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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
Are you ready to scale and clone some more circles? Of course you are. What kind of depraved lunatic wouldn't want to scale and clone some more circles, I ask you? I'm still working inside this Ready to work. ai that I opened in the previous exercise, and the one change that I've made to it is to take this inner circle and clone it inward, scale it smaller even as I cloned it and then I went ahead and assigned a green fill and a purple stroke. Let's go ahead and zoom out here a little bit so that we can take in the entire calendar on screen, and notice very light in the background here on the template layer, are a couple of concentric rings, some shadow rings, and we're going to be creating those shadow rings right now using the Scale Tool and working from one of the circles inside of the document. Now the circle I suggest you work with is this one right here. You might think you'd go ahead and select the outermost circle. The problem with that circle is it has a live drop shadow effect applied to it and we'd just have to turn around and delete that effect, so might as well start with something that has just a plain fill and stroke. And this circle right here fits the bill, so go ahead and Control-click on it. Now I'm saying, Control-click on it because I have the Scale Tool selected. You may too, if you've been working along with me here.
And if you press and hold the Control key or the Command key on the Mac, then you temporarily get the last arrow tool you used, which in my case is the black arrow tool. So if you've got the Scale Tool selected as well, then Control-click on this circle or Command-click on it on the Mac, then I want you to move your cursor to a 45 degree location with respect to the shape, and a notice by the way I'm telling you you want to be diagonal from the center this shape, right? I told you that in a previous exercise. Just to give you a sense of why you want to do this, let's say I start dragging more or less directly above the shape like this. Notice that I don't have very much control, just tiny little movements of my cursor are horizontally scaling the heck out of this circle.
So I have a lot of control over the vertical scale of the circle, but very little control over the horizontal scale. And that's why you want to be, look I just messed up the heck out of it there. Let's go ahead and undo that modification. That's why you want to start diagonally from the shape, and I'm going to start right right about here, I figure. Up and to the left of the center, really doesn't matter as long you're 45 degrees away, and then I'm going to drag outward. I'm pressing the Shift key to constrain my scale to exactly proportional, and I'm pressing and holding the Alt key as well so that I can clone this circle. That's the Shift and Option keys on the Mac of course. And then I'll release. Now notice what happens at this point, Illustrator always puts the cloned object in front of the original version of that object, so I'm covering up about half of the shapes inside of this illustration. To send the shape to the back, I'm going to press Control+Shift+Left bracket, Command+Shift+Left bracket on a Mac, or of course you could right click, choose Arrange and Send to Back if you prefer.
Now I need to go ahead and assign fill and stroke attributes to this shape. Currently my stroke is active, because that's the last thing I changed. So I will go ahead and change that stroke to nothing by pressing the slash key, that same key that includes the question mark. And then I'm going to press the X key to switch to the fill attribute and I'm go to change the fill here in the Swatches palette cause I've given you all these wonderful yummy swatches here. I'm going to change it to Medium clay, which I'll get by just clicking on that swatch.
Let's create another clone. This time I'm going to start dragging from out here, let's say, with the Scale Tool. The last circle is still selected, so I can scale from it. I will begin dragging, then I'll press the Shift and Alt keys, and that would be the Shift and Option keys on the Macintosh side of course. And note that I'm pressing the keys after I start dragging. You can, with the Scale Tool you can get away with pressing the keys before you start dragging. It's just a bad habit to get into because some tools will get angry with you over it or they'll misbehave if you press the keys first.
So it's better to start your drag then press and hold Shift and Alt or Shift and Option on the Mac, then release once you get your shape properly sized. I'm now going to go ahead and change the fill attribute of this shape to this swatch right here: Light clay. I'll click on it. Now of course this new circle is sitting in front of the old circle, in front of the last version of the circle, so I'll press Control+Shift+Left bracket or Command+Shift +Left bracket on the Mac to once again send it to the back and there we go. If I press Control+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac I'll deselect those shapes, and you can see what the calendar looks like at this point in time.
Now in the next exercise we're going to try out a more controlled scaling. Believe it or not, so far what we've done is fairly random. We're going to apply a more precise application of the Scale Tool in order to create a couple of variations on this square right here. Join me, if you will.
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