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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.
All right in this exercise, I want to show you how we assemble the eyelashes. You may recall that Zorble has eyelashes, the final version in the Articulates layer right there. He has got these eyelashes around his head and that's because that's the way the Anasazi made him. They wanted those eyelashes in the first place. That petroglyph that we were working from. I will go ahead and turn off Articulates here. Even though Zorble is I guess kind of a dangerous guy, sort of evil, since he wants to absorb us. He still is fairly dapper and he is pretty. So how are we going to create the eyelashes? Well, I'm going to go ahead and turn on this Circle eye layer right here and turn off Primitives. And I can leave Other stuff on for now.
And let's go ahead just for laughs, let's go ahead and lock down that Other stuff layer once again. I'm working by the way inside of a document that I created for you called Saved selections.ai found inside the 10_select_enhance folder and it does contain the saved selections. There they are. We've got eye-head and buttons and fleshy bits all there ready and waiting for you if you like. Now here is the Circle eye layer. All right, so these are obviously the eyelashes around a circle. Why in the world did I create them around a circle instead of around an ellipse? Because obviously Zorble's head is elliptical.
Well, the reason is because in order to create the rotated eyelashes, if you are going to duplicate the eyelashes by rotating them which of course you are. Then you are going to have to work with the circle. Rotating is a circular operation, always is, always will be, there is nothing you can do about that because you are rotating around a central origin there. So the idea is to assemble these eyelashes or whatever you would be assembling here they don't have to be eyelashes. You would assemble them for starters around a circle and then you would modify them to fit in an ellipse or some other shape as we will be doing. So you will see that in later exercise, some really great techniques coming your way. But let's go ahead and create these eyelashes for starters.
So I'm going to go ahead and select the right-hand eyelashes like so by marqueeing around them with the Black Arrow tool and so I select not only the lashes, but also the circle on the inside. If I press the Shift key and marquee these lashes everybody but the top lash notice that. I'm going to not only add the eyelashes on the left-hand side to the selections, I'm also going to take away the circle from the selection like so because when you have the Shift key down, you are always inverting that selection the area inside your marquee anyway.
And so I have selected all these eyelashes now, let's get rid of them by pressing the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac and we are just left with this cute little hair coming out up the top of this circle. So it's either a pumpkin or a bomb or something else cute like that. Now let's go ahead and click on that top hair, this is the one that we are going to duplicate over and over again. I want to duplicate it around the center point. I can't really see the center point unless I click on the shape to select it and even then Illustrator's ability to show you the center point that's frankly a little bit buggy. It doesn't always work in the Preview mode. You can see it right there, but it kind of flashed up on screen and then kind of went away and it's fairly typical actually of the way Illustrator works.
So let's click off of this shape. The better thing to do is to switch over to the Outline mode and assuming we want to switch over to the Outline mode for just this layer, then you Ctrl-click or Command-click on that eyeball. So we get the little Orphan Annie eyeball and there it is. There is the center point. Now we can see it. Now click on this little sort of hair right there and grab your Rotate tool of course and then we want to Alt-click or Option-click on that center point right on it. So that's an Alt-click on the PC and Option-click on the Mac. I just happen to know that I want to rotate this guy 15.5 degrees. Let's turn on Preview, so we can see.
So I kept track of that when I was actually applying my manual adjustments. I did this manually originally and now we are just doing it from the dialog box to make it easier to replicate and then I'm going to click on the Copy button in order to copy the hair. All right I want five more copies of that hair. So I'm going to press Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac five times in a row. So one, two, three, four, five again that was Ctrl+D on the PC Command+D on the Mac. Now let's go ahead and save those eyelashes off as a selection because these are the left-hand lashes, we are going to want flip them to make the right-hand lashes and I want to show you something about saving selections out how, you know some other situations you can run into when you are taking advantage of that function.
So I'm going to go ahead and Shift+Drag around those lashes taking care not to get the top one. I did get the circle though of course. So I'll just Shift-click on it to turn it off then go on to the Select menu, choose Save Selection and I'll call this left lashes even though they are his right lashes. But still for us they are left. Click OK in order to save out that selection. All right, now I'm going to go over to the Rotate tool, click and hold and choose the Reflect tool instead. I can also press the O key if I wanted to. And I'm going to Alt-click once again right there at that center point that's an Option-click on the Mac and make sure your Axis is set to Vertical as it is for me and that Preview is turned on. So you can see what you are doing and then click Copy in order to copy those over.
Now here is an interesting thing for you. If I were to get my Black Arrow tool, click off the paths in order to deselect them, go up to the Select menu and choose left lashes. Notice what happens, it goes ahead and selects all of those lashes except for the top ones because it keep track of not only the original saved selected paths, but also any clones of them. So you are essentially changing your Save Selection on the fly. So what you do if you want to keep them separate from each other. Well, let's say that I want to go ahead and save these guys as the right-hand lashes which is what I'm going to do I'll go ahead and marquee these right-hand lashes, Shift-click on the eyeball in order to turn it off. Then I'll go up to the Select menu and I'll choose Save Selection and I'll call it right lashes. So that's fairly straight forward click OK.
Then there is no way to go to some command like Edit Selection just lets you rename a selection or delete it. That's all you can do. You can't change the context of a selection, you can't say this is now the selection for left lashes. So I would just make a new one, I would just go ahead and marquee these guys right here and Shift-click on the circle in order to deselect it. So I have the left-hand lashes. I'm not selecting the top one. Go up to the Select menu, choose Save Selection. Now you would think if you name this left lashes that you would at least get an error message from Illustrator saying, hey we already got left lashes, you want to replace it instead, you get nothing.
So you can create as many selections called left lashes as you like. All right, and meanwhile if I choose the original left lashes, it's still all lashes. Oh! So why don't we rename that. I'll go ahead and click off of those shapes to deselect them not necessary, but I'm just doing that. Go up to Select menu choose Edit Selection there is my first left lashes item right there, let's just go ahead and rename it all lashes and click OK. And that renamed those lashes as you can see right there, well they are now called all lashes.
So we can choose all lashes to select all the lashes. You can choose right lashes to choose just the right-hand ones and of course you can choose that final command left lashes, choose just the left-hand one. Now what if you want to change the order. What if you decide, I wanted to be left lashes than right lashes than all lashes. You can choose Edit Selection, but it ain't going to do anything for you here. You can choose all lashes and delete it if you want to. If you are feeling fastidious, let's just say you are for whatever reason you have got to set up the file properly and you want things to be in a right order. Then what you would do is you would choose for example all lashes in order to make sure that you have all the lashes selected and then you go up to the Select menu and in this case we are just assuming, I want all lashes at the end.
So it's okay to have right and then left and then all at the end. Then you would go to Edit Selection and you would click on all lashes and you will click Delete. Then you will click OK but you have got those all lashes selected, they are ready and waiting. So then you would go back to the Select menu, choose Save Selection and choose all lashes and that's tedious. Yes, it is. I admit that. Click OK. But that's the way it is. if you just for some reason need to be fastidious, you can do it. It just takes some extra legwork on your part. All right, so we are now blessed with a bunch of lashes here. I'll Ctrl-click or Command-click on this eyeball once again in order to view those lashes in the Preview mode.
In the next exercise, we are going to take a look at lassoing and scaling points, which is what we are going to need to do to scale these lashes to fit the ellipse.
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