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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.
Check it out folks, this is the final exercise in this very large, very comprehensive chapter on the topic of Perspective Drawing Inside of Illustrator CS5. I've saved my progress as Minaret in progress.ai. It's found inside that 28 perspective folder, and in this exercise, we're going to create a series of rings around the minaret, and let me show you what I'm up to here. If you take a look at the rear minaret, you'll see that it comprises all of these bricks. Now each one of those tiny little brick lines, and Anil drew by hand ultimately, you probably just drew a few of them and then copy them up the stack.
We're going to draw these concentric rings right now, and we're going to do so fairly easily, as it just so happens. So make sure first of all that you've Smart Guides turned on, and then make sure that this partial ring is selected at the top of the minaret builder layer, if you're working along with me and then I need to switch back to the perspective Selection tool, which you can get by pressing Shift+V of course, and I'm going to go ahead and drag this guy upward, and in the natural scheme of things you would think you press the Shift key in order to align the shape that is in order to constrain the direction of that shape.
However, if you do so you're going to constrain it along the ground level as I'm doing right here. So either kind of back and forth like this or the other direction, but you're not going to go up the tower. If you want to go up the tower then release the Shift key and press the 5 key and you'll get this effect right here. And we're looking for a DY value of approximately 50. So I might not be zoomed in far enough to pull this off, so I'll go ahead and Undo and zoom back in here. And I'll try dragging up again while I'm pressing the 5 key and notice, because Smart Guides' turn on, I can see the DY value and it should be approximately as close as I can get to 50 and 49 in change is probably going to work out pretty well.
And then press and hold the Alt key, so you create a clone, that would be the Option key on a Mac, so you've got both 5 and Alt down on the PC, 5 and Option down in the Mac and then release and that's it. Now that is in all of the lines obviously, but the rest of the lines can be accomplished by pressing Ctrl+D and you may recall, Ctrl+D or Command+D on a Mac, gets you the transform again Command, here in the Transform submenu under the Object menu and that's what we want to do. So you can actually take advantage of a little bit of automation when you're working with a perspective grid feature.
All right, anyway I'm going to Escape out of there. Press Ctrl+D over and over again, this is Command+D on a Mac and if you find that a little tedious which you will, then you can press and hold Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac and it will just kind of do its thing, but don't press and hold the keyboard combination for too long, in fact you might want to take a break toward the top and just make sure that you're not going to far because its easy just to be on the top of the tower and I did it. Look at that, it went ahead and completed those concentric rings in perspective.
So, this is another example of where the perspective drawing feature here inside of Illustrator pays off in spades. This is awesome. So I'm going to go ahead and hide the grid by clicking the Close box inside the little widget and I'm to go ahead and adjust my screen here as well, so that we have the most pleasing version of this piece of artwork. All right folks, and there you have it, in just 20 movies, everything you need to know about perspective drawing, here inside Illustrator CS5.
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