Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
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Shifting between planes on the fly


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Shifting between planes on the fly

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to achieve precise results by turning on Smart Guides when you're working inside the Prospective Grid. Now, normally throughout these movies, I have Smart Guides turned off. That's not because I don't recommend them; in fact, I use them all the time. It's just that they result in a lot of items flashing on-screen, which makes for some pretty distracting videos. However, I use Smart Guides, I recommend Smart Guides and they are not only indispensable when you're working with a Prospective Grid. So what we are going to do here inside this file, and I have saved my progress as First
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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

Shifting between planes on the fly

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to achieve precise results by turning on Smart Guides when you're working inside the Prospective Grid. Now, normally throughout these movies, I have Smart Guides turned off. That's not because I don't recommend them; in fact, I use them all the time. It's just that they result in a lot of items flashing on-screen, which makes for some pretty distracting videos. However, I use Smart Guides, I recommend Smart Guides and they are not only indispensable when you're working with a Prospective Grid. So what we are going to do here inside this file, and I have saved my progress as First

We are going to draw the right wall of this entryway, and we are also going to draw this balcony over here on the right side of the building. Now to do that, we need to have the right pane selected. So despite the fact that the right-hand pane, this orange pane over here ends at about this location, you can still draw on it over here in this left-hand region of the illustrations. So you can draw anywhere you want, on any pane you want, so long as that pane is selected inside the widget. All right, so I am going to go to the View menu and turn on Smart Guides, which you can also get by pressing Ctrl+U, Command+U on the Mac.

And that way we can see the tips on the widget that is to say, if I've got one of the perspective savvy tool selected, so I am going to switch to the Prospective Grid tool here, then I can see those tips. And you can see that right now the Left Grid is selected. We can switch between these grids from the keyboard; I want you to remember this, because it's going to come in handy now. So we can switch to the Left Grid by pressing the 1 key, the Horizontal Grid, the ground level by pressing the 2 key. Then you go to the Right Grid by pressing 3. So generally speaking, you are going to be switching back and forth between 1 and 3.

And if you don't want to draw on any grid, you want to draw out of perspective, then you either click on this ring around the cube or you press the 4 key. Now the reason I mention this is, is because there's a couple of different ways you might work. You might plan in advance; you might pay attention to what you're doing. You might say, okay, now I want to draw on the Right Grid, click on the Right Grid to make it orange. Then I am going to grab my Rectangle tool. And I am going to go ahead and drag, in this from the lower left corner, because that way, we are going to get the best alignment. And I will drag up into the right until I snap into alignment with that first rectangle, and that's a function of having Smart Guides turned on, so very, very useful indeed.

And I get this precise intersection. Now I happened to be working on a wrong layer inside the layers panel, so I will go ahead and drag that little orange square from Perspective 1 up to Perspective 2, because that's where it needs to be. So that's one way to work. I am going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to show you a different way. And I'll make sure in advance that the Perspective 2 layer is selected this time around. Let's say you are not paying attention, let's say the Left Grid is still selected, as it is now for me, because I went ahead and clicked on it. And you start drawing with a Rectangle tool and at first you're confused of course, you are thinking what in the world this is doing? Why is it on the wrong grid? Well, you don't have to stop and undo and then select the right pane and redraw, on the fly, you can just tap the 3 key, and that will go and switch you to that Right Grid.

So if you press 3, you're on the right pane, if you press 1, you're back on the left pane. If you press 2, you are on the ground pane, notice that. So I am drawing a little bit of grass, and if you press 4, then you're nowhere, you are on no pane whatsoever, and you're just drawing a standard flat rectangle. All right, I will press the 3 key, so this is all happening on the fly as I draw incidentally. And I'll go ahead and snap into alignment with that rear wall. And then I'll go ahead and change the fill color, because the Fill is active in my Color panel, and I am going to dial in a cyan value of 25, because I want a little shading on this side, and then I am going to skip ahead to the K value and dial in 30% black, like so.

And we end up getting this shaded effect here. Now the actual template is being lit from the right-hand side, so the sun is up into the right, but in my world the sun is going to be up into the left. So you can make any decisions you like. All right, so let's go ahead and draw the balcony now. So, I will start drawing from here let's say and of course, it's coming in wrong, so I will press the 1 key in order to move to the left pane. Then I'll release after I have created that shape. And I wanted it to be white, so I switch to white fill. And then I will drag down into the left like so, and I am getting the wrong effect of course, so I will press the 3 key in order to send it to the right pane on the fly.

And I'll go ahead and release when things looked to be in alignment. This time, I'm not getting a snap from Smart Guides, because I am not hitting anything; I am hitting a corner over on the right-hand side. And this shape wants to be 30% black, so I will go ahead and dial in that color in the Color panel. And then finally, I'm going to drag from this lower right corner, right there, and it's coming in at the wrong angle of course. I press the 2 key in order to switch to the ground plane. And at first I am going to get a very disconcerting effect, but that's okay, just go ahead and move back up.

Anything that's on top or on the bottom is on the ground plane, bear that in mind. So the top of the cube, a few exercises back that was on the ground plane and the bottom of this stack is on the ground plane as well. So once you snapped into alignment, which you will if you have your Smart Guides turned on, then go ahead and release. And let's go ahead and change this shape to 50% black in order to achieve this effect here. All right, I will press Ctrl+Shift+A in order to deselect that shape and I am going to press Ctrl+U or Command+U to turn off Smart Guides, just so that I don't have all that screen folderol. All right, so that's the benefit of working with Smart Guides in the Perspective mode.

You've also seen how you can switch between panes on the fly just by pressing a number key, here inside Illustrator.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery .

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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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