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Using the Stylize effects

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Video: Using the Stylize effects

Illustrator features a whole bunch of different kinds of effects that are all grouped together underneath the Stylize submenu. If you go over here to the Effect menu and choose Stylize, you will see things like Drop Shadow for example. You have already been using the Drop Shadow effect several times throughout this title, but now let's explore some of the others that are here. So I'm going to start off over here by just clicking on this line that I have. I'm working on a file called stylize_ effects. You can find that file inside of Chapter 14 of your exercise files. I go over to the Effect menu, choose Stylize and then choose Add Arrowheads. This is a great way to simply add an arrow to the end of a line. I'm going to click on the Preview button, you could see now that I have an Arrowhead applied to this line over here. What's really cool about this is that you can choose a start and an end point. So start of my path is here, the end is here and I currently have this selected. Notice it says here 1 of 27.

Using the Stylize effects

Illustrator features a whole bunch of different kinds of effects that are all grouped together underneath the Stylize submenu. If you go over here to the Effect menu and choose Stylize, you will see things like Drop Shadow for example. You have already been using the Drop Shadow effect several times throughout this title, but now let's explore some of the others that are here. So I'm going to start off over here by just clicking on this line that I have. I'm working on a file called stylize_ effects. You can find that file inside of Chapter 14 of your exercise files. I go over to the Effect menu, choose Stylize and then choose Add Arrowheads. This is a great way to simply add an arrow to the end of a line. I'm going to click on the Preview button, you could see now that I have an Arrowhead applied to this line over here. What's really cool about this is that you can choose a start and an end point. So start of my path is here, the end is here and I currently have this selected. Notice it says here 1 of 27.

Well there are actually different types of arrowheads that I can choose from. Nice simple ones like triangles or other more complex ones as well. You could choose, whichever one is more appropriate for the task that you are working on. You could also choose a scale setting. So for example, right now maybe I want maybe I want a much smaller Arrowhead, maybe adjust that to around 50% scale so that it becomes a much smaller Arrowhead. I could also of course, add some to the end as well. So I can have those as well. You noticed that some of the settings up here like little hands or little dots and circles for example. Great for callouts or other things as well. I'm actually going to leave this right now set to have nothing at all for the start. So let's go back to here where it actually set to None and then click OK and that's how you apply the lovely effect here for the Arrowhead.

Now the reason why this is significant, by the way, as a live effect and it's not really simply an attribute that you apply to a line, is because if I now adjust the rotation of that particular line. For example, I take this and I drag it down to right here, you noticed that the Arrowhead automatically itself to now match the orientation of that line. So that's one of the great things about the live effect of the Add Arrowheads. It's important to note also that Add Arrowheads can be use on many kinds of shapes. It doesn't exactly have to be a straight line, it could be a curve line or this doesn't have to be a line, it could be any other kind of shape that no matter at all. Let's move on to another particular effect in the Stylize menu called Feather.

Feather allows you to apply a soft edge to a normally hard edge vector. So for example, I have this shape right here. If I go to the Effect menu, choose Stylize and then choose Feather. If let's say, I choose the Preview setting here notice that I now have softened the edges. It's almost on some level like a Gaussian blur, but the difference is that this effect happens to fall above the line. It falls in the grouping of Illustrator effects, not like over here with the Gaussian blur falls underneath the Photoshop effects. This means that the Stylize Feather command is not bound by the resolution that it setting over here. In other words, it does not change if I change a resolution, as opposed to the blur setting, which does change when I do change a resolution. So you can use the Feather effect as well, if you would like to.

I think it's pretty cool and alternatively there are some other pixel based effects here. If you choose Effect and you choose Stylize, it is somewhere here called Inner Glow and Outer Glow, which basically do the same kind of thing. I'm going to click on the Preview button, you can either apply a glow towards the inside or the outside, but it has almost that same type and effect on some level as the feather that's there as well. Let me click on this star shape that I have right here, because if we go to the Effect menu and choose Stylize, there is a setting here called Round Corners. Round Corners, when you first look at it, might be an effect that you might want to apply to rectangle and just round off the corners of the rectangle, but it's important to know that the Round Corners effect works on any object.

So for example, a star that has many different corners here. If I click on the Preview button, Maybe that's a little bit extreme right there, we want to do something maybe around 12 pixels. Click OK. See how it rounded up all the corners that are there? It's a really great way to soften up a particular shape. If you create something what all the vector tools inside of Illustrator and have all this pointy sharp edges, applying a Rounded Corners effect could really soften that up. Again, just like any of the live effect inside of Illustrator, if I go into Outline mode Command+Y or Ctrl+Y, I see that the stars still has all the pointed edges over here. Remember the live effects don't change the underlying vector, however, the appearance of that has that particular rounded corner and if I wanted to now go ahead and actually edit or adjust those rounded corners, I can go to the Object menu and choose to expand the appearance, in, which case now the effect is no longer a live effect and now I have the access to all the anchor points.

So finally the most often used effects in this Stylize menu is a Drop Shadow. If I go ahead and I apply it to text, like in this case here I'll select that text, choose Effect, I'll choose Stylize, Drop Shadow. Let me click on the Preview button, I have the ability to choose the Opacity, the actual mode is important, because by default. Let's say most of Drop Shadows we use are going to be black in color. Now that you could change the color right here by clicking on this to change to the different color, but normally that black would multiply with any color that at this particular object might be on top of. However, there maybe some circumstances. If you want your drop shadow to be a different color other than black, well rather than using the Multiply Blend mode, you may want to go back to using Normal or some other Blend mode as well.

You could adjust the Opacity of the Offset, which is basically how far away the Drop Shadow is from the actual artwork itself. In fact, sometimes I actually have a Drop Shadow set to an Offset value of zero. So now I basically see like almost like a little bit of a blur or you can think of this is Outer Glow effect using the Drop Shadow effect in this particular manner as well. In fact, this is kind of cool when you think about the possibility of actually coloring your text white. In this case we have here you will just see the Drop Shadow and the text that's up will be white kind of knocking that out. So there are lots of really cool ways to get effects. Using the Drop Shadow inside of Illustrator of course as a live effect. The beauty is that you can still edit this text and the Drop Shadow updates as necessary. So there is a quick look at some of the Stylize effects inside of Illustrator. Next, we will take a look at one other effect that's really inside of that menu. It's called Scribble effect. Even though it's part of the Stylize, there is enough settings inside there that I want to really dedicate an entire movie to just discussing what the Scribble effect does.

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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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