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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this last exercise of the chapter, I'm going to show you how to close documents. Now normally I won't have to show you how to do that. Closing document is fairly implicit. One way, for example, is to just go up to the File menu and choose the Close command or you can press Ctrl+W, Command+W on the Mac. That is a consistent shortcut throughout the Adobe applications. But because of the redesign to the CS4 interface, which we are going to be discussing in more detail in later chapter, it's a little difficult to just go and click the close box here on the PC. For example, if you go up here to this close box right there, which is kind of the most logical thing to do, you think well, I don't see any close boxes up there. I'll click this one. If you do that, you are going to close the entire application, and that's, its takes time to realize, so it's something that you can cause regret, put it down way. The better way to work, if you are going to work with these close boxes is to look up here, at the tabs. We have got this new tabbed view that's available to us, and each tab has its own close box. So this is a close box for the current.
This is the close box for the nonactive document essentially. You also have the option of closing all document that are open at any given time, and you do it not by going up and searching for a command here under the File menu. Notice we got Close, but that's just for one illustration at a time, as I say. Instead, you add Alt or Option to the keyboard shortcut. So it's either on the PC, it's Ctrl+Alt+W, or on the Mac it's Command+Option+W. So allow me to demonstrate. I'm going to press Ctrl+Alt+W, or Command+Option+W on the Mac, and notice that Illustrator went ahead and just closed everything that I had opened. All two documents. If there were any unsaved changes you would have got a warning. That would say Do you want to save? Do you want to not save? Do you want to cancel? If you want to cancel the closing, you will press the Escape key or click on Cancel. If you wanted to go ahead and save your changes, you will click Yes on the PC, or Save on the Mac. That's going to be Y and S respectively, if you want to do it from the keyboard. And if you don't want to save your changes, you can click No on the PC, or don't save on the Mac, and that's in on the PC indeed, to don't save on the Mac. So everything has got keyboard shortcuts. There it is folks. In the next chapter, we will take a look at opening and organizing, and we will take a look at the Adobe Bridge.
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