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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
While it is easy to see the benefits of working with graphic styles as you apply them to artwork, the real and true power of a graphic style is how you can modify those styles long after you have already applied the styles to your artwork. In doing so you can make changes globally across your document, with just a few clicks of the mouse. And in reality if your clients are anything like mine, you know that you make tons of changes on a day-to-day basis. So let's take a look at how easy it is to modify graphic styles. Once again in this case I'm actually going to go ahead and bring out my Appearance panel, my Graphic Styles panel, because I used them both together when I working with styles. Again, because of the way that the Appearance panel and the Graphic Styles work with each other, it's much easier to modify that when you are looking at both of those panels at the same time. But to position it just about over here, I'm going to actually going to ahead and expand my Appearance panel just a little bit. And the important thing to note here is that in this document I have already applied my styles.
So I don't even actually need to select in my artwork, and this can be again incredibly helpful. When you are working with graphic styles and you want to modify those styles, you don't have to worry about clicking to select all the objects that have them. All you need to do is modify the style and then everywhere else that style used in the document gets updated automatically. For example, let's say we send this out to the client, and they come back, and they go, we really loved the way that the map looks, but the yellow is a little bit too bright for us. So they are requesting that any area that right now has that yellow road inside of it should become a white road. But I still want to be able to keep that black outline around it. Now if I go ahead and I click on the graphic style which is the main road, I can see that right now that style is made up of two strokes. A black stroke, which is set to 12 point, then right on top of that I have 10 point yellow stroke. So all I really want do is I want to change this yellow stroke here to white. So again, notice over here my Appearance panel, it says no selection. And right now I'm seeing the settings for the main road style. So what I'm going to do now is over here by the stroke, click on the yellow square, and I'm going to change this particular stroke color to white, instead of yellow.
Now nothing of course has changed in my file, because I have no artwork selected. But Illustrator also knows that I just was looking at the settings for this particular graphic style, and I have now made a change. So if I go ahead now to the Appearance panel and I go to the panel menu, I can see there is an option down over here called Redefine Graphic Style, main road. Again, Illustrator knows that the last stuff I did was actually was previewing, or seeing what the settings were for the graphic style. I have now made a change in the Appearance panel. So Illustrator, again kind of thinking ahead, says maybe you want to actually redefine your graphic style. So this setting now becomes active. Redefine Graphic Style main road. By selecting that, I now modify the existing style, which lives here in the Graphic Styles panel, and as you can see on my artboard, that artboard now has automatically changed. So let's try this with one more style right now. Again, I don't want to select, anyway I have worked my document. I want to modify this particular Highway one. Instead of having red and purple over, I actually want to add a drop shadow to it. Because I want that to stay a little bit more.
So I'm now going to add a drop shadow to that style. I'm going to come to the Graphic Styles panel. Click on that style. I see all the settings that currently exist for that highway style. Again, no selection is here, but I'm now seeing the values for that particular style. I'm now going to go to the Effect menu, and choose stylize drop shadow. I'm going to just choose the regular default settings here, and click OK, and now they have been applied to that particular appearance. But again, I have nothing selected. But Illustrator knows I was just looking at that graphic style. So I can go over here to the flyout menu. I can choose Redefine Graphic Style Highway, and in doing so, that highway now gets a drop shadow applied to it. So it's really easy, modifying a graphic style takes just a few clicks of the mouse. I'm sure that once you get the hang of it, you'll be creating graphic styles for all of your work.
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