Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Examining a layered illustration

From: Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

Video: Examining a layered illustration

I'm still working inside the Playful violin.ai file that's found inside the 01_hello_illustrator folder which itself is inside the exercise files folder, that's available to you as part of this series. And this illustration of course you may recall, comes to us from Illustrator Aliaksandr Stsiazhyn. And I'd like to take you on a tour of how this illustration is constructed. Basically when you're working with a hand drawn graphic, like if you were working with say a pencil and a piece of paper, why then you would actually be drawing lines on that piece of paper.

Examining a layered illustration

I'm still working inside the Playful violin.ai file that's found inside the 01_hello_illustrator folder which itself is inside the exercise files folder, that's available to you as part of this series. And this illustration of course you may recall, comes to us from Illustrator Aliaksandr Stsiazhyn. And I'd like to take you on a tour of how this illustration is constructed. Basically when you're working with a hand drawn graphic, like if you were working with say a pencil and a piece of paper, why then you would actually be drawing lines on that piece of paper.

Well Illustrator kind of works that way as we'll see, you do draw objects here and there but notice that word that I just said, objects. You're basically creating every single one of these lines as a separate thing and those things are known as objects inside of Illustrator. And they're piled up on top of each other, so you're actually building an illustration. You really are constructing it. So let's see how that works. Let's get a little feel for that. I'm going to switch to the black arrow tool so that I don't have my magnifying glass going on screen here, and you can do that just by clicking on that black arrow/Selection tool. Adobe calls it the Selection tool. I call it the black arrow, because what color is it? Black.

And then we're going to bring up the Layers palette and you can get to the Layers palette by going up to the Window menu and choosing the Layers command. You also might want to think about memorizing this keyboard shortcut because the Layers palette is a very, very useful palette inside of Illustrator. F7 brings up the Layers palette. F7 hides it and F7 works across many of the Adobe applications. So there's my Layers palette. I'm going to go ahead and extend that palette by dragging it down and I'm going to drag the top of the palette upwards so that we're basically taking up the better portion of my screen with this palette and you should see nice thumbnail previews of each one of these layers and you can think of these layers as being sheets of vellum, if you'd like to, that are layered on top of each other, each one of which contains different graphical information. So here's what I'd like you to do to so we can see how things are building up here, I want you to press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on that bottom eyeball right there.

And what that does by virtue of the fact that you have the Alt or Option key down, and by the way you can release that key now. By virtue of the fact that you had that key down when you clicked on the eyeball you hid everything but that layer. All right, so now we're just seeing the Background layer, again courtesy of Alaiksandr. He created this layer. Next turn on the Body layer by clicking its eyeball. Notice that this area is blank where the eyeball formerly appeared. If you click in that blank area you'll make the eyeball come back. So we're not Alt clicking or Option clicking, we're just clicking. There is the body of the violin, very interesting, and just one shape, there's only one shape on that entire layer and then click on this layer that's called highlights.

And by the way if you're seeing truncated layer names you can go ahead and drag out this left side of the Layers palette until all of the layer names are completely visible. I'm still missing a little bit of Orange lines there. There, we go. And I'll use the Hand told the scroll my violin over just a little bit so that we can see it. All right now at this point we have this sort of psychedelic effect going on thanks to this Highlights layer. Now I'm going to turn on my Orange lines layer and this is where the sketchy lines begin to form inside of this graphic.

Then we've got the Red lines layer. Them we've got the Dark lines layer, these dark lines that are built on top, so layer upon layer of lines. This is not something you have to do when you're building an illustration. This is what this particular artist decided to do, so this is the way he decided to assemble his illustration. You could of course work just with a single layer of lines if you wanted to. And then finally I added this text on this Text layer, and you can see a little bit of the text up here in the upper left-hand corner and you may be able to see more of the text on your screen.

Now each one of these layers contains a bunch of different objects and you can see what those objects are and I don't want you to be frightened by this word objects because it is pretty darn unfriendly. It just means stuff, it just means various lines and shapes and other items that are going on inside of the illustration. Objects is just a catchall term for that. Go ahead and twirl open this backdrop player by clicking on its twirly triangle right there and you can see the various items that make up this layer. There's the teal twirls and there's the lower, let's go ahead and expand this palette a little more so that we can see what in the world that says. Lower swirls and then we have the background, which is just a big rectangle, so even a rectangle can be an object.

So you can basically get in there and dissect each one of the objects that exist on these layers. Now why in the world would you want to? Well because even if you're working with an illustration that's created by someone else, as we're doing here, you can still modify it to suit your exacting needs. So you can change which layers are turned on and which layers are turned off and you can modify the composition of the paths and you can add various drawn elements of your own and you can subtract elements that were already there and I'm going to show you what I mean by all that stuff, a very simple example, in the next exercise.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

114 video lessons · 37022 viewers

Deke McClelland
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.