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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise, we're going to finish off this illustration. Along the way, I'll show you a special way to warp type inside Illustrator. I've saved my changes as Small caps.ai. I've gone ahead and selected this top bit of point text. What I'm going to do here, what I want to do anyway is I want to warp the text across the top of the document. I could set it on a path. So I could create type on the path outline. But it's just simpler, in this specific case, to apply a warp option, which is a predefined type of distortion. There is a bunch of warp options that are available to you.
You can get to him by going up to the Control panel, and clicking on this guy that says Make Envelope. But actually when you click on that icon, it brings up the Warp Options dialog box. You can select the kind of warp you want to apply. So in my case, I want to use an Arc. But I could create a Flag, Wave for example right there. Then I turn on Preview to see how the text waves. I'll go ahead and increase this value. You can see that it waves up and down. So that's nice. However, I want Arc. I don't want this much arc. This is going to be way too much.
In fact, it's arcing off the page there. I can't quite see it onscreen any more. So I'm going to take the Bend value down to something like 10%, actually works well. But here is the problem. I'll go ahead and click OK. Because I've applied an envelope style warp distortion, I don't have immediate access to my Type. So I can't just grab my Type tool, and then drag across the text in order to select it, and edit it, and so on. Instead, I need to go up to the Control panel, and click on this Edit Contents option. That then switches me to a special content editing mode.
Then I make my changes. Then I have to switch out back into the Edit Envelope mode. So there is a little bit of back and forth thing involved. There is a simpler way to handle it quite frankly. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac a couple of times, actually, as many times as it takes in order to get back to my original unwarp text. Here is another way to warp Type in Illustrator. Go to the Effect menu, big surprise there. Choose Warp, and then choose the kind of warp you want to apply. Now even if you choose the wrong one, like I'll choose Squeeze.
I don't even know what that is, and that brings out this Squeeze option. Well, that's certainly not going to work for this text. But I can switch it on the fly there. So I just use any of the options under the Warp menu, and then select the actual Style that you want to work from inside the dialog box. I'm going to go with Arc, 10% just like before, click Preview in order to check it out. Click OK. This text is still immediately editable. Now my Warp option show up here inside the Appearance panel. So the previous kind of warp, that Envelop style warp that we saw a moment ago, that's editable too.
That's absolutely a parametric effect. However, this one is just easier to work with in my opinion where text specifically is concerned. Because it's a dynamic effect, it works well with other dynamic effects inside Illustrator. So the next one I'm going to apply is 3D because you know, everything is going to be in perspective in this document. So I'll go up to the Effect menu, choose 3D, and then I'll choose Rotate. Again, I came out with some settings in advance; 1, -9, I have been using those values quite a bit. Then -2 for the role value there, and of course, a 100 for the Perspective value, click OK in order to apply that change.
The text is now pretty far offscreen. It needs to be compressed a little bit so that it fits inside of this area. I'm going to do that by applying a Transform effect. So I'll go up to the Effect menu, I'll choose Distort & Transform, I'll choose the Transform command. Then inside of this dialog box, I'll change the Horizontal Scale value to 88%. Then I'll change the Horizontal Move value to 54 points. I'll turn on the Preview check box just so I can see whether I've done a good job, that looks great, click OK. Then finally, the last change I want to apply is under the Effect menu, Stylize.
Then I'll choose Drop Shadow. This time around, I am going to change my settings a little bit. I'm going to reduce the Opacity value to 50%. I'm going to leave the X Offset -3, Y Offset 1, and then the Blur value is going to be 2 point. I'll turn on the Preview check box. That looks splendid. Click OK to complete the effect. There is just one more thing to be done at this point. You may recall a few exercises back, I had you reduce the resolution of this document for the pixel-based effects so that you can apply them more easily.
Well, if you're creating a print document, and you're concerned about the resolution, and you want to have as much resolution as possible, and you're done. You're done with the illustration, you are not going to be performing any more editing. Why then that's the time to go up to the Effect menu, and choose Document Raster Effects Settings. I'm going to warn you though, as soon as you raise the Resolution inside this dialog box from Screen to High, which is what I'm going to do here, and click OK, you are going to be in a world of wait, because you're going to have to wait for all the effects to re-render onscreen.
So you might want to think about on a regular basis. If you're doing this kind of thing, go on with Medium instead. But anyway, I'm going to choose High, just so you have the sense of what's going on and I will click OK. Then Illustrator notice, we've got the spinning wheel now, because Illustrator is doing some major turning. I've got the Not Responding message up here at the top of the screen, because Illustrator has so far gone now. I'm trying to figure out what it's doing, that it stopped responding to sort of the normal protocol from the operating system. Then with any luck, a moment later you should see this happen.
You should see the screen suddenly redraw. You can expect to sit there, and wait for about 30 good seconds for this illustration to re-render but the good news is now it's done. So I can press Ctrl+Y to switch out of the Preview mode. Then press Ctrl+Y to switch back in. That would be Command+Y on the Mac back and forth. All the drawing is done so I don't have to re-render. But if I was to click on one of these objects, and then so much is click on one of its effects just to check out what I had applied, then I can anticipate that Illustrator is going to have to re-render that specific effect.
So you're going to have to waits if you're going to do any editing, which is why I say only go up there to the Effect menu, and choose Document Raster Effects Settings when you're absolutely done. Then at that point, you would go ahead and save off your changes. That my friends, is how you apply dynamic effects to Type and work with advance open Type options here inside Illustrator.
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