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

Pucker & Bloat


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Pucker & Bloat

Oh man, you should have seen the previous exercise. We took a bunch of circles here and we mutilated them. Dude. If that sounds like circle mutilation is something you think you might be into, then get ye to the previous exercise pronto. Meanwhile, if you want to catch up with me, I'm working inside of this document called Twisted circles.ai that resides inside the 08_select_enhance folder, and it contains my thoroughly mutilated circles. We've got one circle left to abuse however.
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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

Pucker & Bloat

Oh man, you should have seen the previous exercise. We took a bunch of circles here and we mutilated them. Dude. If that sounds like circle mutilation is something you think you might be into, then get ye to the previous exercise pronto. Meanwhile, if you want to catch up with me, I'm working inside of this document called Twisted circles.ai that resides inside the 08_select_enhance folder, and it contains my thoroughly mutilated circles. We've got one circle left to abuse however.

We want to take this outer circle here in scallop its edges, do this little sort of dinky dink effect right there. So I'm going to grab my black arrow tool from the toolbox and I'm going to click on this outer circle. This time around we don't need to copy it because we're not going to paste it back in. We're just going to edit it once and only once here. Now these scallops occur between anchor points, so we need many more anchor points in this shape. Right now we just have four anchor points at 90-degree increments along the circle. So go up to the Object menu, choose Path and choose Add Anchor Points.

That doubles the number of anchor points, so that we have an anchor point at each of 45-degrees along the circle. That's not enough. We need to double that, so go back to the Object menu, choose Path and choose Add Anchor Points again to double the number of anchor points again so that we have 16 anchor points in all. Next I want you to go up to the Filter menu. The Filter menu provides you access to static effects inside of Illustrator. And I want you to choose Distort, and I want you to choose this guy right here: Pucker & Bloat.

And what Pucker & Bloat does is it allows you to twist path segments inward and outward. Check it out here. I'm going to turn on the Preview checkbox and then I'll drag negative with this value, which goes into Pucker territory and you'll see what happens. That is perhaps too much Pucker to figure out what's going on. We go ahead and scallop the edges inward as you can see here. It creates this nice sunshine effect, and that's the effect of puckering a circle that has lots and lots of anchor points.

It you Bloat, you go the other direction and you get an outer scalloping effect. In this case we get something resembling a flower. Isn't that nice? Well that's too much, so let's take this value down to 10% and it looks like this kind of scalloping right here. It looks delightful. Click OK in order to accept that effect. So we've got our core lace lines in place ready to go. Now notice that every single one of these lines has a double stroke effect, but all of the double strokes are overlapping each other. We want them to merge together. We want to merge those strokes, so what do we do? We'll combine them into a compound path. So I'm going to Alt-click or Option-click on the layer, on the Just circles layer, to select all of the paths on this layer. Then I'm going to go up to the Object menu. I'm going to choose Compound Path and I'm going to choose Make.

And that will make these items, that will combine these items into a single compound path. Believe it or not Illustrator believes this now to be a single path, and you can see that if you twirl open the Just circles layer, you will see, I'll go ahead and make the Layers palette a little wider so that we can see this. You can see a single item called Compound Path. I can't even twirl it open. You can get the individual path if you want to using the white arrow tool, but you can't twirl them open inside the Layers palette. That's how convinced Illustrator is that these are all one path when combined together. Isn't that amazing? All right, and that's why it's gone ahead and stroked the path as if it were one path. Awesome, Okay so we're done. So deselect the path, turn on One shy so that we can see the entire completed effect on screen.

It's amazing what you can do by just selecting things inside of Illustrator we've seen how to select paths, we've seen how to select points, we've seen how to select segments, we've seen how to select up and down the stack, and along the way we learned some other things. We saw the Transform Each command. We learned how to apply multiple strokes. We learned how to make a compound path. And that's just the beginning of what we learned. We learned how to start an amazing corporate marketing campaign all built around a horrible character like Uzz. We learned so much inside of these exercises, and I hope really legitimately you enjoyed yourself, and if you thought that was fine, you have got to check out Pathfinder operations in the very next chapter.

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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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