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Browsing Illustrator artwork

From: Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

Video: Browsing Illustrator artwork

Let's check out how you can use the Bridge in order to open illustrations and template files--and by the way, you may note that I call the Bridge the Bridge. A lot of other folks out there, just call it Bridge because after all, you don't call Illustrator the Illustrator or you know Google, the Google. But I call Bridge the Bridge for a very, very good reason because it is the Bridge. That's its purpose. It serves as a conduit or a Bridge, if you will, between the various Adobe applications, the various applications that ship along with the Creative Suite.

Browsing Illustrator artwork

Let's check out how you can use the Bridge in order to open illustrations and template files--and by the way, you may note that I call the Bridge the Bridge. A lot of other folks out there, just call it Bridge because after all, you don't call Illustrator the Illustrator or you know Google, the Google. But I call Bridge the Bridge for a very, very good reason because it is the Bridge. That's its purpose. It serves as a conduit or a Bridge, if you will, between the various Adobe applications, the various applications that ship along with the Creative Suite.

It also serves as a Bridge between you and the files on your hard drive. So let's check out how that works. Right now we're looking at the Favorites panel. I want you to go ahead and switch over to the Folders panel right there, also located by default in the upper left-hand corner of the window. And you'll see all the various drives that are going on in your hard drive. I want you to go ahead and twirl open your C drive, if you're on the PC, and I'm assuming that you installed Illustrator on the C drive. If not, go to the other drive where Illustrator is installed.

Twirl open your Program Files folder. You Macintosh people, be with you in just a moment. Twirl open your Program Files folder, then twirl open your Adobe folder, therein you'll find a folder called Adobe Illustrator CS3. All right you Macintosh people, go to your main hard drive. I'm not going to show you this, but I'm going to tell you this. Go to your main hard drive, then go to your Applications folder, and there inside the Applications folder you'll find a folder called Adobe Illustrator CS3. So that's where you go. Then twirl that folder open.

These little triangles right here are known as twirly triangles. So you click on them to twirl open the contents of the folder. Then you'll find a folder called Cool Extras. It really does contain some very cool extras. Twirl it open, then twirl open--for now twirl open Sample Files--and then I want you to click on this folder right here, Sample Art, so that I can show you how the Bridge works. Now the Sample Art folder contains a handful of really awesome illustrations, by the way, and you may find them inspirational as well as helpful.

If you double-click on one of these things, open it up in Illustrator, and pick around inside the files, you can learn a lot actually about how the illustrations are put together and about how Illustrator Works. So these thumbnails by default are very dinky here inside the Content panel, and if you want to make them bigger, which I suggest you do, then just go ahead and drag on this slider triangle down here at the bottom of the screen in order to make the files bigger. Or you can click on one of the thumbnails and you can press Ctrl+Plus in order to zoom in or Ctrl+Minus to zoom out.

On the Macintosh side that's Command+Plus and Command+Minus, and by the way, you Macintosh folks, your Command key, that's the key that has the cloverleaf on it and the Apple symbol. Some people call it the Apple key. I'm old school, I call it the Command key 'cause that's--well, that's what it's called. But anyway. Now check this out, down here in the Metadata panel, you can find out information about to the selected illustration. For example, you can find out--if you scroll down here--you can find out what fonts were used, and it's telling me that this document has some Myriad Pro inside of it.

You can find out what plates are going to be printed to, so if there's any extra spot colors, for example. This is just a standard CMYK document. You can find out what swatches are available inside of the document. So you can find out core information about what's going on inside of the document without actually opening it, here inside-- once again--inside the Metadata panel. Now I'm going to show you one more sort of little interesting thing. Those of you who are familiar with the Adobe Bridge--or at least passingly familiar with it-- go down to this 2 icon that's in the bottom right corner of your window, and by default it should say Horizontal Filmstrip.

Just go ahead and click on that 2 in order to switch to the Horizontal Filmstrip mode. The reason that we're seeing 1, 2, and 3 down here is because you can change the meaning of these buttons by clicking and holding and then choosing the desired workspace from a list. But anyway, Horizontal Filmstrip is the default choice. Now notice we get a small content panel and then we get a big preview of the file up at the top. So let's go ahead and open a file, won't we? By double-clicking on it, and I'd say let's open this one, it's really cool, some marbles in the glass.

It's called Crystal.ai. You can open something else if you want to. To open a file, all you've got to do is double- click on this thumbnail, and it opens up right there inside of the Illustration window. I'm scrolling this file, by the way, by dragging it while pressing the spacebar, and that's a little trick that I'll tell you more about in a future chapter, but for now, just be aware you've managed to open a document inside of Illustrator, and what a cool document it is.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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