Using Live Shape Effects in Adobe Illustrator CC
Welcome friends in this video. We are going to look at live shape effects basically. It makes pac man and it allows you to kind of add and remove sides to polygons quite easily like that. We'll go a little bit further and make a little pie chart d donut thing. Alright, let's go and learn live shape effects in illustrator. Okay, so live shapes are only on a couple of objects. So there's the ellipse and the polygon tool at the moment. Okay, so let's look at the ellipse first. I'm just going to drag out lips. I've got a fill and no stroke. Now, what we're looking for is see this little target on the side. That's our little guy. Okay. It doesn't really matter what tool you're using. But look, I can drag up and drag down pac man, but probably better use for maybe a bar graph. Okay, now there's a couple of options you can do. Okay, so obviously I can drag these around randomly. Just pick kind of a customer shape or you can type them in the transform panel wants to open up by itself or up the...
top here. If you've got the control panel open, there's one called shape. They end up with the same kind of options. Cool, what we can do over here, probably the most important is that you can invert the pipe and type in specific degrees. Okay, you can decide exactly what you want to do and the other thing, let's have a look at the polygon tool. Okay, is the other one that works and it's the same kind of thing. This one here has got like this little targets on the outside, they decided to style it slightly differently. See this random tile. Okay. There's ones in all the corners and they went, let's randomly put this guy here. Okay, you can see plus and minus. Basically it allows you to kind of drag it left and drag it right, add more sites, remove more sites. I use this mainly just to make triangles. Okay, drawing triangles with the pen tool, surprisingly heard. Okay, foresighted. Okay. Alright, so you can see what we're doing there. Any other options for the polygon? You might decide over here. It's easier just actually pick the size. Okay. And that's about it. You can play around with the corners. This here is the corner options, you can say I want rounded corners or in Grease them up. Okay. You can see the corners kind of getting around, but you could just use this tool as well. We've used this corner options in an earlier video. Okay. It's probably quicker way of doing it. Now. What we'll do is we'll make a little pie graph like this or at the beginning because that's kind of cool. There's a full on graphing section in this advanced course. So go check that out if you want to do. You know if you're doing lots of graphs. You just want a quick pie graph. This is gonna work. Perfect. So what we're going to do one of the things as well is so you want to get rid of it, Go away. You just double click these guys. Okay. And it kind of turns it back to a regular old circle, then you can pull them out again, double click them to go back. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna start with that, that's gonna be the base of my pie, I'm gonna copy and paste it. So I've got another version and then I'm going to work out some percentages and If your your math might be a lot better than mine, I don't know why math, I find quite hard, but I've got some tricks, right? And you might be the same as me. Like tricks are good. Okay. Like I find if I need to make a slice maybe that's 15%. Okay, so I've got given some data and it says I need a slice, that's 15%. I find this really handy. So um we know that the full degrees is 3 60 right? But a few times it, so do a little bit of math on these guys. The times is the little asterix key okay on your keyboard and then you times it by point, whatever the measurement is. So 15. Okay, so asterix point or put a period, whatever you call it, and it just makes it just converts that to the right? So 54° is 15% of 3 60 man. I'm getting everybody lost. Let's try one more time. Let's say I want one more slice that's 30. Okay so all I do is go 360 times .3 which is 30%. And there you go, there's our slices so I'm gonna color them. Here we go, lovely. Okay I'm gonna stack them on top of each other. So I put this guy and they snap into place. It's pretty cool, pretty easy. I find the building separately is easier than trying to do them on top of it. And one thing is I need to rotate this one around so I'm just gonna rotate it around and it should snap into place. Um I wanna say it snaps easily. There we go. Cool 15 30 or whatever is left. Um So another thing I did do in the intro bit there is um I kind of made it into a donut. So what we're gonna do is grab the. Actually what I'll do is I'll grab this guy copy it, remember what's the shortcut to paste directly on top. Because if I go command V just puts it in the middle of my stage or control V. On a pc. You remember what it is? It's command F. Okay on a Mac. Or command um Or control F. On a pc. So I've got two of them now right on top of each other. I'm gonna make this one a bit smaller now I'm going to grab the top corner and I'm gonna hold down two keys. I'm gonna hold down shift to make sure it stays the height and width, but also the option key on a Mac or the old key on a Pc. So we've got this guy. Nothing much is I'm gonna change the color just so you can see it, but it doesn't really matter what color it is or whether you change it. I select it all back to our with tool which is shift not with tool. I say that a lot right? It's the shape builder tool. So shift em and I'm just going to delete these guys on the side here. Cool. And that kind of gives me that kind of cool donut shape and because they're all separate, I can maybe do pull out like that actually, I'm gonna slip that all shift them and I'm gonna click on this guy once and all that really does is kind of just slices them out from the guy behind him. Okay, so we're going to do something like that. Goodbye polygon. And I'm going to add some text but yeah, I'll do that by myself. You can add text. Alright, that is for live shape effects. I hope it starts applying to things like the star. That would be a cool new edition might do. And the version that you're using in the future. But for now it works for ellipses and it works for polygons. All right, let's get on to the next video.