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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.
I've saved my progress is Bevy of windows.ai, it's found inside the 28_perspective folder, and in all we've got 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 instances of these windows. And now if I change my mind about the appearance of anyone of these windows items, then I can change all of the windows in one fell swoop, and let's see how that works. I will go ahead and grab one of the windows, doesn't matter which one, and double-click on it in order to enter the symbol isolation mode. Do not move those objects, once again, if you do, let me just go ahead and show you.
If I grab those objects and move them to a different location, I just love the fact that Illustrator is automatically selecting black as a layer color here. But let say I move into a different location and then press the Escape key to escape out, why then you've got kind of a little bit of a mess on your hand, so don't do that. All right, so press Ctrl+ Z or Command+Z on the Mac. Hopefully, that would work, but it's not paying attention to me. So I'll ahead and choose the Undo Move command from the Edit menu, and that goes and scoots the windows back to where they were inside the isolation view here.
And now what I am going to do is press Ctrl+H or Command+H on a Mac, because those black selection edges aren't doing me any good. And I'll go ahead and switch focus to the stroke here in color panel. And I'll change its stroke to white, because I think white is going to look a lot better. And then I also want to add a little bit of translucency to the windowpanes, so I am going to click on the Fill again, and my Gradient panel is up here, and you'll notice that this is a white to gray back to white gradient that's at 45 degree angle inside each one of these windows.
I'm going to go ahead and double- click on that gray color swatch and I'm to reduce the opacity value to let's say 70 % and then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key and a Mac and that's it, that's all I want do. Now I'll press the Escape key in order to update all the symbols on the fly, so that's all there is to it. You're not going to update The Drop Shadows en mass, because the drop shadows are not part of the symbols, you apply them after the effect, but you can always select all the windows that have the same drop shadow settings, and then go to the Appearance panel and modify those settings to your heart's content.
All right, at this point let's go ahead and assemble the rest of our illustration. I'm going to go ahead and move my house a little bit like so, and then I'm going to turn on the rear stuff layer, which I've created in advance for you. So you can see that I've got this kind of fakey lawn down here at the bottom of the screen. I've gone ahead and hand drawn a cartoon shadow in back to the house, and I have also added some perspective text, to which you may say Deke, that is so unfair, you can't just throw in perspective texts without showing us what's going on.
Which is why, we are going to create some perspective text right here on the facade of the building. So if you turn on the text layer, you will see that text right ready to go over here on the left hand side of the screen. We are going to take that text and express it in 3D space, in the very next exercise.
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