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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 we are going to finish off this document with quite the piece de resistance, as you'll see. We are going to render our type in graphite and not just any old graphite, but live editable graphite. By which I mean that when you're actually coloring with graphite, you are sort of locked into that color that you used in the first place. When you are applying graphite here inside of Illustrator you can change the color afterward. So you will see, it's awesome! So what I want you to do is make sure that you have your document opened in front of you on screen. If you don't for whatever reason, then you can open my progress file. It's called All but the graphite.ai. So the entire poem is done except for the graphite of course, and this document is found inside the 08_type folder.
Now, we are going to select all of the type, whether it's inside this one story, the poem story or part of the title or the byline. By going over to the Layers palette, look at that My text layer right there, I want you to Alt-click on it or Option-click, not on the meatball or anything like that, just in some empty portion of the layer here. Alt- click or Option-click in order to select the entire contents of that layer, so that's going to include the title and the byline as you can see. Then I want you to go over to the Graphic Styles palette which is this guy right there, Graphic Styles which is different than Character Styles and Paragraph Styles down here. In that it is applicable to graphic objects and there is a world of things that you can do with Graphic Styles.
Anyway, go ahead and click on this icon to bring it up, if you can't find the icon, then you would want to go to the Window menu and choose Graphic Styles or press Shift+F5. That does the trick as well. Then you'll see this Graphic Styles palette. Now there is not a lot of Graphic Styles available to us. There is this one right here, which is Background which actually affects these background objects to some extent, and then we have this one called Graphite. Notice, in that little tooltip there, it's telling us that we can right-click for a larger preview. So let's go ahead and right-click or on the Mac you could press Ctrl-click if you don't have a right mouse button. Notice, by the way you've got to keep the mouse button down, so right-click and hold is really what they mean.
Notice you get this. Not only is it a big preview kind of, it's big for a thumbnail anyway, but it's going ahead and applying Graphite to the text. And in our case, it decided to choose, Look! You tooks it off again! What ams I doing wrong? Presumably because that's the forward object in the stack. So you can see your style applied to whatever is active inside your document. All right, that doesn't do us too much good, because it's so tiny, but still, it's a very cool thing. Now we could just click on the style to apply it, but before you do, I want you to make one change, I want you to go over to the palette menu right there, click on it, and I want you to turn off Override Character Color.
What this is going to allow us to do, by turning this option off we can go ahead and colorize our Graphite effect. So our Graphite effect is currently set to black but we can apply some other color if we want to. And notice now the option is off of course, because I went ahead and chose it. All right, now we're ready to go ahead and apply Graphite by clicking on it, like so, in a matter of moments we get this little sketchy graphite effect. I'm going to go ahead and hide the Graphic Styles palette. Let's go ahead and zoom in here a little bit so that we can see the style up close and personal. Now I want you to click off of the text to deselect everything and let's say at this point you're thinking, all right, this black text looks great for the poem, the only thing I want to change is the title. I want a different color for the title, so you triple click inside that title in order to select the entire thing. And then I want you to go over to the Color palette by clicking on its tab right there or by pressing the F6 key, of course.
For me this text is set to a swatch of Black 1. I want to go ahead and covert it to its CMYK values by clicking on this little CMYK convert button there. And then we'll see this variety of CMYK values that are making up this rich black. To switch it to some other color let's just sample a color from the CMYK Spectrum bar. So I'll click inside this blue to make it active. Now we can't really see what that text looks like after colorizing it because we're seeing basically an inverted version of the blue color, which isn't really doing us any good. So what I want you to do is press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to hide those selection boundaries and the highlighting and everything.
The text is still active, but we can see what the text is really looking like now. And I could say well, you know what, let's sort of take off the magenta a little bit so we get more of a cyan effect. Or I could say you know what, let's go ahead and add some yellow in order to get more greenish type, and actually I want quite a bit of yellow and I want to back off the blue just ever so slightly, something that more or less matches the border, let's say. And then we add just a little bit of black to darken things up and that's the final effect. Now, something to note about Ctrl+H is that it stays active. So if I were to go down here to the word Here's and double click on it, we don't see that Here's is active at this point. And if I press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac, I'll actually delete that word. So it can be a little dangerous not to know where your selection edges are. I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z to undo that maneuver there.
Just make sure that after you get done hiding a highlight in order to see what's going on that you press Ctrl+H once again or Command+H once again to bring back your highlights. Notice throughout this whole thing, this is all editable. I could change the title of my poem if I wanted to, to something else such as fat sock or something along those lines. I don't want to do that. I'm going to press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac because I like my title. But you can edit it despite the fact that we have this wonderful, dynamic effect applied to our text. As I was saying earlier on, I'm devoting an entire chapter later on in this series to live effects inside of Illustrator, potentially the most powerful feature in the software. It's amazing, amazing stuff! We are now done with this document folks. In the next exercise, we're going to be taking a look at another project in which the text is all laid out on a single page that will afford us the opportunity to see still more formatting attributes inside Illustrator.
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