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Using the Distort & Transform effects


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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using the Distort & Transform effects

So we have explored a command inside of Illustrator called Transform Again. It basically allows us to take the transform that we have already applied and simply repeat it again and again. Now this particular effect is also available as a live effect inside of Illustrator. Let's see how that can actually come into play. I have basically a group of objects right here. Instead of having to step up several copies of this, what I can do is, rather than have to manually Option+Drag and then hit Command+D to go ahead and make copies of those, I'm going to press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo and I'm simply going to go ahead and now and through the Effect menu, choose Distort and Transform and then choose Transform.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 33m 20s
    1. Introducing Live Paint
      38s
    2. Drawing in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    3. Creating a Live Paint group
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      3m 17s
    5. Using Live Paint with open paths
      2m 29s
    6. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      4m 17s
    7. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      3m 41s
    8. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      5m 44s
    9. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 55s
    10. Understanding how Live Paint groups work
      3m 4s
  3. 49m 36s
    1. Introducing the trace options
      39s
    2. Setting expectations: Live Trace
      2m 26s
    3. Using the Live Trace feature
      1m 51s
    4. Understanding how Live Trace works
      5m 41s
    5. Making raster-based adjustments
      5m 52s
    6. Tracing with fills, strokes, or both
      2m 55s
    7. Making vector-based adjustments
      6m 12s
    8. Adjusting colors in Live Trace
      4m 39s
    9. Using Photoshop with Live Trace
      5m 22s
    10. Releasing and expanding Live Trace artwork
      2m 58s
    11. Saving and exporting Live Trace presets
      2m 36s
    12. Tracing in Batch mode with Adobe Bridge
      1m 35s
    13. Turning an image into mosaic tiles
      2m 28s
    14. Tracing an image manually
      4m 22s
  4. 1h 24m
    1. Introducing 3D
      33s
    2. Setting expectations: 3D in Illustrator
      2m 53s
    3. How fills and strokes affect 3D artwork
      4m 43s
    4. Applying the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
      6m 25s
    5. Applying a bevel
      5m 40s
    6. Showing the hidden faces of a 3D object
      4m 49s
    7. Applying the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 22s
    8. Visualizing the revolve axis
      3m 5s
    9. Applying the 3D Rotate effect
      1m 35s
    10. Adjusting surface settings
      9m 33s
    11. Understanding the importance of 3D and groups
      3m 24s
    12. Preparing art for mapping
      10m 19s
    13. Mapping artwork to a 3D surface
      14m 21s
    14. Hiding geometry with 3D artwork mapping
      4m 0s
    15. Extending the use of 3D in Illustrator
      8m 7s
  5. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing transformations and effects
      32s
    2. Using the Transform panel
      12m 37s
    3. Repeating transformations
      5m 23s
    4. Using the Transform Each function
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Convert to Shape effects
      5m 49s
    6. Using the Distort & Transform effects
      5m 12s
    7. Using the Path effects
      6m 58s
    8. Using the Pathfinder effects
      4m 18s
  6. 28m 23s
    1. Introducing graphic styles
      33s
    2. Applying graphic styles
      10m 8s
    3. Defining graphic styles
      8m 46s
    4. Previewing graphic styles
      2m 10s
    5. Modifying graphic styles
      3m 30s
    6. Understanding graphic styles for text
      3m 16s
  7. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing advanced masking techniques
      32s
    2. Understanding clipping masks
      7m 15s
    3. Using layer clipping masks
      6m 30s
    4. Creating opacity masks
      8m 32s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Introducing color
      40s
    2. Considering three types of color swatches
      7m 7s
    3. Managing color groups
      2m 58s
    4. Understanding the HSB color wheel
      3m 57s
    5. Understanding color harmonies
      2m 57s
    6. Using the color guide
      3m 54s
    7. Limiting the color guide
      3m 17s
    8. Modifying color with the Recolor Artwork feature
      6m 25s
    9. Using the Edit tab to adjust color
      5m 44s
    10. Using the Assign tab to replace colors
      8m 37s
    11. Making global color adjustments
      2m 17s
    12. Using Recolor options
      7m 3s
    13. Converting artwork to grayscale
      3m 23s
    14. Simulating artwork on different devices
      3m 18s
    15. Accessing Kuler directly from Illustrator
      2m 7s
    16. Ensuring high contrast for color-blind people
      2m 42s
  9. 53m 19s
    1. Introducing transparency
      40s
    2. Understanding transparency flattening
      2m 31s
    3. Exercising the two rules of transparency flattening
      10m 53s
    4. Understanding complex regions in transparency flattening
      4m 50s
    5. Exploring the transparency flattener settings
      8m 37s
    6. Using transparency flattening and object stacking order
      6m 39s
    7. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      6m 31s
    8. Creating and sharing Transparency Flattener presets
      2m 25s
    9. Working within an EPS workflow
      5m 3s
    10. Understanding the Illustrator and InDesign workflow
      5m 10s
  10. 50m 1s
    1. Introducing prepress and output
      23s
    2. Understanding resolutions
      8m 27s
    3. Discovering RGB and CMYK "gotchas"
      5m 42s
    4. Using Overprints and Overprint Preview
      7m 43s
    5. Understanding "book color" and proofing spot colors
      8m 1s
    6. Collecting vital information with Document Info
      2m 28s
    7. Previewing color separations onscreen
      1m 12s
    8. Making 3D artwork look good
      2m 16s
    9. Seeing white lines and knowing what to do about them
      2m 41s
    10. Creating "bulletproof" press-ready PDF files
      3m 45s
    11. Protecting content with secure PDFs
      2m 48s
    12. Using PDF presets
      2m 47s
    13. Moving forward: The Adobe PDF Print Engine
      1m 48s
  11. 35m 43s
    1. Introducing distortions
      27s
    2. Using the Warp effect
      4m 20s
    3. The Warp effect vs. envelope distortion
      3m 48s
    4. Applying the Make with Warp envelope distortion
      2m 45s
    5. Applying the Make with Mesh envelope distortion
      2m 41s
    6. Applying the Make with Top Object envelope distortion
      3m 45s
    7. Editing envelopes
      5m 0s
    8. Adjusting envelope settings
      4m 2s
    9. Releasing and expanding envelope distortions
      1m 44s
    10. Applying envelope distortions to text
      1m 27s
    11. Using the liquify distortion tools
      3m 5s
    12. Customizing the liquify tools
      2m 39s
  12. 28m 56s
    1. Introducing blends
      32s
    2. Blending two objects
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting blend options
      5m 47s
    4. Blending anchor points
      5m 36s
    5. Blending three or more objects
      2m 9s
    6. Replacing the spine of a blend
      4m 32s
    7. Reversing the direction of a blend
      2m 15s
    8. Releasing and expanding a blend
      1m 47s
  13. 46m 54s
    1. Introducing charts and graphs
      35s
    2. Setting expectations: Graphs in Illustrator
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a chart
      8m 2s
    4. Importing data
      3m 34s
    5. Formatting data
      5m 1s
    6. Customizing a chart
      10m 21s
    7. Combining chart types
      2m 40s
    8. Creating graph designs
      6m 0s
    9. Styling and updating graphs
      5m 33s
    10. Ungrouping graphs
      1m 49s
  14. 26m 36s
    1. Introducing Gradient Mesh
      23s
    2. Understanding the Gradient Mesh feature
      9m 34s
    3. Using Gradient Mesh to add contoured shading
      6m 14s
    4. Using Gradient Mesh to create photorealistic effects
      10m 25s
  15. 8m 18s
    1. Introducing flare effects
      25s
    2. Drawing a lens flare
      3m 28s
    3. Modifying a lens flare
      1m 27s
    4. Using a mask with lens flares
      2m 58s
  16. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics
9h 42m Intermediate Apr 03, 2009

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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing artwork both automatically and manually
  • Mapping artwork to complex 3D surfaces
  • Using pressure-sensitive distortion tools
  • Recoloring artwork across a document
  • Using Excel data to create charts and graphs
  • Understanding how transparency really works
  • Creating high-quality, press-ready PDFs
  • Building efficient files with graphic styles
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using the Distort & Transform effects

So we have explored a command inside of Illustrator called Transform Again. It basically allows us to take the transform that we have already applied and simply repeat it again and again. Now this particular effect is also available as a live effect inside of Illustrator. Let's see how that can actually come into play. I have basically a group of objects right here. Instead of having to step up several copies of this, what I can do is, rather than have to manually Option+Drag and then hit Command+D to go ahead and make copies of those, I'm going to press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo and I'm simply going to go ahead and now and through the Effect menu, choose Distort and Transform and then choose Transform.

Now this brings up the Transform Effect dialog box, which actually looks very similar to the Transform Each dialog box that we have seen before with one main difference. It has the setting here for Number of Copies. I am going to first click on the Preview button so that I could see what I'm doing as I'm working. My goal is to basically create several copies of this particular piece of art. Now what I'm going to do is move this over to the side just a little bit here. I want to create one copy, just so that I see what I'm doing here. Now what I would like to do is I would like to a copy of this basically and move it over here to the right. So I'm going to specify a horizontal move about 2.5 inches. In doing so I now sort of have created a copy of this piece of artwork.

But again this is an appearance. It's an effect. I haven't actually physically created new vectors inside of Illustrator. I have simply told Illustrator to apply that particular effect as a live effect. Now that I know exactly where it's going to go, I'll add some more copies, for example, let's do about 3 copies which basically gives me my original plus three others which give me a total of four. So now I'm going to click OK and now I have applied that. If you look at my Appearance panel I see that I now have a transform effect that is applied to that group. Now of course, these are all copies of this one here. So if I were to make any changes for example, I'm going to double click on this to isolate this group.

Maybe click on the letters here Groundswell, which is currently colored white. Maybe I want to change the color of that to something different like maybe black for example. Notice that when I do so, all the other ones, which are simply copies of this as an effect, have been updated as well. I'm now going to click over here to select the original piece of art here. Remember these if I go into Outline mode, Command+Y or Ctrl+Y, I don't even see anything right here. These are all applied as an effect. So now I'm simply going to go ahead and take this particular object, which already has a transform on it. I'm going to go to the Effect menu. I'm going to choose Distort and Transform and Transform.

Now Illustrator is going to tell me, hey you want to apply actually a transform effect. Well there is already a transform effect applied to this object. So do I want to edit the existing one? To do so I would need to basically come over here and click on the word transform in the Appearance panel. But what I would really like to do is I want to actually apply a new effect. So I'm going to click on this button here to apply a new effect. What I'm going to do is rather than specify now horizontal move, again let's specify just one copy here. We'll click on the Preview button. Now I'm going to specify a vertical setting. So maybe I want to go ahead and I want to add a vertical setting. But instead of going in a positive direction, I want to go in a negative direction. Maybe let's do -2 inches for example.

Now I see that that's step downwards in this direction. Now I'll go ahead and I'll specify maybe have three copies there as well. By clicking OK what I have done is I have now applied two transform effects. The first transform effect takes this group and makes copies of it this way. Then I have taken another transform effect and made copies of this entire piece of artwork right here and its effect here and duplicate it here. That gives me a whole page of stepped up artwork. It can be incredibly powerful because again all I need to do is just edit one piece of artwork right here and that updates all of these as well. So that's one way to use this Transform Live Effect.

But let me show you one another example that you can, kind of, create things in a more creative fashion. I'm going to delete this particular object right here and let's work with this surfboard here. But I want to create some other kind of interesting shapes. So what I'll do is I'll apply another transform effect to this. I am going to go to the Effect menu. I'll choose Distort and transform and then I'll choose Transform. Here again with the Preview button on, let's focus on using the Rotate setting. Now in the past what we have done is we have actually taken the surfboard and we have, kind of, made them all, kind of fan out in a circle. Now we were able to do that because when you are working inside of Illustrator, you do have the ability to set an origin point somewhere away from the actual object itself. But in the transformed effect though I can only work with this reference point indicator to basically decide where I want my transforms to happen from.

I am going to choose basically from the bottom center right over here. I'm going to choose to actually rotate this about 30degrees and I'll specify a number of copies. Maybe I'll do, let's say, 20 copies for example. I'll hit the tab key to accept that. Now notice what I have done here is I have actually created some kind of a flower. I could add more copies or I could specify the angle for example, if I make it 12 degrees and I'll get something that looks like that. I just need to add more copies to fill out that circle. But you can basically see that I could use this particular transform effect to really do lots of cool things inside of Illustrator. I might be able to now take that same object and apply a different transform effect with a different value. I can move them or scale them, adjust the number of copies in them as well.

So definitely take a look at the Transform effect. It's more than just moving an object from one place to another. It's actually taking advantage of that Copies command to get some really, really cool transformations.

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