Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding the vines: Part two, part of Designing a Typographic Art Nouveau Poster.
It's now time to make the vines entwine with the letters. In the previous movie I couldn't decide whether I wanted a lot of vines or fewer vines. I added the the extras to a separate layer. I can turn that layer on and off. If I decide I want to use those, now's the time to select that layer and move that selection to the vines layer, because what we're going to do is add an opacity mask to the vines layer and everything needs to be affected by that opacity layer.
And in order to be affected it needs to be on that same layer. I'm actually going to go with fewer. So I'm going to leave that extra layer turned off. I'm going to turn off the vines layer for a moment. There's something that needs to be addressed in order for this effect to work. And that is, that we want the vines to creep around this rectangle down here. But this rectangle currently, it doesn't have a fill color. It's has fill property of none. So we need to address that.
I'm going to come and disclose the artwork layer. And then disclose that group. And then click on that rectangle. I'll tap X to go to my fill property, and I will make the fill color 20% black. I will then send this behind the type, Cmd+Shift+left bracket. From my Transparency panel which seems to have gone missing in action so I'll come back and find it under the Window menu. I am going to change the blend mode to multiply.
So now, back to our regularly programmed intertwining of vines and letters. I want to select everything that is on my artwork layer. So that's the two pieces of type and that rectangle. These are going to be copied to the opacity mask of the vines layer. So, Cmd or Ctrl+C to copy. Turn on the vines. Lock everything but the vines by Option or Alt+clicking in its locking column.
Select that layer, and we see up here, there's the thumbnail for the layer. There's the thumbnail for the mask. I'm going to click on Make Mask, and uncheck Clip. I now need to add content to the mask, itself. So I will just click on that and we see an orange square around it telling me where I am. I'm now going to come to the Edit>Paste in Place. We can see the thumbnail of the mask right there. We need to make a modification to this.
So I'm going to Option or Alt+click onto the mask. We need everything here to be completely black, no grey values. I'm going to come to the Type menu > Create Outlines. Then to the Object menu > Expand Appearance. I can now come to my fill color and make it black and to my stoke color and make it black. Staying where we are but changing our view. I'm going to Option or Alt+click once again on the mask. So we now remain on the mask, but we're viewing the whole illustration.
I'm going to deselect anything that's selected, Cmd+Shift+a. Now let's zoom in on this piece of type right here. To do this, I'm going to use the blob brush, which is this one right here. And, I want to have a stroke color of white while I'm using this. And, I should be able to now just paint over that piece of the the flower to reveal it in front of the letter shapes. So we need to go around illustration and just apply this technique wherever it is necessary.
Right there, like so. We can increase or decrease the size of our brush by pressing right square bracket to go bigger, left square bracket to go smaller. If we reveal too much of this and we decide we want to reverse that we just change our stroke color to black. And we can paint out those petals where we don't want to see them. In addition to entwining the letters with the vines, there may be a few places where the vines go outside of the frame border.
And here, we can address that by painting in black, like so. So this is going to take a little bit of time to complete, but that is essentially the technique. We're painting in white to reveal the petals over the letter forms and if you go wrong, you just switch your color to black and reverse that process. I will finish this and I will meet you in the next movie.
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