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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
Illustration by John Hersey

Lassoing and scaling points


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Lassoing and scaling points

We've now managed to create the eyelashes around the eye by starting with one base lash here, and then rotating and cloning to create the other eyelashes. But as we learned in a previous exercise, rotation is a circular operation. So if we want to mount the eyelashes on Uzz's elliptical head which we can see here on the Primitives layer, then we need to scale the eyelashes into place, and that's what we're going to do inside of this exercise. If you want to follow along with me, I'm working inside of a document called Eyelashes.ai that's found inside the 08_select_enhance folder and I'm going to go ahead and lock down my other layers here by clicking and dragging through the locked column here inside the Layers palette, so that all of the visible layers except for Circle eye are locked.
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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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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
9h 36m Beginner May 18, 2007

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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.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Lassoing and scaling points

We've now managed to create the eyelashes around the eye by starting with one base lash here, and then rotating and cloning to create the other eyelashes. But as we learned in a previous exercise, rotation is a circular operation. So if we want to mount the eyelashes on Uzz's elliptical head which we can see here on the Primitives layer, then we need to scale the eyelashes into place, and that's what we're going to do inside of this exercise. If you want to follow along with me, I'm working inside of a document called Eyelashes.ai that's found inside the 08_select_enhance folder and I'm going to go ahead and lock down my other layers here by clicking and dragging through the locked column here inside the Layers palette, so that all of the visible layers except for Circle eye are locked.

Articulates is hidden and unlocked, for what it's worth. All right so I've selected a single eyelash on the Circle eye layer. If I wanted to select all the other items on this layer I could go up to the Select menu and choose Object and then choose All on Same Layers and that would grab all the objects that share the same layers with this object, with the selected objects thus far, which in my case are all the items on the Circle eye layer, just like so. You could also by the way, Alt-click or Option-click on that Circle eye layer. I showed you that trick in a previous chapter. Anyway, we've got the circle, the circle that I used as a guide when rotating my eyelashes. I've got that circle and the eyelashes selected.

Now I'm going to go ahead and scale these paths so that they fit Uzz's elliptical eye-head. So I'll go ahead and grab the Scale Tool and I'm going go ahead and click in the center of the circle, just to make sure that it's targeted as my scale origin, and then I'm going to drag. Notice that I'm starting my drag just to the left of the origin this time because I just want a horizontal scale, and I might end up getting some sort of weird results here pretty fast, if I don't press the Shift key. So by all means press your Shift key as you drag away, in order to scale that circle and the eyelashes exclusively horizontally as I'm doing here.

Then when you get things the right size, go ahead and release the mouse button and then release the Shift key. All right, so far so bad. I mean things are basically sort of right, I guess. I'm going to grab my black arrow tool and click off of the shapes in order to deselect them. Then I'm going to go ahead and select what was formerly a circle here. We don't need it any more, so I'll click on it and then press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac. Now I've got two problems, and I'm going to back out a little here. I don't want to back too far out, so I'm just going to click on the scale value, the zoom value down here in the lower left corner of the screen and I'm going to press Shift+down arrow a few times until I can see the eyelashes across the width of my illustration window here. And you can see that we have two problems. One is we have a little bit of dimpling. If you look carefully here you can see that the strokes, the strokes from the eyelashes are coming down into the eye flesh.

Not a big deal. We'll take care of that later very easily, as it turns out. The bigger problem is that because we scaled the lashes, they're nonuniform now, so that the far right and the far left lashes are really long, compared with the top lashes that are comparatively short. What do we do about that? Well we've got to scale the lashes again right? So go up to the Select menu and choose all lashes. Good thing I went ahead and saved those lashes out as a selection in the previous exercise. So I'll go ahead and select all lashes, and now I'll grab my Scale Tool again and I'll start scaling the lashes inward. But if I do that, even if I get them down to the right size as they are here, now that squishes them toward each other, it actually moves the lashes inward because they're all being scaled with respect to a common transformation origin.

Yikes! So what in the world do we do about that? Well, here's an option. We could just select the outside points and scale them, and the best way to do that is to get the Lasso Tool. New tool that I haven't showed you yet. Anyway it's not new to Illustrator CS3, it's new to you baby. I'm going to go ahead and click on the Lasso Tool and it selects the individual points that fall inside of your lassoed area. So I'm going to drag around here, and then I'm going to drag up and over here, in order to lasso, woo-hoo. I got some auto-scrolling, some very unpleasant auto-scrolling that set me way over to the left-hand side of the document.

That's fine though. Once I release I'll go ahead and select everything that fell inside of that lasso, which means all of the far outer points here, and now, so that's a different way to select inside of Illustrator. Certainly easier then clicking and Shift-clicking with the white arrow tool on each and every one of these outer points. Now I'm going to go grab my Scale Tool and I will make sure that the scale origin is basically horizontally centered inside what's going on here, and now I will Shift-drag inward.

And that works out pretty well. The inner points are not moved. The problem is, check out my control handles, they're all over each other, they're crossing like crazy here, and as a result we're getting some weird corners inside of the eyelashes, so that they look like little weird fingers coming out of Uzz's eye. Yuck. So that's not quite what we want, but that is an option, so I did want a show that to you, and I wanted to show off that crazy Lasso Tool in case you want to use it. By the way it's got a keyboard shortcut: Q. Kind of looks like a lasso backwards, a backwards version of the Lasso Tool. So just bear that in mind in case you decide that's a useful tool, the kind of thing you might use on a regular basis. I'm going to undo that modification, because I don't want that. So this point, you might wonder, Okay so we've kind of the exhausted out possibilities haven't we, Deke? I mean the Scale Tool just doesn't seem to work, just doesn't seem to do what we need it to do. And you're right, it doesn't. Luckily there's another and I will show you that another in the next exercise.

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Q: When trying to synchronize color settings between all Creative Suite programs in Bridge, the Creative Suite Color Settings command either does not appear in the Edit menu or does not work. What is causing this?
A: If the Color Setting command is not available or does not function, it's because Bridge thinks that a single application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator), is installed and not one of the many versions of the Creative Suite.
If only Photoshop or Illustrator is installed, skip the exercise and move on.
If the entire Creative Suite is installed, then, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. Either contact Adobe or completely reinstall the Creative Suite.
 
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