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Eyedropping Live Effects

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

Video: Eyedropping Live Effects

All right gang, are you guys ready to make lace? You look like you're ready to make lace and if you want to catch on up with me, you can open this illustration. It's called Good to go.ai and then click on your One shy layer here inside the Layers palette and you will be ready to begin creating and modifying objects inside of this particular illustration. Now I want to start by clicking on one of these existing rounded rectangles here, one of these blue rounded rectangles, and I'm clicking on it with the black arrow tool.

Eyedropping Live Effects

All right gang, are you guys ready to make lace? You look like you're ready to make lace and if you want to catch on up with me, you can open this illustration. It's called Good to go.ai and then click on your One shy layer here inside the Layers palette and you will be ready to begin creating and modifying objects inside of this particular illustration. Now I want to start by clicking on one of these existing rounded rectangles here, one of these blue rounded rectangles, and I'm clicking on it with the black arrow tool.

And then I'm going to go check out the attributes that are assigned to this object here in the Appearance palette. If you can't see your Appearance palette on the screen, then go up to the Window menu and choose the Appearance command. Notice that I've got a dark blue 1.4 point stroke, a lighter blue fill and then two drop shadows. What gives with two drop shadows? Well, one of the shadows, if you look down here you can see a little shadow going downward, a dark blue shadow that's going downward here, and then we have a light blue shadow that's going upward, see that up there.

And those are our two drop shadows. Now shadows can be dark or light, doesn't matter, either way. You can add just a single drop shadow. You can add many drop shadows assigned to an object. We'll be looking at drop shadows and other live effects in a later chapter, but for now just note, it's all possible and it's all good and we want to take those attributes, all four of them, stroke fill and two drop shadows, Take every single one of them and apply them to the next rounded rectangle that we're about to create. So we want to create a rounded rectangle between the circle and this rounded square.

And we're going to do that by grabbing the Rounded Rectangle Tool from the shape tool flyout menu and then I want you to drag from one corner of this square guide to the other corner of the square guide like so, and press your up arrow key, keep that mouse button down and press the up arrow key in order to change the roundness of the corner, and if you go too far then press the down arrow key a few times. That amount of roundness looks pretty good to me. We just want it to be incremental. We want it to be an incremental step between the circle and the next rounded square.

So I'll go ahead and release in order to draw that rounded square. Now notice, because the last thing that I had selected was that blue-stroked, blue-filled rounded rectangle, we got the blue stroke and we got the blue fill, but we didn't get the drop shadows. The drop shadows did not come along with, so we need to eyedrop those. By default the eyedropper's not going to lift those shadows either, so we need to change its settings. Double-click on the Eyedropper Tool icon inside the toolbox to bring up the Eyedropper Options dialog box.

And if you want to lift live effects you need to, inside of this first column, the column that's called Eyedropper Picks Up, you need to turn on the Appearance checkbox. That's going to turn on that checkbox and close it. It's going to twirl Appearance closed, as if to say I got you covered. Everything that's in Appearance is now going to be lifted. Now you click OK. You're done inside this dialog box. Now with the Eyedropper, go ahead and click, don't click over this star area right here, over the translucent star point, but click instead over some portion of exposed rounded rectangle, and you will lift not only the stroke and fill, which you already had presumably, but also the two drop shadows. Isn't that a glorious thing? Problem is that the rounded rectangle is covering up a few items that we wanted to have in front, namely that circle and the star, and there were a couple of other items as well. Now you could hunt around for them and you could sort of move your cursor. I showed you that technique where you take your black arrow tool and you just kind of move it around slowly and as soon as you see the square you go, Aha! I found something. And then you click on and bring it to front. But here's something else you can do.

You can go up to the Select menu and you can say Next Object Below. Notice these commands. Next Object Above will select the next object immediately above wherever it is in the stacking order, even if it's on a different layer, by the way. We don't want to do that because there's really nothing above this new object, not on an unlocked layer anyway. We want Next Object Below. It also has a keyboard shortcut which you can memorize if you want. It's Control+Alt or Command+Option on the Mac, along with one of the bracket keys. Anyway I'm just going to go ahead and choose the command Next Object Below and it gets a group of objects. Notice that. It gets the circle and it gets the star and it also gets a little bit of the frame object on the outside that's covering up these drop shadows because you can kind of see my drop shadows shadows right now, at the top and at the bottom of the rectangle, of the square, that is.

So now that I've selected these objects I'm going to press Control+Shift+Right on the PC here or Command+Shift+Right Bracket on the Mac, in order to bring these objects to front. Then I'm going to press Control+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A in order to deselect the objects, and this is good so far. So we have all of our rounded rectangles in place. The next thing that we need to do, if you go ahead and check out the Final lace layer, the comparative layer, where were going with this illustration, you'll see that both the square and its inset circle, both of those items have white strokes associated with them. They actually have two strokes, a black stroke and a white stroke, and we need to create those items, we need to create those strokes. They don't exist right now in our One shy layer that we're working on here so we need to create them and we will create them in 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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