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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
Illustration by John Hersey

Formatting and scaling brushed text


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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Formatting and scaling brushed text

All right, at this point, I want to take a little break from the brushes, and I want to demonstrate to you that despite the many wacky custom brushes we've assigned to this point text, we can still modify the text in a variety of different ways. So I am going change the typeface, I am going to adjust a few formatting attributes to make the text fit, and then I am going to show you how to fill this text with the tile pattern and then scale the tile pattern inside of the letters. I've saved my progress as Scattered flower brush.ai. And with my text still selected, let's make some typical formatting modifications.
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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
13h 5m Advanced Jan 28, 2011

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Formatting and scaling brushed text

All right, at this point, I want to take a little break from the brushes, and I want to demonstrate to you that despite the many wacky custom brushes we've assigned to this point text, we can still modify the text in a variety of different ways. So I am going change the typeface, I am going to adjust a few formatting attributes to make the text fit, and then I am going to show you how to fill this text with the tile pattern and then scale the tile pattern inside of the letters. I've saved my progress as Scattered flower brush.ai. And with my text still selected, let's make some typical formatting modifications.

I'll go up to the control panel, and I am going to select the Font option, and I'm going to type it in "Minion", lets say, which is a font that I have loaded on this system. It ships along with most incarnations of the Creative Suite. If you've got it, great; if not and you're working along with me, try out a different font. Now it is going to take a moment in order for your changes to apply, the reason being that we've heaped on all these complicated dynamic effects, so Illustrator has to recalculate all those brushstrokes. If you want to eliminate some of those delays, you can press Ctrl+Y, or Command+Y on a Mac, in order to switch to the Outline mode and then you can make some obvious modifications. For example--I am going to hide the Brushes panel-- it's pretty clear that my text is too big to fit inside of its space, now, so I am just going to format away here by selecting a different type style. And I'm to go with the bold style, where this text is concerned. That's going to make things even worse, as you can see, so I'll bring up my Character panel--which I can get to, of course, by pressing Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac--and I'm going to change his Horizontal Scaling value from 100% to 80%, and I'm to change this Tracking value to -60. And I end up with this effect here, which I think look's pretty good.

Now that text definitely fits inside of the window, but let's see what it looks like by pressing Ctrl+Y or Command+Y to switch back to the Preview mode, and I end up with this effect here. So, even though we have all these effects applied, the text remains fully editable, which is an absolutely amazing thing and makes brushes one of the most flexible features inside the software. All right, with my text still selected, I am going to go back to my Appearance panel. And I want this fill not to be a flat fill, I want it to be a pattern fill, and I've created a variety of different tile patterns that's are all based on orange wedges. In addition to orange wedges I've got red wedges--which we'll use later--and then I've got violet wedges, which we'll use right now.

So with this fill active, I am going to click on violet wedges there inside the Swatches panel, and that's going to apply that violet wedges pattern. However, it's too dinky, as you can see, and that's because I need to scale the pattern inside of the letters. How do I do that? Double-click on the Scale tool. Notice the location of the origin point. It's right there at the bottom of the letter, so in the center of the baseline, and that's not where it would have been for the rectangles. It was right there in the center of the rectangles, which is a little higher, by the way. So as soon as I say, okay, I want to scale just my pattern--so all these setting should be left over for the last time you did it, if you worked along with me. So just Patterns is selected; the other two check boxes are turned off. The Uniform Scale value is set to 200%.

And notice we do scaled the tile pattern appropriately; it is twice as big as it was before. But notice that we do not have registration. So these little wedges right here, these little sort of half a grapefruits, if you imagine here, don't line up with each other outside and inside the letters. So what in the world do we do about that? Well, we need to better control the exact center of our scaling, and you do that by canceling out of that dialog box, waiting for a moment for the screen redraw to catch up, and then I am going to press Ctrl+Semicolon or Command+Semicolon on a Mac in order to bring up my guides. And notice that I've got both the horizontal and vertical guide running through the exact center of my artwork.

What I would like you to do--the Scale tool should be still active--I want you to Alt+Click or Option+Click on that guideline intersection. And this represents, by the way, the exact center of the rectangles as well as the artboards. And notice this time, because we came up with a better origin point for our scaling operation, everything lines up perfectly. So Scale value is still 200%, Pattern is turned on, the other two options--this is very important--turned off, and you will get exact alignment. Even if it doesn't always look precisely aligned at some locations, if you take a look at any place where we have a continuous wedge, a continuous wheel with spokes and so on, you will see that we do have continuity.

Then click OK in order to accept that change. Now, the only other thing that I don't like about this, if you switch over to Garment tag.ai, then you'll see that we have these big, thick green outlines around all of the letters and there's no breaks around the edges. We don't have any breaks in the corners, whereas the current version of the letters, if I switch back to our file at hand, notice we have all kinds of breaks. The top of the right side of the H isn't covered; the top of the right Serif of the U isn't covered; we've got a break down here at the bottom of the R, all kinds of weird edges. And that's because if you take a look at that Chalk brush here inside the Brushes panel for example, you'll see that it's thick at the beginning and then it gets thinner and thinner toward the end.

You can't really control where letterforms begin or end; that's part of the font definition and there's nothing you could do about it. Even if you converted these letters outlines and torn them apart, it would still be a big pain in the neck. Better to modify that brush definition, and I don't mean modify it from a dialog box, I mean actually modify the brush: drag it out of the brushes panel and modify it as a path outlined inside of Illustrator. And I am going to show you how that works in the next exercise.

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
 
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