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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
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Filling shapes inside groups


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Filling shapes inside groups

This time I'm inside of yet another catch up document called Almost done.ai and it shows our progress thus far, and of course as you may recall if you've been working along with me here, you know that we're going for this effect here. This is our goal and there's barely any differences left. Check it out. It's all very subtle at this point. This where we are and this is where we're going. What I want you to look at is things like these little shapes right here in this outline right here, these need to be filled. So this outer rectangle and these two inner rectangles in this specific group of rotated rectangles right there.
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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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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
9h 36m Beginner May 18, 2007

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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.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Filling shapes inside groups

This time I'm inside of yet another catch up document called Almost done.ai and it shows our progress thus far, and of course as you may recall if you've been working along with me here, you know that we're going for this effect here. This is our goal and there's barely any differences left. Check it out. It's all very subtle at this point. This where we are and this is where we're going. What I want you to look at is things like these little shapes right here in this outline right here, these need to be filled. So this outer rectangle and these two inner rectangles in this specific group of rotated rectangles right there.

And then we have these ellipses, they need to be filled and then these rectangles right here need to be filled as well. All right, so here we are inside Almost done. How we go about doing that, especially since all of these items are grouped? Like if I click on any one of these items that I just mentioned, I'm going to select a bunch of different objects at the same time, some of which I want to fill and some of which I don't. So how do I go about selecting into those grouped objects and doing the work that I need to do. Well, I'm going to go ahead and grab the white arrow tool of course, by pressing the A key if I like, and then I'm going to Option- click in order to select, notice that I'm going to go ahead and select one of these rectangles here and I figure, you know what? Why not just go ahead and zoom in a little bit so that we can focus in on this object. So I Option or Alt-clicked on it in order to select the entire rectangle and then I'm going to Option or Alt-click on it again in order to select all of those eight rectangles that are grouped together. So I've taken the time to group them together to make this a little easier for us.

Otherwise it would just be a matter of clicking and Shift- clicking and all that jazz, but this is a group inside of a group. Notice if I Alt-click or Option-click on one of these rectangles yet another time, I'll select the entire big larger group. So you can have groups inside groups inside groups inside Illustrator if you want. I'm going to press Control+Shift+ A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect those items and select them again by Alt-click, Alt-click. That would be Option-click, Option-click, on any one of those thin rectangles and then I'm going to change it's fills to this Light clay swatch.

Same thing with the outer rectangles here, do an Alt-click and then Alt-click in order to select all of them. Again this only works if you've taken the time in advance to group your shapes properly, and I have. Now let's fill those with the Pale clay swatch. Let's go ahead and zoom out here at this point, in order to take in more of the artwork and this time I want you to Alt-click, Alt-click or Option- click, Option-click on one of these rectangles that you see selected on-screen. And I'm going to apply the Light clay swatch to these as well.

And then, check this out. Actually this gets pretty interesting, this part right here. Go ahead and Alt-click, Alt-click on one of the outer ellipses. So Alt-click twice in a row. That's an Option-click twice in a row on a Mac. Fill those with that Light clay color and the interesting part is when you Alt-click, Alt-click on the innermost of the pair of ellipses, in order to select all of those ellipses, as you can see right here, all those rotated ovals. Let's go ahead and fill those with the rich black. So we'll assign a rich black fill. Then I want to duplicate them. If I switch over here. I'm going to switch over to the Our goal document, and you can see, if I zoom in on these ellipses a little bit, you can see how they appear to have a little bit of depth and that's a function of having these ellipses stacked on top of other ellipses that are filled with black. So we have black ellipses in the background and slightly offset, white ellipses in the foreground. Let's go ahead and do that ourselves, by switching back to the document that we're working on here and I'm going to zoom in to a similar zoom ratio and what I want you to do is, I want you to press Shift+Alt+up arrow.

That's Shift+Option+up arrow on the Mac, and what that does, by virtue of the fact that you press Shift+up arrow you move the objects up two points, and that assumes by the way, I'll press Control+K, Command+K on a Mac, that assumes that your keyboard increment is set to 0.2 point, as I asked you to do back in Chapter 2, and so when you press Shift+up arrow you move the objects 10 times the standard increment. So you moved them up a full two points by virtue the fact that you had the Alt key down or the Option key down on the Mac, you went ahead and cloned the object, you created copies of them.

So we cloned the objects and moved them up 2 points and now we're going to fill them with white and we get this effect here. So we get this nice sort of beveled offset to these items on the outer edge of the calendar. And that is it for now. We're not done with the chapter, but we are done with filling and stroking all of the objects inside of this graphic. We have achieved our goal. In the next exercise we're going to set about building the last remaining piece inside of this big calendar puzzle and that's the face.

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Q: When trying to synchronize color settings between all Creative Suite programs in Bridge, the Creative Suite Color Settings command either does not appear in the Edit menu or does not work. What is causing this?
A: If the Color Setting command is not available or does not function, it's because Bridge thinks that a single application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator), is installed and not one of the many versions of the Creative Suite.
If only Photoshop or Illustrator is installed, skip the exercise and move on.
If the entire Creative Suite is installed, then, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. Either contact Adobe or completely reinstall the Creative Suite.
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