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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
All right kids, I went ahead and did a little additional painting and I saved my progress as Green green grass of tiki. ai, and I have still got the Symbol Set selected, as you can see, if you want to make things ultra green, then you'd go up to the Opacity option, here in the Control panel and then change the Blend mode from Normal to yet another Blend mode that's available to us, which is Overlay and you'll end up getting this extremely green effect here. And I think it's quite nice actually. All right now in this exercise, we are going to have the option here of actually using the Symbol Sizer tool, and getting decent results out of it.
Now I don't want you to grab in the Symbol Sizer, I do want you to select it, but I don't want you painting inside the Symbol Set, because that's just going to be a recipe for disaster and tears and frustration and all that jazz. Instead, let's go and switch first to the black arrow tool for a moment, and I want you to click on one of the lions to select it, and then go up to the Select menu, choose Same, and choose Symbol Instance, and we'll just go ahead and select all of those guys. Now what I'm trying to do is select both the lions and the wings, but let me show you something, if I click on the wing and Shift+Click on a lion, so I have two different instances selected, and I go up to the Select menu and I choose Same ,and I choose Symbol Instance, I get nothing.
Nothing gets selected whatsoever. So anyway, what you have to do is select one at a time, so I'll click on a lion, go up to the Select menu, choose Same, choose Symbol Instance and then we'll go ahead and group them together by going up to the Object menu and choosing the Group command. So that's one group of instances there, the lions. Now grab the wings by clicking one of them, going up to the Select menu, choosing Same and choosing Symbol Instance and you may wonder why I am going to this effort, because then we are going to modify these selected instances using the Sizer tool in just a moment. All right, with them selected press Ctrl+G, Command+G on the Mac to group them together, and then you can see these two groups now here inside the layers panel, you can meatball one and shift meatball the other or you can select them out here inside the illustration window, however you want work.
Then go ahead and grab your Symbol Sizer tool and if I want to paint right now, for some reason Illustrator seem fit here in the Symbols panel to go ahead and select the Regal Vector Pack 14 symbol, which is the wings. So I would just size the wings, and I would not size the lions, I don't want to that I want to be able to size them both. So I am going upto my flyout menu and switch from the large list view to the Thumbnail view, and the reason I'm doing that is, because then I have this little empty area after my symbols and I'm going to click in it in order to deselect everybody, so no symbol is selected.
Now I'll tuck away the Symbols panel, and I'll just click and hold, notice if I have click and hold with that tool, it goes ahead and resizes the symbols that are under the tool on the fly, and I'll go ahead and resize this guy as well, and of course, when I say I am resizing the symbols, I mean I am resizing the instances. So you can click and hold and then move to the next guy, and click and hold there and move to the next guy. So this way we are incrementally resizing, scaling up the various instances to whatever degree you like. It's entirely subjective, if you go too far with an adjustment, press the Alt or Option key and then paint on some instances in order to reduce their size.
Anyway, I am going to make this guy just a little bit bigger and then I'm going to press and hold the Control key for a moment, the Command key on a Mac to get my Black Arrow tool on the fly, I'm going to click on the outline of the big Tiki head here, in order select him. Then I went ahead and released the Control or Command key, and now I am going to click and hold on the Tiki head, and he gets big super quickly. There as you can see. And that's kind of what I want, I'll Alt+Click, just a little bit there, very quickly, in order to make him smaller, that would be an Option+Click on a Mac or might click again in order to make him slightly bigger.
And that is my final effect. I am going ahead and hide the Symbolism tools, switch back to Black Arrow tool, zoom in on my graphic, click off of it to deselect everything and that is the final effect. So you can see how, even though these tools are a little bit broken where Symbol Sets are concerned, they work wonderfully well for creating local adjustments to selected instances here inside Illustrator CS5.
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