Working with feathering
Video: Working with featheringWorking with feathering provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mike Rankin as part of the Up and Running with Astute Graphics for Illustrator
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Working with feathering provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mike Rankin as part of the Up and Running with Astute Graphics for Illustrator
Want to be more precise, more efficient, and more creative with Illustrator? Learn how the Astute Graphics plugins can revolutionize the way you draw and edit artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Mike Rankin covers drawing and editing with VectorScribe and InkScribe, aligning and arranging objects with ColliderScribe, creating beautiful symmetry with MirrorMe, adjusting color with Phantasm, and the tools in DynamicSketch and WidthScribe that make drawing with a tablet even more natural and intuitive.
- Working with dynamic corners and shapes
- Editing paths with PathScribe
- Connecting and straightening objects
- Drawing circles and arcs
- Using the Snap to and the Rotate at Collision tools
- Mirroring text and images
- Creating vector halftones
- Editing path segments with InkScribe
- Using DynamicSketch
- Working with the WidthScribe brush tools
Working with feathering
In this movie we'll check out the controls for adjusting feathering effects with Astute Graphic stylism. First I'll select an object like this star, and then I'll click on the button in the stylism panel with the feather icon. The feathering controls appear on my star and I can see the effect. As I move my cursor near the controls I can see the current radius value. Which is set to 12 pixels. And I can drag the slider all the way down the minimum value of 0.2 pixels or all the way up to the maximum of 250.
And just like with the drop shadow controls, I can hold shift as I drag to constrain to whole number values. And I can click or drag and then hold Cmd or Ctrl to enable the slow drag feature and get really precise results. Also like drop shadow, I can use the contour curve in the stylism panel to adjust my feathering and save my favorite curves by holding Option or Alt and clicking on a curve button. Over here on the right. So I can click and drag to create a custom curve and then hold Option or Alt and click on the button to save it.
And if I want to save all of these feather settings so I can apply them to other objects with just one click, I can hold Option or Alt and click a Favorites button right here. Now if I draw a new star, and click that favorites button, I get the feathering, with the custom curve. In this movie, we took a look at how to work with feathering effects with Astute Graphics stylism. Next, we'll see how to work with inner and outer glow effects.
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- Q: This course was updated on 5/23/2014. What changed?
- A: The author added a new chapter (Using Stylism) featuring eight new movies, on working with effects like drop shadow, feathering, inner and outer glow, and more.
- Q: This course was updated on 04/15/2015. What changed?
- A: The author added new movies on WidthScribe and Autosaviour Pro, and updated two movies describing the abilities of the entire suite of plugins and the process of installing them.
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