Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
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Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing


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Video: Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing

In this movie, I'll show you how you can adjust the vertical alignment of text on a path, as well as its orientation and character spacing, all using a single command. Now as you can see, by default the Illustrator goes ahead and aligns the baseline of the text to the path outline. Now most of the time that's going to work out really well, but in our case the original circle cuts halfway through the brown portion of the logo. So we need to scoot the text down. If you're working along with me, just go and press Ctr+A or Command+A on the Mac to select both text objects. As you can see the Art Layer which contains the logo elements, is locked.
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.

Topics include:
  • Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Understanding the color-managed workflow
  • Creating a multicolor blend
  • Establishing a clipping mask
  • Blending different levels of opacity
  • Combining a letterform with a path outline
  • Warping logo type around a circle
  • Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
  • Mixing and matching color harmonies
  • Recoloring artwork
  • Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
  • Creating translucency
  • Editing attributes in the Appearance panel
  • Adjusting and updating dynamic effects
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing

In this movie, I'll show you how you can adjust the vertical alignment of text on a path, as well as its orientation and character spacing, all using a single command. Now as you can see, by default the Illustrator goes ahead and aligns the baseline of the text to the path outline. Now most of the time that's going to work out really well, but in our case the original circle cuts halfway through the brown portion of the logo. So we need to scoot the text down. If you're working along with me, just go and press Ctr+A or Command+A on the Mac to select both text objects. As you can see the Art Layer which contains the logo elements, is locked.

Now I'll go up to the Type menu and choose Type on a Path, and you can see this submenu begins with the bunch of orientation settings. Those same settings are made available by this command right here, Type on a Path options. So go ahead and choose that command and then turn on the Preview checkbox so we can see what were doing. Notice Align to Path right there. Those are your vertical alignment options. By default, it's set to Baseline. So as I say, the Baseline of the text is aligned to the path outline. But you could change it to something like Ascender, so that the text drops down dramatically, or you can change it to Descender, so the text jumps all the way up.

So in other words either the Ascenders, that is the top of the tallest characters, or the Descenders, which would be the bottom of the character set dropped down from the baseline, are aligned to that path outlined. We don't want either of those options. I just want you to see that they are there. We want center. So we end up centering the text on the path outline like so. These Effect options are your orientation settings. By default, Effect is set to Rainbow, which is going to be what you want 99% of the time, but you also have these other settings that you can choose from, including Skew, which is probably the second to most useful; but then you've got these other ones that you can play with as well.

So of course I invite you to go ahead and experiment with those, but we're going to stick with Rainbow. And then finally you've got this Spacing setting. This one is a little difficult to understand. The idea is that you want to space your text differently for those times when you encounter convex areas like at the top here, or concave areas as down at the bottom. So your text is going to tend to spread when it goes over these humps and then when it goes into the valleys, it's going to tend to bunch up. So the idea behind spacing, and you can see if you click the down pointing arrow head that you have a lot of presets to choose from.

But let's say I go with the biggest setting. Now you would think 36 would spread out everything, but it's only going to spread the text in the concave areas, in the valleys; and it's going to bunch up the text along the hills if you will. So as soon as I choose 36, Tortellini is going to spread apart, but TIGER is going to bunch together. And you can enter a higher value if you want to. I could change this to 100 for example, and that really spreads TORTELLINI and really squishes TIGER together. Now while that might work well for you when you're creating text along a rolling path outline, in our case it's not going to do the trick because both TIGER and TORTELLINI where little squished before we started.

So I'm going to go ahead and change that spacing value back to Auto, so Illustrator can just go ahead and do its standard thing, and in our case we're not seeing a difference. Let me see if I change this back to 0 here and then switch back to Auto and press the Tab key. Well, that's the best I'm going to do. Now you also have the option of turning on the Flip checkbox, which is going to flip the text upside down. So pretty self-evident, but I want you to know it's there. Anyway, I'll turn Flip off and I'll go ahead and click OK in order to center that text vertically on the circle.

Now as I say, we still need to spread our characters apart. So I'm going to bring up my Character panel, which is available to me over here in the icon column. You can also choose Character from the Window menu or just press Ctrl+T or Command+T on the Mac. And I'm going to change this Tracking value here to 80, which is going to spread out the text nicely. And I'm also going to change the Horizontal Scale value to 130 in order to achieve this effect here. Now well, that works great for the word TIGER, it doesn't work so well for TORTELLINI.

So I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect the artwork, and then I'll click along the bottom portion of the circle to select it, and let's adjust some settings here. I'll start by changing the Horizontal Scale value to 120 and that ends up achieving a much better looking effect I think, and then I'll reduce the Tracking value to 60 in order to create this final version of the logo. And that's how you change the vertical alignment, as well as the orientation and character spacing of text along a path outline. [00:04:53.600, 0:04:53.600

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