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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
All right. Now that we're done with the fun wuvin' Uzz, we're on to the next project. It's called Lacemaking.ai. It's found inside the 08_select_enhance folder and you wouldn't really know it's part of this series because it's not based on a work of antiquity or a Native American petroglyph or anything like that. It's just an overwrought lace pattern, Just your run-of-the-mill overwrought lace pattern here inside of Adobe Illustrator. How in the world are we gong to create it though? Well you'll see.
Now there's a few things that I want to call your attention to here. We've got a circle that inset inside of a square, and it's sort of declining into the square over the course of three different rounded squares. There's also, notice there's this four-pointed star in the background here that looks sort of like rays going on, because it's filled with white and then I reduced its opacity, so it's translucent, and we just need to watch out for that star. You'll see. And then finally we have the overwrought lace pattern itself. How in the world do we get to this final version of the illustration? Well there's a couple of layers here in the Layers palette that we'll be working from. We've got the One shy layer, so called because it's one shy in the rounded rectangle department. We're actually going to be drawing that rounded rectangle, no big deal there.
But we're going to be lifting live effects using the eyedropper. That's a little unusual. That's something different than we've seen before, and we're going to be stacking it by selecting up and down the stack. Also something we haven't seen inside Illustrator as of yet. Not in this series anyway. And then, we've got the Just circles layer right there and it's got three concentric circles. Now those three concentric circles are the base objects for what will eventually become the final lace effect right here.
And all we're going to do is take those circles and transform them using the Scale Tool. That's it. Which may make you go, What are you talking about Deke? But here's the deal. It all hinges on Illustrator's ability to select and edit and transform curve segments independently of their anchor points. Based on that function you're able to do this wackiness right here. If I know you, and I don't, you're going to get a real kick out of it. What do I want you to do? Well I want you to turn on the Guides layer to make it active and notice that it's got a horizontal guide and a vertical guide, both of which are bisecting the center of the illustration. We also have a third guide, a custom guide in the shape of a rectangle, around this area right here, so it traces the blue objects inside of the illustration.
Good. You might want to check that your guides are locked down by right -clicking inside of the illustration window and you'll see this pop-up menu right there. And my Lock Guides command is turned on. Yet another way to get to the Lock Guides function. Then I want you to turn on the One shy layer. Leave Just circles turned off for right now, and then go ahead and turn off Final lace, because we don't need it. And it could end up getting in the way if we don't turn it off, and then click on One shy and you're ready to go. You now have your illustration ready to begin editing it, which is something that we're going to start doing in the next exercise.
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