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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
There may come a time when the focus of your project shifts a little bit. For instance, a web banner might turn into a printed flyer, or vice versa. In any case, when your project shifts focus, you'll probably need to change the unit of measurement that you're working with as well. In this movie, I'll walk you through the various ways on how to do that in the most efficient manner. So I'm working on a document here and this document is theoretically going for print, it's a business card. But let's say that we also wanted to repurpose this artwork for use on the web, as a graphic, or icon, or maybe even a banner.
Well in this case, I'm working on print document, which means chances are it's not based in pixels. It's based in points, or inches, or maybe even picas. So I need to know how to change this over to pixels, so I can then resize it for the web. That is very easy to do. First of all, I am going to go to the File menu and choose Document Setup. Inside of the Document Setup you're going to notice here at the top that I have the ability to change the Units. Right now, it's set to points, like I said, it's a print document. If I click this and change it to Pixels and then hit OK, the document is now in pixel form.
There is also a shortcut to do this though, by going up to the rulers and right-clicking the ruler. You can instantly change this from Pixels to Inches, back to Picas and even Points. So no matter what the focus of your project, you can instantly change it by doing that through the ruler. Now if you are not really into using shortcuts you can always go to the File menu choose Document Setup, that's no problem there. But I find that it's very easy just use the right-click method. The hard part will be keeping your client from changing their mind, again, and again, and again.
But even if they do, now you know how to switch gears for any project quickly and easily utilizing the Document Setup or the right-click trick.
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