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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
The 3D feature inside of Illustrator is incredibly deep. Lots of different settings and sometimes just a little checkbox or one setting in one place can really change the overall look of your 3D object. I would like to show you one such setting, because it really also allows you to be totally creative about using the 3D feature in general. I am going to work with this bottle that I have created using filled shapes. I'm going to move it over just to this side here so we can see what we are doing. I'll go ahead and I'll click on the 3D Revolve effect here inside of the Appearance panel, click on the Preview button, and let's go to the Map Art dialog box, so we can work with the Artwork Mapping here.
Now, we know right away that the surface here is selected. I can now map a symbol onto that surface; and I'll choose this one here called Label. I have created that label to actual size, it now appears correctly in place. I'll also choose the Shade Artwork setting over here, because I want the shading to also apply to the artwork that I have just mapped. Before we click OK, I want you to focus your attention on this checkbox right here, its called Invisible Geometry. It's a really cool and funky name, but it actually does something very interesting to your 3D shape. We know that my artwork right now is made up of two elements. I have my 3D shape, which is really working with three dimensions here. Then I have my two dimensional piece of artwork, which is my label, that's now been wrapped around that surface. So again, I have two distinct elements here; I have 3D artwork and then 2D artwork.
What I could do is I could tell Illustrator to turn this 3D object and make it invisible, and that would basically leave me with just the mapped artwork around this invisible 3D shape. Basically, it would allow me to take a 2D piece of artwork and distort it in 3D space without having an object. So let's take a look at how that works. I am going to click on the Invisible Geometry button, and Illustrator will now go ahead and hide the bottle. So now all I have is the label itself, and in fact, if I go ahead now and I click OK, I can now choose to rotate this bottle and I can actually see that label itself that kind of lives in this 3D world, but is not really wrapped around anything.
The creative things that I could do with this are really unlimited. If I have some piece of artwork that looks like its wrapped around the ring or that's a ring itself, I could simply just create any kind of oval or any kind of shape for that matter; cylinder, wrap some artwork around it, and then simply go ahead and choose to hide the geometry. In doing so, I'm just left with the label itself. I can do this with many, many different types of things, and I want to show you another creative way, one example of possibly using this. I am going to click Cancel over here. I'm simply going to go ahead to my artboard itself and I'm just going to create a brand new shape. I'm just going to take a rectangle over here. I'm going to do this along the side over here.
So I'm going to create just a rectangle. I want to just create a cylinder, and I'll give this any color, it doesn't make much of a difference here, because I'm going to end up hiding it anyway. So I just want to be able to see it as I'm working with it. Now, I'll simply go ahead and select that object. I'm going to apply the Revolve 3D effect; I'll choose Effect > 3D > Revolve. This will give me a cylinder. Click on the Preview button here. And again, I can kind of rotate this, kind of see however I want to work with it. But I'll click on the Map Art button over here, and I'll go ahead and I'll choose the surface that I want to work with. Notice over here I have three surfaces; I have the bottom face, the top face, and then I have the whole side that exists over here; that's what I want to work with.
I will now choose to, let's say, do this thread over here that I have applied to it. Notice how it kind of wraps around that area. What I'm going to do is I'm going to actually rotate it on an angle. In this case here, basically it kind of starts over here and it kind of wraps its way down. If I go ahead now and I turn the Invisible Geometry setting on, and I click OK, I have created some very, very cool artwork over here. We really can't see the cylinder, but this is a regular plain straight line that's been wrapped around invisible cylinder and I get a very, very cool looking result. I urge you to kind of think about the 3D effect in a more creative way. Think about how you can actually use 3D, not to actually create bottles and packages and so on and so forth, but create some kind of a shape that you can actually now wrap two dimensional artwork around, but then hide the shape, now you are left with some pretty cool effects. Think of like birthday streamers, so on and so forth, you could do. You could actually wrap around this object. Create backgrounds, create really cool abstract art. The options are limitless.
So have fun with this particular feature. The geometry is incredibly cool with 3D inside of Illustrator and who knows what you will find.
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