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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

with Mordy Golding

Video: Creating slices manually

Before we learn how to actually set the correct settings for all of our slices, we have to learn how to define the slices first. There are actually a variety of different methods for defining slices inside of Illustrator. Each have their pros and cons. So the next three videos we'll cover these different methods. In this video, we're going to talk about creating slices manually. Now if you've been using a program like Photoshop, for example, to create web graphics, you may be familiar with defining slices in a manual way using something called the Slice tool, and the same thing exists here inside of Illustrator.
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design
6h 20m Intermediate Sep 24, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 Web and Interactive Design, Mordy Golding shows how to create pixel-perfect graphics for use in web sites, video compositions, and mobile apps. This course covers a wide range of workflows, from creating online ad campaigns, web sites, icons, to taking art from Illustrator to Flash Professional. Sharing tips, tricks, and creative techniques along the way, Mordy provides insight and instruction for taking projects from initial concept straight through to production. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting perfectly sized pixel graphics from Illustrator
  • Setting up preferences in Illustrator for web design
  • Creating custom document profiles
  • Getting great color on the web
  • Understanding web graphic file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF, and SVG)
  • Setting great-looking type
  • Slicing artwork for various tasks
  • Creating Flash animations directly from Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
  • Exporting HTML and CSS from Illustrator
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Interaction Design Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Creating slices manually

Before we learn how to actually set the correct settings for all of our slices, we have to learn how to define the slices first. There are actually a variety of different methods for defining slices inside of Illustrator. Each have their pros and cons. So the next three videos we'll cover these different methods. In this video, we're going to talk about creating slices manually. Now if you've been using a program like Photoshop, for example, to create web graphics, you may be familiar with defining slices in a manual way using something called the Slice tool, and the same thing exists here inside of Illustrator.

I'm going to zoom a little bit on this page over here. And say I wanted to define some kind of a slice. I do as some guides that I've already set up in this document, which can help me out, because as we will find out, the Slice tool does allow us to snap to certain regions. But I'm now going to go here to my tools panel, and I'm going to choose this Slice tool. Notice, by the way, this is different than the Knife tool inside of Illustrator. The Knife tool allows you to cut vector objects. The Slice tool is used specifically for defining web slices. I'm going to take this tool right now, move it over onto the screen, and say, for example, I wanted to just draw a slice around this region right over here.

I would start by clicking and dragging to draw a rectangle, and when I release the mouse over here, I now have defined a slice. Notice that Illustrator automatically creates these other slices for me also, and we will discuss more about this in detail as we will learn more about slices. Remember that overall, slices are really meant as a way to build an HTML table. A table needs to have other cells. You can't have one cell floating in the middle of the page. So when you define a cell, Illustrator will automatically create the other ones that are necessary in order to have that cell live on the page as well.

By default, as we can see over here underneath the Object menu, if we go down to where it says Slice, there's a setting here called Clip the Artboard. Illustrator will automatically consider the boundaries of your artboard as the boundaries of that table. What I just did now is I used the Slice tool to manually define the region for a slice. Now like I said before, if I have some guides set up, this kind of helps me out a little bit. It's almost like drawing a regular rectangle. However, we want to make sure that our slices are always going to be precise, which is very difficult to do when eyeballing it this way with the Slice tool.

For example, I found that if I'm not really very careful, if I want to start drawing another slice here, for example, that would kind of touch up right against this one, if I am off by even just a little bit, I'm going to get some extra slices created for me. So you have to be really careful when using the Slice tool to define your slices, but this is a really quick and easy way to define slices based on regions. So, for example, if I wanted to have a slice that was just arbitrarily over a certain area, I don't have any object to finding that slice, but I have the freedom to really kind of put this slice anywhere that I want to, because the Slice tool allows me to do that.

Now as I said before, if you're not perfect about setting up your slices, you could get overlapping regions, or you may not have the slice positioned in the exact location that you want. It's important to realize that the Slice tool can only create slices, but it can't modify them. If you want to adjust the slices themselves, you would then come back to the Tools panel, click and hold your mouse button down on the Slice tool, and you'll see a little pop-up show up here. You can now choose the Slice Select tool. The Slice Select tool allows you to click on a slice to select it, and when you select it, you have the ability to modify it.

Notice if I go kind of to the edge of the boundary here of these slices, a little double-headed arrow appears, and I can now modify that slice. Basically, a slice is a special kind of object that Illustrator is creating. It creates a no fill, no stroke rectangle that's called a slice object, and I can only modify it using the Slice Select tool. So I can actually make changes to it by mousing over to it, but again, it's not the easiest tool to use. If you're familiar with Photoshop, you may find that the tool snaps very nicely to guides, and Illustrator really takes a lot of close work, zooming in really close to making sure that the slices are just right as you're working with it.

Of course, you can use the Transform panel to help position these slices as well, but it can be a little bit extra work. Keeping that in mind, there are two other great ways to create slices inside of Illustrator, and we'll start talking about the next one, meaning using guides to create slices, in the next movie.

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