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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 enough theory, enough best practices already, oy, I['ve had it up to here with that stuff, haven't you? But of course, you've got to go through all that stuff, right? You've got to know about your CMYKs and your RGBs and your rich blacks and all them guys, in order to create effective illustrations inside of Illustrator, just one of those things. You've got to go through the pain to get to the pleasure. A little life lesson from me to you. Yes, you're welcome. Now we're going to start having fun and we, actually by fun I mean we're going to have a blast.
And we're going to take this illustration right here. I want you to close everything you have open. If you've been working along with me, close all that garbage. Save it if you want to. And I want you to open up this document right here. It's called Richer artwork.ai and it's included inside of the 05_Fill_stroke folder. I call it Richer artwork for two reasons: all of the shapes are stroked with rich black and I've gone ahead and added a bunch more on objects to our calendar so that we can create something that's really cool and really elaborate and really satisfying.
And this is where we're going with it. This is another illustration. You can go ahead and open it up to if you want to. It's called Our goal.ai and here it is. This is what we're going to be doing. We're going to apply these fills to this graphic and this could take a little bit of work as it turns out, but it's good work and it's going to make you a good kind of tired, you'll see. What I recommend you do at this point, we just want our swatches to be super accessible. So I recommend you bring up your Swatches palette and you might need to do that by going to the Window menu and choosing the Swatches command. And once you've done that let's go ahead and grab the Swatches palette and move it over here into this cluster. In my case it's got Color and Color Guide. The Color Guide function, that's one of the live color functions that's new to Illustrator CS3. We're going to be discussing it when we discuss live color in a later chapter, but for now we're going to be working with our swatches here.
So I want you to grab the outermost circle. Go ahead and select it with the black arrow tool. That's the tool that I've got selected here inside the toolbox, and I want you to, first of all let's go ahead and make sure that the fill is active and you can see that it's active down here in the lower left corner of the screen, that's good. And if it's not active, just go ahead and press the X key to make it active. I want you to apply the lightest of these colors that we saved off here, Pale clay, as the fill to that shape. Then go ahead and grab the next shape in, go ahead and click on it and apply Light clay.
So now we've gone ahead and filled those two shapes. Now I want you to marquee around just sort of a sliver of both of them there so that you select those two shapes or you could click on one and Shift-click on the other, it's up to you. Now press the X key to make the stroke active, and I want you to switch that to transparent, either by clicking on the transparent icon or pressing the slash (/) key. And we've now, if you click off the shapes you'll see that we've got something of a little shadow effect. Not a terribly smooth shadow effect. It's a little chunky, but I want it that way.
It's, you know, it's for effect here. Now let's go in to this object. So the next circle in and I want you to press the X key in order to make to fill active and let's go ahead and fill this shape with white by clicking on the white swatch. And you get this effect right there and then click on this shape, the next circle in once again, and let's go ahead and fill it with the darkest of the clay colors Medium clay. And then let's go one more in, I know this is starting to seem a little tedious, given how fun I told you this was going to be. We're starting to get into a little bit of tedium by selecting one in, one in, one in, that kind of thing, but you'll see, it's going to be really fun. So I've gone ahead and selected this shape. I clicked on it. Notice I went ahead and selected two circles this time. That's because this is what's called a compound path. It's basically an inner circle cutting a hole in an outer circle, and we'll see how you create compound paths in a later chapter. For now, just go ahead and click on it and let's fill this guy with white in order to create that ring affect right there.
Now, we are covering up a fair number of shapes inside of this graphic and if you want to see what's getting covered up at this point, you can go ahead and Control-click on that eyeball in front of the paths layer inside the Layers palette. And you can see all of these circles right here are getting totally covered up. Control-click again or Command-click again on that eyeball, that's a Command-click on the Mac and you can see how all those circles are getting covered up. What to do, oh what to do. Well I'll tell you. Let's go ahead and Shift-click, Shift-click and maybe Shift- drag around these two guys. How ever you do it I want you to make sure that all of these circles, this one, this one, this one, this one, this one, and this one are all selected and then I want you to send them to back and you can do that by right-clicking on them if you want to, choosing Arrange and choosing Send to Back, or you can take advantage of that keyboard shortcut Control+Shift+Left bracket or Command+Shift+Left bracket on the Mac, and that will go ahead and send those circles behind the other circles so that everything is filled properly and visible on screen. So far so good, good job.
In the next exercise we going to see how you can fill and stroke deselected objects by dragging and dropping swatches.
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