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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
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Filling and stacking shapes


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Filling and stacking shapes

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.
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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 and stacking shapes

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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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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