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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.
In this movie I'll introduce you to the Effect Gallery, which is a collection of pixel-based filters that you can apply to your vector-based art here inside Illustrator. And so notice this dollar sign in the lower left corner of the artwork right there, it has this sort of etching effect flowing through it. Here is how I achieved that effect. I'll go ahead and bring up the Navigator panel and click in the lower-right corner of the artwork in order to scroll to this other dollar sign--same exact path outlines actually.
The only difference is that I haven't applied the effect. So I'll go ahead and click on the outline of the dollar sign to select it, then switch to the Appearance panel. And notice that in addition to the stroke at the bottom of the path and this drop shadow as well-- that's responsible for that shadow effect-- we've got a couple of fills. So I have this gradient fill, and if I turn it off, there is a solid green fill in back of it. All right, I'll go ahead and turn the gradient fill back on and click on it to select it. Then go up to the Effect menu and notice that your effects are divided into two categories.
There's the Illustrator Effects, which for the most part of vector-based dynamic effects-- the exceptions being a few of the stylized filters, including Drop Shadow, Feather, Inner Glow and Outer Glow, all of which assign blurs to your image, in which case you get pixels. Meanwhile, there's all these Photoshop effects down here, and they all convert your artwork on-the-fly to pixels. So you still have access to the vectors of course, but they will print as pixels. Now most of these filters--not all of them, but most of them--are part of the effect gallery.
And to get to the effect gallery, obviously you just choose this command here or you can choose one of the commands that is part of that gallery--such as I could go down here to Sketch and choose Graphic Pen, which is the filter that I'll ultimately apply. Either way, you're going to bring up the immense filter gallery dialog box here; and you'll also see a preview of your artwork here inside the window. And notice now you can switch to a different filter if you like. I could click on Chrome, for example, in order to achieve this effect, which is fairly entertaining.
Or I could try out our Conte Crayon or any of the other effects here. And notice that for the most part the sketch filters go ahead and convert your artwork to grayscale. You also have other categories of filters that you can choose from, so I can switch to Brush Strokes for example, and try out one of these. Not that I'm necessarily going to get much in the way of an effect, and certainly not anything that I like. Anyway, the one I'm looking for is Graphic Pen, so I'll go ahead and select it. And then you want to crank the Stroke Length value up to 15, if it isn't already there.
The Light/Dark Balance doesn't make much of a difference until you get to the lower values, so 50 is just fine. And then you want the Stroke Direction to be set to Horizontal. And then click OK and you'll end up with this effect here. All right, I wanted to blend in with the background, so I'm going to change the blend mode of this fill by clicking on a word Opacity, and change the mode to Multiply. And then I'll drop out the whites and keep the blacks. And now to complete the money effect, I'm going to scoot this fill inward by going up to the Effect menu, choosing Path and choosing Offset Path-- an effect we've seen many times now.
And I'll change the Offset Value to -2 and turn on the Preview checkbox, and that goes ahead and scoots the fill inward. Now I'll click OK. And we need a stroke, so I'll go ahead and click on the stroke at the bottom of the path, and then Alt+Drag or Option+Drag it to the top so that it appears above the fills. I'll change the Line Weight value to 0.5 and I want to Offset it as well, so I'll click on Offset Path, the one that's been assigned to the Gradient Fill, and I'll Alt+Drag or Option+Drag it and drop it onto that top stroke. And I end up with this effect here.
And that's at least one way to work with the Effect Gallery, here inside Illustrator.
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