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Mordy Golding demonstrates how to be more productive, efficient, and creative by taking advantage of Adobe Illustrator to create pixel-perfect web graphics and interactive Flash content. Illustrator CS4 for the Web investigates the pros and cons of pixel- and vector-based web graphics, demonstrates efficient workflows, and explores the creative options available in Illustrator. Mordy also covers design techniques, such as creating typography that works well on screen, adding reflections, and making Flash animations. He discusses new Illustrator CS4 features, including using multiple artboards, bringing art into Dreamweaver, and utilizing Flash Catalyst. Exercise files accompany the course.
I think it's great that Illustrator ships with four profiles already set, one for Print, Web, Mobile and Devices and Video and Film. But the reality is that all my web documents are not the same. I really wished there was a way that I can create a web profile for the needs of each of my jobs. For example, I am always creating ad banners, standard web banners that are 468x60. It would really be great if I could also create a web profile just for those types of documents. And the good news is that there is. You can create your custom profiles. In fact, you can create as many as you like.
To create your own web profile, start by creating a new web document. Next, I'll change the Width and Height settings of my artboard. Let's do 468x60, and I know that my clients always want to see a variety of different ideas, so I am going to change the Number of Artboards to 4. Finally, I come down here on the bottom where it says Preview Mode and I want my preview to always launch as the Pixel Preview Mode. Now that I've set my settings, I'll go ahead and click OK and I'll create my document. Now I am ready to save this as my profile. I'll go to the File menu and I'll choose Save As. I want to make sure I save this as a native Illustrator file. Because I want to save this as a web profile, I need to make sure I save it in the right location so that Illustrator can find it.
I am on a Mac here, so I'll go first to my user folder. I'll click on Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Illustrator CS4 > en_US, and then I'll scroll down the list here to where it says New Document Profiles. I can see here the profiles that already shipped by default with Illustrator. Let me give my profile a name. Let's say I type in ad_banners and I'll click Save. I'll use the regular Illustrator options and just click OK. Back in Illustrator, I'll go to the Help menu and I'll choose Welcome Screen. That brings up Illustrator's Welcome Screen and I could see now that here on the bottom of the Create New list that my ad_banner profile has now been added to the list. So it's really easy to create your own custom profiles and remember you can create as many as you would like.
Because the location of where you save your profiles is so important, here's another look at the exact location that you need to save your files on both Mac OS and on Windows.
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