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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
Okay gang, this time around we're going to take this ornament here that has the ellipsis inside of it and we're also going to grab these blue rectangles right here and we're going to duplicate them over and over and over again around the perimeter of the calendar. This is a function that's variously known as series rotation. You might also hear it called in certain circles power duplication, and that's what I've named this document. I've called it Power duplication.ai and it's available to you inside the 06_Edit_transform folder.
Those of you who are still working inside of your Tonal ponewalli document, I want you to stick with those of course. So here's what we're going to do. Let's start by just grabbing, whoops I missed it. Let's just grab this ellipse ornament right there, that is the ornament that contains a rectangle and two ellipses, set at an angle, and we're going to rotate it into this position, right here, because if you turn off this layer and take a look at the template, you'll see that there's two version of this ornament at every, you know at every rotational increment here.
So we need to create both of those items first. So let's bring up the progress layer once again. Let's also bring up the guides layer, need to click in front of it so that we can see the guides, we'll need them. I need to click on my little elliptical ornament here and now I'm going to go grab my Rotate Tool, which I can get by pressing the R key, makes a lot of sense I think. And then I'm going to click right there at the guides intersection and inside of the gods nose and I'm going to drag just a little bit right here to about this point and then I'm going to press and hold the Alt key on the PC or the Option key on the Mac. Notice this time I'm not pressing Shift for once in my life I'm not pressing the Shift key, go figure.
However we do want to go ahead and press the Alt key or the Option key then release the mouse button and then of course release the key and you've gone ahead and created a duplicate version of the ellipses ornaments. Now go grab your black arrow tool for a moment here and then Shift-click on the previous elliptical ornament there and also Shift-click on each piece of that blue rectangle ornament, because I didn't bother to group them yet, but why don't we go ahead and group this whole cluster right now by pressing Control+ G or Command+G on the Mac. All right, they're grouped together.
Glorious. Now grab the Rotate Tool once again. Click once again in the center of the god's face there, the guides intersection. And then I'm going to go ahead and drag down like this, like so and then go ahead and hold down the Shift and the Alt keys, that would be the Shift and the Option keys on the Mac, and release and then of course release the keys and that goes ahead and creates rotated clones of all three of those objects. Now I want you to go up to the Object menu. I want you to choose Transform and who do I want you to call on? Transform Again, that will go ahead and repeat the rotation and cloning operations, check it out.
Wow, isn't that awesome? This time we're going to do it from the keyboard. Control+D or Command+D on the Mac. Control+D. Control+D, Control+D, Control+D. That's Command+ D over and over again on the Macintosh site until you fill out the calendar. That's all there' is to it. We're done, again. Whoo, that was a lot to work, was it not? No, I don't think so. It was not not, that's what I should have said, wasn't it not, because it wasn't not, not was. Aww, anyway it works out beautifully. For as little work as it takes, you just got to think your way around it, you know, for as little work as it takes, it's a lot of workmanship.
All right so there it is. We've managed to create a rotated series of ornaments here. That's how series rotation a.k.a. power duplication works. In the next exercise we're going to see how to rotate by the numbers as we take this little egg ornament and create many duplicates of it around the inner edge of the Tonalpohualli calendar.
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