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Duplicating a series of perspective paths

From: Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

Video: Duplicating a series of perspective paths

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.

Duplicating a series of perspective paths

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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  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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