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All right, still inside the Preferences dialog box here moving right along. By the way, if you need to open up the Preferences, it's Ctrl+K, Command+K on the Mac and I'm going to switch to the next item right there, User Interface. And there is a couple of things going on here. One of these options was new to Illustrator CS3; another is new to Illustrator CS4. So Auto-Collapse Icon Panels. The idea there is see these icons over here on the right-hand side of the screen; they bring up what I call palettes, what Illustrator calls panels, whatever. And when you click on them, the palette will come up on screen and then you can perform some other work and that palette will stay there unless you turn on Auto-Collapse Icons panels, in which case, when you start performing some other work that palette will disappear it will go back into its icon when you are just doing icons by themselves.
Personal preference, totally up to you what you decided you do I'm going to leave that off as by Default. Open Documents As Tabs. That's a new one, notice the tabs along the top of the screen here each of which represent an open document. That's how things can open by default here inside Illustrator CS4. If you don't like that, open the documents as free-floating windows by turning this check box off. I'm going to leave it on; again that's a personal preference. I'll show you how to go back and forth between the two, but with this check box on, they will open as tabs. Finally, Brightness, this one I'm going to change. You can change the Brightness of UI. You can make it Light and Garish if you want to, or you can make it Dark.
Now where my tastes are concerned, I prefer to go Dark. It tends to look better on screen, it is also little less distracting and it looks better in video actually, the darker colors do. Possibly not this dark because we don't get any sort of inverted text going on, we still have dark text against in our dark background. So we start limiting our legibility after a point. I'm going to set it mid way though. So just one click darker. So this is Default, little bright, this is one step darker that is. All right, moving along, finally we are going to skip down here because this guy is fine as is. Let's go down here to Appearance of Black and the notion is how does Illustrator display regular black ink.
So you have Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, all potentially mixing with each other, all mingling with each other. If you fill a shape with just 100% black and you print it and then you compare it to a shape filled with 100% black along with 50% Magenta, 50% Cyan, 50% Yellow, then the shape that has more ink in it is going to look darker. So you can actually get darker then 100% black by adding inks and that's called Rich Black. We will come back to it later but you will know more about this in later chapters of course, but the question is what should Illustrator do when it's just using a regular 100 % black? Should it show it is a Rich Black or should it show it as a little bit gray to give you the indication of what's it actually going to look like when it prints? Well you ask me, it should look like it's going to print.
So if you are going to Prepress, if you are going to be using a commercial printer, then you should say Display All Blacks Accurately. It's basically insane that you are having a Display as Rich Black because that's not accurate, why would you go without accuracy? I'm telling you from just gobs of experience, you want accurately, so you can really see what's going on. Where printing and exporting is concerned and this means your printing to local Inkjet printer or a local Laser printer or in which case, those printers are going to do there own mixing or if you are exporting to a PDF document what should it do and in that case, I would say go ahead and do Rich Black, if you want to, unless you are using that item as a proofing device and you want to get a sense of what the illustration is really going to look like when you go to Prepress, when you Commercial Output, then you want to go accurately but in my case, I'm assuming for Inkjet you are just going to Inkjet, that's your final destination, in which case leave it set to Rich Black on screen though, let's go accurate by farther better way to work and then I'll click OK.
So again I'm expecting that you are just kind of going on and a little bit trusting me at this point. In later chapters, it will totally become clear why we are working the way we are. In the next exercise, we are going talk about how to best set up our Color Settings, Color Management across the Adobe applications. Stay tuned.
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