November 5, 2006

PEN 11.06 - Transformations: More than meets the eye


Origin Points. Free Transform Tool. Transform Again. Transform Each. Step and Repeat. Transform Effect. InDesign Scaling Issues. Plus a new Direct Selection, Flare Tool Award, and Reference Points!
- Video Podcast
- PDF version

11 comments:

khiltd said...

That neverending wide angle closeup gets really uncomfortable to watch in a hurry. Nothing personal, but I'd much rather see what's going on on the screen than watch your barrel distorted eyes dart around a script. I'd highly recommend using Snapz Pro to capture actual movies of your actions rather than just splicing single screenshots in here and there--it'll fill up the timeline nicely.

Mordy Golding said...

Thanks for your honest feedback. I'm always one to try to be creative, but maybe I went too far :)

I'm well aware of SnapzPro but I am always concerned that recorded movies will be too teeny in this format to be of any use. You can't really read the interface or see items at this size. That's the one thing I don't like about other podcasts I've seen.

But then again, have you ever known me to back down from a challenge?

Gary Spedding, Ph.D. said...

This is the way to go on the podcasts with neat coverage of tricks, tips and techniques. You are off to a great start but I do agree on the distorted image of you. Start with a still picture of yourself (front and end - it is your site and your face should be on each cast) and keep to screen use only of the podcast itself. But you are out there doing great things and for that I (we) are thankful.

Beau said...

There were some amazing tricks in here (I'm especially excited about the tilde modifier (that works with rotate too!)) but I have to say, I really had to experiment to figure out how to do it. Your info was uncharacteristically brusk. I wouldn't have minded less tips, each in more detail. A few more screen shots would help.

Your blog (and now your podcast) is one of the only places I've found that gets into advanced tricks for illustrator. Thanks for the great work.

Mordy Golding said...

Thanks Gary and Beau, your comments are appreciated.

First of all, I apologize for the style -- obviously I've been watching too much Ze Frank lately :)

As for the depth of the tips, I'm trying to straddle a fine line. It's great that you're experimenting on your own (that's the best way to learn), and my goal is to provide the inspiration to do so. However, I do agree that a bit more time spent in the details would help.

At the same time, I don't want to simply duplicate the content that already exists (such as my book, my video tutorials on Lynda.com, etc.).

Anonymous said...

Um... could you please leave the flare tool alone? Some of us do use it and I can see how the Illustrator team dropping it soon if everyone keeps saying this.

Anonymous said...

Snapz now allows you to have it follow your cursor around so the scaling is not so big of a problem. Obviously too much panning around can make some people reach for the Dramamine, but if you set up a sensible bounding box it can work quite well.

Mordy Golding said...

Thanks for the suggestion. Hopefully we'll get everything right in the next episode :)

Aongus Collins said...

Mordy,
Thanks for those tips. On your recommendation, I bought the Phantasm CS plug-in. After just 3 days, it has become indispensable to my workflow! For only $37 or so, the power of levels, curves, hue, saturation and so on is available in Illustrator; I used to make raster copies of my graphics for fine colour tweaking in Photoshop, a practice which could lead to version control problems. This terrific plug-in eliminates that step. www.phantasmcs.com/

I have no affiliation with the developers;)

yeahman said...

Not able to view the video podcast. I have downloaded it three times and it will not play. It attempts to play in MS Media Player...but fails. And when I try to play it in Quicktime...it comes up like it's an audio file and will not play, nor are the buttons responding.

I have successfully played the 10.06 video podcast. I did not see a post by any one else having this problem. Can you help me?

Thank you so much
yeahman
maestro_com@yahoo.com

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