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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.
Name you may recall that Uzz has eyelashes. If I turn on the Articulates layer here you can see those eyelashes, and don't be thinking, I decided to give Uzz those eyelashes. Those eyelashes are part of the original Anasazi petroglyph here. The Anasazi elders in their wisdom gave Uzz, well I call him Uzz, I don't know what they called him, gave Uzz some eyelashes to make him pretty, and so he could give the other gods butterfly kisses. I expect that too.
All right so I'm going to switch back to my version of Uzz right here, and I'm working by the way inside the Save selections.ai document that's available to you inside the 08_select_enhance folder, and it does contain the selections, the saved selections that we saved off in the previous exercise. Isn't that awesome? So you can see them there, they are saved as part of the illustration. So we need to get to work here, creating these eyelashes. So I'm going to turn off the Articulates layer and notice that as his eye is a little different. I drew his pupil bigger this time around than I did when I created that Articulates layer. That's okay. His eye's probably dilated cause he's in a darker environment. Perhaps you turned down the lights.
So I'm going to go ahead now and turn on the Circle eye layer and I'm going to turn off the Primitives layer so that we can see where we're starting basically with these eyelashes. I've got these eyelashes ready to go on the Circle eye layer. Notice that they are arranged around a circle, and you might wonder why in the world did I do that? Why didn't I just put them around an ellipse since Uzz's eye, his eye-head is an elliptical formation. Well rotating, and of course I'd use the Rotate Tool in order to create instances of these eyelashes here, rotating is a circular operation, and there's nothing you can do about that. It's always a circular operation.
Let me show you how it works, why don't I? I'll go ahead and select these eyelashes by dragging around them like so, and notice that I'm dragging, I'm marqueeing with the black arrow tool. So I select these eyelashes, the right hand eyelashes and the central circle. Now I'm going to press the Shift key and marquee on this side of the eyelashes taking care not to get the central eyelash. I want to keep that one, that'll be our core eyelash. The one that we'll duplicate over and over again. I'll just Shift-drag around these left-hand eyelashes and because I had the Shift key down I'm going to invert the selection. So I'm going to select the eyelashes and deselect the circle, like so. Works out pretty nicely.
Now press the Backspace or the Delete key on the Mac to leave just this, this cute little head with his hair on the top of it. Actually it's an eye of course with an eyelash. The eye that is the circle has a center point associated with it. If the circle is deselected though you can't see it, in the Preview mode. In the Outline mode you can. So let's go ahead and press the Control key or the Command key on the Mac and click on the eye in front of Circle eye, the eyeball here in the Layers palette in order to switch to the Outline mode for this one layer and now you can see the center point as a little X.
Now I want you to grab the eyelash, the one remaining eyelash here, we plucked out all the other ones, ouch. And now go and get the Rotate Tool by pressing the R key or selecting the tool from the toolbox of course. I'm going to go ahead and Alt-click or Option-click on that center point in the circle in order to bring up the Rotate dialog box, and I'm going to enter a value of 15.5 degrees, just cause I know that is how far I rotated the eyelashes, and now I'm going to click on the Copy button. Notice I have Preview turned on. I'll click on the Copy button in order to invoke that rotation. Now I'm going to press Control+D and I'm going to do it five times in a row.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5. That would be Command+D five times in a row on a Mac, and that's because I want a total of seven eyelashes, six on the left-hand side. Now this point, it occurs to me that it might be a good idea to go ahead and save these left-hand eyelashes as a selection, for reasons that will become clear later. It is a really good idea cause we're going to need to be able to select those eyelashes independently. So I'm going to go ahead and marquee them, like so with the black arrow tool. Shift-click on the circle to deselect it, easiest way to select those eyelashes. Now I'm going to go up to the Select menu, and I'm going to choose Save Selection, and I'm going to call them left lashes like so, and then I'm going to click OK.
So right now left lashes just includes those left-hand eyelashes. If I chose the command just to make sure, like I cleared it out by choosing buttons or something, and then the buttons become selected, and now go over here and I'll choose left lashes and now the left eyelashes become selected, so it's working out just the way I want it to. Now we need to take those eyelashes and we need to transform them, we need to flip them about the circle. So I'm going to go grab my Reflect Tool. I could do that by pressing the O key, of course. I'm going to Alt-click on that center point once again, that's an Option-click on a Mac.
I'll say Vertical axis yes. Preview is turned on, so I can see that it works out nicely. I'll click Copy, and I got them over there. Now check this out. I'm going to click off of these eyelashes, I'll go up to the Select menu and I'll choose left lashes, gets all of them. When you save a selection Illustrator keeps track of clones of that selection as well. So anything you cloned from that selection becomes part of the larger selection definition. And if you want to change that, well, it's a fair amount of work, it turns out. I'm going to go ahead and drag around these lashes in order to select them and then Shift-click on the circle to deselect it. Now I'll go up to the Select menu and I'll choose the Save Selection command, and I'll call these right lashes. And this will just be the right eyelashes this time, because after all, I'm not going to clone from them. Now I'll select the left lashes, deselect the circle, go up to the Select menu, choose Save Selection.
I'll name them left lashes, the same thing I named them before and I would expect to see Illustrator say, Do you want to replace the other selection? But it doesn't. So what do I got to do? Well I deselect that selected item. I go up to the Select menu and I Edit Selection. Now Edit Selection doesn't allow you to redefine a selection. It's not that smart. You can only rename selections and delete them. Well, I'm going to have to delete one cause I've got these left lashes, the first group of left lashes, that's bad. That's all the lashes. And I could go ahead and name it. I'll go ahead and rename it all lashes, what the heck, Instead of deleting it. And then I would go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification.
Now, you might think, Gosh wouldn't it be great if you could change the order of these selections, so that left was in front of right, because you think left-to-right, of course because that's the way we read. Anyway you can't. You can't change the order of selections. They're always in the order that you created them. So that's kind of a bummer, but that's the way it is. But now you can check them out. All lashes gets all the lashes, and I'll go up here and choose right lashes and that just gets the right-hand lashes, his left of course. Then I'll choose left lashes and that gets his right lashes, the ones that look like they're on the left for us. Hmmm excellent.
Now I'm going to switch back to the Preview mode so that we can see that we've done a good job. We have, but there's still that big but hanging in the air, and the but is that we want to be able the scale this circle, so that it fits an oval. These eyelashes have to go around an oval and we're going to be scaling the lashes and the circle starting in the next exercise.
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