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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
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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