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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
When using the Warp or the Envelope command inside of Illustrator, you are applying very deliberate distortions to your artwork. You are either working with a particular shape that you want to fit artwork into or you are taking a specific shape of a warp or a mesh, for example, and trying to work with the artwork that way. However, it is very difficult to get very organic or natural types of distortions. Well that's where the Liquify tools come into play. If you take a look at your toolbar, you will see this thing, here, called the Warp tool, but if I click and I hold my mouse button down, I'll see that there are several tools here called the Warp tool, Twirl, Pucker, Bloat, Scallop, Crystallize and Wrinkle. These are what make up what we call the Liquify tools inside of Illustrator.
I am actually going to go ahead and click on this last little icon here which is called tear off to turn it into its own little Tools panel and I'll move it over here so we can access them more easily. Now, the way that the Liquify tools work inside of Illustrator is that if I have nothing selected on my artboard then the tools affect all artwork on the artboard. However, if I have certain artwork that is selected then the tools only work on the selected artwork and they completely ignore the artwork that is not selected. I am now just going to select some of the paths. So I'm going to hold down the Command key and click on this path right here and I'm going to add the Shift key and then click on this path and now I have only selected the two outer paths.
Now when I go ahead and I click and drag to the distort these, notice that right now the middle path is not becoming distorted at all, it is untouched; only the outer paths now have become distorted and that's because those two were selected but the middle path was not. Again, I'm going to press Undo to go back to the original shapes here. I just wanted you to see when I'm actually going to select a photograph here you can use these Liquify tools on placed images as long as they are embedded inside of Illustrator. So notice that if I click and drag, I can actually choose distortion for this photograph I'm not saying that it would, but there may be certain types of effects that you might want to apply to raster based images and this actually might be interesting on textures for example. It has some kind of noise pattern, you want a kind of do some kind of distortion. I have seen people simulate very interesting textures by distorting photographs with the Liquify tools in this way.
So, I'm actually going to press Undo here. I want to show you some of the other tools here that are here as well. This one over here is called the Twirl tool and again just by clicking and holding in a place for example, I can go ahead here on the selected shape right and I could twirl that particular shape there; very, very cool. We can do a lot of interesting effects with all kinds of shapes with this. You have here this tool which is called Pucker tool, the Bloat tool as well, you have here the Scallop tool which does some interesting parts to path, I'm not saying that you would want to use it everyday, but of course to our painting effects for this. One of my favorite here actually, the Crystallize, there is some really interesting things to the edges of the path. But this one I really use all the times, it is called Wrinkle tool.
I am actually going to have this select these path and just kind of work with the Wrinkle tool here. This kind of does distortion on your path to make it look like they are wrinkling just a little bit and I do find that it gives you kind of that look when you try and do grunge or you want them to look like just little bit like it's uneven. You can actually apply these in a subtle area and make that path look like it's distorted in just a little bit of way. So they are basically the Liquify tools inside of Illustrator. I do find that there are lot more fun to use because just to the nature how you kind of paint these effects on, but once you get a hang-up working with it you will see they are really useful for a certain conditions.
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