Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
Illustration by John Hersey

Selecting and coloring graph elements


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Selecting and coloring graph elements

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to make some manual, designer-level modifications to your graphs. Specifically what we're going to do is add some much-needed colors to our columns. I've saved my progress as Peaceful It's found inside the 27_graphs folder. And there is a variety of ways not to modify your graph. Let me just show them to you, for starters. I'm going to click on my graph with the Black Arrow tool to select it. This time around you do want to see your selection edges, so if you're not seeing them, press Ctrl+H, or Command+H on the Mac, to bring them back.
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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
    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
    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
    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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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.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
Deke McClelland

Selecting and coloring graph elements

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to make some manual, designer-level modifications to your graphs. Specifically what we're going to do is add some much-needed colors to our columns. I've saved my progress as Peaceful It's found inside the 27_graphs folder. And there is a variety of ways not to modify your graph. Let me just show them to you, for starters. I'm going to click on my graph with the Black Arrow tool to select it. This time around you do want to see your selection edges, so if you're not seeing them, press Ctrl+H, or Command+H on the Mac, to bring them back.

Then let's say that you don't care at all anymore about the data or the type settings or any of that stuff; you just want to bust up the graph and change it out as you see fit. Well let me show you something. Here in the Layers panel, I'll twirl open layer 1. You may recall we have a special graph object, it's selected; just want to bring that to your attention. Now I'll go up to the Object menu and choose the Ungroup command, or press Ctrl+Shift+G, or Command+Shift+G on the Mac, and this is going to bust of the graph, so much so that Illustrator is going to present you with a warning. It's going to say, hey, after a graph is ungrouped you will no longer be able to access its graph style, its data, or change its graph designs.

And we haven't seen graph designs yet, but that is something we will see in the future. If you don't care about any of that stuff-- you're just like, fine, make it go away-- click on the Yes button, and now you've got all of these subgroups that you can tear into and modify to any extent you like. However, that graph object goes away, and now if you go to the Object menu choose graph and then choose let's say the Data command, then you get this empty data Window because there is no data associated with this non-graph. All right, so I'm going to go ahead and close that window.

If that's not the way you want to work-- and in our case it's not, because we want to preserve that graph information just in case-- then go up to the Edit menu and choose Undo Ungroup, or press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac. Another way to work--although this is not a way to work at all, you would think you'd be able to enter an isolation mode, just by double-clicking for example someplace on the graph, or right-click and choose Isolate Selected Graph. My gosh, there is an isolation mode, and you can get to it either way. So you can double-click or you can choose this command. The problem with this isolation mode, this so-called isolation mode, is it does isolate you from the rest of the illustration, but what it doesn't do is allow you to gain access to anything inside the graph.

Notice over here in the Layers panel we still have this item called Graph. And if I click anywhere with a Black Arrow tool on this graph item, it selects the entire thing, and so you might think, okay fine. I just didn't isolate enough, I really want to enter the darn thing by right-clicking and choosing Isolate Selected Graph. This time really do it for me Illustrator. And when you choose a command, you're right back where you were a moment ago, which is nowhere. It's only good if you're just trying an isolate yourself from the rest of the illustration; otherwise, it's no good at all. So I'm going to press the Escape key-- because we don't have anything else going on-- in order to exit the isolation mode instead what you do is you have to dig into this item using the White Arrow tool.

So select the White Arrow or press the A key, and then let me show you how it works. It's basically a matter of Alt+ Clicking or Option+Clicking multiple times inside of the graph. So you can press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click once on that first column, for example, to select the entire thing. Still with the Alt or Option key down, click again to select all of the columns that are associated with Harmony. Alt+Click or Option+Click again in order to add the box in front of Harmony here inside the legend. Alt+Click or Option+Click again to select all of the columns and all of their legend boxes.

Alt+Click or Option+Click now a fifth time in order to select the entire graph. So you're ultimately selecting up the hierarchical stack as you Alt+Click or Option+Click with the White Arrow tool. If that's not your cup of tea, you can click and hold on the White Arrow tool and switch over to the Group Selection tool. That way you don't have to press Alt or Option. So this can be a useful tool. I'm not sure I've even mentioned it before throughout this entire series because I never use the darn thing. But this can be a fairly useful tool when you're working inside of graphs, because after all, if you select that tool, click off of the chart in order to deselect, notice my White Arrow cursor has a little Plus sign next to it.

If I click, I'll select that entire first column. Click again--I'm just clicking this time--select all of the columns associated with Harmony. Click a third time; you select his box as well. Click a fourth time, even on this box this time around, and I'll select all of the legend boxes as well as all of the columns, and then click a fifth time and you select the entire graph. So choose your poison however you want to work. That is either with the White Arrow tool or with that Group Selection tool. I'm going to click off for a second here. I'm going to keep my Group Selection tool active, and I'm going to go ahead and scroll over to the hummingbirds, and the reason I'm scrolling here is because these are the colors that I want to use.

So with this tool, don't get your Black Arrow tool because that will mess things up slightly. And then just drag across these lower hummingbirds, the ones with the gradients extending below them, and then I want you to go over to the Swatches panel, make sure it's up on screen, and click on the little Folder icon that has a Plus sign next to it in order to create a new color group. And let's go ahead and call this hummingbird colors, like so. And I want Selected Artwork turned on, as it is by default, and that's it. Click OK and you'll create a new group that includes all six of these colors, that is dark and light shades of green, orange, and blue respectively.

All right, now I'm going to click off of the hummingbirds to deselect them, and I'm going to switch the order of my colors a little bit. I'm going to drag these greens to the front of the stack like so, so that we have dark green, light green, dark orange, light orange, dark blue, light blue. And that's, by the way, completely optional. I'm just doing that to keep things straight. Now I'm going to zoom out a little bit, and I'm going to scroll back over to the graphs, zoom in on it, and I'm going to click one, two, three times on that first column in order to select all three black columns and the black square in front of the word Harmony. And I'm going to switch them out for the dark green by clicking on that dark green there inside the Swatches panel, and then I'm going to do the same thing for this light-gray column.

So I'll click once, twice, three times to select all of the light-gray objects, and then I'll switch them out for orange like so, that dark orange. And then I'll click one, two, three times on that third column, and I'll switch it out for the dark blue, and we now have a more colorful graph. That's a pretty straightforward modification, quite frankly. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to make more nuanced designer- level changes.

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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