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Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture

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In this exercise we're going to do two things. We're going to save off our new gradient as a swatch, so we can reapply it later if we want to. Then we're going to add some texture to this paddle cushion in the form of a tile pattern. I've gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Gradient cushion.ai and I've gone ahead and selected the cushion object right there. Now, inside the Gradient palette, you can click on the down pointing arrowhead right there and then you click on the floppy disk in order to save off the gradient, if you want to, to the Swatches Library, but if you do that, you won't be able to name the swatch as you create it, instead it will just come up with some default name, like New Gradient Swatch 1 or something along those lines.

Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture

In this exercise we're going to do two things. We're going to save off our new gradient as a swatch, so we can reapply it later if we want to. Then we're going to add some texture to this paddle cushion in the form of a tile pattern. I've gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Gradient cushion.ai and I've gone ahead and selected the cushion object right there. Now, inside the Gradient palette, you can click on the down pointing arrowhead right there and then you click on the floppy disk in order to save off the gradient, if you want to, to the Swatches Library, but if you do that, you won't be able to name the swatch as you create it, instead it will just come up with some default name, like New Gradient Swatch 1 or something along those lines.

So your better option is to go to the Swatches palette, and this is something you could do in the old days as well as the new days here inside of Illustrator. I'm going to make my Swatches palette a little taller. Notice that I have my Swatches set to Large Thumbnail View right there, just in case you're curious, which I find very helpful when working with gradients because otherwise you can't see what the heck you're doing. Then you want to go ahead and click on the little New Swatch icon and go ahead and name this swatch Paddle red or something like that, and then click OK. Now, from this point onward you will see Paddle red listed as one of your options down here at the bottom of this drop-down list right there.

If you want to change its position there inside the list, then you can just drag that gradient to a different location. Like I could drag it before the white to black radiant right there, and now if I click on the down pointing arrowhead, I'll see Paddle red right at the top of the list. Now, to make the list go away incidentally, you don't click on this icon again, you press the Escape key. Now that we've saved our gradient as a swatch, in case we want to use it in the future, let's go ahead and also add a little bit of texturing in a form of this tile pattern right there, Confetti, but don't click on it. If you just click on that Confetti swatch, you will replace your gradient fill that you worked so hard on with this ugly Confetti pattern right here. That we don't want. Not by itself anyway. So go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that modification.

Let's switch over to the Appearance palette, why don't we. The paddle cushion still needs to be selected, so that same object still needs to be selected there. Go ahead and click on Fill in order to make it active, and let's go ahead and create another fill by clicking on this little page icon. You could also add another fill by clicking on the Add New Fill button right there. Either way is going to work in this case. So I'll click on the Page icon, we have a new fill right there. It went ahead and duplicated the previous fill, so it's another copy of that exact same gradient. Why would you want such a thing? Well, you can merge gradients together using blend modes if you like, and I'll show you how to do that later, but right now we're going to add the Confetti texture. So I'm going to replace Fill with Confetti, and I could do that by clicking this down pointing arrowhead and then clicking on the Confetti swatch here inside of this drop-down palette, and now I have that swatch, this tile pattern right here, applied as a second fill in front of my original gradient.

Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to click down here in this region on the word Opacity, and I want to merge this Confetti along with the underlying gradient. So I want to keep the darkness, these little dark flex here, but I want the white to drop away, and the means we want the Multiply blend mode. Now, we're going to be learning more about blend modes when we take a look at Transparency inside of Illustrator. A whopping big useful chapter coming up at the end of the Advanced portion of this series. I think you will find it very beneficial. But in the meantime, just know that Multiply is great for preserving the dark portions of your fill or your object or what have you, and letting the light portions drop away. So when I choose Multiply, white becomes invisible, black stays nice and visible, and we now have this mix of texture and gradient working together.

Now, I think we have too much texture at this point, so I'm going to back off the Opacity value to 50%, like so, press the Tab key in order to invoke the change, and we now have two different kinds of fills, a tile pattern and a gradient, working together inside of this Ping-pong paddle cushion.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 28m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 59s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      4m 47s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 20s
    5. Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
      6m 3s
    6. Loading the CS4 color settings in Bridge CS4
      3m 25s
  2. 1h 53m
    1. From the simple emerges the complex
      42s
    2. Introducing Pathfinder operations
      4m 17s
    3. Editing a compound shape
      4m 39s
    4. Adding to a compound shape
      3m 11s
    5. Inserting a subpath into a compound shape
      3m 56s
    6. Expanding a compound shape
      4m 53s
    7. Assembling primitives
      4m 42s
    8. Preparing a template in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    9. Uniting paths permanently
      5m 40s
    10. Minus Front vs. Minus Back
      1m 55s
    11. Working with compound paths
      6m 49s
    12. When in doubt, divide
      3m 54s
    13. Divide and Unite
      3m 2s
    14. Open path pitfalls
      5m 35s
    15. Strokes bad, fills good
      4m 38s
    16. Advanced Divide and Unite
      8m 59s
    17. Using the Crop operation
      8m 30s
    18. Expert Divide and Unite
      8m 45s
    19. "Ghosting" shapes with Fill Opacity
      6m 45s
    20. Anticipating and troubleshooting
      8m 16s
    21. Exclude and Intersect
      7m 24s
  3. 44m 59s
    1. Familiar one moment, different the next
      1m 3s
    2. Snapping to anchor points
      5m 41s
    3. Aligning a group to the artboard
      3m 34s
    4. Distributing objects on the artboard
      4m 16s
    5. Setting the key object
      4m 54s
    6. Distributing objects by space
      3m 6s
    7. Distributing objects by selections
      3m 19s
    8. Aligning point text
      6m 7s
    9. Aligning live text vs. using outlines
      4m 58s
    10. Aligning key letters
      3m 35s
    11. Aligning to key objects
      4m 26s
  4. 1h 4m
    1. CS4’s gradient renaissance
      1m 7s
    2. Applying a gradient
      6m 0s
    3. Dragging and dropping color swatches
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Gradient palette
      6m 27s
    5. Designing a shaded gradient
      5m 9s
    6. Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture
      4m 2s
    7. Introducing the new Gradient tool
      4m 39s
    8. Editing color stops inside a shape
      3m 26s
    9. Setting multiple gradients to the same angle
      5m 0s
    10. Adding and adjusting radial gradients
      7m 20s
    11. Making a transparent gradient
      7m 6s
    12. Adding drop shadows (a kind of gradient)
      6m 28s
    13. Blends vs. blend modes
      4m 38s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Creating freeform color flows
      1m 0s
    2. The power of CS4's transparent gradients
      10m 25s
    3. Creating a gradient mesh
      4m 30s
    4. Expanding a gradient to a gradient mesh
      7m 40s
    5. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      6m 13s
    6. Selecting and coloring points
      6m 5s
    7. Assigning colors with the Eyedropper tool
      7m 42s
    8. Cool mesh editing techniques
      3m 56s
    9. Warping and puckering a mesh
      7m 24s
    10. Applying precise finishing touches
      5m 48s
    11. Gradient strokes
      9m 45s
    12. Gradient text
      6m 50s
  6. 55m 35s
    1. The first of the dynamic functions
      1m 4s
    2. Making a blend automatically
      5m 48s
    3. Fixing problem blends
      3m 56s
    4. Making a blend with the Blend tool
      3m 6s
    5. Cloning and coloring a blended path
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a mask
      3m 53s
    7. Blending between translucent shapes
      5m 30s
    8. Blending along a curve
      4m 34s
    9. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      2m 58s
    10. Filling and stroking a mask
      4m 36s
    11. Creating a compound clipping mask
      6m 3s
    12. Nesting one clipping mask inside another
      6m 7s
    13. Ghosting nested masks and blends
      3m 23s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Patterns that repeat forever and ever
      51s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 36s
    3. Beginning a core design
      5m 6s
    4. Building an interlocking element
      6m 25s
    5. Achieving precise radial symmetry
      4m 46s
    6. Rotating duplicates around a common center
      3m 10s
    7. Determining how a pattern repeats
      9m 54s
    8. Coloring the core objects
      5m 0s
    9. Identifying the rectangular tile
      7m 14s
    10. Saving tile patterns
      7m 19s
    11. Applying tile patterns to a shape
      3m 25s
    12. Protecting patterns from transformations
      7m 36s
    13. Moving patterns without paths
      5m 51s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Illustrator gets natural
      1m 15s
    2. Introducing the vector painting tools
      3m 16s
    3. Calligraphic brush options
      4m 3s
    4. Pressure sensitivity
      5m 17s
    5. Editing a calligraphic brush
      5m 53s
    6. Repainting and smoothing paths
      5m 30s
    7. Making the paintbrush behave
      6m 16s
    8. Erasing stroked paths
      3m 17s
    9. Painting with the new Blob brush
      6m 24s
    10. Refining filled paths with the Eraser
      4m 14s
    11. Painting independent paths
      3m 53s
    12. The Selection Limits Merge options
      3m 20s
    13. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 23s
    14. Snipping a brushed path
      4m 55s
    15. Colorizing an art brush
      4m 9s
    16. Heaping a stroke on an art brush effect
      4m 32s
    17. Creating a custom art brush
      6m 51s
  9. 1h 44m
    1. The computer art world’s dynamic duo
      1m 7s
    2. Copying and pasting pixels from Photoshop
      7m 21s
    3. Linking is efficient, embedding is not
      2m 47s
    4. Editing an image in Illustrator
      7m 30s
    5. Filtering an image in Photoshop
      6m 34s
    6. Adding a filter mask in Photoshop
      6m 25s
    7. Masking a woman from the background
      3m 49s
    8. Creating a sepia effect
      6m 37s
    9. Adding a second gradient map layer
      2m 13s
    10. Achieving a graphic effect with Levels
      8m 10s
    11. Preparing an image for use in Illustrator
      5m 46s
    12. The importance of image resolution
      9m 40s
    13. Placing and linking images
      4m 43s
    14. Managing linked images
      6m 18s
    15. Integrating an image into a design
      5m 12s
    16. A better way to wrap text
      7m 28s
    17. Previewing the trim size
      4m 25s
    18. Layer comps and editable text
      8m 42s
  10. 2h 11m
    1. Transparency is safe and fun
      1m 27s
    2. Introducing the translucent composition
      4m 39s
    3. Assigning opacity to an Appearance attribute
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a knockout group
      5m 7s
    5. Defining an opacity mask
      7m 15s
    6. Using the Clip checkbox
      2m 41s
    7. Opacity mask tips and tricks
      3m 20s
    8. The Multiply blend mode
      6m 8s
    9. Adding to an existing opacity mask
      7m 53s
    10. Blending between parallel groups
      7m 27s
    11. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      4m 54s
    12. Employing an opposing gradient mask
      7m 57s
    13. Combining Multiply and Screen
      3m 49s
    14. Blend mode roundup
      5m 24s
    15. Mixing blend modes inside a single path
      3m 48s
    16. Blend mode and transparent gradient
      3m 49s
    17. Masking an entire layer
      7m 0s
    18. Combining Screen with 100K Black
      7m 43s
    19. Knocking out a drop shadow
      5m 18s
    20. But will it print?
      3m 8s
    21. Working with the Flattener preview
      8m 44s
    22. Rasterizing an illustration in Photoshop
      9m 16s
    23. Super-rich blacks and raster effects
      3m 35s
    24. Exporting TIFF artwork from Illustrator
      7m 48s
  11. 58s
    1. Until next time
      58s

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