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Creating custom views

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Video: Creating custom views

There is a pretty basic setting inside of Illustrator that even some of the more advanced Illustrator users often forget about, and that's something called Custom Views. We've spent a significant amount of time so far in this chapter talking about different ways to view the artwork in your document. You have different preview modes, you can pan around or zoom to certain areas in your documents, switch between different artboards, but it's nice to know that it can actually save some of those setting. In fact, when you are working on a document that you know you'll return to again and again-- For example, this document right here has many different elements inside of it.

Creating custom views

There is a pretty basic setting inside of Illustrator that even some of the more advanced Illustrator users often forget about, and that's something called Custom Views. We've spent a significant amount of time so far in this chapter talking about different ways to view the artwork in your document. You have different preview modes, you can pan around or zoom to certain areas in your documents, switch between different artboards, but it's nice to know that it can actually save some of those setting. In fact, when you are working on a document that you know you'll return to again and again-- For example, this document right here has many different elements inside of it.

I have some branding information, some cards that are here and here, maybe some packaging designs and even some other artwork. I may use these many times throughout a campaign and even when trying to work on this artwork to begin with, I may want to find an easy way to jump to the part that I want to work on at the moment. So, let's see how Custom Views can help us do that. I'm going to start by just zooming in on some of the artwork over here. So, I'm going to go over here. Command+Spacebar gives me my Zoom tool. I'm going to zoom in on just this one area here. Draw a marquee around that. And what I'm going to do now is save a new view with this particular setting.

The way that you do that is you go to the View menu and all the way at the bottom there's a setting here called New View. I'm going to give this view a name. I'm going to call it main branding. Then I'm going to click OK. Now, say I really want to focus on the detail of this flower right here. So, what I'll do is I'll zoom in on just as one flower right here. Now, that's front and center of my screen so I could really focus on it, and I'll save this as a view. I'll go back to the View menu, I'm going to choose New View, and I'll call this one lilly. When I click OK, I now have created two custom views in this document.

For example, let's return to this view over here, Fit All in Window. This is what we started out with. If I now wanted to work on just a main branding I can go to the View menu, choose down here main branding and jump directly to that view. If I know I want to focus on that artwork with the lily in it, I can go back to the View menu and instead of trying to zoom in or use the Hand tool or the Zoom tool to get just that area in my focus, I can go straight to it by choosing lilly here. But it's important to know that custom views can really go a step beyond this.

I'll zoom back out to view my entire document once again, and maybe I want to focus on this area over here, but I am also working in Outline mode because I have so many different objects going on over here. So I'm going to go to the View menu and I'm going to go into Outline view. Now I see all the paths that were used to create this artwork. And once again I'll define a new view by going to the View menu, scrolling down to the bottom, choosing New View and I'll call this one gift card outline. I'll save this view by clicking OK. And notice that even though I am right now in Outline mode, if I go back to the View menu and I choose main branding, Illustrator returns me to the Preview mode.

Why? Because the Preview mode is currently active when I saved this view. However, if I were to jump back now to that gift card outline view mode, notice now I'm returned to the Outline view. So when you save a view Illustrator not only saves the zoom level and the part of the document as visible. It also memorizes whether or not that artwork was in Outline mode or in Preview mode. So, while it takes a few extra clicks to create these new views inside of Illustrator, know that once you have created them it's somewhat easier now to navigate within your document. One thing to note.

The views that you have just created now belong to this one document. This means that each document that you create can have its own custom views. While it certainly makes sense to have a custom view setup in a document such as this with multiple artboards in it. It can also be helpful for very detailed artwork. For example, if you are doing a movie poster that has many different elements inside of it, you can create custom views to quickly zoom in on different portions of the illustration. One last thing to point out. You'll notice if you go to the View menu and you scroll down to these settings over here, you'll see that you can choose Edit Views.

In doing so, you can select any of these and choose to delete them if you feel that view is no longer needed.

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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

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