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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise I'm going to demonstrate the Rectangle and Rounded Rectangle tools, fairly straightforward tools I think, but I just want to make sure you are familiar with them because they are quite useful actually for drawing your rectangles and squares. Now I'm working inside of a catch-up document here. I'll save progress thus far as now for the rectangles.ai, and I'm going to go ahead and turn on the calendar layer so that we can see it once again. And I'm going to turn on the rectangles layer and I'm going to target the rectangles layer, and I'm going to target the rectangle's layer and I'm going to change its Opacity to 50%, and I'm then going to lock it, and we are going to move to the My drawing layer, and we are going to begin to trace these shapes.
So I'm going to grab the Rectangle tool. Now of course the Rectangle tool has different ways to use it, different keyword tricks here, and they should be pretty familiar by now. I'm going to go ahead and draw with the Rectangle tool. Press the Spacebar to move it to a different location. I'll release the Spacebar and continue to drag. If I press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, I'm going to draw from the center outward my friends, and I'll go ahead and release that key, so I can show you that it goes back to corner to corner when you release the key. I'll press the Shift key in order to draw a square. Those are my options, friends. So how do we go about drawing this thing right there, this rectangle that we need to draw that I'm completely off alignment for, right? No, perish the thought. I'll just go ahead and move it up there like so, and I'm doing that by pressing and holding the Spacebar, so that I can move that guide into fly, and then we will drag it down here, what am I doing with this Shift key down, I don't need that, and I'll just go ahead and release the Shift key, and I now have an align shape, beautiful, I'll complete the drawing by releasing the mouse button.
Now I don't really recommend the Rounded Rectangle tool, because there is better ways to round shapes. There is this thing called the Dynamic Effect that's available the Effect menu. You go to Stylize, and you choose this guide right there, Round Corners, and then you can change the rounded corners well after the fact. So you can apply Round Corners to your rectangle, and then you can change the roundness later on down the line, but that just take a little more experience inside the program. We will be discussing Live Effects, but not for a little while. But just bear in mind that's the better way to work when we get to it. But in case you are impatient to make a rounded rectangle, here is what you do. The end is editable, but you can grab that Rounded Rectangle tool right there, and then you can draw, and you can see that we have got rounded corners going on, and everything works just the way we saw, it's Spacebar, Shift, Alt, Slash, Option, all that stuff works the same. We also have the arrow keys.
So if you wan to increase the roundness of the corners, you can press -- and I'm holding actually the up arrow key, and if you want to decrease the roundness of the corners on the fly as you are drawing them, then you press and you can even hold the down arrow key. So that will change those corners on the fly, which is great, I love that feature, but as soon as I get done drawing the shape, then there is no easy way to modify that specific shape. It is now a static shape that we have drawn. You can of course get your White Arrow tool, if you want to, and you can click or click off in order to deselect, and then you click on one of these points and I can move them. So there is all kinds of editing I can do. I can really make a wacky shape here if I want to, starting from this initial shape, and I haven't really taught you how to use control handles yet, but you can just see that things are possible. Wackiness is possible. I can make this very, very strange sort of loaf of bread or whatever it is, but to just modify the roundness of these corners numerically, that's not possible.
All right, so anyway, there is a loaf of bread. We are not going to use that actually for the Tonalpohualli calendar here, so I'm going to click on it with the Black Arrow tool, and I'm going to press Backspace or Delete to get rid of it. Now let's go and zoom in on this top rectangle. I'll show you that you do have the capacity to edit that rectangle if you are not happy with it. Like for example I'm noticing it's not in alignment, even though I thought it was when I drew it, it's not in alignment. So I can press Ctrl+Y, Command+Y on a Mac, and I can see exactly how out of alignment it is. This one that's up a little bit and over to the left little bit, that's the bad one. I want to match it to the one that's over to the right a little bit and down a little bit and Ctrl+Y you may recall, Command+Y on the Mac, then invoked the Outline Mode that we are in right now.
What you do is you grab that White Arrow tool there. Alt+ Click on that corner point in order to select all of them. What I would do is I would just kind of drag it down like this into alignment, so that we get the points aligned properly. The reason we are not getting any snapping now-- it's a kind of a problem right now. We are not getting snapping because the calendar that we are trying to snap to is locked. So let's unlock it, and now if I drag this corner down it should snap into alignment, it does. Good for us. All right, now click off of it to deselect everything. Click here on this point, and then Shift click on this point to select those two points like so. So we just are selecting this edge right there, and then what you do is-- I don't want to drag the bottom one, I'll undo that modification. I want to drag the top one, and I'm pressing the Shift key as I drag, just to make sure I'm constraining the angle of the drag to horizontal there and I'll drag it over to the right and then that's aligned properly. And then I could do the same thing for the bottom of the shape if I were so inclined, I can click on this bottom point since it's not selected, and Shift click on this one in order to make them both selected like so, and I'll Shift drag them up, and then I'll shift drag it back down, so that they snap into alignment.
Now it's perfectly aligned, so do you have that kind of control if you wanted while you are working with a rectangle? Any shape that you draw in Illustrator is editable on a point by point basis in a case that went by a little quickly, don't worry, I'm devoting an entire chapter to the art of selecting and reshaping inside of Illustrator, it's quite something to behold. Anyway, we are done with that rectangle. Let's go ahead and press Ctrl+Y, Command+Y on the Mac in order to switch back to the Preview Mode. In the next exercise we are going to draw this rectangle at an angle, we are actually going to draw it at an angle, not rotate it, and we are going to do that by rotating the constraint access. Check it out.
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