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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you look at the Effect menu, we have seen that there is a Stylize submenu here. Things like Drop Shadow, Feather, I don't really refer to those as Stylize. The one effect that really is a stylize effect though in my opinion is called Scribble. When I go ahead and choose that option right here, because we want to explore how that might work. In fact, we need to further select a particular part of our file to apply the scribble to. In fact, the document I'm working on right now is called a scribble_effect and you will find it in Chapter 14 of our exercise files. I'm going to first start off by applying the Scribble to this surfboard right here. I'm going to click on it. It has a red Fill with no Stroke.
Let's go ahead and position it somewhat on the side here, so we could take a look at this. I'm going to choose Effect, Stylize and then I'll choose Scribble. Now this dialog box is pretty large. It has lots of settings, but it's pretty cool what it does. First I'll click on the Preview button and we will see that what it really does is it makes it look like you take magic marker and I went ahead and went back and forth inside of the shape. The beautiful thing about the Scribble effect is that it allows you to draw outside the line, which is something that really Illustrator doesn't do. Illustrator is a very perfect application. If you really think about at the whole concept of vectors are, you create this beautiful sharp clean paths and of course, when you specify a Fill for that particular path, the Fill goes right up to the edge of the path, but doesn't go beyond it.
When you are using the Scribble option though, there is the capability as you will start to see over here that; that line can go right outside the particular path itself, which gives it a really nice stylize look. In fact, there are lots of settings here. So let's explore what they all are in this particular example. First of all, you noticed that right now the Scribble goes back and forth, back and forth of the object. In reality what the Scribble is doing, is it taking your Fill and it's converting the Fill to one long Stroke. In fact, if I go ahead right here and I change some of the setting here. For example, where it says Spacing, I change it to very low spacing. Then I see that it's very, very tight and pretty much together.
However, if I change this to a much more loose setting. Let's say something like this for example, you can see that the actual Fill is converted to one long Stroke that kind of zigzags back and forth. Depending on the settings that we choose here in the Line Options and the other settings here as well, we can control how that turns this into more of a Stylize Scribble look. Let's take a look at this for example. I'll turn the spacing back to something over here for example, let's say 2.5. Well let's call a little bit more than that somewhere around 10 pixels. This way we get a better idea what this looks like. The first thing I can choose over here is the angle. Right now this is on the 30-degree angle, but I could spin this little wheel here and adjust the angle for what that Stroke is being drawn on.
Where it says Path Overlap, I'm basically telling Illustrator that the path itself that's being drawn can overlap or the Stroke that's being drawn can overlap the path of the object by a certain amount. Now right now it set to 0 pixels, which means that it should not be let to go outside of path. However, there is a Variation setting. The Variation setting means that it can go up to 5 pixels either beyond or inside of the particular path, which is actually great. This allows Illustrator to have that really nice Stylize look and it's not perfect. Like I said, it allows you to kind of draw outside the lines. So for example, you may choose that you do want to overlap. In that case, it will really go outside the lines or maybe not or alternatively leave that centered one set to 0. So I'm going to type 0 here. For the Variation type in a really large variation like maybe 20 pixels. Again, see how it kind of nice that is. Now I'll go ahead and adjust the actual Line Options. So right now, remember this is one long stroke. You could change it to be a very fat stroke or a very narrow stroke or a thin stroke. For example, half a pixel here. Go ahead and make that a little bit larger.
The Curviness decides basically that when your stroke goes up to the top and then comes back down again, does it go straight up and then straight back down or is there kind of curve or loop a little bit, when it reaches at the top. So for example, if I had a really high level of Curviness then you can see how it's very loopy at the top when it come circles back down again. I could also set it to be at 0, which means it's a straight line. It goes straight up and straight back down almost like a zigzag. Again, I could choose that there will be a variation for that. So that they're not always exactly the same. The Spacing is how close together these strokes are when they go up and down. Like we did before, we can do very tight spacing or we can create very loose spacing.
I have other thing that is really cool, if you do some tight spacing, but also set a nice variation for that. In that way, the spacing is not consistent and it looks really abstract. So I'm going to click OK and that's how you can create a really stylized look to any piece of artwork. What's really great about the Scribble effect is that of course, like any other live effect, it works on text. So if I click on this text object here, I can go back to the Effect menu, choose Stylize and I could choose a Scribble effect and once again apply that effect there. One thing is to note that because we have all the settings that are available inside of the Scribble effect, you can really get very different results. So that's why Illustrator has some preset settings that are built-in. For example, something here called Childlike, Dense, Moire setting, Tight and a Zig-Zag.
I definitely suggest that you take a look and experiment some of these. Better yet when you look at some of these and you understand what the settings are that here you might want to go ahead and adjust them just a little bit more to get just the look that you are looking for. So definitely play around with the Scribble effect. It has some really cool stuff build into it and remember to pay attention to the fact that you can apply multiple Fills and Strokes to the objects and that you could also have different effects applied to those. So for example, I have one particular fill over here and that has a Scribble effect on it. If I go to my Appearance panel, noticed I have my Fill here. The Scribble effect is applied to that Fill. I can click and drag on it to apply just to the Fill itself. If I take this whole Fill and I go over here and I choose to actually duplicate that Fill, I now have two Fills. Let me go ahead and just open up my Appearance panel as you can see what's going on. I now have two Fills and each of those Fills have a Scribble effect applied to it.
Well I could double click on one of these effects here and adjust the angle for example, I'll make the angle going to other direction and now I get a pretty interesting crisscross effect, which I have done by having the same Scribble effect by being applied in two different directions on a single object. So definitely play around a lot with the Appearance panel and also with the Scribble effect and see what kind of cool results you can get.
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