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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
All right gang. True to my promise, we are going to take the shapes that we created in the previous chapter, and we're going to fill them and stroke them and color them in order to achieve a final version of the 260-day Aztec spiritual calendar and to that end I want you to go ahead and open this illustration right here. It's called Ton-po shapes.ai and it's included the inside of the 05_Fill_strokes folder. And of course Ton-po is short for Tonalpohualli and that word that I'm sure I'm just massacring, but where I might have a hard time saying Tonalpohualli or I might be pronouncing it incorrectly, I'm not sure, I can say Ton-po like nobody's business. So let's just call it Ton-po, shall we? It's so cool too. So.
I now suggest that we get a feel for how fill and stroke work and by the way, you may notice that I have gone ahead and added a few more shapes to this graphic here, a few more shapes than those that we created at the end of the previous chapter, so that we have a little more of a robust calendar to work with. All right I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on my graphic a little bit, and I'm going to grab this circle right here in order to demonstrate how fill and stroke work inside of Illustrator. When you've selected this path, you can go up here to the Control palette and you will notice that the first items, the very first items up here in the Control palette effect the fill and stroke attributes. The Fill by the way, this first guy right here, the fill is the color assigned to the interior of a shape and you can fill open paths as well. So you can fill lines if you want to inside Illustrator, no problem.
And then the stroke is the thickness and the color that's assigned to the outline of the line or shape. I'm going to go ahead and assign a fill here, by clicking on this down-pointing arrowhead and then selecting any old color from this swatches list, and these are the color swatches, the predefined color swatches that ship along with Illustrator by the way. And I went ahead and clicked on a blue and lo and behold, I assigned a blue to the interior of the shape. So that was pretty easy.
Another way to work, let's say you want to change the stroke. Why then click the down-pointing arrowhead right here, next to the stroke item. And then click on a stroke color such as red, what the heck. Garish and awful, but you know we're getting a sense of what's going on here. You can also change the stroke thickness here, what's commonly known as the line weight if you want to, by clicking this down-pointing arrowhead and choosing one of the predefined line weight options and that goes ahead, notice that that goes ahead and strokes the path on either direction. So I've assigned an 8-point stroke, It goes 4 points outside the path and 4 points inside the path. I'll show you why that's important later but for now just notice it's true.
And you can also enter your own line weight value if you want to. I can return line weight to 2 points, for example, just by selecting the value, entering 2 and pressing the Enter or Return key. And then notice you can also access the stroke palettes by clicking on the word Stroke here and there is your drop-down palette right there. You can change whatever settings you want. We will be discussing these settings in more detail in a later exercise, but that's good for now. I just want you to get a sense of the very basics of fill and stroke here. I think we have. In the next exercise I will introduce you to the larger world of CMYK color.
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