Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
Illustration by John Hersey

Using the Magic Wand tool


Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Using the Magic Wand tool

At the end of the previous exercise I told you something that might have left you going, what? I said there's a Magic Wand Tool inside of Illustrator and some of you might have thought, Ahh you're thinking of Photoshop, that's the Magic Wand program. No, look up here, right there. It's a Magic Wand Tool inside of Illustrator. You know why you don't know it's there? Because nobody uses it. But it's actually kind of useful. You decide, you know you're the one who is going to decide whether this is the kind of tool you're going to pick up on a regular basis. You are your own barometer friend.
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  1. 59m 51s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 34s
    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 50s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
    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 55s
  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 9s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 16s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 44s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 57s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 0s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      6m 59s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 15s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 35s
    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
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 5s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 38s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 13s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 57s
    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 15s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 34s
    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 14s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 15s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 29s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 24s
    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 49s
    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 31s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 55s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 3s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 30s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 41s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 27s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 7s
    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 7s
    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 20s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 38s
    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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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.

Deke McClelland

Using the Magic Wand tool

At the end of the previous exercise I told you something that might have left you going, what? I said there's a Magic Wand Tool inside of Illustrator and some of you might have thought, Ahh you're thinking of Photoshop, that's the Magic Wand program. No, look up here, right there. It's a Magic Wand Tool inside of Illustrator. You know why you don't know it's there? Because nobody uses it. But it's actually kind of useful. You decide, you know you're the one who is going to decide whether this is the kind of tool you're going to pick up on a regular basis. You are your own barometer friend.

But I want to show it to you so you have an idea of why and when and where you might use it. Now I'm working inside of a document called Plain black Uzz .ai, available to you inside the 08_select_enhance folder. And this is Uzz, filled and stroked with plain blacks, and what's that mean? That means that each and every one of these items, if I go ahead and click for example, on his elliptical head here in order to select it. I can't because my Primitives layer is locked. So let's go ahead and unlock, in fact let's unlock all the layers. We need them all unlocked at this point.

And I'm going to take that Articulates layer right there, we don't need it anymore. So I'm going to throw it away, I'm just going to trash it so that it doesn't clutter up what we're about to do here. All right, so all of the layers are unlocked, awesome. Now I'm going to click on his elliptical head. And I'm going to refer to the Color palette here by clicking above the Color tab so that I can see it. And if I switch to the Stroke I can see that it is a plain black, meaning that it's 100% K, black the key color, but it' zero for CMY. And that's the problem because? Anybody? Anybody? Trapping. Yes trapping. We could end up with the gaps between this orange for example, which has no black in it whatsoever, but it's got a bunch of other different colors going on, and this black, which is going to print to a separate plate if we were to commercially reproduce it, and therefore we might have tiny white gaps between the stroke and the stuff in back of it.

So best to go ahead and make a rich black, and that's what we're going to do. Now problem is, if I go over here to the Swatches palette, and I've made my swatches really big, and there's a lot of them by the way, but you can see that the black swatch is active, but it doesn't have a little white triangle in the lower right corner so it's not a global swatch. That means I can't just double-click on it and make all of my strokes and fills change. And there is a workaround here. We are going to eventually do that, but we've got to convert the swatch into a global swatch first.

So here's what we're going to do. We've got to select all the objects that are stroked with black and then we've got to turnaround and select all the objects that are filled with black and we've got to deal with them independently and then we've got to deal with the text, it turns out. All different options here, all different operations. So here's what I want you to do. We're going to select these various objects using the Magic Wand Tool. So I'll go ahead and select the Magic Wand Tool to make it active and it's got a keyboard shortcut of Y, totally different than its keyboard shortcut in Photoshop, which is W. All right, well that's the way it is.

And you might say, Well why is that Deke? Well, because W is the keyboard shortcut that's assigned to the Blend Tool of course. Blend which has no W's in in. Just the wacky ways of Illustrator I'm afraid. So in order to know what you're going to select with the Magic Wand Tool you need to bring up the Magic Wand palette and my Magic Wand palette is right here, but you can also go to the Magic Wand command under the Window menu, and the reason I'm bringing up the palette is I need to see what it is I'm going to select with the Magic Wand. Now you may see it like this. You may see a reduced version of the Magic Wand palette. If so then I want you to click on this little expansion icon a couple of times to see the entire thing.

Notice right now Fill Color is the only thing checked. That means if I click on the outline to one of these objects here, I'm just going to select all of the items inside of the illustration on different layers notice, as long as Use All Layers is turned on here inside the Magic Wand palette menu, but it's just going to get items that have the same fill color throughout the illustration. So that's not really what I want. In my case, if I'm going to click on the stroke here, I want to select things that have the same stroke color.

So I'm going to turn on Stroke Color, turn off Fill Color. This is a static control, meaning that I have to invoke a new selection. So I'll click on, like one of the eyelashes this time, and I select everything that's stroked with black, or mostly everything that's stroked with black. What gives with these guys? They're not stroked with black. These are the elements that make up the talk balloon here, and the reason that we're seeing them selected is because they're part of a compound shape to which I've assigned a stroke and inside of that compound shape are separate paths that have different strokes assigned to them and they're all black. So just in case you run into this kind of situation, just know that Illustrator's doing its best with what you've given it and what you need to do in this case is go get that black arrow tool and Shift-click on this item in order to deselect it.

So the program's not malfunctioning. It's just functioning in a weird way, and I can show you. We could twirl open this text layer and I can find these individual paths and show you how they're stroked with black but just take my word for it they are. So anyway we've got all the legitimately black stroked items inside of the document and you can I've got my stroke active in the Color palette. Right there, it's active, and so the black swatch is active inside the Swatches palette. So I'm going to double-click on that black swatch and I'm going to switch it to a global swatch so that in the future these strokes will be affected by any modifications to this swatch. Good for me, phew. So I'm going to go ahead and click OK.

And so these guys are associated with this global swatch. What about the fills though? If I now click on one of the items that's filled with black such as the pupil and I press the X key so the fill is active, I'm not seeing this swatch active anymore, because they weren't selected when I switched the swatch to global. I know it's painful that it works this way. It's painful that there's this sort of omission inside of Illustrator, but this is the way things work. So you've got to now grab your Magic Wand palette here. Switch to Fill Color, turn off Stroke Color. Then get the Magic Wand, click along the outline of this pupil for example and get all of the things that are filled with black, that were formerly filled with the plain black, and then link them to this black global color right now.

So we haven't actually changed the color of black. We haven't changed the color of the swatch. That's something that we're going to do in the next exercise.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials .

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Q: When trying to synchronize color settings between all Creative Suite programs in Bridge, the Creative Suite Color Settings command either does not appear in the Edit menu or does not work. What is causing this?
A: If the Color Setting command is not available or does not function, it's because Bridge thinks that a single application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator), is installed and not one of the many versions of the Creative Suite.
If only Photoshop or Illustrator is installed, skip the exercise and move on.
If the entire Creative Suite is installed, then, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. Either contact Adobe or completely reinstall the Creative Suite.
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