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Exploring the Appearance palette

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Video: Exploring the Appearance palette

This chapter we're going to be seeing a few familiar things here and there, we'll be touching on some familiar topics. We'll be seeing lots and lots of new stuff of course. And then every once in a while I'll give you a preview of coming attractions just to keep your mind activated and keep the challenge level accelerated and high and all that jazz, cause we're high on info here at lynda.com. I'm working inside of a document called Wuv Uzz .ai found inside the 08_select_enhance folder, and I want to turn your attention here to the Layers palette. Right now turned on are the Articulates, Text and Orange layers, and then we have turned off Circle eye, Primitives and Other stuff. Circle eye, Primitives and Other stuff, those layers contain the primitive objects from which we will derive the Uzz character right here.

Exploring the Appearance palette

This chapter we're going to be seeing a few familiar things here and there, we'll be touching on some familiar topics. We'll be seeing lots and lots of new stuff of course. And then every once in a while I'll give you a preview of coming attractions just to keep your mind activated and keep the challenge level accelerated and high and all that jazz, cause we're high on info here at lynda.com. I'm working inside of a document called Wuv Uzz .ai found inside the 08_select_enhance folder, and I want to turn your attention here to the Layers palette. Right now turned on are the Articulates, Text and Orange layers, and then we have turned off Circle eye, Primitives and Other stuff. Circle eye, Primitives and Other stuff, those layers contain the primitive objects from which we will derive the Uzz character right here.

Now, what I want to do, I want to show you the Articulates layer by itself, and I'm going to do that by, I haven't shown you this one yet. If you Alt-click on an eyeball inside the Layers palette or Option-click on the Mac, you will show all layers. Alt-click again or Option-click again and you'll hide all except for the active layer. So the one layer that's not affected is the one that you clicked on, the one that you Alt or Option-clicked on. How's that for postmodern irony? And this all by way of showing you that the Articulates layer does indeed contain Uzz. Blessed him. All right turn that guy off for a moment. Now let's turn on the Text layer. It contains the text. Fair enough.

And then finally the fascinating Orange layer. You wouldn't think this was the fascinating layer, but this one is something else. Go ahead and turn it on for a moment. It looks kind of like geological layers, a different kind of layer metaphor, don't you know. Or maybe it might remind you of sand art, sand art in a glass from the good old days. But what it really is is a single rectangle. Believe it or not. Go ahead and twirl open this layer and scroll down and you'll see that there's one item on this layer, just path.

Which is Illustrator's way of saying any old path. This happens to be a rectangle. Go ahead and meatball it there, in order to select it and then bring up your Appearance palette if it's not already on screen, by going to the Window menu and choosing the Appearance command and notice what we got here. We got a single stroke. Okay, so no big deal there right? And we got a total of four fills, and the fills can be twirled open. Hmm. What's going on there? Now notice that we got a white fill, All right and it's in front. So these things are layered in the order they actually appear, the fills that are toward the top are above the fills that appear toward the bottom and you can drag them up and down the list if you want to. Notice that there is a white fill. We see it there, a layer of white. A little sedentary layer of white right there. Why is it so tiny? Why doesn't it fill up the whole object? Well because of this transform effect that I applied to it, a live transform effect.

We'll see more about them, but I chose it from the Effect menu and applied it directly to the fill. Is that not wild? You can do that kind of thing. But if I double-click on it, you can see, it brings up a dialog box. Go ahead and turn on the Preview checkbox if you're working along with me and notice that I've scaled it down. So it's the full width of the object. It's 100%, but it's only 3.5% the height of the object. Hence it's so short right there and we could make it taller. I could replace that value with 10% for example and it would make to fill taller.

But I don't want that of course 3.5% is what I want and then notice we've got this Move option right here. And if I raise the value, I'm pressing the up arrow on the keyboard, I'm actually nudging the fill upward. I'm not dragging it. I'm just tracking it right there. I'm pressing the up arrow key in order to move it up. Wow, that's the kind of stuff you can do in Illustrator. I'll cancel out of there cause we don't want to modify this. Check out the blue fill. It kind of waves past us. It's not just smaller, it also is wavy. Well if you twirl it open, you you can see that it's transformed as well. So it's made smaller, it's made shorter and it's also located at a specific position, but then we've got Tweak. It's tweaked, baby. So if I double-click on Tweak, you can see, and I'll go ahead and turn on the Preview option. You can see how much you can tweak this fill back-and-forth here. So you can modify fill and stroke attributes independently of the objects that are filled and stroked. To me this is just amazing. Now notice I kept Horizontal at 0% because if I start goofing with the Horizontal, it exceeds the boundaries of the rectangle because this fill is 100% the width of the rectangle right now. So that's not something I want to do, so I'll leave that set to zero.

Anyway I'm going to cancel out of this. We'll see that kind of stuff later, but I just wanted to whet your appetite a little bit, just give you a sense of the many wonders that are afforded to you inside of this amazing application, Adobe Illustrator CS3. Go ahead and turn on Orange and turn on Text and now I want you to turn on Other stuff, which contains some of the body elements for the Uzz character. A lot of it comes directly from that petroglyph image, including his arms, for exapmple and his general body type. I went ahead and gave him lips because without lips he can't talk. The petroglyph didn't have lips, but I felt like he needed big juicy lips here.

And then I have this Primitives layer that I want you to select as well, and go ahead and click on that layer to make it active. So show it, make it active. You want to see the bottom four layers. Leave the top two layers off for now and then join me for more Uzz wuvin' fun inside the next exercise.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  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

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