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

Meet the geometric shape tools


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Meet the geometric shape tools

All right I'm still inside my Tonalpohualli.ai file that I opened in the previous exercise and if you were with me, you know that we converted this calendar layer into a tracing template by meatballing it, reducing its opacity value to 25%, and locking that layer down. Now that we've met the Tonalpohualli and I want you to meet the Shape Tools and these are them right here. Go ahead and click and hold on the Rectangle Tool, and then I want you to release on this tear off tab here, in order to get yourself an independent floating Shape Tools palette.
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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

Meet the geometric shape tools

All right I'm still inside my Tonalpohualli.ai file that I opened in the previous exercise and if you were with me, you know that we converted this calendar layer into a tracing template by meatballing it, reducing its opacity value to 25%, and locking that layer down. Now that we've met the Tonalpohualli and I want you to meet the Shape Tools and these are them right here. Go ahead and click and hold on the Rectangle Tool, and then I want you to release on this tear off tab here, in order to get yourself an independent floating Shape Tools palette.

And here's the shape tools that are available to us. We've got the Rectangle Tool for drawing rectangles and squares. We've got the Rounded Rectangle Tool for drawing rectangles and squares with rounded corners. We've got the Ellipse Tool for drawing your ellipses and your circles. We've got the Polygon Tool that draws regular polygons by which I mean equilateral triangles, and squares, you know, it's one of them. And then you got your polygons and your hexagons and your septagons and your octagons and your nanogons and all your gons. It's a real gon tool.

And then this guy, the Star Tool which allows to, you know, draw regular stars, big surprise there. And then finally we have the Flare Tool. Now the Flare Tool isn't really a shape tool. It's not really a geometric shape tool. We will not be looking at it inside of this chapter, but I will tell you right now is that what it does, you basically have to draw an entire illustration. So set up your illustration in advance and then draw on top of it using the Flare Tool and then the Flare Tool lays down a bunch of different paths and automatically fills them in order to create a lens flare effect. Kind of a goofy tool, but it can be useful sometimes. Right now we're going to focus on these core shape tools that allow us to draw everything from the Rectangle Tool over to the Star Tool here and those are the tools that we're going to use to draw the shapes that make up the Tonalpohualli calendar here.

Notice over here in the Layers palette that we have a few additional tracing templates set up. That is I've set up a few additional tracing temples for you. There's the circles layer right here, which contains the circles, all the circles that we'll be drawing. There's the stars layer that contains all the stars that we'll be drawing. And then finally we'll draw a few rectangles. Not that many rectangles, you can just see that there's a couple in this template here, but when we get to the Rectangle Tool, we're going to do some other really fun things that are going to keep it challenging, keep it interesting, keep you on your toes and educated of course.

So why don't you for the moment, go ahead and turn off the rectangles and stars layer. Leave the circles layer on however, and why don't we go ahead and meatball this crazy guy and change its opacity value to something like 50%, so that we can limit its opacity, but also keep it nice and visible in front of the calendar here. And I'm going to go ahead and lock down the circles layer as well, and then I'm going to add a layer, the layer upon which we will be drawing, and I'll do that by clicking on the Create New Layer icon here and then I'm going to go ahead and double-click on this layer and call it My drawing or something along those lines, and I'm going to switch its color to my favorite layer color of all time, which is orange and the reason I like orange so much is that it stands out pretty nicely against other colors.

Just like those orange cones on the road. Those stand out pretty nicely too, don't you think, when you're driving and stuff. Anyway orange is one of those shout it out colors without screaming like yellow does. All right so I'm going to go ahead and click and then I'm going to drag yellow up the list. By the way, that's all my way of saying, Set it to any color you want to. If you like some of the color better, go for it. But make sure that the My drawing layer is active so that we can begin drawing on that layer 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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