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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now the purpose of this exercise is to take this assemblage of five rectangles, and we are going to duplicate it a few times in order to create four collections of rectangles arranged around this Tonalpohualli calendar/ god's head. I'm going to go ahead and save my progress so far as timetoflip.ai, because it will eventually be time to flip here. We are going to accomplish this feat using a combination of grouping and flipping. The purpose of grouping is to collect shapes so that their relative arrangement stays the same, their relative positioning. And so you can easily move them together and transform together, flipping is a kind of transformation, and otherwise modify them as one. So let's go ahead and select all of these rectangles, they are all stroked with blue. So let's go up to the Selection Similar Objects control, click the down pointing arrowhead, make sure stroke color is active, it is and it was, it sticks by the way, we used it last time.
So I could just go ahead and click on this guy now. Because it's just going to select the similar objects according to this menu control right here. All right, so that selects all those guys. Then we are going to go out to the Object menu and then we are going to choose Group, or you can Ctrl+G, Command+G, one of the most obvious keyboard shortcuts in all of Illustrator. So go ahead and choose that command, we have now grouped them together. If you were to twirl open My Drawing, you would see that we got a group. Now, there is a problem with said group you may notice, and that's at that top rectangle also got selected, and I forgot about him. This guy right there got selected, because it shares the same stroke color, and it got made part of the group. So what do you do about that? Well, you could ungroup. You can go up here to the Object menu, choose Ungroup, or Ctrl+Shift+G or Command+Shift+G on the Mac, and then notice that they are all ungrouped now.
And you could Shift-click on it to deselect it and you could group them again, Ctrl+G or Command+G on the Mac, to reestablish the group. So that's one way to work. Let's back step a couple of items there. Undo, Undo, so Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+Z twice in a row, Command+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. To restore that original group with the bad group really, because I'll show you different ways to fix this. Let's twirl it open, and the guy that's a problem is this Path at the bottom right there. So I could select him independently by meatballing him, and I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+Right Bracket, Command+ Shift+Right Bracket, to arrange him to the top of the group so he is now at the top of the group. So Ctrl+Shift+Right Bracket, Command+Shift+Right Bracket on the Mac. Any of those arranged functions, or right-click to bring up the arranged functions. All of these guys work inside of the current whatever-it-is and in this case it's inside the current group.
Now that I have done this, it's just easier to get to, basically is the idea. And I'm going to take that path, and I'm going to drag it out of the group, notice that. And that takes him out of the group. The group now contains these other shapes. This guy is completely independent, good. And now I'll twirl across the group, and we see this wonderful preview of exactly what this item looks like. I just love the Layers palette inside of Illustrator. It's so great. It's so useful for just you know, collecting objects, knowing what they look like, figuring out where they are in stacking order and everything.
All right, I'm going to click on this group to make it active, so we have now established a group. In the next exercise, we are going to take this group, and we are going to flip it into the other locations, so that we have four of these rectangular groups in all.
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