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Using the Warp effect


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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using the Warp effect

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.
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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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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training
8h 25m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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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.

Topics include:
  • Making efficient use of the Illustrator interface
  • Creating text on a path
  • Using the Magic Wand and Lasso selection tools
  • Working with a pressure-sensitive tablet
  • Applying 3D extrusions and resolves
  • Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
  • Exporting files for use in Photoshop, Flash, and other applications
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using the Warp effect

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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Q: I cannot get the new brush dropdown to allow me to create either a New Scatter Brush or a New Art Brush; the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. When I go to Windows > Brush Library and choose New Brush, again the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. How do I make these work like they should?
A: In order to create a new Scatter or Art brush, you must first have artwork selected on the artboard.
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