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Adobe Illustrator CS5 - Illustrator

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  1. Adobe Illustrator CS5 - Illustrator Unit E: Working with Text and Gradients

  2. Objectives • Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to: • Create a gradient • Create and format text • Use the Gradient tool • Create a drop shadow for text • Place a bitmap image • Apply a radial gradient • Make an object transparent • Create text on a path

  3. Creating a Gradient • Gradient: type of fill that provides a transition between colors • Created using the Gradient panel • Types of Gradients: • Linear: colors gradate in one straight direction • Radial: color radiates from a central point

  4. Creating a Gradient • Gradients are composed of two or more color stops • Colors that are blended • Gradient Slider • Shows a preview • Midpoint slider • Determines where the two colors are blended with 50% of each color

  5. Creating a Gradient FIGURE E-2: Elements of the Gradient pane

  6. Creating a Gradient FIGURE E-3: Viewing three color stops FIGURE E-4: Moving a midpoint slider

  7. Creating a Gradient FIGURE E-1: Identifying the Linear Gradient swatch To create a Swatch: Drag and drop from the Gradient panel, double-click to name it. OR Click the Options button, New Swatch, from the Swatches panel.

  8. Creating and Formatting Text • Text is created using the Type tool • Text must be selected to be formatted, with either the Selection tool or the Type tool • Formatted using the Character panel • Fonts and font sizes • Kerning: adjusting the space between 2 characters • Tracking: affects overall spacing of all the text

  9. Creating and Formatting Text FIGURE E-5: Character panel

  10. Creating and Formatting Text FIGURE E-6: Two kerned pairs of letters

  11. Using the Gradient Tool • Gradient tool • Used to define the length and angle of the gradient • Works by clicking and dragging • Creates beginning and ending points • Any direction and length • Gradient annotator appears as you drag, showing the gradient length and direction

  12. Using the Gradient Tool FIGURE E-7: Viewing the linear gradient in the letter objects

  13. Using the Gradient Tool FIGURE E-8: Using the Gradient tool FIGURE E-9: Gradient flowing from top to bottom

  14. Creating Drop Shadows • Drop shadows: • Effects used to enhance type • To offset a copy of text (usually black) behind the main text • Offset means that the two are not aligned • Shadow is visible in a slightly different location • Blackness behind main text makes the main text stand out more • Can use any color

  15. Creating Drop Shadows FIGURE E-10: Simple drop shadow FIGURE E-11: Smoother, more appealing drop shadow

  16. Creating Drop Shadows FIGURE E-12: Positioning the text

  17. Placing a Bitmap Image • Bitmap images • Bitmap = graphics created with pixels (like a photograph) • Imported using the Place command • Treated in many ways like an Illustrator object: transform it, move it, apply a stroke, etc. • Vector graphics • Created mathematically with paths • Resize without pixelating

  18. Placing a Bitmap Image FIGURE E-13: Viewing the placed image

  19. Placing a Bitmap Image FIGURE E-14: Positioning the red circle FIGURE E-15: Positioning the clipped image

  20. Applying a Radial Gradient • Radial gradients: • Like concentric circles • Colors in radial gradients radiate outward from a small circle in the center and then get increasingly larger • Applied using the Gradient tool • How far you drag from the center represents the length that the gradient will gradate outwardly from the center • Gradient annotator appears on the object

  21. Applying a Radial Gradient FIGURE E-18: Redrawing the radial gradient fill FIGURE E-19: Viewing the radial gradient

  22. Making an Object Transparent • When an object is opaque, you cannot see through it • Opacity: how opaque the fill or stroke of an object is • Transparency panel: used to specify object opacity • Makes objects transparent or semi-transparent

  23. Making an Object Transparent FIGURE E-21: Transparency panel FIGURE E-22: Viewing the semi-transparent circle and its effect

  24. Creating Type on a Path • Type on a Path tool • Used to position type on curved paths, straight paths, and objects • Center bracket appears on the path that can be dragged with Selection tool

  25. Creating Type on a Path • Character panel: • Used to format text • Baseline shift: • Specifies how far above or below the path the text is positioned • Positive value: positions text above the path • Negative value: positions text below the path

  26. Creating Type on a Path FIGURE E-23: Using the center bracket to position the text

  27. Creating Type on a Path FIGURE E-24: Viewing the final illustration