like a pretty good match to me. Now what I'd love to do? Wouldn't this would be great, is to grab both the top-view and the side-view here and replicate them over and over again. Problem is when you're working in Perspective; you can only select objects on one pane at a time, which I don't understand at all.

I don't now why that's an issue but we are going to have to replicate these steps independently; the fronts and the top views of the steps that is. All right, so having selected this front -view, I am going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+B or Command+Shift+B on a Mac in order to turn off my Bounding Box and I'm going to drag this corner right there, and what I would like to do is just drag it up to this location, but it doesn't scale properly. Now I have no idea why this is. Why is that that it doesn't scale properly? It seems like it would automatically, but it doesn't.

So I'll go ahead and undo that maneuver there. What you have to do is move this object in a perpendicular direction and you do that, I'll go ahead and drag the top corner although I think that's going to go ahead and select the top step. So I'm going to move this orange object to the top of the stack by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Left Bracket or Command+Shift+Left Bracket on the Mac, and I apologize that I'm just using keyboard shortcuts here but this is when you need keyboard shortcuts is when you're having two tediously manipulate a bunch of objects one after another.

So I'll go ahead and drag this top-left point and I'm given drag it back to this location there, and I am going to press and hold the 5 key as I'm working in. Notice now it scales exactly into place. I still have the 5 key down and I am going to add the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac, in order to go ahead and clone that shape as well. And now I will go ahead, and drag it up to the desired location and I think that's a match, although I'm not sure if we have things dead on right there. We may have a little bit of misalignment, but it looks pretty good.

All right, so I'll go ahead and zoom out some more and then I'll drag this guy, and I got to do the exact same thing. So let's go ahead and move him to the top of the stack by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Right Bracket or Command+Shift+Right Bracket on the Mac, and this time and this is where it gets kind of confusing. You don't drag this step shape over to the left, you are going to drag it upward. So go ahead and drag by the far left point, if you're working along with me and drag it up, like so. Notice that it's not scaling properly at all, until you press and hold the 5 key and then it does.

And with the 5 key down, go ahead and add Alt or Option on the Mac and then release, and you end up getting this step there, and now you need to drag it into the proper position which should be right about there I figure. All right, so the good news is we've got two steps down. The bad news is we still have two steps to go and we have this rear step thing as well, and we are going to create that and you will see that we have a higher degree of automation. Now that we have multiple shapes on the same pane, we can go ahead and duplicate those shapes in pairs, which will save us some time in the next exercise.

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