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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise, I'm going to show you how we are really going to go about scaling these eyelashes to get great results. We are not going to have any little weird elbows or fingers or creases or any of that jazz. And we are going to take advantage of a command we haven't seen so far that is a really great command. If nothing else, I want you to assign this command to memory and remember that it's there, remember that it is available to you because it can really save you in a lot of critical situations and it's called Transform Each. So I'm working inside of a progress document. I have gone ahead and saved my progress as Scaled lashes.ai found inside the 10_select_enhance folder, and I'm going to go up to the Select menu and I'm going to choose this guy right here, All Lashes, in order to select all of those lashes except the top one. The top one is fine; he doesn't need to be scaled.
So we will grab the other ones and now I'm going to go up to the Object menu, choose Transform and choose this command right there, Transform Each. As I say the main thing I want you to remember is that it's here and it's Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D or Command+ Shift+Option+D on the Mac. Or just go here and select the command because D doesn't have much to do with Transform Each; it's just a leftover from Transform Again, which makes sense because it's duplicate. This doesn't make sense because it's not duplicating anything. Anyway, choose the command. The idea behind this command, notice that it offers Scale options and Move options and Rotate options and Reflect options, but the idea behind this command is instead of scaling everybody according to a single origin point, the way that the Scale tool does or the Rotate tool or one of those guys, instead it's scaling and rotating everybody by its own, each one of these guys, by its own center point.
By its own origin point, as defined by this little metrics right here, so currently it's set to the center of each object. So let's see what happens if I change the Horizontal Value to 70%. Well, nothing happens, why this nothing happened because preview is turned-off, Illustrator is notorious for leaving preview off all the time, so go ahead and turn it on so you can see what's happening and notice, just as I said the Transform Each command goes ahead and scales each one of these eyelashes 70% of its previous width around the center of each and every one of the eyelashes. So they are all being scaled independently of each other, now that doesn't happen to be right but that happens to be very interesting, it gives us hope, right.
Why don't we try applying with this origin? Now if I go ahead and click on the left hand point, right there, that works out for the right hand eyelashes but not the left hand ones. If I click on the right hand point, that works out for the left hand eyelashes but not the right hand ones. So what's the solution? The solution is to cancel out and change the right hand and left hand lashes independently of each other. So let's go up to Select and it's just so handy that we went ahead and obsessively saved out all of those lashes selections. So I can choose right lashes, for example, to get just the right lashes, then I would go up to the Object menu, choose Transform, choose Transform Each, and then it's not telling me the last options because I didn't apply them, so I have to change the Horizontal Value to 70%.
Once again, turn Preview on, there gamut, and then select this left hand point and then look, that works out beautifully for the right hand lashes. Now let's click OK and then we go up to the Select menu, choose Left lashes and then we go up to the Object menu, choose Transform, choose Transform Each and we have our last options intact here, so Horizontal Value of 70%, preview is actually on this time. Isn't that delightful? But it's a wrong origin point of course. Go ahead and select the right hand origin point. That goes ahead and locks them into alignment, awesome, click OK, couldn't have been easier or more successful. That's awesome, awesome, awesome.
The only problem is the dimpling, right. All of these hairs are now dimpling into the flash. That is really not a problem because all you need to do is take the Circle Eye layer right here and move it under Primitives and the deed is done. Voonderbar! So remember that you have got that Transform Each command that allows you to scale, rotate or otherwise transform multiple objects with respect to each object's left side, right side, top side, bottom side or center.
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