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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
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Warping text and increasing resolution


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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Warping text and increasing resolution

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.
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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
      39s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
      44s
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
14h 53m Intermediate Nov 30, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Tracing a pixel-based image
  • Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Creating multi-colored blends
  • Creating seamlessly repeating tile patterns
  • Creating interlocking artwork with Live Paint
  • Designing advanced type effects
  • Recoloring artwork with color harmonies
  • Making the most of symbols
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop
  • Using transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Warping text and increasing resolution

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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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
 
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