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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of the Illustrator drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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