Power of the Inspector - Pt1
A free video tutorial from Arend Pryor
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English [Auto] Hey What's up everybody. And today we're going to be talking about the inspector that is this section here on the right side of the screen. So from the top on down we're going to be covering all these tools. There is a lot to cover and I'm going to try and pack all this into and the video. You'll see a lot more of this in-depth and a lot of the projects we're going to be working on. So if you don't pick it up right away don't worry about it don't stress. You'll pick it up as you go. It's very overwhelming in the beginning but trust me you will pick this stuff up as you use it more frequently. All right so let's start off along the top here you've got some alignment tools and just like the name implies you can use this to align items in your art boards on your canvases. I've got an iPhone 8 plus art board here and I've got this image I grab from the internet and I want it to be aligned within my are poor and I have a couple of different options. You can come up here and click a line top you can align the left and that will align it for you on the top as the left edge. I like to just grab it and kind of just drag it into place your smart guides will help you out. It also let you know when it's centered with you and your board which is very nice. Now you can also use this for aligning shapes which is generally what I use it for so I grab a couple shapes out will vary up the size a little bit. OK so now you can use this feature to align shapes. So let's say I have my shapes here and I want to align them on the left edge and will say that I want to align them. I've got this one position like I like it and I want the rest to kind of be left aligned with that. I just use my shift key I held that down and it clicked on each shape individually. I'll come up here to my Limited's click left line and it's going to use this shape here the one that's the leftmost shape as the anchor point or the reference. So it all align it to that. If I move this over here and I want all these guys to be aligned with the right edge over here a hold down shift again select all these bad boys line. Right now they're going to jump over here. Same holds true when you align to the top when you align to the bottom or if you align to the center or the center it's going to take into account our canvas. All right so I've got all those selected a line vertically and horizontally and is going to put them all on top of each other which I really don't want but you get the idea. So that is the alignment tools. In a nutshell and before I forget let's cover distribute evenly I'm going to grab all these guys. Hold down shift and select them all. I come over here to my distribute vertically. And now it's going to space them evenly. I've got a plug in that I cover for this later on that you can specify the number of pixels that you want to put between each of these which I like a lot better than this. But if you need something quick and dirty These can do it as well. So a nice little handy tool. All right now let's talk position so with this shape selected and let's change it to something maybe a little less boring. Get this blue going here. So now within this canvas you've got X and Y coordinate values that tell you where something is. Why do I care about that. First before I tell you that let's let's talk about the x and y value so X is basically from left to right. Why is basically from top to bottom the x value tells me where the shape is. So right now it's 135 pixels from the left side on this x axis. So from left to right. So the left edge is 135 pixels from here. I hold down oh you'll see that little value shows up there. If I change this to zero that will hug that left side there because that is basically there's zero reference point. Now the top and bottom if I change the y value to zero. Same to you. So zero is the leftmost point and the top most point. So why do I care about that. Well what I want to align things this can come in handy pretty quickly if I want to set all these guys to be aligned on the left side. And have about 20 pixels of space as a buffer on the left hand side. So this can be a real quick way to kind of align things. You can also do that if I had as in the previous video you know one of these selected and then I grab all these guys and then I left the line at. But if all these are kind of hanging out and I want them all to be 20 or 30 pixels from the left edge. It's really easy to do that with the X-Com so it can be kind of a shortcut for you and you can make stuff jump around on the page which is really cool. All right now let's talk size width and height. Go ahead and draw out an oval here something simple choose a color something like that. OK with this shape selected I know the height and width of it because it's telling me right here. Pretty straightforward. And right now the little lock between here is locked which means it's going to stay proportional. When I drag this around no matter which handle I grab it's going to stay proportional. If I uncheck that now when I grab one of these handles I can directly manipulate the height I can directly manipulate the width and customize it however I like going back make it proportional again if I want to keep it proportional. I'll lock that now any time I make a change to one. The other is going to change. So let's say I change this to 220. You'll see that the height also jumps to 220 as well. Now this can definitely come in handy when you're trying to customize shapes. Let's say I've got this one at 200. I've got another oval that I need to put on here. And I know that it needs to be at least half is half as big as this. So I'll duplicate what I have here by heading to Mandie. Change the color and I want this to be 100 by 100 let's say. So half as big. We use our alignment tools vertically and horizontally. So I know that it has to be half as big. So it definitely comes in handy when I need to resize things. I can do it directly from over here. You also have the option if you hover over it with a lot of these tools to click the up and down arrow so you increase or decrease which allows you to fine tune it a little bit more. Very cool stuff and very straightforward. Now one other thing I want to cover before I forget if you also hover over the text here you have the option of clicking and you're going to the right to increase or decrease which can be a lot more convenient. Same on both sides. Anywhere you see a lot of this stuff like the thickness the opacity you can get that little double arrow and click and drag which is very cool. Something to see in Photoshop. Glad they incorporated it here. Been here for quite awhile actually. All right so now we're down to transform and we're talking about rotate and flip for this I'm going to draw out another shape. Let's do a triangle. Draw something out like that. Let's change the color on this guy. There we go. OK so for road is a pretty self-explanatory you can rotate this guy by clicking the up and down arrow. Or if you know the exact angle you want say 45 degrees 90 degrees. One hundred and eighty degrees. So whatever the case may be you can rotate it so that angle which is very nice. And if you're messing around with this rotate here and you're not really sure you're trying to get a precise and it just will get there. You can often come over here and just fine tune it and get it exactly up and down where you want it. So very very convenient next to that. You've got flip you can flip it on its horizontal axis you can flip it on its vertical axis and I don't think it's doing anything because I still have rotate select and try that again. So I've got this guy selected Well flip it over rotate it let's go 90 degrees and we'll flip it again. And there you go. So if you ever need to flip something on it's access or you want to duplicate maybe make a new shape. Let's see a duplicate this guy Commandery. Now I've got two of these. And then let's I just flip it. Make something new. Make a a star like a double sided arrow or something like that. So you get the idea you can flip images you can flip shapes whatever you need to do. So next up let's talk about opacity and let's also talk about radius and draw out a quick little rectangle here maybe. And we're recreating a button and radius is basically going to tell the shape how the corner should look right now radius with my shape like that is set to zero which means I've got sharp edges on all four corners. If I click this and I start increasing You see that the edges starts around. If I keep on going I'll eventually get to kind of a pill shaped and that's another button option that you can use a radius is basically going to affect the corners of your shape and that really doesn't matter if it's a rectangle. If it's a triangle any corner on that shape is going to be affected by the radius and that's also true. For stars and stars react a little bit differently I show you that real quick. Jerome now here so radius X a little bit different it makes it a little bit sharper. So now if I have a huge radius that's going to make it kind of a fat star if I drag it down then I can sharpen it up a little bit. Look a little bit like that. And you can also change the number of points on it. That's another option that pops up depending on the shape that you have so you can get kind of a son something that looks like a son there change that's a white could be a star. Who knows. Depends on what you're trying to do. All right now let's talk a little bit about opacity capacity is going to allow you to set the transparency of an image and what that means is basically I'll be able to see through whatever I'm setting the opacity on. And you can set it for just about anything or text shapes buttons you create. Doesn't really matter to the background. So I've got this shape here and let's say it's going to be some type of account screen or maybe it's got buttons on it. I can see the opacity and give it a certain kind of effect where I can start to see through and I can see that background is very cool effect. And it's used in a lot of different ways. I changed this to kind of a black background and I set this to be really why I always go the other way. That's set up to kind of a whitish background. Drop the opacity down to 45. Now let's add some more rectangles here. These could actually be maybe they're buttons will set a radius for these as well. Something like that and let's say that you are just creating buttons within your output and you want to give them some opacity as well. Select all three of these got dropped the opacity down for these as well. And you can start to see through it you can see these little stars that are on here. If you bring it down you can see through all the way to her so you can set it on multiple items to see through each other. Very cool effect. And you'll see a lot of examples of this throughout the course. So that's just a really quick explanation of opacity OK we're going to talk a little bit about blending and I mean a little bit because I am no master in this area unfortunately but I did look it up and I found some quick and dirty features that I think you guys might find helpful and interesting. So I got this little Lego head guy here and he's got a white background. So I just took a screenshot on the Noun Project and I want to remove the white background so one quick and easy way to do that is to select it first come over here to Blanding and shoes multiply that get rid of your white background. You can move anywhere on there in is transparent. Very very cool feature. You can use that and I wouldn't recommend grabbing screenshots of things on the Noun Project. I would download it and use it and give attribution as you're supposed to just quick and dirty. I think that's OK to use sometimes as long as it's not going to be out there and getting used in a production application. All right we're going to multiply again and this time we're going to take a photo out of Phil. And I'm going to use maybe this blue color here. I don't like that I'll select multiply again. And now you've got this really cool kind of overlay color that's over the entire image and you can use any color just kind of go through what you like. And that's a cool little way to apply color to a photo and give it a really good.