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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.
Another useful live effect that you will find inside of Illustrator's Effect menu is something called Warp. So let's take a look at how that applies. I'm going to use this warp_effect file. Again, you could find this inside of Chapter 14 of your exercise files. I'm going to go down to the bottom over here and select this text object. It read Surfing. I'm going to go to the Effect menu, I'm going to choose Warp and now I'll choose one of these options. It really doesn't make a difference, which one you choose because they are all open up the same dialog box and I could change within them later anyway. So I'm just going to choose the first one here called Arc. Notice over here this is dialog box called Warp Options and like I said before, all those are have actually available here. In fact, I find it's far more intuitive because all these items here have little icons in the far or left that help you identify what each of these Warp Options do as opposed to if I click Cancel here and I go to the Effect menu here, you will see that these are just listed by their names. So you may have trouble understanding what each of these mean.
Let me go ahead and choose over here and let's start off with Arc for example. Click on the Preview button and I can see that that simply warps that particular text I have created. Now remember, as the same with all other live effects that you apply, the underlying vector graphics do not change. It just changes the appearance. So it looks as if that text is actually warped. Of course, it prints, find and everything else on that matter, but I can also adjust how much of that is arced. That's a little bit too much I think. But if go around like 50%, that looks kind of cool. So as I start working with the Warp Effect, I see that very quickly I can get some of these little effects that are actually quite interesting. You can also choose Horizontal and Vertical Distortion to see how that might look but in this case here with the text you wanted to be at least readable. That's most important. It kind of look good, but you have to be able to read the word.
So that's one option you have there for Warp. So you can go through some of these and experiment them. For example, it's the Flag one. There a whole bunch of them that are pretty much standard and you can just choose between these and how much of a bend you want. What's great about the Warp Options live effect is that they abide by the rules of all of the live effects as well. What do I mean by that? Well, let me click OK to apply to this text. Let's focus on this logo that I created up over here. If I click on this, you will see that these objects are not grouped; they are all separate items. Now when you go ahead and you apply any kind of an effect, I'm actually going to lock this background just that it doesn't get in the way.
I'll go to Object and I'll choose Lock, and we will just choose Lock Selection. That way I can Marquee select things without that getting in the way. If I go ahead and I select all these, remember we discussed that we had a Drop Shadow without grouping this. Then all the objects get a Drop Shadow inside of it. Well, the same thing applies to warping as well. If I don't group the elements together here in this logo, what will happen is if I go to the Effect menu and I choose Warp and let's say I want to do some kind of a Bulge or other kind of an effect for example. Let's go to Preview. Take a look at what happens. The each of these particular elements are all kind of having that particular effect being applied to them on their own.
So if I choose let's say for example, the Bulge one. Maybe we don't want to Bulge, we want maybe the Shell Upper maybe, something like that for example. Noticed that over here the word Surf and the blue background and the red and the white are all being adjusted separately, which doesn't help me at all. If I really want to apply the effect to a whole bunch of objects together as if they are one, I need to create a group. Remember when I do that, then I click on the group, Illustrator targets the group and that means that the Warp gets applied to the target, which is the group. So I'll Cancel here and with all these objects selected, I'll now hit Command+G or Ctrl+G to create that group.
Now when I go to the Effect menu and I choose Warp and let's go ahead and choose that Shell Upper for example. Now when I move this over here and I click on the Preview button, I see that everything gets treated the way that I like it to as if it were one whole unit. So if you do want to apply the effects and again this really applies to all effects, be at 3D, be at the Scribble effect or any of the Stylize effects for example. Especially here with the Warp effect, you want to make sure that if you wanted to apply to multiple objects, you have to group those objects first. Make sure the group is your target, then apply the effect as necessary.
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