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Styling and eyedropping

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All right gang, we now have two continuous paths, one internal hand and then one offset hand that represents the beveled edge. All that we need to do now is draw a circle in the background and fill and stroke the shapes to achieve the final effect. I'm working inside of a catch up document called Offset shapes. ai that's available to you inside the 06_Edit_transform folder and I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to go grab my Ellipse Tool here and I'm going to start dragging from right about here I believe is a good location start.

Styling and eyedropping

All right gang, we now have two continuous paths, one internal hand and then one offset hand that represents the beveled edge. All that we need to do now is draw a circle in the background and fill and stroke the shapes to achieve the final effect. I'm working inside of a catch up document called Offset shapes. ai that's available to you inside the 06_Edit_transform folder and I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to go grab my Ellipse Tool here and I'm going to start dragging from right about here I believe is a good location start.

I'll begin my drag and then midway into the drag I'll press and hold the Shift and Control keys or the Shift and Command keys the Mac. Shift so that it constrains the shape to a circle. Control or Command so that I drag from one arc to the other. Remember that you have to press these keys in the midst of dragging because, if you press them at the outset of the drag and in particular the Control or Command key, you'll get that arrow tool, which is not something that you want in this case. Anyway I've gone ahead and used the spacebar in order to get the circle more or less lined up with that of the template, and then I'll release to complete the shape of course and then release the keys.

Now this point, you might want to go ahead and turn off the big unite layer and then go ahead and press the Control key or the Command key on the Mac. Click on the little Orphan Annie eye in order to switch back to the Preview mode so that we can see the fills and strokes associated with our objects. Well, things are sort of piled on top of each other in a weird way here and everything is black. So let's take care of that. I'm going to go grab my black arrow tool of course, and I'm going to Shift-click on the outer hand, like so. And then I want you to bring up the Graphic Styles palette. Now for me it's right here. I've gone ahead and tucked it away in this icon column that I've created here. For you, you may just need to go to the Window menu and choose Graphic Styles or press Shift+F5, and notice that I've created a style for you. I'm going to tell you all about styles in a later chapter, but for now just note that I've created a style for you that conveys stroke, fill and drop shadow as it turns out, so that we have the appearance, a little bit of appearance of depth going on inside of this illustration.

So I will click on the style in order to apply it to the two selected shapes. So the outer hand that represents the beveled edge and the circle. So that's good. Now note that the circle is in front of the hands and you can see that if I click off the shapes, to get rid of those selection outlines for a moment. I'm going to go ahead and click on the circle to select it, then I'm going to press Control+Shift+Left bracket or Command+Shift+Left bracket on the Mac in order to send that shape backward. The beveled edge is on top of the inner hand. That's a problem. So I'm going to go ahead and click on the outer hand there, and press Control or Command+:eft bracket just to send it back one step, and then you can see that we have a black inner hand. That's not really what I want. I actually want both of the hand shapes to be in brown, but the first thing that I'm going to do, just because I've already got the right stroke weight applied to the rear hand there, I'm going to go ahead and get my Eyedropper Tool and I'm going to click on the outline to that rear hand in order to lift its attributes. Notice that the eyedropper by default will lift the fill and stroke attributes but won't lift specific appearance items, live affects that is to say, such as our drop shadow. So I didn't apply the drop shadow to the forward hand, which is a good thing. I didn't want to apply the drop shadow as it turns out.

Now I'm going to get my Selection Tool, my black arrow tool and I'm going to Shift-click on the rear hand so that both of the hands are selected and I'm going to go to my Swatches palette, which I have tucked away right here. You can of course choose the Swatches command from the Window menu, and assuming that the fill is active, which I can see here inside the toolbox it is, I'm going to go ahead and click on this brown color swatch in order to apply it to the fill. Now the next thing I want to do, I clicked off the shapes by the way to deselect them.

Now, what I want to do is I want a lighten the yellow color here and the brown color of the outer hand. And that's something that I'm going to show you how to do 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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