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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.
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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