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Adding XMP metadata


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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Adding XMP metadata

In today's digital world our hard drives are filled with tons of files. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to find those files. Then when we do find some files, we're not even sure if those are the right files to work on or not. From a workflow perspective, one of the most important concepts in design lately has been the use of metadata. Metadata is information that describes what a file is. The problem though has always been is that where do you store that metadata. You can now store metadata directly inside of each document. This metadata conforms to the XMP Standard or Extensible Metadata Platform and while that all sounds very technical, the reality is that at the end of the day, you'll be able to find your files faster, and more importantly be able to identify the author of files and whether or not that file has Copyright Status or other information as well.
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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training
8h 25m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Making efficient use of the Illustrator interface
  • Creating text on a path
  • Using the Magic Wand and Lasso selection tools
  • Working with a pressure-sensitive tablet
  • Applying 3D extrusions and resolves
  • Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
  • Exporting files for use in Photoshop, Flash, and other applications
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Adding XMP metadata

In today's digital world our hard drives are filled with tons of files. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to find those files. Then when we do find some files, we're not even sure if those are the right files to work on or not. From a workflow perspective, one of the most important concepts in design lately has been the use of metadata. Metadata is information that describes what a file is. The problem though has always been is that where do you store that metadata. You can now store metadata directly inside of each document. This metadata conforms to the XMP Standard or Extensible Metadata Platform and while that all sounds very technical, the reality is that at the end of the day, you'll be able to find your files faster, and more importantly be able to identify the author of files and whether or not that file has Copyright Status or other information as well.

I'll just start here by creating a regular print document and I'll click OK to take the settings that we had before. I'll go to the File menu, and then on the bottom of the File menu there is something here called File Info. This dialog box that appears allows me to specify settings for my Illustrator file. For example, I could specify a title of this particular file and Author and Author Title if I want to and the Description of this document. I could also tell you the person who actually defined that particular description and assign keywords to this document.

What's great about this is that all this information or this metadata can be searched upon. In fact, the way that XMP works is that -- and again, I don't want to get too technical here, but it's important to know this, when I have a regular Illustrator file the XMP data stored in XML format in the header part of the file, which means that I don't necessarily have to open the file in order to find an information about that file. Certain databases or even an application called Adobe Bridge has the ability to go ahead and perform searches on the metadata. So, for example, if my filename was, Hello, but by keywords has specified Beach ball, if I did a search on Beach Ball then that Illustrator file would come back in that particular search. I can also specify copyright status. I can put the copyright notice here and a URL as well.

You'll also notice at top of this dialog box I have different tabs. IPTC is the standard for how metadata is actually formed. It's what we call a schema and again this little slider here on the bottom, I can actually go through all these fields. You don't have to enter information in all these fields, but of course the more information you do put in here the more easily it will be found. I can even step through some of these settings over here as well. There is one here called Illustrator. This basically determines or shows me, which new document profile was used to create that document. Again, this is helpful for other ways that Illustrator files can be used.

In the Advanced section here, I can actually see some of these particular settings that are here as well. I'm actually going to go back for a minute over here, all the way to the beginning, and just click on one setting here called Camera Data. Obviously, in Illustrator files there is no camera data because you're creating inside of an Illustrator file. However, when you snap a photograph with a digital camera, there is a lot of settings, for example, the Shutter Speed, the date and time that photograph was taken, is all automatically added into your metadata. This is great because as a human being I don't have to physically go in there and add that information, it's automatically added to the file.

There are certain things that are automatically added to your metadata inside of an Illustrator document even without you doing anything. For example, if I use several Pantone colors, different typefaces inside of a particular file, as soon as I save my Illustrator file, that information, the inks that I've used and the typeface that I've used, are included in that metadata, which means that in theory it's possible for me to go through an application like Adobe Bridge, do a search for a typeface Helvetica and then have all Illustrator files that use Helvetica come up in that search. So, working with metadata is an incredible way to really make sure that you can find the documents in the right way. It's important if you are working with a lot of files, if you work in a big organization or more importantly, if you work in an environment where you're sharing files tussling with a whole team of designers, the more metadata you add to a file in this File Info panel, the easy it will be to find that document and work with those documents moving forward.

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Q: I cannot get the new brush dropdown to allow me to create either a New Scatter Brush or a New Art Brush; the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. When I go to Windows > Brush Library and choose New Brush, again the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. How do I make these work like they should?
A: In order to create a new Scatter or Art brush, you must first have artwork selected on the artboard.
 
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