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Introducing Fill and Stroke

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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.

Introducing Fill and Stroke

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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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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