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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
All right just to recap. In the previous exercise, we created a knockout group which is an extremely satisfying if slightly obscure feature inside the Illustrator. However, we ended up with these troubling seams at the top of the two forward legs and the thing that's additionally troubling about this is as I zoom in and by pressing Ctrl+Plus, Command+Plus on the Mac I continue to see these seams. And they continued to be the exact same thickness just these little hairlines between the two endpoints, it is if Illustrator is trying to close each one of the paths with a very slim stroke.
I need to know whether these things are really here or not or whether they are a figment of Illustrator's imagination. Now in the old days you would have had to print the document in order to figure it out. I don't want you to do that in the modern days, you do not want to be printing to your Inkjet Printer or your local LaserJet Printer or something like that, unless it's a PostScript device, it's not going to be truly representative of what you're going to get from commercial output or if you export this graphic to the web or anything like that. So what you need to do instead to confirm exactly what's going on, you go up to the File menu and you choose the Export command and then here inside the Export dialog box make sure Save as type is set to TIFF and then go ahead and save your graphic here to the 22_transparency folder if you want to.
You don't really need to though if you're working along with me because I have already given you the file. It's called Rastermath (from AI).tif. So I have already saved this file in advance. I am going to Cancel out because we don't need to review that dialog box and I am going to switch to Photoshop here and notice that I have Rastermath (from AI).tif opened. And something I neglected to mention about exporting images directly from Illustrator is that the program doesn't pay attention to the trim size or the artboard or the bleed size or any of that during the export process.
It goes ahead and exports all of the objects and then some, so you frequently get a lot of extra room around the outside. All right, from here things look to be okey dokey but I'm way too far out to really tell. So I am going to press Ctrl+Spacebar or Command+Spacebar on the Mac in order to my Zoom tool on the fly and then you can take advantage of this scrubby zoom feature that's new to Illustrator CS5, where if you drag to the right you're going to zoom in and if you drag to left you are going to zoom out. And you need to drag immediately with the tool, you can't click and hold because then you're going to get this kind of drifty zoom.
Anyway, and this is known as the Scrubby Zoom Feature in CS5, if you don't like scrubby zooming, if you'd rather drag a box in order to zoom in the area inside your marquee which is the old-style behavior and what you get inside of Illustrator as well, then you switch to the Zoom tool down here at the bottom of the toolbox and then with the Zoom tool active you'll see these check boxes up in the Options Bar. Notice this right there Scrubby Zoom, turn it off and then because we have got the tool active you don't need to press any keys anymore, just drag around the area that you want to zoom like so, work just like it does in Illustrator and you zoom in on that detail and sure enough the problem does not actually exist here inside Photoshop which means it doesn't really exist at all.
Now the most representative view if you're inspecting an illustration and trying to figure out everything that's going on inside of it, you press Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on the Mac in order to switch to the 100% view and then if you really want to get analytical and we can see that these legs are just fine. But if you want to analyze every single little detail inside the image then press the Home key and that will move you to the top left corner of this image which is currently white. There's nothing to see here. So you know what, I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+ 0 or Command+0 on the Mac in order to zoom all the way out and sorry to hit you with all these keyboard shortcuts.
If you'd rather go to the menu you can, you can go to the View menu and choose Actual Pixels that's the Ctrl+1 or Command+1 keyboard shortcut, that zooms you into a 100% and if you want to fit the image onscreen as we are seeing now, you choose the Fit on Screen command or again press Ctrl+0, Command+0 on the Mac. And what I am going to do is I am going to grab my Crop tool let's say and I would want to make sure that I am not seeing any values up here in the Options Bar. If you're seeing some values click the Clear button in order to clear them out and then just crop around the salient details inside the illustration like so and it doesn't really matter that you get the dimensions exactly right, we are just trying to test the file and see what's up.
So this looks good to me, I'll press the Enter key or the Return on the Mac in order to crop the image. Then I'm going to switch back to my Rectangular Marquee tool just so I don't accidentally crop anymore and I'll press Ctrl+1 or Command+1 once again to return to the 100% view mode, then I'll press the Home key in order to scroll to the top left corner of the image. And you can see here that we've got this little fragment that's coming off this stroke. Well that doesn't seem to me to be too much of our problem so I am not going to worry about it. Now to see the next increment we would press the Page Down key in order to see basically the next clump down inside the illustration, then you would press Page Down again to keep moving, Page Down again and then you were just scroll over with the Hand tool by Spacebar+Dragging or if you prefer you can press Ctrl+Page Down or Command+Page Down on the Mac to move one increment to the right and then you would press Page Up in order to check out the next block upward and Page Up again and Page Up and then to move over to right again you would press Ctrl+Page Down, that's Command+Page Down on the Mac.
We are now to the far right side of the image which is good news and then I'd press Page Down again to check out this area, Page Down another time to check out this stroke and then one more press the Page Down shows me the final portion of the illustration and that is obviously if you want to be super meticulous about inspecting each and every detail. What we needed to know, the part that we needed to research was this area right here and it looks fine. So remember when you're trying to confirm the way an illustration is really going to output hopefully or at least Rasterize, don't print it, not to one of your local printers unless it's a PostScript device, instead go ahead and export that graphic to the TIFF format in Illustrator and then inspect that TIFF image in Photoshop.
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