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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.
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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