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Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design

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There are many applications for designing content for the web. Adobe alone has several, including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Professional, and Flash Catalyst. Of course, there is also Adobe Illustrator. And while you may not think of Illustrator as being a web design application, the reality is that Illustrator is a design application to the core, and it offers many benefits to those who need to create graphics for the web or graphics that are destined to be displayed on virtually any screen for that matter. Perhaps the most significant reason for why Illustrator is a great choice for web and interactive design is because artwork created in Illustrator can easily be repurposed for virtually any need, be it in print, on computer screens, mobile devices, and even broadcast video and movies.

Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design

There are many applications for designing content for the web. Adobe alone has several, including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Professional, and Flash Catalyst. Of course, there is also Adobe Illustrator. And while you may not think of Illustrator as being a web design application, the reality is that Illustrator is a design application to the core, and it offers many benefits to those who need to create graphics for the web or graphics that are destined to be displayed on virtually any screen for that matter. Perhaps the most significant reason for why Illustrator is a great choice for web and interactive design is because artwork created in Illustrator can easily be repurposed for virtually any need, be it in print, on computer screens, mobile devices, and even broadcast video and movies.

With the ability to scale your artwork to almost any size, you can be sure that anything that you create in Illustrator will be usable for any task, now or in the future. You can take artwork created in Illustrator and easily move it into many different applications. In most cases, when moving artwork from Illustrator into these applications, important structures such as groups, layers, and text remain intact. Now when it comes to the web, as the saying goes, the only thing that will never change is that things will always change.

The flow of newer technologies and best practices is constant. As a designer, you need to be able to deliver content in various ways. With Illustrator, you can rest assure that whatever you create will be compatible with what you need now and in the future. Now to a designer, one of the most valuable parts of the design process is experimentation. You want to be able to quickly view different variations of a design and you want to keep your ideas at your fingertips. With Illustrator's concept of a single large canvas, with multiple artboards within it, you can manage various ideas, sketches, and design elements, all easily within reach and in the same document.

And because Illustrator is object- based, it's easy to move artwork around without worrying about layers and complex selections. Illustrator CS5 introduces several new features, specifically for working with web graphics. The new Align to Pixel Grid setting ensures that artwork looks crisp and sharp with optimized anti-aliasing. Symbols are much improved and working with slices is more efficient. If you're designing artwork that will be viewed with the Adobe Flash Player and you're working with applications such as Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, or Flash Builder, then Illustrator is the perfect application for you.

With best in class support for these Flash Authoring tools, using Illustrator can save you valuable time. Of course, at the end of the day, you'll probably do your best design work in an application that you're already familiar with, and if you know Illustrator, you'll be designing high-quality web graphics and interactive applications in no time.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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