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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.
Okay so we're almost done. Pen Tool, it's not so hard. It's a pussycat, you can handle it. We're almost done because this is the final exercise of Chapter 7 and in this final exercise of Chapter 7, we're going to take our Mishipizheu paths and we are going to fill them using the eyedropper. We're going to actually lift colors from the tracing template, from the imported image. How do we go about doing that? Well, the first thing I want you to do is go ahead and click on the far outside path here, the one that traces around the head, and the scales, and the tail, and the underside, and the rear front leg, meaning the leg that's farthest away from us.
And by the way I'm still working inside the Mishi paths.ai document that I opened in the previous exercise. Now I'm going to go get my Eyedropper Tool right here and I'm going to click inside of the background in order to load the colors from the background. Now if I press Control+H or Command+H on the Mac, you can see that not only loads the fill from that point right there, from that specific pixel that I just clicked on, but it also loads the stroke and there is no stroke associated with this image, so there now is no stroke associated with the selected path. And let's say we don't like that, we want to keep this stroke. Well you go ahead and press Control+Z or Command+Z on the Mac and then you would press the Shift key and click with the Eyedropper. If you Shift-click with the Eyedropper, you load those eyedropped colors into the active attributes, and in my case, the active attribute is the fill. If yours was the stroke, you're going to end up modifying the stroke. So undo, press the X key and Shift-click with the Eyedropper again. Now, you might notice a little bit of trouble here, which is the fact that we're loading this sort of horrible Pepto-Bismol pink, and that's because we're loading the dimmed version of the color from the template. We don't want that. We want the original rich colors from the template.
So I'm going to undo that modification. I'm going to go down here to the template layer and I'm going to double-click on it and I'm going to turn off Dim Images to, so that we will restore our lustrous colors. We can keep the image as a template, that's no problem. Just don't dim it. And then click OK to accept that modification and now we get our rich lustrous wonderful colors. I'm going to click inside of the animal about here to load this brown. Let's see how that goes. Oops! What did I do wrong? I forgot to press the Shift key. Go ahead and Shift-click in order to load that nice vibrant brown. Awesome, excellent, wonderful. All right, what about the legs? We've got to load the colors for those legs too because they're falling outside of the shape, and we'll do that by going and grabbing the black arrow tool and marqueeing the legs thusly, in order to select them.
Now I've hidden my selection edges, that's why I'm not seeing the edges. If I want to see them again I'd have to press Control+H or Command+H on the Mac. But I don't, so let's go ahead and hide them again, and now I'll I'll get my Eyedropper by pressing the I key and I'll just click along the path outline for this big path right here. And you can see that we've got a little bit of a problem. The big path is in front of everything else, so it's covering up the legs and everything looks totally wrong. So let's go back and get the black arrow tool, click on the path outline here for the big path, and I have gone ahead and selected it but if you're at all concerned about that, you can press Control+H or Command+H on the Mac to make sure you've gotten the right thing selected. Then press Control+Shift+Left bracket in order to send it to back and notice we revealed a few paths up here as well, including this back path that we had lost.
All right now go ahead and click on this rear hind leg and send it to back by pressing Control+Shift+Left bracket as well. So now everything is where it ought to be. The great-horned lynx/underwater panther is looking great. Now let's check out the boat over here. What do we do about it? I'll go ahead and select the canoe and its occupants by clicking on it with the black arrow tool, press Control+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to hide the selection outlines. Then I'm going to get to my Eyedropper Tool here and I think I'm going to Shift-click on one of these vibrant greens in order to load that as the fill color. I think that looks pretty darn good because warriors are a go. That's why they're green.
And there we have it. I'm going to go ahead and switch back to the black arrow tool just to have a default tool active. I'm going to double-click on the template. I'm going to restore Dim Images On and I'll click OK. And this is what the final versions of these paths look like. We do one set of paths using the spline model, the spline curve model. We drew the other set of paths using the more complex, but more powerful Bezier curve model and we drew everything with the molto-powerful Pen Tool. Good work.
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