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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
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Replicating symbols in perspective


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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Replicating symbols in perspective

In this exercise we are going to introduce a symbol into our perspective scene. This is something I have created in advance for you, and we'll see just how flexible symbols can be. I have saved my progress as Roof in place.ai, it's found inside the 28_perspective folder, and I am going to go ahead and switch to the Perspective 1 layer for now, and I am going to bring up my Symbols panel. And you can see here, inside this Symbols panel next to facade is a symbol called panes. Go ahead and drag it and drop it into your scene like so, and then go ahead and switch to your Perspective Selection tool, which you can get by pressing Shift+V and I want you to switch to the left- hand pane here inside of the widget.
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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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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
13h 5m Advanced Jan 28, 2011

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Replicating symbols in perspective

In this exercise we are going to introduce a symbol into our perspective scene. This is something I have created in advance for you, and we'll see just how flexible symbols can be. I have saved my progress as Roof in place.ai, it's found inside the 28_perspective folder, and I am going to go ahead and switch to the Perspective 1 layer for now, and I am going to bring up my Symbols panel. And you can see here, inside this Symbols panel next to facade is a symbol called panes. Go ahead and drag it and drop it into your scene like so, and then go ahead and switch to your Perspective Selection tool, which you can get by pressing Shift+V and I want you to switch to the left- hand pane here inside of the widget.

And I'm going to go ahead and drag this guy into place over here on the right-hand portion of the building, and drop it into place. Now we've got a set of Windows which is awesome. Now I want to replicate these windows; all over the place in fact. So I am going to go ahead and drag the windows over to the left-hand side of the scene, and I'm pressing the Shift key as I drag to constrain the angle of my drag, and before I release, I'll press the Alt or Option key, and that will ensure that I create a clone at a similar location inside of my scene over on the left-hand side of the building.

Now I am going to nudge things over by pressing the Right Arrow key, but that seems like it's nudging that window too far, so I am just going to go ahead and drag it back a little bit and I should really press the Shift key. Well, I perform that drag and you know what, I'm just going to zoom way the heck in here. And I'll go ahead and drag back a little bit while pressing the Shift key, until I move the Windows to about there let's say. All right! Now I'll go ahead and zoom out. At this point these windows should have a kind of drop shadow, and the reason I am introducing a drop shadow is I want them to have a kind of beveled effect, and you could try to apply something like a 3D extrusion.

We'll see out how to extrude in 3D space in the next chapter. However, when we are working in perspective like this, a drop shadow is an easier solution. So I am going to Shift+Click in the right-hand windows to add them to the selection and I don't need that bounding box. So I am going to press Ctrl+Shift+B, Command+Shift+B on the Mac to get rid of it. Then I am going to go up to the Effect menu and choose Stylize and then I'll choose Drop Shadow or if you have loaded Dekekeys, you've got that shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+E, Command+Option+E on the Mac, and I believe these are the settings I am looking for this time around, and that is to say that I have set them all to Multiply of course, Opacity cranked all the way up to 100%, X Offset -1.5, Y Offset -0.5 point, and then Blur 1 point, Color is set to Black, that's it.

Click OK, and then to get a sense of what that looks like, press Ctrl+H, Command+H on the Mac. Not necessarily the most realistic window effect, but I think it fits with the cartoon sort of approach to the scene. All right! Having done that, I am going to go ahead and press Ctrl+H, Command+H again in order to bring back the selection edges. Click off those path outlines, click on the right-hand windows to select them independently of the left-hand ones. Go ahead and drag this window without pressing any keys at this point, up onto the left here, onto the facade and then press the Alt key or the Option key in the Mac in order to duplicate those windows in the place.

Now why aren't we seeing the Windows? Because they're too low in stacking order. So I will go ahead and drag this orange square, up into the Perspective 2 layer like so, so that we bring the windows into the program. You know those windows are too small in my opinion. So I'll press Ctrl+Shift+B, Command+Shift+B on the Mac in order to bring up my bounding box, and then I'm going to Shift+Alt+Drag, or Shift+Option+Drag one of the corners handles. The reason I am pressing these keys is, Shift, is ensuring that I'm constraining the windows proportionally, and Alt or Option ensures that I scale the windows from the center outward.

Until I get something like this here, and I'll press the Down Arrow key a few times in order to scoot those windows down. That looks pretty good to me. All right! Now I want to go ahead and move the windows onto a different side of the house. So I am going to go ahead and drag these windows, and you know what, I don't want to drag the big window. So, I'll undo that. I'll go ahead and switch to these windows here, instead. And I'll drag them over here onto the right-hand wall and I'll press the 3 key of course in order to switch to the right pane. However, look what's happening to the windows, and this kind of stuff happens routinely when you're working with the perspective gird.

I fundamentally do not understand why this kind of transformation is occurring. I suppose it has something to do with the way I have my pane setup, but I'll tell you, it is a pain, that's for sure, pun intended. I'll go ahead and press the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac and release in order to bring those windows onto that wall. Again, they're on the wrong layer, so I'll go ahead and drag this orange square up onto the Perspective 2 layer here inside the layers panel, and I still have my Bounding Box active. So I will just go ahead and reduce the height of my windows and I'll expand their width as well, by dragging that side handle and then I will press the Left Arrow key to nudge those windows to the left a little bit, and I might tuck the windows up a little bit as well,, like so. All right! Now, I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H and I have got to press Ctrl+Shift+B or Command+Shift+B as well, to get rid of all the interface doodads.

My drop shadows are now at the wrong angle. So if I wanted the windows to be indented into this dovey house here, then I need to switch the angle of the drop shadow and I am going to do that in the Appearance panel, by clicking on Drop Shadow, while this item is selected which it is. And I'm just going to change to negative X offset value to positive, and then just to make sure I have got it right, I'll turn on the Preview check box, that looks fine to me, click OK, in order except that change. All right! Now we need to add the windows over here on the far right wall. So I will go ahead and drag those windows so they are still selected, and once I get them on the right hand wall, now they are just dinky.

I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac in order to clone them to this location. Boo! I say to that. So I will press Ctrl+Shift+B or Command+Shift+B on the Mac to bring back my bounding box, and you know what, I'm just going to drag a corner handle. I am not pressing the Shift key or anything. I'm just dismayed by the appearance of this window right now. This looks better to me. Once I get it to a decent size like -- and I think about this, I'll go ahead and drag by pressing the Shift key and the Alt key, so that I can clone those windows into a different location, like so.

If you decide you want the windows to be bigger at this point or smaller what have you, then I would undo that last modification and then change the size of the windows like so and then re-clone them, so that each of the windows is of the same size and perspective on this wall. So I'm pressing the Shift and Alt keys, Shift and Option on the Mac, drop those windows into place, looks good. I'll go ahead and grab both of the windows and scoot them over by pressing the Left Arrow key a few times. All right! Great! Now I'll click off, click on one set of Windows; drag them out to the top, like so.

Some of the stuffs are really great, like this, My Gosh! Just moves in a perspective. Awesome! Press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. Let's make these windows bigger by Shift+Alt+Dragging them, and may be, maybe not Shift. Well, yeah, let's keep the Shift key down, what the heck? And of course, the windows are in front of the balcony, that's not realistic. I don't think. So I'm going to go ahead with the Black Arrow tool, because I am sick of working with that other tool, and I will Shift+Click on these guys like this. So I've got all the windows on the side of the house selected. Ctrl+Shift+B Command+Shift+B on the Mac, to hide the bounding box.

Press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac so that I bring back the selection edges. Go to the layers panel and let's go ahead and drag this purple box this time from Perspective 2 down to Perspective 1, so that we move the windows behind the -- what is that I thing, balcony, and then go to the Appearance panel, this drop shadow is a little bit too big. Go ahead and click on the word drop shadow there, and I'm going to take the Offset value down to 1. So, not that much lower, but just a little bit lower and then click OK and that mitigates the drop shadows just a little bit and we get this effect here.

Now, you may look at this and say, well, okay, that's great! You've just got done duplicating a bunch of windows, but why did you have to do that with a symbol? I mean what was the point? You could have done that with four squares and they just would have been repeated over and over again. Well, I will show you the point of having worked with the symbols, because now we can update all the windows in one fell swoop in the very next exercise.

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A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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