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Learn how to use gradient tool in Adobe Illustrator CS3 Advanced.
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Okay, so things are looking pretty good here, pretty cool. We are almost done with out rotten tomato guy here, except we have got to do something about all these staples that he has all over the place here, these little metallic bits, he has got a lip ring here and so on, and we've got to do something about his disgusting drool here. So this is all been organized once again on your Layers Palette. Let's cover working with these metallic bits here.
So I have created a layer here for us called Staples and Such, so what I could do is I could hold down Shift and go and click on all these tiny little staples here, but we are going to be here a while if you choose to do that. Instead I am just going to use the layer target here, click on this little guy here that grabs all of the metallic bits here. And as far as making things look metallic with gradient I find using grays and whites and may be some charcoalish type colors work pretty well.
I think what I will do is using our Swatches Palette I will start with our basic gradient here which was black to white, there it is. Now because these parts are so small these objects here, so tiny, it's hard to see what we are actually getting. So try this try hitting Ctrl+H on the PC or Command+H on the Mac that hides all of your anchor points and paths. So now we get a better sense of how this is looking. And as you have seen all along I can come down to my Gradient Palette here, adjust my Slider if I don't want to use a pure white I could pull down a light gray here if I wish, or may be if I want something like this here I will keep white on one end for example and then go to a mid gray and then may be if I want to switch back to white or something like this I could do so. I am not going to do that though, I'll just pull that off the bottom there. I will pull this guy off here as well.
I think what I will do is just move my white stop along the Slider here and things are looking are pretty good here, you can see that it's fairly simple to get this cartoonish color effect here using Gradient, and later on I will show you some neat tricks for creating some almost 3D effects as well with Gradient.
So things are looking pretty good here we also have to do something about his drool here and back in the Layers Palette this guy has so much drool that he actually requires two layers there. So we have drool part 2 and up at the top we have drool part 1. So if you want to select using your Layers Palette that's fine, I think myself I will just click on one instance of the drool, hold down Shift and click on the second instance of drool and don't forget that we have to hit Ctrl+H or Command+H. So if you want your paths and anchors to reappear just hit your keyboard shortcut again, there they are I think I will keep mine off though. I find when I am working with gradient it's easiest to have them turned off here.
So there we are, and I will probably throw in some kind of a gradient here may be going from a light blue to a dark blue or something like that, and once again I will just start with my basic gradient here. I will quickly throw down some colors onto my Gradient Slider here, something like this, may be I will throw white into the middle get rid of my black, may be something like that. Now it's looking more like one of those freezy-pop things rather than some drool here. So I need to do some adjusting here, I need to adjust this a little bit. So here's what I'll do. I am just going to single-click to de-select everything here, and I will go back and single-click on the first instance of the drool here and over in my toolbox I have a Gradient Tool. Now what the Gradient Tool allows me to do is set the starting point and the ending of my gradient.
So for example what I could do is click-and-drag in a direction here to change the angle of my drool here. So something like that actually looks pretty good. You can see if I drag along the length of the object, I am going to get one type of gradient, if I were to do something like this, start way outside the object and end way over on the other side of the object, I wind-up getting something like that.
So using the Gradient Tool is a great way to control how your gradient is actually going to come out. Now you don't see this object selected that's because we had used our keyboard shortcut there, Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac, there he is there. Now I want to go and do the same thing to this little piece of drool here hanging off his chin, it's pretty disgusting here. I will hold down my Control key, that toggles me to my Move Tool. Let go, I am still on my Gradient Tool, I will hit my keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac and I will do the same thing. And the cool thing here about the Gradient Tool is I can keep clicking and dragging, keep clicking and dragging over and over and over until I get something that I like. May be something like that looks pretty good.
So the idea with the Gradient Tool here is you are not overlapping one gradient on top of another gradient on top of another gradient you are starting fresh every single time. So you can keep dragging, and try different things, may be you want to go from the right to the left or may you want to try going from the bottom to the top until you get things looking exactly the way you want, say something like that, wonderful!
So there is sort of a quick introduction to working with the Gradient Tool. Let me show you couple of other neat things that you can do here using this little fellow. I am going to go back to my eyeball, I am not a 100% happy with my eyeball here because you can see that my radio gradient here isn't starting at the center of the eye here, it's sort of starting on the outside of the eye here. So what I can do is I am going to hold down my Ctrl key again, and single click, there is my eye selected, let go off control or of course command on the Mac. And what I can do with my Gradient Tool is again I could click-and-drag this time obviously things are happening with a radio gradient.
So a short drag gives me this sort of effect here, a longer drag would give me this sort of an effect, little bit too far there, say something like that, so you can experiment there. Or try just single-clicking with your tool, now this isn't the greatest example here, may be what I will try and do is do something little bit shorter there, and then what I can try and do is single-click, and single-clicking with a radio gradient, what that does is that sets the center point for the radio gradient. So I might decide that I want something like this here.
Here is a couple of other quick examples of using the Gradient Tool. I am going to zoom out just a little bit here and I am going to go back to my Layers Palette and click on my target here for my tomato fill and what I could do is I could click-and-drag using my Gradient Tool right across and you just see that change there. Again I could do a nice long drag right across my artwork to get this type of an effect so the scarlet is starting up here and the deep-red is ending way down on the bottom right there or I could go from bottom to top, may be for a little bit of drama there, actually that looks pretty cool. Or I could go the other way here, something like that, to be honest, I am going to Undo once, just with Command+Z or Ctrl+Z because that looks pretty cool, I am pretty happy with that, now that's pretty awesome.
So there is a couple of neat things you can do using your Gradient Tool and don't forget to hit Command+H or Ctrl+H on the PC here to hit your paths and anchor points showing back in Illustrator.