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Transforming the tile patterns

From: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Transforming the tile patterns

I am going to wrap things up by showing you how to transform tile patterns independently of their filled objects which requires a little bit of fancy footwork here inside Illustrator. I am working in a progress document called Nasal patterns.ai found inside the 07_edit_transform folder and it's just a simple file here. I'm going to turn off the guides layer here inside the Guides palette. And I'm also going to hide to my rulers by pressing Ctrl+R or Command+R on the Mac and then I'm going to zoom in on the God's face right here and you might notice that the face is surrounded by some objects that are filled with tile patterns.

Transforming the tile patterns

I am going to wrap things up by showing you how to transform tile patterns independently of their filled objects which requires a little bit of fancy footwork here inside Illustrator. I am working in a progress document called Nasal patterns.ai found inside the 07_edit_transform folder and it's just a simple file here. I'm going to turn off the guides layer here inside the Guides palette. And I'm also going to hide to my rulers by pressing Ctrl+R or Command+R on the Mac and then I'm going to zoom in on the God's face right here and you might notice that the face is surrounded by some objects that are filled with tile patterns.

So these repeating blobs, which are actually stylized versions of the God's nose, which is already a fairly stylized object. Now if you want to see what those tile patterns are you can look in the Swatches palette. You will notice that there is one called Brown nose 1, Brown nose 2 and Brown nose 3 because they are indeed brown noses. There is also Brown nose 4, 5 and 6 in my document here. Those were created automatically by Illustrator when I converted the calendar to a gray scale object. So it had to make new versions presumably of these Nasal patterns here and then go ahead and number them sequentially.

And so here they are, even though the noses are not the least bit brown. We are not the least bit concerned about those noses; we are concerned about the ones appear in full color on the progress layer. So I'm going to click on this star here, this blue star shape that has some noses inside of it and then I'll go to the Appearance palette and I can see that there are two Fills. One is this guy right there which is the Deep sky swatch and the other is this Fill which is Brown nose 2 and the area that appears white in this tiny little thumbnail, maybe I'll make it bigger so that we can see it even larger here, I'll switch to the Large Thumbnail View so that we can see big versions of the noses.

Everywhere that we see white is actually transparent so we are seeing through to be blue fill in the background here. All right, so now let's say where these noses are concerned and the ones that are filling in the rectangles, here are the four rectangles in this group, let's say that I want to rotate them all to 90 degrees, so that the folks don't look at him and think, hey! That's just the God's nose repeated in a different location. I want them to look completely unique. So I'm going to go to the Rotate tool and by default the origin point appears right there smacked up in the center of the selected object, which happens to be smacked up .in the center of the calendar, so I don't need to modify that origin point. I'll just go ahead and double-click on the Rotate tool to bring up the Rotate dialog box right there. And I have got the Preview checkbox on, so I can see that I'm rotating the star 45 degrees, which was the angel of my last rotation. I want to rotate the objects 90 degrees, so I'll go ahead and enter a value of 90 degrees.

But I rotated the star which you just find that has no affect on the star, because the star looks the same at 90 degrees as it does at zero degrees because it is symmetrical both horizontally and vertically. All right so I'll go ahead and change this back to 90 degrees here, problem is that the noses did not get rotated and at least they are still upright and that's because my Patterns checkbox is off. So I'm rotating the object not the patterns. Let's go ahead and turn Patterns on and now I'm rotating both, so I can see all of the noses on their sides.

Perfect, now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. What about these guys? They are a little trickier. Let's go ahead and Ctrl-click or Command-click on any one of theses rectangles to select the entire group. Just so that I can see what I'm doing, I'm going to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac to hide those selection edges. Again, the origin point is right there smacked up in the center on the God's nose which is where we want it, so I'll double-click, on the Rotate tool in order to bring up the Rotate dialog box and I'm rotating the object and the patterns 90 degrees, which is great for the patterns but bad for the objects, I don't want them rotated. So I'll turn off Objects.

Now I want you to notice something, the Objects checkbox is turned off and the Patterns checkbox is turned on and it's not dimmed on anything, it's fully available and yet it didn't work. So there is a little bug going on and actually this bug has been going on for the last 100,000 years inside of the Illustrator, they have yet to fix this thing. And all right, well anyway, so what do we do about it, how do we fix our problem because we want those noses on their sides but we don't want the objects on their sides. Well, here is a work around, I'm going to turn on the Objects checkbox and the Patterns checkbox, let's just go ahead and rotate the whole kit and caboodle, I'll click OK and now I'll go back to Rotate, double-click and I'll this time rotate just the objects and not the patterns in order to move them back in their proper position. Now 90 degrees happens to work, but if you are working with something that didn't have the same degree of symmetry then you would enter a negative version of the last rotation, which would be negative 90 degrees in my case, and now everything is exactly the way I wanted it to be. So in other words, the patterns are rotated, the objects are not, click OK.

How about scaling a tile pattern, works pretty similarly actually but there is an extra option that I just want to explain to you. I have got this big old circle right there, I'll click on it with the Black Arrow tool and I'm not seeing the selection because I have hidden the selections points. So I'll press Ctrl+H, Command+H on the Mac to bring it back. This big circle is filled with both a solid Fill color which happens to be this guy right here, the Rich Dirt, as well as, this tile pattern which happens to be Brown nose 1, the very first of the Brown noses.

So let's say I want to make all my Brown noses smaller, 50% as big as they are now, what do I do? Well, we need to scale the object and the nose pattern by 50%here and that means we are going to lose the object inside of this morass of other objects, because it's going to appear on back of them. So let's go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+Right bracket, Command+Shift+Right bracket on the Mac to bring this circle to the front of things and then I'm going to double-click on my Scale tool because again, I'm scaling with respect to the center of the shape.

I will double-click on the Scale tool. My last scale was apparently 97.245; you will see something slightly different. Even if you have been working right along with me, I'm going to change this to 50%. Press the Tab key and notice that when I press the Tab key that goes ahead and invokes the Preview, assuming Preview is turned on, as it is for me. And it switches me to the next option but it does not select Non-Uniform. That's good. That's a bug that used to be there a few versions ago that Adobe fixed, so that's awesome. Now I'm scaling just the object, I could also choose to Scale S &Effects, what that would do is scale the Line Weights to 50% of their former size. So a one point line weight will change to 0.5 point in the case of this object and Effects would scale things like drop shadows and so on.

I am not interested in doing that, so I'll leave that checkbox off. I'm not interested in scaling the objects either. I'm just interested in scaling the patterns but notice that both Objects and Patterns are turned on. It works if Objects is turned off and Patterns is turned on, this time it works. All right, well great, it worked; it's working differently every time I use the program. That's awesome. So anyway let's say it didn't work for you because I just did this and it did not work for me. So let's say it didn't work for you, if it does work, obviously you are in good shape, you are done go home.

But if it doesn't work, click on Objects and Patterns at the same time to scale everything. Click OK and then revisit the Scale dialog box by double-clicking on this tool icon. And then you would change the Scale value to 200% and you would turn off Patterns and leave Objects turned on and then you would get the desired effect. Click OK. Ctrl+X, Command+X on the Mac to cut the object to the clipboard, switch to the Black Arrow tool by pressing the V key, click on this blue circle, because that's the circle in front of which the clipboard object belongs, and then press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac to complete the effect.

All right, my friends, you are now done with this special Viva Las Vegas edition of the Aztec 260- days spiritual calendar.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 42m 7s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 2s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 14s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 39s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 43s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 38s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 28s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 48s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 30s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 55s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 32s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 1s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 26s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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