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Creating a new document for web

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Before we can actually get started creating our web design here inside of Adobe Illustrator, we have to first create a new document, and in this movie I am going to be exploring how to create a new document for the web using Illustrator. Let's go up to the File menu and choose New, or you can hit Command+N or Ctrl+N on your keyboard. When you first open up the New Document dialog box, you are going to be able to name your project. In this case let's say that I am doing a blog design, so I'll just call it Blog Design. And directly underneath that, you are going to have access to Profiles, and by default it probably is going to show you something like the Print profile. The Print profile is great if you are creating a business card or a poster or even some letterhead, but for a web design, not so much.

Creating a new document for web

Before we can actually get started creating our web design here inside of Adobe Illustrator, we have to first create a new document, and in this movie I am going to be exploring how to create a new document for the web using Illustrator. Let's go up to the File menu and choose New, or you can hit Command+N or Ctrl+N on your keyboard. When you first open up the New Document dialog box, you are going to be able to name your project. In this case let's say that I am doing a blog design, so I'll just call it Blog Design. And directly underneath that, you are going to have access to Profiles, and by default it probably is going to show you something like the Print profile. The Print profile is great if you are creating a business card or a poster or even some letterhead, but for a web design, not so much.

So we need to drop that down and then take a look at the other options that we have available to us. We do have a Web option, so if I select that, you are going to notice that it also gives me some size options down here at the bottom. The size options, although they've gotten better over the course of the last few versions of Illustrator, they're still not quite hitting the optimal targets, in my opinion. Let's take a look at those. We have 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 960 x 560, 1024 x 768, and 1280 x 800. The only acceptable sizes in here are 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 800 in my opinion, because screen sizes just simply aren't this small anymore unless you are talking about other devices like a tablet device or something like that.

I am going to discuss mobile document development in an another movie, but in this case let's say that I wanted a blog design. Well, I don't really see anything that fits that for me here, so I am going to have to create my own. So I am going to first select a width. And this is going to be in pixels, so you have to make sure your units are in pixels. And so I am going to do 1280 for the Width. I want it to be 1280 pixels wide. And then for the height a blog design is actually pretty big depending on how much stuff you are trying to put in there. For this particular one, I want a header. I want a big content area to show several blog posts.

I want to be able to show widgets, and a big footer. So, I usually go about 2000 pixels for the length, so 1280 x 2000 is a pretty big document. I want to make sure that this is a portrait orientation, so the little man standing up on a straight piece of paper. You could also go horizontal if you want it to, but in this case I want it to be vertical. You do not have to worry about Bleed because we're on the web; there is no bleed. You can also see here that we are set to a Color mode of RGB. Pixels Per Inch is set to 72. Now in Illustrator, we are working in a resolution- independent environment, but when we go to save these out or we have effects that need to be rasterized upon output, this is the resolution at which those are going to be rendered. For now 72 pixels per inch is okay.

Now it also is going to align objects to the Pixel Grid, meaning that everything is going to snap to a Pixel Grid, making it easier to make "Pixel Perfect designs," and so I absolutely want to leave that on. Now here is the tricky part about Adobe Illustrator: I cannot come up here and choose to save a new document profile. There is no way to do that. So what I have to do is save this out as a template file and then go from there. So, what I am going to do is simply hit OK, and that will create a new blank document for me called Blog Design. And now I want to save this out as a template, so I'll go to File and I will choose Save as Template, and that will take me to my Templates directory.

And I am actually going to create a new folder inside of my Templates directory and I am going to call this Web Design and hit Create. Once I do that, I'll change this just to be blog and I'll hit Save. So now that's saved as blog.ait or Abode Illustrator Template. And so I'll close this because I don't need to save it. And I'll go to the File menu and choose New. Now anytime I want to utilize that template I just go right here to the Templates, find Web Design and select blog.ait. Then I would hit New and my document is created. Pretty easy.

Let's close this up. Let's take a look at some other common sizes of things we might be asked to create inside of Illustrator. That's a blog or a web site template. Let's go to File > New and let's explore something like a banner ad. This is something that web designers are constantly asked to do, design a web banner for something, an ad that's going to be displayed somewhere, something that they are going to turn over to a Flash developer. Any number of things can be asked of a "web designer" these days, so we need to take a look at some common sizes for those. So in this case I am going to change the Width to something like 728 pixels, and I will change the height to 90 pixels.

And it automatically adjusts to a landscape display, and that's fine. And so now I am going to hit OK. There you see my banner ad that I've got. And I'll go to File > Save as Template. I am going to save it in my Templates directory inside of the Web Design folder, and I am going to call this Leaderboard, so that's the type of graphic I just created. It's saved, and I'll close this. I am going to create a few more. And I am just hitting Command+N or Ctrl+N each time to get into the new document dialog box, this time changing the Width to 468 and the Height to 60. Hit OK.

And if I view this at 100% by hitting Command+1 or Ctrl+1 on my keyboard, you will see just how small it is. And I will go to File > Save as Template, put it in my Web Design folder, and we'll call this just a Banner. Now I'll go ahead and close this, and let's do one more. File > New, change the Width here to 300 pixels and the Height to 250 pixels. There we go. Hit OK. Command+1 or Ctrl+1 so you can see the full size of that, and then I'll go to File > Save as Template. And I am going to call this Medium Rectangle.

Save it in my Web Design folder and hit Save. So now in just a few minutes I've created several different web design templates that I can then easily jump into anytime I need it. So let's say the client comes to me and he says "Okay, I need a Leaderboard graphic for my next web site that I am getting ready to launch and I need this at a specific size, 728 x 90 pixels." Well, that's easy. Just go to File > New and I can choose Templates\Web Design, and I'll find the Leaderboard and hit New, and there we go; it instantly jumps me into the Leaderboard.

Or I could do a blog design, or I could do the banner ad or any number of those templates that I've set up. So does it take some time to set up these templates? Yes, it does, but it is going to save you a ton of time in the long run because you'll have all of these built up and saved so that you can easily jump into any project at any given time. So the next time you go to create a new document for the web, keep in mind the dimensions and things that you are setting up, and then save that out as a template so you can easily get back to it anytime you need it.

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Illustrator for Web Design

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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

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