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Scaling and cloning shapes

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Video: Scaling and cloning shapes

All right in this exercise we're going to be scaling and cloning inside of Illustrator. And I'm working inside of a document called Ready to work. ai for those of you who are just joining us. If you're still working inside the previous exercise file stick with it by all means, and I've already gone ahead and converted the calendar layer to a grayscale tracing template and we're working on the progress layer right here. And what I want you to do at this point, what we're going to be doing specifically by the way, is we're going to be adding more circles to this calendar, and I know you're sitting there thinking, Oh good thing Deke, because the one thing this illustration doesn't have is enough circles. It can really use some more circles. And I agree and just in case you think I'm serious. I don't really think you're thinking it doesn't enough circles. It's got tons of circles, but it does need more for aesthetic reasons. I beg you to indulge me, we need more circles. So here's what we're going to do. Go ahead and click on this circle, this one right here, and I'm not seeing my selection edges because they're hidden, so I'll press Control+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to see those selection edges in blue as it turns out, and now I'm going to zoom in on my god a little bit here. This is one happy god, you must've done something right. Now let's go grab the Scale Tool, which is available right here. You can get to it by pressing the S key.

Scaling and cloning shapes

All right in this exercise we're going to be scaling and cloning inside of Illustrator. And I'm working inside of a document called Ready to work. ai for those of you who are just joining us. If you're still working inside the previous exercise file stick with it by all means, and I've already gone ahead and converted the calendar layer to a grayscale tracing template and we're working on the progress layer right here. And what I want you to do at this point, what we're going to be doing specifically by the way, is we're going to be adding more circles to this calendar, and I know you're sitting there thinking, Oh good thing Deke, because the one thing this illustration doesn't have is enough circles. It can really use some more circles. And I agree and just in case you think I'm serious. I don't really think you're thinking it doesn't enough circles. It's got tons of circles, but it does need more for aesthetic reasons. I beg you to indulge me, we need more circles. So here's what we're going to do. Go ahead and click on this circle, this one right here, and I'm not seeing my selection edges because they're hidden, so I'll press Control+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to see those selection edges in blue as it turns out, and now I'm going to zoom in on my god a little bit here. This is one happy god, you must've done something right. Now let's go grab the Scale Tool, which is available right here. You can get to it by pressing the S key.

If you're not seeing the Scale Tool at this location, if for example you're seeing the Reshape Tool, cause you were working along with me in Chapter 5, why then go to the flyout menu and choose the Scale Tool. Now here's how the Scale tool works. You scale something down, you reduce its size, by dragging toward the center of the shape. You expand its size by dragging away from the center of the shape. And if you're coming from a different program that may sound really foreign but it's actually really intuitive. It really works very nicely once you come to terms with it.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start down here, see where my cursor is right there, down in the lower right quadrant of the illustration. You can see this cross cursor that I'm wiggling a little bit back-and-forth here. I want you to begin dragging from this location. It's important that you start your drag from a diagonal location, that gives you the most control. So you want to be arranged diagonally from the center of the shape. So you could be down here, you could be in the upper right corner, you could be over here in the upper left corner, any of the corners is fine. All right, but I'm starting lower right, for what it's worth.

Then I'm going to drag inward and notice that the circle gets smaller as I drag inward and it gets larger as I drag outward. As I'm drawing if I want to constrain the proportions of my scaling, then I would press and hold the Shift key. if I want to create a clone as I'm scaling, then I'd go ahead and add Alt. So I'm now pressing both Shift and Alt. On the Macintosh side you would press Shift and Option and you'll see that double arrow cursor going on, on screen that shows you that you're going to create a clone.

As soon as your circle looks about as big as mine does, look at my blue outline right there, then go ahead and release. So we want a slightly smaller circle that remains a circle. So you have to have that Shift key down, and of course it's cloned. We have a clone of the circle because we pressed the Alt or Option key. Now let's go ahead and assign some fill and stroke attributes here. My fill is currently active, I can see that down at the bottom of the toolbox. Go ahead and make your fill active as well. And let's replace the fill here in the Swatches palette. Make sure that your Swatches palette is open because I've given you a bunch of swatches to work with here.

Go to your Swatches palette and I want you to click on this guy right there: Imported beetle, because after all the Aztecs didn't have beetles this color. They had to import them from the Inca culture. I'm going to go ahead and apply this Imported beetle color. Then I'm going to switch to the stroke by pressing the X key and I'm going to replace the stroke color with this guy right there: Stone violet. And finally I'm going to reduce the stroke weight to 1 point. These are all aesthetic decisions of course, but I've, you know, I've taken a little bit of time to create this really cool looking Vegas Aztec calendar, so I want to keep that looking its absolute best. So that's the basics of how you scale and clone an object inside if Illustrator.

We're going to take a look at a slightly more complex example in the next exercise.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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