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Introducing Envelope Distort

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Video: Introducing Envelope Distort

I've saved my modifications as Shockingly complex starburst.ai. It's found inside the 25_liquify_envelope folder. In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to envelope-style distortions inside of Illustrator, but before I do I want to show you one more Liquify trick. My starburst is selected, by the way. We can't see the edges because I've hidden them. I am going to double-click of the Crystallize Tool icon, and I'm going to decrease both the Width and Height values to 400 points, and then I will click OK. Now check this out. Not only can you click and hold with these tools in order to modify a starburst, but you can also drag, if that appeals to you.

Introducing Envelope Distort

I've saved my modifications as Shockingly complex starburst.ai. It's found inside the 25_liquify_envelope folder. In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to envelope-style distortions inside of Illustrator, but before I do I want to show you one more Liquify trick. My starburst is selected, by the way. We can't see the edges because I've hidden them. I am going to double-click of the Crystallize Tool icon, and I'm going to decrease both the Width and Height values to 400 points, and then I will click OK. Now check this out. Not only can you click and hold with these tools in order to modify a starburst, but you can also drag, if that appeals to you.

You can make an absolute mess of a perfectly good shape in milliseconds doing so. Now that's not really what I'm looking for, so I will press Ctrl+Z, or Command+Z on the Mac. I will press Ctrl+H, or Command+H, in order to see those selection handles, and then I am going to click and hold for a moment in the center of the shape, like so, just to increase the size and spikiness of that central area ever so slightly. So in other words, you can achieve different effects by varying the brush size from one click-and-hold to the next. All right, now let's check out Envelope.

I am going to switch back to my Black Arrow tool here, and I am going to scroll down inside of my illustration, and I'm going to go ahead and marquee these two objects--that is, this bottommost rectangle as well as this point text. Also, because we are going to be doing a fair amount of work inside the illustration window and I don't want to mess up my horse, I am going to lock down that horse layer by clicking in the Lock icon next to horse inside the Layers panel. Now, let's say I want to warp these objects. I have two ways of approaching warps, and one of them we've already seen. You can go up to the Effect menu, if you want to apply a dynamic effect, choose Warp, and choose let's say Arc Upper.

Then at that point you can decide how much bending you want. I am going to go with let's say 25% and then turn on the Preview check box to see what it looks like, which is all well and good because this is a dynamic effect. It's a nondestructive modification. It's entirely parametric. So you can come back and change your mind anytime you want, just by clicking on the effect there in the Appearance panel, so you can edit your core objects at will. However, imagine that you want to use Arc Upper as a jumping off point for a custom effect. And what you really want to do is go in there and modify a mesh, just like we saw with gradient mesh, except this time so that you can adjust anchor points and control handles to achieve custom effects.

Well in that case you need to apply a true envelope-style distortion. Now the great news is that envelope distortions are still nondestructive, so you can change your mind anytime you like; you can remove the envelope if you want to. So you are not painting in distortions the say you are with Liquify tool. The bad news is that you're actually placing the objects inside of an envelope. So that means you have to edit the envelope--the outside of the container--and the objects--the stuff inside the container--independently of each other, which is frankly a little bit of a pain in the neck, but you have a keyboard shortcut for switching back and forth between the two.

I will show you what's going on. I am going to cancel out of that dialog box there, and instead we are going to go to the Object menu. Those objects are still selected; notice that. And I'll drop down to Envelope Distort, and I'll choose Make with Warp, and that brings up that same dialog box we saw a moment ago. So it's even set to Arc Upper because that's the last thing I applied, and I'm going to change the Bend value to 25% again, turn on the Preview check box, and I get the exact same effect as before, but this time notice I've got a mesh going on.

Just one row, three columns; however, that gives me a terrific amount of control if what I want to do is create some rolling hills, which is exactly--not surprisingly--what I do want to do. So I am going to click OK in order to accept that modification, and I will press the A key to switch to the White Arrow tool, and I will click on this point right there, and I am going to Shift+Drag it upward, like so. And then I am going to take these two points. So I will click on one and Shift+Click on the other and drag them down, like so. Now I've already got some rolling action here, and you can see that it's affecting the rectangle and the live editable text in kind, so I don't have to convert my text to outlines.

Now, I am just going to click on this point independently of the other ones, and I'm going to drag down on the right control handle in order to send the left control handle upward, and I'll drag this right-hand control handle upward in order to create this rolling effect. And I might go ahead and grab this guy and drag it upward as well. Maybe drag these two points downward a little bit by clicking on one, Shift+Clicking on the other, and dragging down. So I'm trying to introduce a feel of randomness where this rolling hill is concerned, and then maybe drag this guy back upwards and so forth.

So the exact effect you apply is entirely up to you. If you find that your text is starting to sort of curve inward, as mine is just a little bit, you can grab one of those points and you can drag it outward a little bit, like so. I might also go ahead and drag this point outward a little bit in order to flare that text ever so slightly. So that's the beginning of the effect that I am trying to apply. The big problem though is that as my hills are starting to roll, we get this nice effect here at the top of the lawn or the grass or whatever is going on there.

However, our text is getting fairly smushed. So I need to make the text smaller, and I am going to do that using a dynamic effect, and that will give us a chance to get inside the envelope in the next exercise.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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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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