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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
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Using the Transform Each command


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Using the Transform Each command

So as you may recall, at the end of last exercise we were all scratching our respective heads over what to do about these eyelashes. The left and right-hand eyelashes are way too long, and the top lashes are too short and we want to get them all to the same length, but the Scale Tool just isn't doing what we need it to do. So, what in the world do we do? Well, first thing you do is make sure you've got your Scaled lashes.ai document open, if you want to catch up with me, that is. And this document is available to you inside the 08_select_enhance folder.
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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    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 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    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 56s
  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 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    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
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    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 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    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 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    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 50s
    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 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    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 8s
    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 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    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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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
9h 36m Beginner May 18, 2007

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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.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Using the Transform Each command

So as you may recall, at the end of last exercise we were all scratching our respective heads over what to do about these eyelashes. The left and right-hand eyelashes are way too long, and the top lashes are too short and we want to get them all to the same length, but the Scale Tool just isn't doing what we need it to do. So, what in the world do we do? Well, first thing you do is make sure you've got your Scaled lashes.ai document open, if you want to catch up with me, that is. And this document is available to you inside the 08_select_enhance folder.

And I'm going to go up to the Select menu and I'm going to choose all lashes in order to select all but the middle eyelash here, and we're seeing all of our control handles. Don't worry about that, we should have everything selected. Yes we do. All right, I was just confirming that, because when the selection outlines are green because the color that's associated with this layer is green, it's difficult to see sometimes whether the points are hollow or filled. But anyway all of the lashes are selected, that's a good thing. Now I'm going to introduce you to an incredible command that you need to know about, and you need to remember it's there. More than anything else you just need to remember it's there.

When you need to scale multiple objects with respect to different origin points, then you need to go up to the Object menu, go to Transform and choose this guy right there Transform Each, which has a big keyboard shortcut. Mash your fist on the keyboard and press D basically. D of course for Transform Again, that's where that comes from. It doesn't have anything to do with Transform Each though, so I wouldn't even worry about the keyboard shortcut, just go ahead and choose the command, Mission critical command here inside of Illustrator. And this is what you'll see. You'll see that you have the ability to scale objects and move them and rotate them and just kind of the same stuff you've seen before, just organized into a dialog box instead of different tools.

So what good is it? Well, every single one of these objects will be scaled with respect to a different point, a different origin point, its own origin point basically. So let's say I'd decide to change the Horizontal value to 70% and press Tab, nothing happens on screen. Why? Preview checkbox off by default. Turn it on and notice what happens. Every single one of these items is scaled with respect to its own center. So they're not getting squished toward each other the way they were in the previous exercise when you used the Scale Tool.

Instead they're all independent of each other, they are still wrong of course, they're still massively wrong, but they're differently wrong, which gives us hope. So, how do you change the origin point? With this icon right here, see it? It gives you one of nine origin point locations. Right now the origin is in the center of each and every object. Let's say we want to position it on the left-hand side of each and every object. That works for the right lashes but not the left lashes. If we try out the right side of each and every object that works for the left lashes but not the right lashes.

So what's a boy to do at this point or a girl? Well, what you need to do is you go ahead and cancel out of the dialog box, because we need to select, what we've learned now is we need to select the left and right lashes independently of each other and we're going to do that by going to the Select menu and choosing left lashes. Remember how I saved off these selections couple of exercises ago? Serving us very well now, isn't it? Just select left lashes and they are selected of course. Then I'll go up to the Object menu. I'll choose Transform. I'll choose Transform Each.

Then I'll enter 70% for the Horizontal value, turn on the Preview checkbox and I will scale with respect to the right points in each and every object. So each one of these guys is scaled with respect to its own right -hand side here. Now I'll click OK, cause it worked out so well. Then I'll go up to the Select menu and I'll choose what? Right lashes, that's right. And then I'll go up to the Object menu, choose Transform, choose Transform Each. And I'm confronted by the last options I applied this time because I clicked the OK button. The only change I want to make is to set the origin to the left side, so that each one of these lashes transforms with respect to its own left-hand point and then I'll click OK in order to invoke that modification. Now, we still have the dimpling, notice that. Each one of these lashes is sort of cutting into Uzz's flesh, as if he had hair implants or something. He didn't, so we're just going to go ahead and move this Circle eye below the Primitives layer like so, and as soon as we release, the dimples go away. Isn't that great? So we've managed to go ahead and scale Uzz's eyelashes to exactly fit his head, his strange elliptical head here.

There's only one more thing to do to this illustration. We need to take the plain blacks and convert them to rich blacks on a stroke and fill basis throughout the illustration and that's something that we're going to do in the next exercise using the Magic and Tool. Yes there's a Magic Wand in Illustrator. I'll show you how it works.

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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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