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Formatting and scaling brushed text

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Formatting and scaling brushed text

In this movie I'll demonstrate how even though we've applied all of these brushes toward text--including a calligraphic brush, two art brushes, and a scatter brush--it remains altogether editable. And also show you how to fill the letters with the pattern, and exactly align that pattern with the patterned background. And so the first thing I'm going to do obviously is select my text by clicking on its outline with the Black Arrow tool. And then I'll press that keyboard shortcut mash-your-fist F, so it's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F here on the PC, Command+Shift+ Option+F on the Mac, in order to highlight the font here inside the Character panel. And I'm going to dial in Minion, so that I end up with Minion Pro.

Formatting and scaling brushed text

In this movie I'll demonstrate how even though we've applied all of these brushes toward text--including a calligraphic brush, two art brushes, and a scatter brush--it remains altogether editable. And also show you how to fill the letters with the pattern, and exactly align that pattern with the patterned background. And so the first thing I'm going to do obviously is select my text by clicking on its outline with the Black Arrow tool. And then I'll press that keyboard shortcut mash-your-fist F, so it's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F here on the PC, Command+Shift+ Option+F on the Mac, in order to highlight the font here inside the Character panel. And I'm going to dial in Minion, so that I end up with Minion Pro.

And then I'll press the Tab key to advance to the Style option and I'll just go ahead and enter Bold. And I don't want condense caption. So I'll go ahead and select just Bold from my very long list--I've managed to install every single style of minion there is--I'll go ahead and select Bold which should be available on your system by the way. And a size of volume 360 points is just fine; you can see that the text is much too large now. So, the first thing I'm going to do in order to reduce the width is to take the Horizontal Scale value down to 80%, like so.

Then I'll go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to except that change, and I'll change the Tracking value to -60 as well, and we come up with this effect here, which I think looks actually quite good. And you can see that all the brushes update on the fly, which makes brushes one of the most flexible features in all of Illustrator. All right, now I am going to assign a pattern to the interior of the letters, so I'll click on that Fill option here inside the Appearance panel to make it active; and then notice that I have a series of these patterns that I've created starting with Beige wedges, then Orange, Red, and finally Violet wedges. We're going to be using Violet wedges for the text, so I'll go ahead and click on that Swatch to assign it to the text.

Now we've got a little bit of a problem here. I'm going to zoom in so that we can better see what's going on. First of all notice that the pattern in the background has been scaled, but it is not scaled inside the letters. Fortunately we can scale this Fill pattern now inside of Illustrator CS6 using a Dynamic Effect. So make sure that the Fill is still active, then go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform, and choose the Transform command. Or if you loaded my dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts, you can press Ctrl+E or Command+E on the Mac, and I am going to dial-in a Horizontal value of 200% and a Vertical value of 200% as well. I just happened to know that that's exactly how much I scale the pattern in the background.

And then I'll turn off Transform Objects; you want Transform Patterns to be turned on. And then turn on the Preview checkbox and you'll see that that goes ahead and scales a pattern inside the text. But all is not perfect; I'm going to click OK in order to accept this modification. And then just so I can see exactly how the patterns are lining up here, I'll turn off these various strokes here, which is going to take a few moments because there's a lot going on inside this document. So you'll have to be patient with that process, in other words, there is a little bit of a delay after you turn off each eye. And notice that we are not in alignment, and here's the reason why.

I'll go ahead and click on the word Transform, which is the effect that's assigned to the fill, in order to bring up the dialog box. I'm scaling with respect to the center of the text, whereas the background is being scaled with respect to the center of the rectangle, and the center of the rectangle and the center of the text are not the same thing. So what we're going to have to do is slightly nudge the pattern around, and we can do that using these move values. So what you would do is turn on the Preview checkbox, and then I know I want to nudge the pattern to the left, so I'll press the Down Arrow key for Horizontal here in order to take it down to -6 maybe. And then I'll tab to Vertical and I want to raise the pattern so I'll take the Vertical value down, because negative value is nudge the selection upward.

Make sure just Transform Patterns is turned on, Transform Objects should be turned off. That is not quite an exact match. So what I had to do was enter some decimal values, and that tends to be kind of painful; you just have to try out some decimal values and see how it works. Fortunately, I was able to land on these here: -6.5 and then -8.5 in points. That goes ahead and creates what appears to be absolutely perfect alignment; and now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change.

And now that the patterns are lined up, you can go ahead and turn all of the strokes back on one at a time, of course, here inside the Appearance panel. And then I'll press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac in order to center my zoom, and Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect my text. Actually I missed one of the strokes there, I'll go ahead and reselect the text and then turn on this top Stroke by clicking on it's perspective eyeball. And you know, it dawns on me now that I am seeing this calligraphic stroke, that it's a little too bulky; but rather than modifying its specific attributes from the Brushes panel, I'll just go ahead and click on the stroke at the top of the list here in the Appearance panel, and I'll take the Line Weight value down from 1 point to 0.6 points, which is going to reduce the width of the brush stroke to 60% of its former size.

And now I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift +A on the Mac in order to deselect my text. And that is how you added text in any way you like regardless of the brushes that you've assigned to it.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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