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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
There are times when you just need to find out some information about your file itself. This is especially the case if you would actually then even create a file, when you are looking at somebody else's file. You certainly don't want to start clicking on objects and trying to figure out how things are being built inside of the file itself. There is actually a way that you can get some really cool information out of a file by going to something called Document Info inside of Illustrator. It actually appears as a panel, there are few things you should know about it. I am going to go to the Window menu, I'm going to choose Document Info, which opens up the panel, and the first thing you will note over here where it says Document, it says the name of my file, has information like Color Mode, Color Profile, Artboard Dimensions, so and so forth.
So at a quick glance, I really get some important information about my document. But the real power lies in the little panel menu that appears in the side. When I click on this, I see that I can also see information about Objects, Graphic Styles, Brushes, Spot Color Objects, Pattern Objects, Gradient Objects, Fonts, Linked Images, Embedded Images and Font Details. Now, by default, Illustrator ships with this setting turned on called Selection Only. That means that in order for me to even see information about any of these things, I need to first make a selection. Then the Document Info panel provides information about that selection.
However, if I want to see information about my entire file, I could simply choose to uncheck the Selection Only option. Now when I go ahead and I choose some of these settings, I'll be seeing these settings for the entire document, whether or not I have anything selected or not. For example, if I want to know about all the fonts in my document, one click of a button here gives me a listing of all the fonts that are used. It even tells me the type of fonts, so right away I can see that these are OpenType fonts. I could also see more font information by choosing Font Details. This document has some spot colors inside of it and if I want to see that information, I'll go back to the panel menu and choose Spot Color Objects. Here I can see that Pantone 304 C is used in this document.
Now when it comes to troubleshooting files, you may find that you want to get as much information about your document as possible. You will find that information when you choose Objects here from the panel menu. For example, in this document I know I have four Live Paint Groups. I see that I have two Type Objects that have some Clipping Masks going on here. I can quickly see that I have no patterns but I do have 32 objects filled with gradients. Armed with this information, I might be able to start drilling into my document and try to find out where the problems are. One other thing that I really like about Document Info is that you have the ability, again through the panel menu, to save all this information as a regular text file. That's stored to my Desktop right now called poster info and I click Save. You will see now if I go to my Desktop here, I could actually click on this file and view all the information about this particular file.
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