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Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

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6 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Intro

    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 1

    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 2

    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 3

    • 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 4

    • 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 5

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About This Class


Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short courses you study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn techniques for making a pattern of shapes (without using the pattern tool), for cropping and using a clipping path, for wrapping a pattern around a sphere and for making brushes. I've used a star shape but you can use any shape you like.

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5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

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Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

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Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

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Helen Bradley

Graphic Design for Lunch™

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Helen teaches the popular Graphic Design for Lunch™ courses which focus on teaching Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Procreate®, and other graphic design and photo editing applications. Each course is short enough to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. Class projects reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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1. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Intro: Hello. I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this episode of Illustrator for Lunch I'm Seeing Stars. Illustrator for Lunch is a series of short Illustrator lessons. Every one of them approaches a different topic and it's done in small bite-sized pieces. The kind of learning that you could study over lunchtime, for example. Today we're looking at stars. Now, we're not looking at stars per se as much as something that we can do with stars. We're going to create a star pattern and we're going to do it using a technique that perhaps you haven't used before. Then we're going to take our star pattern and we're going to apply it to different shapes. We're going to apply it as a surface to a sphere, we're going to apply it to a shape using a clipping mask and then overcome some of the issues that surround trying to apply a drop shadow to a clipping mask shape and we're going to warp our pattern and then crop it. We're going to create some brushes as well. Although we're using stars today, this illustrated class is really about a whole grab bag of handy Illustrator techniques. I hope you enjoy it, let's get started. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 1: Let's start by creating the sphere that's covered in a star pattern. I'll choose File and then New. I'm going to use a document size that's 1,000 pixels wide by 600 pixels high, RGB color mode, then I'll just click "OK". I'm going to start by selecting the Star option here, which shares a toolbar position with the Rectangle Tool. I'm going to click on the "Star Tool". I'm going to click in the middle of my document here and you can see that the default star size that I have right now is a 50 pixel radius star. Well, radius 1 is 50 and radius 2 is 25. Radius 1 is the outside area of the star and radius 2 is the inside. This is quite a nicely balanced star and I have five points selected. I'm just going to click "OK" and here you can see this is the star that I've created. I want it to be filled and I don't want it to have a stroke, so I'm going to turn the stroke off and I think I'll choose a different color for the fill right now, a blue color. We're going to turn this one star into a whole pattern of stars, but I think it's too big. I'm going to drag on the corner and just hold the "Shift" key as I make it much smaller. I'm just going to position it down here to start my pattern. For this pattern, we're going to use distort and transform. It's a really handy tool and one that you might want to practice a little bit with, so we're going to use it here. I'm going to choose Effect, Distort and Transform, and then Transform. I'll turn preview on so I can see what I'm doing and I want 22 copies of this star, so I'll type 22 and I want them to appear up here. I'm going to start by pulling back in a negative direction and you can see the stars are lined up here. But I also want to move some of them in a horizontal direction. I'm going to start moving them horizontally, say around 20 pixels. But I don't want to move them all like this, I just want to move every second one, so I'll click "Reflect X". You can see here now that I have the 22 stars, but they're starting to form a pattern. I think I don't have my value set quite high enough here. I'm going to use 26 and minus 26 and perhaps a few less stars. That's looking pretty good to me so I'll click "OK". Now I've got two rows of stars, but I want a whole lot more. I am going to apply another distort and transform to the star, Effect, Distort and Transform, Transform. I'm being warned by Illustrator that I'm about to apply a new effect, not edit the old one. It's what I want to do anyway so I'll click this button. Now, I want probably another six versions of this particular star pattern, I'll type six. I'm going to click "Preview" and I want to move this in a horizontal direction. I want to use a value that's pretty much double the value that I used previously. I'm just not quite sure that I'll remember it, but let's assume that it was 26. I'm using 52 here and you can see I now have my pattern, but I don't think I have enough of them. Let's just increase this value here. That's looking pretty good as a pattern for wrapping around my sphere, so I'll click "OK". Now, the star right now is blue, but I want white stars on my sphere, so I'm going to need to change the color. With this star selected because that is the only object I have, these are all transformations of the star, I'm just going to click on white. It's now colored white, but let's expand it so we can see it, Object, Expand Appearance. You can see that it's a whole lot of white stars here. For us to be able to wrap this around a sphere, we need to add it as a symbol. I'm going to my symbols panel, and I'm just going to click and drag with the selection tool in the middle of one of these stars and just drag it all up into the symbols. You can see it looks pretty funny as it's traveling along. But don't worry, this is exactly what it's supposed to look like, and I'll just drop it into the symbols' panel. Now, I can make it export type as movie clip or graphic. It doesn't matter, either of them are going to be the same for our purposes. I'll just click "OK". Although you can't see it here very clearly right now, we do have those stars saved as a symbol. We can now wrap them around the sphere. We just have to go ahead and create our sphere. Now, I don't want these stars any longer, I don't need them any longer, so I can just press "Delete" to delete that entire object. Now, let's create our sphere. To do that, let's go and get a color. I'm going to choose a navy blue color, and I'm going to choose ellipse. I'll hold "Shift" as I drag out a circle. I need to break the circle in half and one of the ways that I can do it is just to delete this node here. I'm just going to click on that node and press the "Delete" key, that just breaks the circle in two. I'm going to select my circle and let's create a sphere from it. To do this, we'll choose Effect, 3D, Revolve, and click "Preview". Now, this is revolving the wrong way, instead of from left edge, we're going to select from right edge and now we have a sphere. But we have a set of stars that we want to map onto the sphere, I'm going to click "Map Art. From the symbol dialogue here, I'm going to drop down this list and choose New Symbol, because my symbol is going to be at the very bottom of this collection and you can see that we're already mapping the stars onto a sphere, it's just we don't have quite enough of them right now. Well, we just need to move this pattern into position. I'm just going to place it about here and then hold the "Shift" key as I just stretch it to fit in this dialogue. Now, you might find that at most a bit strangely for you, but that's fine. You just might need to adjust that manually to sizing it to fit and here the stars applied to our sphere, so I'll click "OK". Right now, I'm looking pretty much front onto my sphere. I can rotate it if I wish by just pulling here and I'm going to pull it so that I get a nice pattern at the top of my sphere. Once I have something I'm happy with, I can just click "OK". Now, we have a 3D sphere created in Illustrator with a star pattern mapped onto it. The first of our Mini Star Project. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 2: The second of our stars projects, we're going to create a star that's going to be filled with little stars. We're going to start out by clicking on the "Star Tool". This time I'm just going to drag out a really small star. I'm holding down the Shift key as I draw it. At the moment it's filled with white, but let's go and fill it with dark red. I'm going to use the same transform process to create a entire patent of stars here, I'll choose Effect, Distort & Transform and then Transform. Again, I'm going to turn preview on. Again, I'm going to choose Reflect X. I'm going to make about 22 copies here, and I'm going to wind back on the vertical, so they go in an upwards direction and then wind forward on the horizontal. I want to do this to about the same amount. I'm choosing 18 and minus 18, and I'll click "Okay." Now, I'm going to do my horizontal pattern using the same technique, Effect, Distort & Transform, Transform, Apply New Effect, Preview, I want about 10 of these, and this time I want to double the horizontal I used last time, which was 18, so we're going to make this 36. It's a nice pattern of stars, perhaps not quite enough, so I'll make 11 and click "Okay." I've got a pattern of stars now and I want to cut a star shape out of them. First of all, let's expand this with this star, selected Object, Expand Appearance. Now, I'm going to draw my large star over the top. Again, I'm going to Star Tool, and again, I'm going to hold Shift as I drag it out. Now, I haven't put it in a very good position, but I haven't finished drawing it either, so I'm going to hold the Space-bar as I move it into position. Holding the Space-bar let's me move the shape until I get it exactly where I want it and then I'll let go of left mouse button and let go the Shift key. Now, I want to clip this group of stars behind this front star, so that I just have a star filled with little stars. I'm going to select the Selection Tool and drag over everything here, so I've got it all selected. I'm going to right click and choose "Make Clipping Mask". I could also use Object, Clipping Mask, Make, it's exactly the same. Now, I have a star that's filled with little stars. Let's go to the appearance panel and the last panel. First of all, I just want to grab this group of stars here, just this one here. You'll see that I'm able to then move the stars around so I can position the stars within the big star exactly how I want them to look. I can also size them. I'm holding the Shift key as I size them just so that they're sized in proportion. Now, what would look really good to me, I think, is to be able to put a drop shadow around this shape. Now, it's not as easy as it looks by just selecting the shape and choosing Effect, Stylize, Drop shadow. This is the result. We end up with a drop shadow that is a drop shadow behind each of the individual stars and not a drop shadow that is behind the clipping group that we've created. I'm just going to click "Cancel". Now, the step-by-step for creating the drop shadow for this star is a little bit complex, so you'll need to do it one step at a time. First of all, select this entire group, the clipping mask, as well as the pattern, so you have it selected here in the last panel and then choose Object, Group. This just creates a group of the clipping mask object. Then go back to the group itself, and we're going to add the drop shadow to the group, Effect, Stylize, Drop shadow. Click on "Preview". We're getting the same effect, but this time it's going to work perfectly. I'm just going to click "Okay" for now. Now, to make sure that the drop shadow appears outside the star and not behind the individual stars, we're going to this path here. I'm just going to click on this star here, and in the appearance panel, I'm going to open that up and I'm going to fill it. I'm just going to click on the "Fill" option here and I'm going to fill it with white. This fills the front style with white, and you can see that the drop shadow has now been applied. It's just a very simple process of going from no fill to fill and the drop shadow behaves totally differently. At this point, I can go back to the last palette, I can re-select the group, I can re-select the appearance panel, and here is the drop shadow. If I click on it, I re-open the drop shadow panel because I might want to make adjustments to it. But really, until we see the drop shadow in position so we see exactly how it's going to behave, it's a little bit difficult to make choices as to what it's going to look like because when the object in the front was not filled, we actually didn't see the drop shadow the way that it really should look on this object. That is a little bit of a confusing set of steps, but it is the way to apply a drop shadow to a clipping mask. Of course, the way that you're going to do this to add the drop shadow to the clipping mask is to put it all inside a group, apply the drop shadow to the group and then fill the actual clipping object. I fill this object here, that is the clipping object, and that just blocks the shadow so it's no longer inside the shape, but it appears outside of It. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 3: The next one of our stars project is going to be a warped star. I think you might find it a little easier to create it on a brand new document and then just bring it into this document when you're done. I'll just choose File, New. I'm going to start with a star, a pretty small star, and I want it to be filled, but I don't want it to have a stroke and I do want to create that same pattern that we've been creating all along. Let's find a color for this star. I think we might make this one purple. We're going to do the same transform process to create a block of stars. Once we've created our pattern, we're going to expand it by selecting the star that is in control of everything and choose Object, Expand Appearance. Now this time we want to warp it so we want to create an organic effect. To do this, we'll choose Object and then Envelope Distort, then make with mesh. We get to select how many mesh points we have, so I've got a grid here of 4x4 and that's going to be plenty just for this effect. I'll click "Okay." Now I want the direct selection tool because I want to select of individual points here in the mesh and just start pulling them. What happens when I do that is I'm warping this pattern. We're going to get an interesting effect. If you select one point and then shift click on the other point, you can move more than one point at a time. Each of these points also has handles, so you can adjust the point by adjusting the handle. The stars are going to behave a little bit differently around that anchor point. Now, I'm not going to do too much of this because I'm going to leave you to experiment with the kind of shapes and effects that you can get when you warp your star pattern, but I am going to crop it. Let's go back to our star and we're going to make a star that fits over the entire shape here. Again, I've drawn it out of position, some holding the space bar just to place it in position. Now the fact that this star is gray and the stars underneath are purple is just fine because we're going to use the crop tool. I'm going to select here on the selection tool first of all, and I'm going to select the mesh and I'm going to expand that with Object, Expand, and click "Okay." I've got my gray star now on top of my expanded object. I'm going to select everything and from the pathfinder, I'm going to click here on crop. What that does is it uses the top object, the big star, to crop away any excess from the object below. We end up with a star that's filled with the little stars that were in the object below. But this is actually a cropped group. It's no longer movable. So when we go to the last pallet, you'll see that this is a group of pieces but we can't move the design within the star any longer but because it's a group, we can apply a drop shadow to it. We'll choose the group and then will choose effect and then stylized drop shadow. We're going to have the same problem as we had before. I'm just going to click "Okay" and now I'm going to just select on the group and open the appearance panel. You'll see here that we have contents and these are a mixed object. Let's go back to our group and let's just fill this with white. Now that's gone over the top of our pattern. But if we drag our fill here below the contents of the group, then we get a fill behind the actual pattern and then our drop shadow appears behind the shape. You'll see that there are some things to be aware of when you're working with trying to add drop shadows to objects that are partially transparent. But the good thing is that this pattern and the fill are independent of each other. The fill here is controlled by this fill option and it's independent of the purple color, so we can make the fill whatever we like and the purple color still maintains its integrity within the object. Of course, we can always remove the fill. But in doing so, we would probably want to remove the drop shadow because it won't look as good as we perhaps expect it to if the fill is not in place. Now I'm just going to press Control or Command C to reinstate my fill. Now this object has been created I can take it into the other document. I'm going to select it and choose edit copy. I'm going back to the document that we were working on and choose edit paste. Here we have our shape in place. 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 4: We'll finish off our stars project with a star pattern brush. I'm going to click on the Star Tool and drag out a star. I'm going to fill it with a color. Now, we can make this star into a brush that we construct lines with. To do this, we're going to select over the star and we're going to open up the brushes panel here. I'm going to drag the star and drop it in the brushes panel, and I'm going to create a pattern brush and click "Okay". This is what the pattern brush is going to look like. We're going to set the colorization method to tints and shade so we can color the brush as we paint. Now, we're a little bit short on stars to use in the corners, but we can fix that right now. I'm going to click "Okay". Now, I'm going to re-select my star and I'm going to Alt drag it into position here, and I'm going to drop it in the first of these boxes because this means that my star can now be a corner star here if we were to create a rectangle and strike it with a brush, so I'll click "Okay". Now, I'm going to do the same thing. Again, I'm going to Alt drag and drop it and this time into the fourth panel in the pattern brush. That creates it as the pattern pace that's going to be used on the inside corner of a bend, so again, I'll click "Okay". Now, I don't need the star any longer, so I can just delete it. Let's see how our star will look when we use it as a brush. I'm going to click on the Paintbrush tool, I'll click on my star, and now I'm just going to draw a line. You can see that the line is now stroked with the brush. If I select the line, I can change the size of the brush. I can make it very small stars by using 0.25 of a point, or I could make it a lot bigger. I can also use a brush profile, so I can make it thinner at either end and thicker in the middle. I'm just going back to the regular uniform profile here. You can see that the stars that we've used for our brush all touch each other. Now, if you don't want that to be the case, you can make a slightly different brush. Let's go back and get our star tool. Again, I'm going to draw a very small star. Let's recolor this one a different color. Now, I'm going to add over the top of it a rectangle. I'm just going to draw out a rectangle that is going to be as high as the star, but it's going to have a little bit of extra space on either side. Let's just zoom into this, and I'm going to with the rectangle selected, give it no stroke and no fill. I just want to line it up a little bit better relative to my star. I have a star and I have a rectangle that's just a little bit larger than it on top, I'm going to select both of those objects, the star and the rectangle, and now, I'm going to drag the whole lot into the brushes palette. I'm going to create a pattern brush from this, and click "Okay". Again, I'm going to use tints and shades. This time you can see that the brush is spaced out a little bit more. I'll click "Okay" for now. Now, I'm going to go and get just my star. I'm going to drag it into the first position here, so it becomes the corner element for my brush. Then I'll drag it into the fourth position, and it's going to be the inside corner and click "Okay". Now, I can delete everything. Control 0 to get back to my document, select my brush here in the brushes palette select the brush tool, and let's just paint it out. You can see this time we get a different looking brush. Now, it's colored a bit deeper because I have the red color selected. If I want to color it the original brush color, I'm going to select it, click down here on the options for selected brush, and instead of tins and shades, I'll just select None and it'll be colored the same way as the original brush was. 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Part 5: The final project for this class is just to put this all together and I'm just going to quickly explain to you what I did, but really you can do whatever you like. I first created a rectangle that is the size of the artboard. So I just dragged it out and filled it with a blue color. Because it appeared in front of everything else, I selected it and chose object, arrange, send to back and that just sent it behind everything. I moved each of these shapes into position and if you want to, you can apply a drop shadow to this particular shape by choosing effect, stylize, drop shadow. Click on "Preview" and you can see that the drop shadow actually gets applied to this object a whole lot easier than we were able to apply the drop shadow to the other objects here. Then I created these loops and I did it using the ellipse tool. So I just striked out an ellipse, I went to the direct selection tool and clicked on the topmost anchor point here and then pressed "Delete" and that gave me these loops. I then applied the brush to it. Now, the brush came re-coloured because of the color that I had selected. So I just went here to the options of selected object and reset the brush to none and clicked "Okay", and then I duplicated this a few times to create these loops. Finally, I just created a few lines, I just used the line tool and applied the blue brush to each of these. Now, you can do whatever you like for your final project, just I encourage you to have a shot at creating these stars because there's a lot of techniques in here that you've learned along the way. I'm Helen Bradley, thank you for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for Lunch: I'm Seeing Stars. I hope that if you've enjoyed this class, you'll give it a thumbs up and perhaps even review it so other people know that it's a class worth taking. I look forward to seeing you in another Illustrator for Lunch class another day.