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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.
Welcome to the second project. I'm looking a file called Pirates of Lucky Island.ai and by the end of this project I am going to show you how to use the Scribble Filter which is one of the most powerful dynamic effects in all of Illustrator, in order to create a stylistic match across an illustration, because right now we've got a little bit of a problem in that department. This live trace skull rendering and these stroked clovers in the background just really don't go with each other. So, Scribble Filter will help us in that regard. But before I show you that I want to show you how I created this cloverleaf pattern once again using the Transform effect.
Now I know I'm just absolutely beating on this command and it's especially interesting given that I don't have any intention of covering most of the dynamic effects that Illustrator offers, because Transform is so much better than all of them. It really is that one super practical dynamic effect that you'll be using on a regular basis. And what we are going to do here? I have already showed you how to create a tile pattern back in the Advanced portion of the series, where you repeat a bunch of objects inside of a rectangle. Well, in this case what we are doing is repeating an object by not just duplicating it, but we are reflecting the object horizontally and vertically as well.
And we are also creating a kind of symmetry here, because really all we've got is a single leaf that's repeated over and over again. But that may not seem all that different than what we just experienced with the Snowflake example. After all, the snowflake has six point symmetry, a fourleaf clover has four point symmetry. So it is really just a matter of modifying the Rotate Angle value and the number of copies, right. Well there is no more going on here. I am going to zoom in on this clover and notice the way that the leaves overlap each other. So the leaves are too big to fit next to each other.
So their ends are being overlapping. Every single leaf overlaps his neighbor. So leaf number one, overlaps two, which overlaps three, which overlaps four which comes back again and overlaps one, and that requires a specialized approach. So here's what I would like you to do if you're working along me. Go over to the layers panel and turn off the clovers layer and then turn on the new clovers layer, which contains the base objects. Twirl that layer open and you'll see two objects. There's a leaf group, which is a group of 3 pairs, and then there's a single path called stem.
We are going to start off with leaf group so go ahead and meatball that item and then go up to the Effect menu, choose to Distort & Transform, and choose Transform, or you can press Ctrl+E or Command+E on Mac, if you loaded Dekekeys. Now, let's get a rough start here. Obviously, I want to reflect the leaf horizontally, so I am going to turn on the Reflect X option and I am going to raise the number of copies to one, and I will turn on the Preview check box to see what it looks like. That looks terrible because I've selected the wrong reference point. So I will click in the bottom left point inside of that little matrix there.
Now I've got a big thick stroke going on and I can fix that by the way. That's a 3 pt stroke. I just happened to know that. So, I can enter 3 points in to the Horizontal Move option like so and that will create an exact match. That will take care of that problem. But that's not what I want to do, because if I were to work from this transformation right here, it's a base transformation, and then repeat it three times in order to create the other clover leaves, I wouldn't get that overlap pattern I'm looking for. So, instead what I need to do is I'm going to change my Angle value to -90 and I get this effect here.
So not only flipping but I am also rotating that base leaf and I'm going to get rid of that horizontal nudge value, because we're going to re-apply that nudge in the next step. All right these are the various values you need to apply. One copy, Reflect X on, bottom left point in the matrix, and -90 degrees for your Rotate value then click OK. Now we're ready to heap on another transform by going up to the Effect menu and I could choose one of these first two commands, but I want to start from scratch. So I am going to go down a Distort & Transform and choose Transform again.
Illustrator of course is going to warn me that this is not the way to edit my last transformation. I'll be applying new effect, which is exactly what I want. If you feel like you got this one mastered, you can turn on the Don't Show Again check box. I however find this to be a helpful alert message, so I am going to leave it up and I'll go ahead and click on Apply New Effect and then I am going to change the angle value to 90 degrees. I'm to go ahead and turn on that bottom left corner point in the matrix and I'm going to request a single copy upfront and then turn on the Preview check box to see what it looks like.
And notice how we've got that gap going on once again. That is we have the Double Stroke effect, the stroke is too thick, so I am going to now enter a Move value of 3 points like so, then press Tab key, and now everything aligns exactly the way it should and I will nudge that copies value up to two and then three and I'm just pressing the Up Arrow key on the keyboard and we end up getting this effect here. It looks awesome and notice every single one of leafs overlap its neighbor. Now click OK in order to accept that modification and I want to apply one more change.
I want to rotate the leaf little bit so it's not strictly speaking up and down and I also want to reflect it. I actually want the leaves to overlap each other the other way, just because that's what I want. So, I will go up to the Effect menu, choose to Distort & Transform, choose Transform yet again, click on the Apply New Effect button, turn on Reflect X, and go and change the Angle value to 45 degrees. The center point is fine for the origin point of this transformation. Turn on the Preview check box to see what it looks like. It looks awesome and then click OK in order to accept that effect.
All right, so that's our base fourleaf clover. In the next exercise, I will show you how to turn it into a reflective tile pattern.
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