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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
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Changing the document setup


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

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All right so here's my new 6-inch by 6-inch document that I created in the previous exercise. We are now seeing the confines of the artwork and this is known as the Artboard inside of Illustrator. Everything inside of the Artboard is considered to be part of the illustration. If you move something out of the Artboard into what's called the paste board, then it's considered not to be part of the illustration. But that actually can be useful. To put things on the pasteboard is great, if you like, draw an object but then you decide you don't want it, but you're not ready to throw it away, you're not ready to delete it, you can just put it out in the Artboard here and it's considered a non-functioning piece of artwork, just something that's sitting there, ready for you to use it in case you want it later.
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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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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
9h 36m Beginner May 18, 2007

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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Changing the document setup

All right so here's my new 6-inch by 6-inch document that I created in the previous exercise. We are now seeing the confines of the artwork and this is known as the Artboard inside of Illustrator. Everything inside of the Artboard is considered to be part of the illustration. If you move something out of the Artboard into what's called the paste board, then it's considered not to be part of the illustration. But that actually can be useful. To put things on the pasteboard is great, if you like, draw an object but then you decide you don't want it, but you're not ready to throw it away, you're not ready to delete it, you can just put it out in the Artboard here and it's considered a non-functioning piece of artwork, just something that's sitting there, ready for you to use it in case you want it later.

So in this exercise I'm going to show you how to modify a piece of artwork. I was telling you, you don't have to get all the settings right up front inside of the new dialog box. You can modify your artwork at any point in time. And you do that by going up to the File menu and choosing the Document Setup command. You've got a keyboard shortcut as well, Control+Alt+P or Command+Option+P. And by the way I do mention these keyboard shortcuts as I work through Illustrator. You are by no means required to use keyboard shortcuts. If you don't like them, don't use them. I'll always show you the commands that are available to you, if they're available to you. That's the weird thing about Adobe applications. Sometimes the shortcut is the only way to work or sometimes it's so much easier then the command way, that it's hardly worth showing you the command way, although I generally try to make sure I do. So anyway choose the Document Setup command and notice that it's asking you how big is your Artboard? There is the first occurrence now of the word Artboard. It's something we used to see all the time when working in previous editions of Illustrator, but it's still there. It's still a very important item, and so now I could say, Yeah, you know what? I want to go ahead and change the size of my Artboard here. I want it to be 8 inches wide.

And then it's going to go ahead and recalculate of course and notice by the way I'm setting the orientation. If I flip orientations, it's going to flip my values, the width and height values for me. So this is really a little width and height value flipper. Note that the Document Setup dialog box also includes this pop-up menu right here that you can use to switch to different panels of settings. So for example I could switch to the Type panel right here. And I could change the language that I'm using in case I'm working in some language other than the American version of English because Illustrator has different dictionaries for different languages here.

And you could specify what kind of quotes you want a use once again, if you're working with a different language you can specify what those quotes are going to look like. And notice that I have Use Typographer's Quotes turned on, so that I'll get nice curly quotes around the outside of my quotation, which is very important. So I point this out mostly though, so when you're searching for ways to modify your document, you know that you do have multiple panels, so you can search around inside of them. Now I'm going to click OK in order to accept my new settings which are mostly a matter of changing the Artboard size here. Let's say that I want to zoom in incrementally to my Artboard. Well I've got this little zoom value. Notice that it's down here in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and I could enter a new zoom value after clicking in it, I can say, You know what, I want to see this in 130% view size. Then I would press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to zoom the page accordingly. Just a way to control the on screen display of your page.

Bear in mind that this has no impact whatsoever on how big the illustration prints, this is merely an indicator of how big the image appears on screen, so that you can modify it in a comfortable setting. All right I'm going to go ahead and use the Hand tool to move this page over little bit and I'm going to bring up the rulers. Because Illustrator is a schematic drawing program, you probably want schematic control that is you want a high degree of control over the positioning of the objects on the page and if so you can go to the View menu, and you can choose this command right there, Show Rulers or you can press the industry standard keyboard shortcut actually, which is Control+R or Command+R on the Mac to bring up those rulers.

Now, because we're working with points as our unit of measurement, we are seeing points inside of our ruler, notice that. So this is the zero point location right there and so basically our rulers are starting about right there on the page. This is where we're zero on the vertical ruler and this is where we're zero on the horizontal ruler. If you want to change that, then you can drag from the ruler intersection like so, and you can drag that origin point to any place you want it to be. You could make it the top left corner of the page, if you're used to working inside of a layout program. Or you can move it to Illustrator's default position, which is the lower left corner of the page. That's where I'm going to go ahead and put it. Of course you could drop it in any other location on the page as well.

So as I was saying we're looking at points both for the horizontal and vertical rulers. If you want to switch to a different unit of measurement then you can right click on the ruler and choose that unit of measurement. For example I can switch to inches at this point. You also have a very strange keyboard shortcut that I just feel like I have to tell you. It's one of those power user shortcuts frankly, and one that most power users don't know about. It's Shift+Control+Alt+U. Or Shift+Command+Option+U on the Macintosh side and see how we're cycling through units of measurement when I press that keyboard shortcut. So it's basically all of the modifier keys just mash your fist down on the lower corner of the keyboard and press the U key to switch between these units. You may or may not find that helpful. I offer it just by way of a public service announcement, don't you know.

We have successfully modified our artwork. Just one other thing I want to show you. If you decide you want to work with a different color space, like you had initially set things up for prints, but now you want to switch it over to the Web or vice versa, go to the File menu and choose Document Color Mode and then choose the desired color mode. So if you're working with a print document, you're in CMYK. Now you want to work with the Web, switch to RGB and your colors will actually change onscreen, because they will be recalculated as RGB colors instead of CMYK colors, although Illustrator will still stick to the original color definition. So if you defined it in CMYK it'll still be a CMYK object.

It'll just be displayed in RGB now. All right, and you'll get a sense for this more and more. It might sound a little bit confusing but you'll get a better sense for this as we work through future exercises and future chapters of this series.

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Q: When trying to synchronize color settings between all Creative Suite programs in Bridge, the Creative Suite Color Settings command either does not appear in the Edit menu or does not work. What is causing this?
A: If the Color Setting command is not available or does not function, it's because Bridge thinks that a single application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator), is installed and not one of the many versions of the Creative Suite.
If only Photoshop or Illustrator is installed, skip the exercise and move on.
If the entire Creative Suite is installed, then, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. Either contact Adobe or completely reinstall the Creative Suite.
 
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