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

Making a black-and-white template


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Making a black-and-white template

In this next project we're going to see how you can use the Scale and Rotate tools to maximum effect inside Illustrator. And we are going to have some major fun. Not Sergeant fun, not Lieutenant fun, but Major fun. If you play your cards right, we might even have a little bit of General fun, and the document that I want you to open up here is called Tonalpo-new-alli because it's a new slant on that 260-day Aztec spiritual calendar that we were playing around in the previous chapters. Now you might say, Hey Deke, it's so garish now with all these colors.
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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

Making a black-and-white template

In this next project we're going to see how you can use the Scale and Rotate tools to maximum effect inside Illustrator. And we are going to have some major fun. Not Sergeant fun, not Lieutenant fun, but Major fun. If you play your cards right, we might even have a little bit of General fun, and the document that I want you to open up here is called Tonalpo-new-alli because it's a new slant on that 260-day Aztec spiritual calendar that we were playing around in the previous chapters. Now you might say, Hey Deke, it's so garish now with all these colors.

It's Vegas baby. We got a Vegas color theme going this time. It's as if we had turned the Aztec calendar into a crazy roulette table or something along those lines. Notice the gods are smiling. You've got to be lucky. So anyway, let's get to the point maybe a little bit here. I've got this calendar layer selected inside of this document and we're going to be using this calendar layer as a tracing template. Notice we've also got a progress layer here. If you turn it on, it's missing a few items and what we've got is the core objects that we're going to be scaling and rotating and power duplicating in order to create the final version of the calendar right here.

But we need to convert the calendar into a template first and I thought I'd go ahead and show you how to create a black and white template, since this is so garish and we have so many colors going on, it would be nice to distinguish the colors inside of the template, make them just sort of black and white, so that we can distinguish them from the colors in the actual objects. To do that, go ahead and make sure your calendar layer is active. Meatball it by clicking on the circle here inside the Layers palette. You're going to see a ton of selection outlines, if you're seeing selection outlines on screen.

Then go up to the Edit menu, choose Edit Colors and go ahead and choose this command right there, Convert to Grayscale, and that will go ahead and deplete the colors from the objects like so. I'm going to press Control+H or Command+H, So that we can see what this illustration actually looks like without all those selection edges. Now this is a permanent modification, meaning that Illustrator has actually gone in and recolored all of the selected objects. That's okay though, because we've got the fully colored objects here on the progress layer, so we're fine. It's a concession that we can afford to make. All right, so having converted these objects to grayscale, I'm now going to go up to the Opacity value up here in the Control palette and I'm going to change it to 35% and press the Return key in order to convert this layer into your traditional everyday average tracing template, and then I'm going to lock down that layer so we don't go modifying and wrecking it and stuff like that.

Now notice all of these ornaments that I'm pointing to with my little "no can draw" cursor here. Notice all these repeating ornaments that are going around the edge and we've got these repeating ornaments right here and these little circles right there. Those are the types of things that we'll be creating using the Scale and Rotate Tools, but first I want you to go to the progress layer, make sure it's active, and make sure it's selected as well, so that we're working on the progress layer. We're going to be doing all of this work with just two tools: Scale and Rotate.

And they are two of the oldest tools inside of Illustrator. They were in Illustrator 1.0 and they pretty much worked the way they do now. They just happen to be incredibly powerful tools that were implemented really, really well in the first place. So they live on to this day, man and you will see exactly how they live on, if you join me in future exercises.

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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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