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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.
In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to use the Scale tool, which is an oldie but goodie tool inside of Illustrator. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is implemented as well as any scale tool in any program. I think it's really great. I have got my Smart Guides on, which are causing a bunch of things to flash here on screen. So I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+U or Command+U on the Mac to turn those off. Then I'm going to zoom in on my illustration. Notice that I'm working on the in progress layer, I have already gone ahead and locked down my gray scale tracing template layer, which is called calendar. I have saved my progress as a document called Ready to work.ai found inside the 07_edit_transform folder.
What we are going to do is we are going to take this circle here and we are going to use it to generate yet another circle. Now you may be looking at this graphic thinking, Deke, the last thing this needs is more circles. But if you take a look at one of those Tonalpohualli Aztec calendars, you will see they have got circles all over the place. That's part of the magic of those calendars. Of course, it fits our Vegas Roulette theme as well. So go ahead and select that color by clicking on it with the black Arrow tool. Then we are going to clone a slightly smaller version of that circle. So I would like you to go to the toolbox and get your Scale tool, which you can also get by pressing the S key. Now if your reshape tool is still selected down here, then go ahead and click and hold and choose the Scale tool instead.
A Scale tool allows you to resize objects. So you can scale either proportionally or non-proportionally and you do it like so. If you want to scale either inward or outward, really. If you want to enlarge or reduce an object, then you want to start by dragging somewhere that's about 45 degrees away from the center, away from the origin of the scale. We will be talking more about the transformation origin in future exercises, but for now, it's located right there in the center of the God's nose. You can see it? It looks like a little cyan target that's centered on that blue center point for the circle itself.
So you can start with your cursor in any one of the quadrants. So I have my cursor down here in the lower-right hand corner trying to get your attention down here, but you could just as easily have it up here in upper-right hand corner, or the upper-left hand corner, or the lower-left hand corner; but you are best off starting 45 degrees away, if you want the most control over your scaling operation. Now I'll begin dragging from the lower right corner and you can see my arrow cursor down here in this triangular area. As I drag inward, I make the circle smaller. Notice that. As I drag outward, I make it larger. So the idea is as you drag toward your transformation origin, which is right there in the center of the circle, you make the object smaller. When you drag away from it, you make it bigger. So those of you who may be familiar with free hand, we had to drag like upright to make the object bigger and down left to make it smaller.
It doesn't apply here, it's toward the origin to make small, away from the origin to make it large, which makes a heck of a lot of sense once you come in terms with it. I am also going to press and hold the Shift key. That way I'm going to scale the object proportionally. So if I didn't have Shift down, I could do one of these numbers where I make the circle tall and thin, or short and wide, like so. If I keep the Shift key down, however, notice that you will either scale exclusively vertically, or exclusively horizontally or proportionally. If you are having problems controlling that by the way, just make sure that you are dragging exclusively diagonally, or as near to it as possible, and you will have a great deal of success, I assure you.
All right, so I'm still dragging during this entire discussion here. Now I'm going to also press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. Now look at my cursor, it is still down in the lower right region of the screen. It now appears as a double cursor indicating to me that I'm going to be cloning this circle as soon as I release. So keep Shift and Alt down on the PC, Shift and Option down on the Mac. When you get the circle to about this size right there, I think it's going to look good, then go ahead and release in order to create that new smaller version of the circle.
Now you can release the Shift and Alt keys or the Shift and Option keys on the Mac, after though, only after you have gotten done releasing the mouse button. So I want to of course change the colors that are assigned to this circle. So I'll go up to the Control palette and click on the Fill icon here. I'll change the fill to this color right there, which is called Imported beetle, because the idea is the Aztecs didn't have this specific color of beetles. They had to import them from the Incas, I guess. I'll go ahead and apply that fill and that looks nice. Notice those drop shadows are blending right in from the other objects inside the illustration.
Then I'm going to change the stroke by clicking on the Stroke icon up here in the Control palette. Notice that the palette looks the same, as it did before, with the exception of a different color being selected. This time I want you to click on Stone violet in order to apply that as the stroke. Then I'll go ahead and escape out of that palette. I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect the illustration and there you have it. We have successfully created a new circle in this document based on an existing circle in this document using the Scale tool in Illustrator.
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