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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 final movie, which frankly has nothing to do with brushes whatsoever, I'm going to show you how to take our bright vividly colored artwork so far, and dim it down a little bit, as well as infuse it with the continuous tile pattern that runs through everything. It runs through the text, it runs through the brushes, it runs through the strokes, and so forth. And it's quite easy to pull off. So the first thing I'm going to do is twirl close that path type layer and twirl open my base layer right here, which contains this big rectangle that covers the entire background. And so I'll go ahead and meatball it to select it. And I want you to see here in the Appearance panel, there is no stroke so I'll go ahead and twirl that guy closed, but we do have a series of three fills.
So if I turn these two fills off for a moment, you can see that at the back of this object we've got the orange wedges pattern, and then in front of that is a beige fill. That's all that's going on there. And if I change the Blend mode back to Normal, you can see that's the case. But by virtue of the fact I change the Blend mode for this one fill to Multiply, it goes ahead and burns into the pattern. So in another words I'm changing the luminance of the entire pattern on the fly. And then I've got this other fill right here, which is a gradient also set to Multiply that's creating this vignetting effect around the outside of the artwork.
So just want you to know what's going on there, because we're going to repurpose this rectangle by switching back to the Layers panel, and then I'll click on this top layer, chalk alts, and I'll create a new layer in front of it by Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking on the little Page icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. And I'm going to call this layer cap, and then I'm going to change the color to let's say dark green, and then I'll click OK. Now I can create a copy of this rectangle-- that's on the base layer--by Alt+Dragging or Option+Dragging that tiny blue square right there. So I'll go ahead and Alt+Drag or Option+Drag it all the way to the top to the cap layer. And now we have a copy of that same rectangle on the very top layer inside of the Illustration.
The next step is to burn this effect in by clicking on the word Opacity up here in the Control panel and changing the Blend mode to Multiply. But it's already set to Multiply, so switch back over to the Appearance panel. Here's our problem this gradient fill is active. We want the path itself to be active, so I could click on it and return to that Opacity option up there in the Control panel, or I could just click in the final occurrence of the word Opacity here in the Appearance panel and I'll now change the Blend mode to Multiply for the entire rectangle.
Now at this point I decided things were a little bit too dark, so I decided the ease up on the opacity of this gradient, and I did so by clicking on a word Opacity under this Fill item. And I went ahead and changed the Opacity value to 50%. I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to make that change, and then I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect the artwork. And that's how you dim down an entire illustration and fill every nook and cranny with the tile pattern by multiplying a filled rectangle on an independent top layer here inside Illustrator.
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