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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 exercise, I'm going to show you how to create manual crop marks, not the automatic trim marks that you get when you print a document, but manual crop marks that you can use to surround any portion of an illustration. You used to create such crop marks in Illustrator CS3 and earlier as static modifications from the Filter menu. Well, thankfully the Filter menu is no more, but what happened to crop marks? They are now located in the Effect menu and they are dynamic, as you are about to see. I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far as this document Queen bleed.ai inside the 11_printing folder. I want to go ahead and create crop marks around this artboard, for whatever reason. That's what I want to do. So I want the crop marks to surround this artboard right here, and not go so far out as to the bleed; we need to crop to the actual page itself here.
So here is what I'm going to do. I'm going to click on a rectangle that surrounds the artboard. Then I'm going to go up to the Effect menu and I'm going to choose the Crop Marks command. I'm going to get crop marks right away out here, out beyond the bleed area. So I'm going to go ahead and zoom out just a little bit farther. I'm going to press Shift+Down Arrow to zoom out to 80%. You can now see that we have these crop marks way the heck out of here. So they are not where they are supposed to be; they should be marking each one of the actual corners of the rectangle. What gives? Well, the dynamic modification is being thrown on top of the Dynamic Transform effect that I showed in a previous exercise.
To see those functions, we will go over here to the Appearance palette. There is my Transform effect at the top of the stack, and there is crop marks down at the bottom of the stack. I will show you live effects in all kinds of rich detail in a future chapter in a different part of the series, but it's not always easy to predict exactly what's going on with these guys. Essentially, what we are seeing is that crop marks is being applied first, and then transform is being applied second, but how does that reconcile with Fill and Stroke? Somehow, crop marks are being applied before the fill and the stroke and transform. If that was really the case, then I would expect that the crop marks would be located on the rectangle before the rectangle got transformed, but that doesn't really seem to be shaking out. So what do we do? Well, through trial and error I have discovered this. I have to say that it isn't any grand reasoning. I'm going to go ahead and twirl open Fill, and I'm going to move Transform into Fill, not be dragging on the hyperlink. That doesn't work there. I'll drag over in this blank area, and drag it down into Fill. So you can see if I drop it on Fill right there, it's going to move it into that location. Now that did nothing. Okay, fair enough.
I am now going to take crop marks, and move it to the top of the stack right there. Then we get this double crop mark effect, notice that. It not only locates the crop marks right there at the corners of this rectangle, but it also puts a couple of crop marks at each one of the bleed corners. That's just no good. So instead, I'll move crop marks. I'm not sure why that's happening, by the way, but that's not what we want. I will go ahead and move crop marks. Actually, I'm showing it to you for a reason though. If this is an effect you want, if you want double crop marks for some reason, here they are. You can accomplish them. Then I'm going to go ahead and move Crop Marks on to Stroke, because the Stroke is the same size, it's the Fill that's getting transformed now. The Stroke is still small. So if I move it down on to Stroke, even though the Stroke is transparent, there is no stroke going on, crop marks are still in the right location.
So we got rid of the duplicate crop marks; we only have them where we want them to be as a result of this right here. Now that's only something you are going to run into, that problem, if you use my transform bleed trick right there, but it's a great trick. So why not use it, and why not use crop marks as I'm showing you? All right, in the next exercise, I'm going to show you the Separations Preview palette, also new to Illustrator CS4.
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