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Eyedropping template colors

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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.

Eyedropping template colors

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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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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