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Creating editable trim marks

From: Illustrator CS5 New Features

Video: Creating editable trim marks

Often, when setting up artwork, you need to create Crop Marks. You can either draw these manually, or you can apply an effect that appears inside of Illustrator. For example, if I zoom in a little bit closer on this artboard right over here, I can select one of these elements, go to the Effect menu and choose Crop Marks. The nice thing about working with an effect is that as I move my artwork around, the Crop Marks move with it. Likewise, if I resize or an edit my artwork itself, the Crop Marks will update to reflect that change as well. However, many designers, production artists and even printers are very particular about how those Crop Marks appear in your document.

Creating editable trim marks

Often, when setting up artwork, you need to create Crop Marks. You can either draw these manually, or you can apply an effect that appears inside of Illustrator. For example, if I zoom in a little bit closer on this artboard right over here, I can select one of these elements, go to the Effect menu and choose Crop Marks. The nice thing about working with an effect is that as I move my artwork around, the Crop Marks move with it. Likewise, if I resize or an edit my artwork itself, the Crop Marks will update to reflect that change as well. However, many designers, production artists and even printers are very particular about how those Crop Marks appear in your document.

For example, these Crop Marks are pretty big. The only way for you to make any edits or changes to these, since this applied as an appearance or an effect, is to go to the Object menu and choose Expand Appearance. However, now in Illustrator CS5, Adobe has given us a Trim Marks command, which makes it easy to apply these marks and also edit them immediately. I'm going to press Undo to remove that effect, and I'll now go to the Object menu and choose Create Trim Marks. The appearance is virtually the same, although as you can see right now, I can select each of these and move them around or make any adjustments that I'd like to them.

Likewise, I can press Undo, select a whole range of objects and apply the exact same Trim Marks to those as well. If you know you want to change the appearance of those Trim Marks, it can be easier to apply this command instead of first applying the Crop Marks Effect and then expanding its appearance. As with so many other things inside of Illustrator, there are often many ways to accomplish the same task. The new Trim Marks command, in Illustrator CS5, is one such example.

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Illustrator CS5 New Features

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  1. 9m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Comparing Illustrator CS4 and Illustrator CS5
      7m 39s
  2. 27m 2s
    1. Defining perspective grids
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids
      10m 28s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 26s
    2. Using variable-width profiles
      4m 26s
    3. Creating perfect dashed lines
      3m 30s
    4. Easily adding arrowheads to strokes
      3m 14s
  4. 16m 8s
    1. Simulating real brush strokes with the Bristle brush
      11m 46s
    2. Using enhanced art and pattern brushes
      2m 55s
    3. Applying variable-width settings to brushstrokes
      1m 27s
  5. 12m 10s
    1. Drawing Behind and Draw Inside Drawing modes
      4m 17s
    2. Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 5s
    3. Easily joining multiple paths
      1m 48s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Working with symbols more easily
      6m 56s
    2. Using 9-slice scaling options with symbols
      4m 29s
  7. 7m 55s
    1. Using the new Artboards panel
      4m 13s
    2. Setting individual artboard rulers
      2m 35s
    3. Printing artboards more easily
      1m 7s
  8. 11m 47s
    1. Creating pixel-perfect web graphics
      3m 43s
    2. Creating crisp readable text for the web
      1m 58s
    3. Quickly exporting individual slices
      1m 50s
    4. Integrating with Adobe Flash Catalyst
      4m 16s
  9. 10m 11s
    1. Select artwork through other objects
      2m 36s
    2. Using new paste commands
      1m 57s
    3. Applying resolution-independent raster effects
      2m 55s
    4. Specifying transparency within gradient mesh
      1m 8s
    5. Creating editable trim marks
      1m 35s
  10. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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