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Editing the contents of an envelope

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Now that we've seen how to apply a custom distortion by placing a couple of objects into an envelope, let's see how to open up that envelope and regain access to our original text block, as well as a rectangle, so that we can edit them independently. I've saved my changes as Initial rolling hills.ai, found inside the 25_liquify_envelope folder. I am going to twirl open my background layer which contains the envelope, scroll down a little bit, and you'll see this item that's called Envelope. If you meatball it, you'll select the entire thing as I have. But notice, even though it's a kind of container, much like a group, it doesn't have any twirly triangle next to it.

Editing the contents of an envelope

Now that we've seen how to apply a custom distortion by placing a couple of objects into an envelope, let's see how to open up that envelope and regain access to our original text block, as well as a rectangle, so that we can edit them independently. I've saved my changes as Initial rolling hills.ai, found inside the 25_liquify_envelope folder. I am going to twirl open my background layer which contains the envelope, scroll down a little bit, and you'll see this item that's called Envelope. If you meatball it, you'll select the entire thing as I have. But notice, even though it's a kind of container, much like a group, it doesn't have any twirly triangle next to it.

You can't twirl it open, not at first anyway. That's because you're in the Edit Envelope mode, and to switch modes, you go up here to the control panel. Notice by the way, you have access to your original Warp settings. So it's telling you that this was formerly an Arc Upper Style that you applied, with a Bend value of 25%, and so on. However, I don't want you thinking that if you change one of these numbers, you're going to somehow enhance your effect; you're actually going to ruin the effect. So if I switch the Bend value to 30% for example, and press the Tab key, that goes ahead and completely re-creates that distortion.

So all of your custom work is gone, which is obviously a very bad thing. So I'm going to press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac to undo that modification. What I'd like to do instead is switch mode, so you can see this first icon tells us that we're editing the envelope. If you switch over to the second icon, you Edit the Contents, and that gives you access to your original rectangle and your point text in my case. Now I have to tell you that it's kind of a pain in the neck to switch back and forth between these two modes if you're always rushing up here to the control panel. That maybe your idea of a really excellent feature, I don't know.

But for me, I'd prefer to take advantage of the keyboard shortcut. It's Ctrl+Shift+V will toggle back and forth. So if I press Ctrl+Shift+V, I switch back to the Edit Envelope mode. If I press Ctrl+Shift+V again, I switch back to the Edit Contents mode. So again, Ctrl+Shift+V, Command+Shift+V on a Mac. If you're having problems remembering that, you could think of it as the V in envelope, or you can go over to the Object menu, choose Envelope Distort, and you'll see right here that you have this command. The final command in the submenu cycles you back and forth between the two modes, and you can see the keyboard shortcut right there.

Anyway, I'm going to escape out. Now notice, over here in the LAYERS panel, astoundingly the Envelope item now has a twirly triangle, so you can twirl it open. I'm going to meatball the text, Knight Flyer right there, so I can see that I've got a drop shadow applied so far. I was telling you my big problem with this text is it's become too short. Because of the distortion, it's gotten kind of squished. I want to increase the height to compensate, and I'm going to do that, just so I can make some adjustments later if I need to. I'm going to scale my text using a dynamic effect.

So I'm going to go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform, and then choose our old buddy the Transform Command. Last time around when I did this, these were the settings I came up with. But I don't know if they're going to work this time around. So I'm just centering some values here. I'm not changing the Horizontal value, because it looks fine. I'm raising the Vertical value to 170, the Horizontal Move value to -8, believe it or not. That doesn't look like a good idea. Maybe I'll try nothing for now. I'll just leave that set to 0, and then I'll take the Vertical value up to -30 let's say.

I'm kind of splitting some differences here, because every time I do this, it turns out differently. Then I'll turn on the Preview check box. Remember, a vertical negative move moves the text upward as I've done right here. Well, that's way too far. So let's take the Vertical value down to -20, and that looks better to me. Now notice, and this is peculiar at best, in enhancing the height of the letters, I've actually reduced the height of the rolling hills of the rectangle, and that's just flat-out bizarre, but that's the way things are working here. So I'll go ahead and click OK. It's just important to keep your eyes on what's going on inside the illustration window.

I'll click OK in order to accept that effect. Now I'm going to switch back to my Layers panel as soon as that gets done rendering. I'm going to scroll down until I come to the rectangle inside the envelope. I'll meatball it to make it active, and notice it kind of got scooted to a different location. It used to be all the way down past the bottom of the illustration, and now it's been raised. So what I need to do is scale that rectangle. This time I'm going to scale it manually, just so I can better see what I'm doing. I'll grab the Scale tool, and I'll click at the bottom of the rectangle for starters, and then I'll drag up while pressing the Shift key in order to increase the height of the rectangle so it goes a little bit into the horse's front hooves there.

Now, I'll click at the top of the rectangle in order to set that as my origin point, and I'll drag downwards while pressing the Shift key, just so that I'm getting an exactly vertical scale. I'll scale the rectangle all the way to the bottom, and that's actually pretty darn good. So that's how you go about editing the contents of an envelope. If you want to switch back out, by the way, you can either click on that first icon up in the Control panel that lets you edit the Envelope, or you can just press that keyboard shortcut, and I want you to watch the word "Envelope" here inside the Layers panel.

If I press Ctrl+Shift+V or Command+ Shift+V on the Mac, the envelope not only collapses, but my little service entrance right there goes away. So my twirly triangle disappears, and I am back in the Edit Envelope mode.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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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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