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Modifying an illustration

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Video: Modifying an illustration

In this exercise we are going to talk about modifying an illustration, and then later we are going to take a look at how that effects the appearance of the illustration in other application such as the Adobe Bridge, Acrobat and so on. And I'm working on this document Living on the Heart Grunge.ai. This is not one of our assets; this is an Adobe asset. Meaning that it's shaped along with Adobe Illustrator CS4. So you should have it on your machine. I'm going to show you where exactly it's located in just a few exercises when we take a look at the Bridge.

Modifying an illustration

In this exercise we are going to talk about modifying an illustration, and then later we are going to take a look at how that effects the appearance of the illustration in other application such as the Adobe Bridge, Acrobat and so on. And I'm working on this document Living on the Heart Grunge.ai. This is not one of our assets; this is an Adobe asset. Meaning that it's shaped along with Adobe Illustrator CS4. So you should have it on your machine. I'm going to show you where exactly it's located in just a few exercises when we take a look at the Bridge.

But in case you want to open it up for whatever reasons. It's found inside the cool Extras folder and you should just be able to do a search for Living on the Heart Grunge.ai, and search the contents of your hard drive and find it that way. Or you could just sit back and watch, because really at this point its better that you just see sort of what we are up to here. Now I'm going to zoom out a little, and we are going to discuss navigation in the next chapter. So I'm not really telling you how to get around at this point. Let say what I want to do, I want to add a couple or artboards here, and I also want to modify the color of one of the T-shirts. So just some general modifications. So I'm going to go into the Artboard Mode by clicking on the Artboard tool, the celebrated Artboard tool that we have already seen in the previous chapter. You can also press Shift+O of course if you like.

Now I want to scale the size of this artboard, so it better fits the skateboard. So one board better fitting another, and I could just set about dragging a corner handle, or one of the side or top or bottom handles, but notice that's scaling with respect to the opposite corner. If you want to scale with respect to the center, I'll just go ahead and undo that modification. The easier thing to do is to scale that artboard numerically, using the width and height values up here in the Control palette, and I'm going to change the Width to 6.5 in, and the I'm going to change the Height to 7.5 in, and then press Tab, and you can see that goes ahead and scales with respect to the center, which is just I want.

Now I'm going to scale over here to the T-shirts, and I'm going to zoom in a little bit. What I want to do is I want to create artboards around each one of the individual T-shirts, as you may recall. If you are drawing an artboard inside of an artboard, you Shift-drag like so with the Artboard tool and then I'm going to release the Shift key in order to draw rectangle, and this rectangular boundary isn't really centered on the T-shirt currently. So after I get done drawing, I'll just go ahead and drag it over, and notice, got a big problem. When you see the artwork moving along with the artboard, its means that this guy right here is turned on. So I'm going to undo that modification by pressing Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, and then I'll turn off, Move/Copy Artwork with Artboard.

Now let's try dragging that artboard again, and this looks like it's more or less centered. You can see that we are getting a nice central intersect line right there. Thanks to this smart card. This gives us an idea that we are pretty well centered on the T-shirt so that's nice. Now I'm going to go ahead and Alt+Drag or Option+Drag that artboard downward, so that we surround the bottom T-Shirt as well, and if you are interested in constraining the movement to exactly vertical, you would also press the Shift key as you are dragging. So that's an Alt+Drag or Option+Drag on the Mac. So we now have five artboards all together. And then finally I'm thinking you know what, I want to change this to a brown T-shirt. I want to try this out on the brown T-shirt. So I'm going to go ahead and duplicate this T-shirt to yet another artboard and make a change to it.

So here it goes, first I'm going to turn on this time this guy. Move/Copy Artwork with Artboard. Click on four, and then I'm going to Alt+Drag it upward. I'm pressing the Shift key as well to constrain the angle of the drag. So it's up here. We have totally separate version of the T-shirt. Nice now let's press the Escape key in order to escape the Artboard Mode. We are saving our changes however, or at least applying our changes. And now let's go ahead and zoom in a little bit here. And I'm going to get my Black Arrow tool this guy right there, which is already active. It's a Selection tool if you prefer. I call it a Black Arrow tool, because it is a black arrow and you can also get to that tool by pressing the V key. That's V as in almost the last letter of move because you can move things around with it.

I am going to click on this outer path right there that goes around the entire T-shirt, and then notice if I move my cursor sort of into this region right there, and inside of the collar there is another shape, and I can see a trace because of smart guides, these wonderful smart guides in Illustrator CS4, and I'm going to Shift-click on that item to select it as well. And then I'm going to dial in a shade of brown here from the Color palette, and if you want to get the Color palette you can click on this little palette right there, or you can go up to the Window menu, and choose the Color Command, you also have F6 we will be discussing those keyboard shortcuts later. But every single one of the palettes, or if you prefer panels, Adobe calls them panels, I call them palettes, whatever, because that's what they used to be called. And they are palettes after all.

You go ahead and choose Color for the Window menu. All of your palettes are listed here in the Window menu. That was my point. So let's go ahead and dial in some values. We definitely want 100% for yellow, for a nice, rich, chocolaty brown, and I want to take down the black value to something like 50, and that's not a chocolaty brown of course, that's a mustard, don't want that. So I'm going to take the Magenta value up to something like 75, Shift+Tab back to Cyan and I'll take Cyan up to let say 65 or something along those line. That looks pretty good. That's pretty chocolaty, and I could take up the Magenta value if I feel like it's not chocolaty enough. Give it a little more yummy feel there.

But anyway, case and curious, how do I know that's going to be brown. How do I just know that dialing in those CMYK values give you brown? Stay tuned. I'll tell you how to dial in color values, it's great stuff and you will learn and there are all kinds of ways to add a color inside of Illustrator. Sounds very exciting. Okay, so enough done, right now I'm going to click off the shape in order to deselect it. Let's just go ahead and zoom out here a little bit, so that we can take in more or less all of this illustration. So we have a total of six artboards, one for the posture, two, for skateboard, three for the overall T-shirts, four and five for the individual T-shirts, and six for the modified color, and we are going to save this illustration and all of our changes in the next exercise.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 42m 7s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 2s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
      56s
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      35s
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 14s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 39s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
      55s
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 43s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
      54s
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 38s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 28s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
      55s
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 48s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 30s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
      44s
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 55s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 32s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
      51s
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 1s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 26s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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