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The wonders of the translucent group

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Okay gang we're almost done with this project. How does that sound to you? How does it feel to be almost done? Tell me. I can't hear you. Ha ha ha. That's a little video training joke for you. All right we're almost done as I say, because we've got the circle all drawn. We've got the hand shapes all drawn. We've got them all filled and stroked more or less the way we want them, we're going to make one more change inside of this exercise. We're going to take these rear shapes here and we're going to lighten them by making them translucent, and that may sound like, Wow, whoopee, wa-hoo. But we're going to do a special thing. We're going to group them first and then make them translucent and that has a special effect as we'll see.

The wonders of the translucent group

Okay gang we're almost done with this project. How does that sound to you? How does it feel to be almost done? Tell me. I can't hear you. Ha ha ha. That's a little video training joke for you. All right we're almost done as I say, because we've got the circle all drawn. We've got the hand shapes all drawn. We've got them all filled and stroked more or less the way we want them, we're going to make one more change inside of this exercise. We're going to take these rear shapes here and we're going to lighten them by making them translucent, and that may sound like, Wow, whoopee, wa-hoo. But we're going to do a special thing. We're going to group them first and then make them translucent and that has a special effect as we'll see.

But before we see it, I want you to notice that I'm working inside of a catch up document called Filled hands.ai. I know it looks like a mustard document, but it's a ketchup document. Ha ha ha, more insanely funny humor for you. And this illustration of course is found inside of the 06_Edit_transform folder. If you want to take a couple of objects that are already filled and stroked and you just want to make them lighter shades of their existing colors, and you're working with a white background as we are here, then there's a simpler approach than dialing in totally new colors, or resorting to even Illustrator CS3's new LiveColor function. Instead, all you got to do is go ahead and select the objects that you want to lighten, and in my case it includes these two objects right here that I'm marqueeing, the circle and the rear hand.

Then I'll press Control+H or Command+H on the Mac in order to hide those selection outlines so that we can see what we're doing here and I'm going to go ahead and zoom in a little bit in this sort of upper right region of the artwork, and I'm going to reduce the opacity value. Notice up here my opacity value in the Control palette. I'm going to reduce that value to 50% and press the Enter key. Now what's wrong with this picture? We can see through the hand, yes, everything's lighter now, because we're seeing through the shapes to the white background, so white mixed with anything else is going to lighten up that something else, because white's the lightest thing there is, page white here.

All right but obvious problem is that we can see through the beveled hand to the circle, so everything is translucent and mixing together. We don't want that. So I'm undo that modification. Phooey on that. Here's what we want to do. You want to take those two shapes cause they're still selected, remember that? Control+H, they're still there. Control+H again. Go up to the Object menu and choose the Group command or just press Control+G if you prefer, Command+G on the Mac. They're grouped together and now take that group, which is still selected and change its opacity to 50% like that see, because we applied the opacity to the group, we ensure that one object doesn't show through the other objects. So because these guys are set to 50% as a group, the independent objects inside the group are still opaque, see, they still cover each other up.

Then the next thing I want to do, just to sort of nail the point home a little bit here, is I want to go ahead and restore the outline of the hand to 100% black. And I'm going to do that by clicking off the shape to deselect it which I just did. I'll go ahead and switch to the white arrow tool and I should show you this little trick. I don't know if you know this one but you can swap between the two arrow tools. If one arrow tool's active you can get to the other one temporarily by pressing and holding the Control key or the Command key on the Mac. That's kind of cool, huh? And then I want you, if you're doing this, if you're working along with me this way, you got your Control key down or your Command key down. I want you to press Control and Alt or Command and Option on the Mac and click on that there beveled finger or whatever you're looking at, you know which portion the hand you're looking at, I don't know, but you want to go ahead and select the rear hand. So I went ahead and Control+Alt-clicked or Command+Option-clicked, the reason being I wanted to select the entire hand, but only that rear hand inside of the group, don't you know. And you can't see that it's selected because we have our edges turned off. I could press Control+H or Command+H, just so that we can see just the rear hand is selected. I'm going to press Control+ C or Command+C in order to copy it to the clipboard. Then I'm going to click off the shape so that nothing is selected, and I'm going to press Control+F or Command+F on the Mac. If nothing is selected when you press Control or Command+F to invoke the Paste in Front command, you paste the contents of the clipboard in front of everything on the current layer, on the active layer. All right so here it is in front, and then my fill is still active. You can see that down here at the bottom of the toolbox. So I'm just going to press the slash key, the one that shares the question mark. I'm going to press the slash key in order to change that fill to transparent.

But notice if I click off the shape once again to deselect it, notice that my outline, my stroke, which is still in existence here, notice that it's fully opaque, and that's because I extracted it from a translucent group, albeit, but the shape itself is still opaque. So take opaque folks. Look at our new piece of artwork. Isn't it awesome? I think it looks great, and it would make the Anasazis proud, even though I don't think they ever heard of Adobe Illustrator, but still pride they would feel I'm sure. In the next exercise we're going to take up a new project, something of a new project anyway.

And we're going to see how you rotate and scale objects inside the software. Join me. Please, please, please join.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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