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Knowing the fundamentals of drawing and reshaping paths is only part of the story. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second of the popular One-on-One series, computer graphics expert Deke McClelland covers some of Illustrator's most powerful and least understood features. He shows how to merge simple shapes to create complex ones with the Pathfinder palette, as well as align paths to create schematic illustrations. Deke explains how to paint fluid, multicolor fills with blends, and the new and improved gradient tool. He explores seamlessly repeating tile patterns, blobs and brushes, and imported images. He also dives into one of the deepest features in all of Illustrator, transparency. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Recommended prerequisite: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.
I have gone ahead and saved my changes so far as Wrapped text.ai. And here is the idea. I have got a graphic that is set to Bleed outside of the margins of my Artboard. So, one of two things is going to happen. Either I'm going to submit this to a commercial printer and I'm going to ask them to trim the artwork to fit on this Artboard so that it bleeds in all four directions. Or I'm going to place this illustration into the likes of InDesign and it is going to crop to the Artboard. But either way I'm not going to see all this stuff that is bleeding off the sides, and let's say you want to get a sense of what your trimmed artwork is going to look like.
Now, that's something that Illustrator doesn't accommodate very well. Inside of InDesign you have a Preview function that allows you to preview just the page, or the page with the bleed, or the page with the bleed and the slug and everything. But in Illustrator you are seeing the bleed, or you can switch over here to the Artboard tool, but in that case you are still not really going to get a very satisfying preview of just the Artboard itself. So, if you want to see what the artwork is going to look like when you actually trim it. Here is what I recommend you d. This is just a work around trick that I came up with that works pretty easily. I'll bring up my Layers palette by pressing Shift+Tab and notice this trim layer that's turned off, if you turn it on, you have a trim. Notice that now you have trimmed away all your stuff on the outside. And then if you want to at this point you could say that you don't want to see the Guides, you just go ahead and hide the Guides, for example like that. And you will see just the trimmed version of your artwork and nothing more, which can be highly satisfying.
And it is just a preview effect that is happening right there on the fly. All right, so how did I create this little trim layer? Well, remarkably easily as it turned out. I'll go ahead and twirl open trim and just turn that Path outline off for a moment. I'll select my trim layer just to make sure it is active, then I'll press Shift+Tab once again to rid of my palettes. I'll go grab my Rectangle tool, and then I'll drag from one corner of the Artboard to the other corner of the Artboard. And assuming that you have Snap to Artboard turned on, Illustrator will go ahead and snap the rectangle to the boundary of the Artboard.
All right, now you want to go ahead and stroke this path with white. Now, in my case both the Fill and the Stroke are set to none. That's very important that the Fill is set to none by the way. So make sure that's in place. Then go over to your Stroke and set it to white for the meantime, we'll be changing that in just a moment, but this works well for now. Then I want you to raise that Stroke value to something enormous, like 100 points or something along those lines and press the Enter or Return key. Now, that encroaches on the artwork because you are stroking in and out from the path outline.
So, let's go ahead and switch that by clicking on the word Stroke to bring up the Stroke palette, and then Align Stroke to the Outside, like so, by clicking this third icon and that will move the stroke out. Now the only problem with this solution, if you zoom out you will see that we have a white stroke set against a very light background, that very light pasteboard. So, what do we do about that? Well, by default that pasteboard is showing up is 5% black. So, I'm going to Shift+Tab back up my palettes, I'm going to switch to the Stroke here inside the Color palette, and I'm going to increase my K value to 5 like so. And then press the Return key in order to accept that modification, and now everything blends beautifully.
So, now if you turn off trim, you are going to see the full bleed. And if you turn on the trim layer, you are going to see the trimmed version of the artwork. Now, this is just for previewing folks. Before you submit this to your commercial printer, it is very important that you turn trim off so that the Bleed is there because you need the Bleed in order to create a full bleed. You need that artwork exceeding the boundaries of the Artboard in order to get a real Bleed effect. Anyway, so it is just something to preview with, take it or leave it. It is up to you. And then if you want to bring your Guides and your Bleed boundary, you would click on the View menu, choose Guides, and then choose Show Guides like so. Or press Ctrl+semicolon Command+ semicolon on the Mac, and that's it.
Actually, though I want to end it with the trim on because it is so beautiful. And then I'm going to Shift+Tab away my palettes, and zoom on in here. This is my final version of the artwork with the Guides hidden. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to embed a layered Photoshop composition complete with layer comps into Illustrator.
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