I would like to know two things:
1. I found a stripe pattern I like, but it's black, and I'd like the same thing in 35% grayscale. How do I do that? (Note: I'm seeing percentages attached to some of the stripe swatches, but they all look black on the screen. Confused.....)
2. Sometimes I may want the stripes closer together. Is there a way to do that?
I'm afraid my eyes are glazing over trying to figure this out either way. Too many words on the link. Dragginig the swatch is easy enough, but I can't change the black lines to grayscale on Swatches\graphics\lines. All of the background can be made gray, but I want gray stripes on a white background. Sigh.....
Not that it's going to help, but is there a manual >in print< that I can buy? I don't learn as well from a computer screen because it covers up what I'm working on. Takes too long.
That swatch is grouped. You need to edit it using the right tools (direct selection tool) or use the isolation mode.
In order to learn Illustrator, there's for instance "Real World Illustrator" (unfortunately not for CS6, but most of the CS5 stuff applies) or the "Classroom in a book".
If I knew the consequences of grouped swatches, and what the "right" tools are, plus something about whatever isolation mode is (I wound up there once and was in over my head, not really knowing what it is--it sounds murky), I could probably do this.
I just heard about Deke McClelland's books and feel good about the comments on them. His books sound like a good fit, esp. to someone who makes it a business to write clear instructions.