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Rotating continuously overlapping objects

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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.

Rotating continuously overlapping objects

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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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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