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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
Before we leave the topic of artboards here, I want to preemptively answer a couple of questions you might run into. First of all, I have got this 8 artboard that's inside of the 2 artboard and notice all these artboards have these little close boxes. If you click on them, you will delete that artboard. It will go away. So I'll go ahead and undo that change and incidentally it's undoable, everything is undoable, multiple undos inside of Illustrator. And you just go up to the Edit menu and choose Undo or you can press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, standard Undo keyboard shortcut. But we have got this little 8 page inside of larger 2 page. If I click on 2, it becomes active.
If I click outside of 8 on 2, notice that. How do I get 8 active again? I'm clicking on it; it won't let me make it active. Well, one way is to click on a totally different page like this and then come back to 8. Or another way to work, I'll click on 2 again, is to Alt-click or Option-click on that page that's contained inside the larger page. So Alt or Option-click to select the contained page or if you are trying to switch between pages that partially overlap each other. Another thing, how do you get out of this mode? How do you say okay, I'm done? There is no OK button and we are not operating inside of a dialog box, we are in this Mode.
So there are two ways to switch out; one is to just click on any tool in the toolbox besides the Artboard tool, so the Artboard tool really represents the entire mode. Every other tool represents the standard Illustration Mode. So if I even click on this Slice tool here, I'm going to go out of the Artboard Mode and I'm going to have the option of now editing my illustration if I want to. Another way to work, let's go ahead and switch to the Selection tool here for a moment. I'll go back into the Artboard tool, and I could do that by pressing Shift+O as you know. The other thing you can do is just press the Escape key, and the Escape key is not only going to exit the Artboard Mode, it's going to save your changes so you aren't going to throw away your changes where you would normally, if you were canceling out with the Escape key.
We are going to go ahead and accept your changes and you are going to automatically switch back to the last active tool which in my case is the black arrow tool. So there you go. The main thing to remember out of all this is to press Shift+O in order to enter the Artboard Mode and press the Escape key to accept your changes and escape out.
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