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Setting multiple gradients to the same angle

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I've gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Linear gradbackground.ai, found inside the 15_gradients folder. You can see that we've made quite a bit of progress toward our final goal, as represented by this document Final gradient effect.ai. Now, among other difference between the two illustrations are the gradients that I've assigned to the wood portion of the paddle. So we have one gradient assigned to the right hand edge of the handle, another to the left edge of the handle, and a third assigned to the forward edge of the handle, as well as the wood paddle in the background there.

Setting multiple gradients to the same angle

I've gone ahead and saved my progress so far as Linear gradbackground.ai, found inside the 15_gradients folder. You can see that we've made quite a bit of progress toward our final goal, as represented by this document Final gradient effect.ai. Now, among other difference between the two illustrations are the gradients that I've assigned to the wood portion of the paddle. So we have one gradient assigned to the right hand edge of the handle, another to the left edge of the handle, and a third assigned to the forward edge of the handle, as well as the wood paddle in the background there.

All of these gradients run at exactly the same angle, the angle of the paddle itself. This is something you can do with a Gradient tool, although it's not obvious by any means as you will see, but is a really powerful feature. I'm going to switch back to Linear gradbackground.ai. I've gone ahead and created these gradients in advance and saved them at swatches for you. So here is what I want you to do. Select the right hand edge right here, with your Black Arrow tool. Then go the Swatches palette, go ahead and scroll down and you will see this gradient right there, Gradient side 2. That's your final gradient, go ahead and click on it to assign it. Then click the left hand edge, and I want you to assign this gradient, Gradient side 1.

Then I want you to click on the bottom segment right here that's associated with a handle, and I'll select this big handle shape right there, and then I want you to Shift-Click somewhere along the rounded portion of the paddle in order to select that background shape. Then this is the gradient I want you to assign. It's called Big Gradient. Now, the interesting thing about these gradients is they're all running at an angle of 0 degree, so they're going back and forth. That is horizontally I would imagine. Let's check that out by switching to the Gradient tool, see what we've got, and sure enough, both of these gradients, the gradients that are assigned to the two selected shapes are running horizontally.

Now we need to add the other shapes to the mix. So I'm going to press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac in order to get my Black Arrow tool on the fly. I'm also going to press the Shift key, so I have both Ctrl and Shift pressed here on the PC, on the Mac you would press Command and Shift, and then I want you to select the right hand edge and the left hand edge of that handle, like so. You don't need to worry about the top edge. It's fine. So these are the four shapes you should have selected. Now release Shift and Ctrl and you will see four different gradient bars inside of your illustration window. So now, how do you go about rotating them all at the very same time, what in the world do you do, because after all the Gradient tool is really setup to rotate each one of these and modify each one of these gradients bars independently. So what you end up doing if you start working on each one of them independently, you end up making an absolute mess of things.

Everybody is running in different directions, and you've got all these gradient bars on top of your illustration, you can't tell what's going on, and oh my goodness! What you can't do is press the Shift key. That doesn't work. Pressing the Shift key does not select multiple gradient bars at the same time, nor does it edit all of the gradient bars that we're seeing at the same time, or anything along those lines. What it does, if you press the Shift key while you're rotating, you will constrain the angle of your rotation to an increment of 45 degrees, which of course for our purposes is useless.

Here is what you do, you start over again, by which I mean you just go ahead and ignore all these lines that you're seeing inside the illustration window and you drag with your Gradient tool in order to set the direction of all the gradients at the same time, like so. Then when you release, you will see that all of the gradients are being modified together. Now, if you want to modify your gradient at this point, you can go ahead and drag this end point, for example, in order to change the length of the gradient. However, if you want to change the angle, you're not going to be able to get your little rotate cursor, so you're going to have to just draw the gradient once again to change the angle to whatever angle you prefer.

In my case though, I'm just going to go ahead and get this guy out of the way, go away you. I'm going to draw a new one from this anchor point right there at the bottom of the handle up to about this location near the top of the handle, and then I'm going to go ahead and release. You should get an angle value here inside the Gradient palette of about 51. Something high degrees right there, about 52 degrees, if you were to roundup. And this is the effect you will see. Then we'll go ahead and switch to the Black Arrow tool and I'll click off the shape in order to deselect it, and this is our effect, accomplished so easily.

So just remember, if you've got multiple gradient selected inside the illustration window, you grab your Gradient tool, don't start editing every single one of your gradients independently, because you will make a mess of things, just start again, drag with the tool in order to create a new direction for all of your gradients at once.

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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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