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Repeating the last effect you applied

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I've saved my progress as First leaves.ai. In this exercise, we are going to take this bottom leaf and duplicate it a few times using a repeat application of the Transform function. So, if you're working along with me and you go up to the Effect menu, you'll see two commands right at the outset. Both of them repeat the last applied dynamic effect. The first one, the one that says Apply whatever, in our case Transform, will go ahead and automatically just re-apply that same effect without bringing up a dialog box. Then if you wanted to make some modifications, as you well would in our case because the leaves are going upward when now they need to descend downward, then you go over to the Appearance panel, click on Transform and adjust your settings.

Repeating the last effect you applied

I've saved my progress as First leaves.ai. In this exercise, we are going to take this bottom leaf and duplicate it a few times using a repeat application of the Transform function. So, if you're working along with me and you go up to the Effect menu, you'll see two commands right at the outset. Both of them repeat the last applied dynamic effect. The first one, the one that says Apply whatever, in our case Transform, will go ahead and automatically just re-apply that same effect without bringing up a dialog box. Then if you wanted to make some modifications, as you well would in our case because the leaves are going upward when now they need to descend downward, then you go over to the Appearance panel, click on Transform and adjust your settings.

So that's one way to work. I am going to cancel out of there though and press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac in order to undo that effect. Instead, I will go up to the Effect menu and choose the second command and the difference is that it goes ahead and brings up the dialog box. Notice it has a keyboard shortcut of "Mash Your Fist" +E. that's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E on the PC or Command+Shift+Option+E on the Mac and it brings up that Transform Effect dialog box. Now you might say, "Well Deke, why would we do that when Ctrl+E or Command+E on a Mac, your keyboard shortcut is such an easier way to get to Transform?" Well, if you did that, then all of your values would be zeroed out.

In other words the Scale values would be 100%, the Move values would be 0%, copies would be 1 and so forth. So you just get those default values and you don't have to start essentially over again. All right! I'm going to go ahead and turn on the Preview check box, so I can see what I'm doing, which is something you have to do each and every time. And the reason that preview is turned off by default when you're using dynamic effects is because things can really start slowing down once you start heaping effects on top of each other. Problem is you can't work blind because you are not going to know what you're doing, so you really do have to turn that Preview check box on at some point during the process.

I am going to change my Vertical value for starters here to 13, which is going to go ahead and move those paths downward like so, as soon as I press the Tab key that is. I'm also going to reduce my copies value to 3 and press the Tab key as well. Then finally I want to go ahead and change both my Horizontal and Vertical values to the same thing, 70% a piece. You have to do that independently. There is no way to link the two values together and you'll end up getting this effect right here which works just fine. So as long as you're applying the values you see here on-screen, you will get the same effect I am getting.

I am going to click OK in order to accept that modification. Now, you might want to go ahead and repeat the Transform process for the other leaves as well. For example, these two leaves up here at the top of this branch and the two leaves below. I am going to leave the two leaves below alone for right now because we'll replicate them later and we'll see how that affects the entire snowflake, but let's go ahead and get these top leaves out of the way. I will click on this top-right leaf which I believe I'm calling inside the Layers panel. If I go ahead and Twirl+Open the snowflake layer, it's small leaf 1. Yes indeed, it is.

So you should be able to find these guys. This is 1, this is 2, 3, and 4, as numbered inside the Layers panel. I'm now going to press that keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E, Command+Shift+Option+E on the Mac, and I am going to make some adjustments. This time we'll just work blind because I already know the values I want to import. I am going to change the Horizontal value to 84%, the Vertical scale value to 84% as well. I am going to take the Horizontal Move value to 6.2% and I'm going to take the Vertical value to -2.8%. Now, you may say how in the world did you figure out these values if you didn't turn on the Preview check box? Well, of course I did when I was figuring it out in the first place.

I will go ahead and turn on Preview now so you can see what I'm talking about. By the way, the reason things aren't lining up properly is because I have the wrong reference point selected. In this case, we are going to want to select the bottom reference point. So that guy right there and that will align the leaves better. Especially if I go ahead and take that copies value up to 5 like so and then I will click OK in order to accept that modification. Now, I'll click on this left-hand leaf, which goes by the name small leaf 2 here inside the Layers panel. Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E again, Command+ Shift+Option+E once again on the Mac.

I'm going to take these values up a little bit. I am going to take them up to 88% this time. Again, it's all subjective. I will go ahead and turn on Preview, so we can see what we are doing. We are moving the leaves in totally the wrong direction, so I am going to have to change both of the Move values and I'm going to change the Horizontal value to -4.2 this time around, and then I will change the Vertical value to +3 and we end up getting that effect. Problem is too many copies, so take that copies value down to 3 copies and no more. And that should do. Click OK in order to accept that modification.

So that gives you a sense of how you go about repeating and modifying your last applied settings. In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to transform an entire group of paths at a time.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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