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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to configure and save a custom workspace here inside the Bridge. So I'm working in front of the Metadata workspace. It doesn't really matter where you start; it matters where you end up at. So notice down here, the reason that we are seeing this weird view of the Content panel is because of this icon down here in the lower right corner of the screen, View Content as List. Not my favorite but it is an option. Next door we have a better one, View Content as Details, and this just gives you this monstrous level of detail about every single one of these items, which I think is just awesome.
Anyway, let's switch over to this guy, View Content as Thumbnails, so that we are actually seeing the thumbnail views here. Then I'm going to bring up some other panels. Now, notice right now we have got Metadata and Filter next door. Filter allows you to filter your view. By which I mean, you can, for example, click in front of one of these items to say okay, which of these illustrations was created on 6/10/2008, and it's automatically going to show you all the dates that are associated with all the files here. That would be these six.
If I were to click on 5/20, it would show up too, and that's going to be the Yellowstone Map right there, and then I would have to turn off 6/10 in order to see Yellow Map by itself, or check this out. You can Alt-click or Option-click where the checkbox ought to be, in order to turn that item on and turn all other items off. You also have Aspect Ratio control, which is which illustrations are 2:3, so let's check that out right there. You can combine different filtered items together if you want to. I'll go ahead and turn off the Date Created filters, so we can see this guy is a 2:3 as well. These are the 3:4s and these are the 5:7s. The thing to bear in mind, this is going to be the first artboard in the document, because your different artboards can all have different Aspect Ratios.
So anyway, this is the way to filter what's going on. You can also filter by Copyright Notice and so on. All kinds of different criteria that are going to populate on the fly automatically. I went ahead and turn that off. I want Filter to show up along with Metadata and Keywords. So I can't really change the order very easily, notice that, so what I need to do, first of all, let's go ahead and bring up Keywords. I'll go up to the Window menu and choose Keywords panel. Which allows me to associate keywords with a certain illustration. I want this to be down here with this group, but I also want it to follow Metadata. So I want to move Metadata up. So that Filter is first, and now I move Metadata back down; I know it's a crazy way to work, but this is what you have got to do, and then move Keywords back down, and this way we have the panels lined up in the correct order.
So I'll switch back to Filter now, because that's the one I want to have show up by default. Next, I'm going to go up to the Window menu, and I'm going to ask to display the Folders panel. I also want to see the Collections panel. I'm not concerned about the Inspector panel, this is specifically for those of you who are working with Version Cue, which is not many people as it turns out, and it's not me. There are some Version Cue workflows out there. If you are working in a company that uses Version Cue, then you know who you are and you can use the Inspector panel.
Anyway, I don't like the order; this is the opposite order from what I want, so I'm just going to kind of throw these guys into their own unique collection. See, how I can get this horizontal bar in between, and Collections goes into a unique panel group, that is to say. Then I can move Folders down into this group, and then I can move Folders back up, so it follows Favorites, and then I can move Collections back up so it follows Folder. Then I want Folders to be active. Then finally, I'm going to go up here and I'm going to bring up the Preview panel. Notice that Preview and Content are now kind of mutually exclusive right here. That's no good. I want content to be over on the right, let's say because I mostly work with vertically oriented illustrations, so I'm going to go ahead and drag this vertical bar out, away from the right hand side, and I'm going to move the Content panel over into this area, like so.
Notice now, if I want to, I can make that Content panel big enough to include two columns of thumbnails, and I can still see a big whopping preview, if I just squish this stuff over a little bit. So if I click here on this guy, the Magic Paintbrush, I can see a big preview of it, like this. You can also sort your icons; you can drag them into a different order. So for example, let's say I have currently got these guys sorted by file name, as by default. Then I could say well, really, my favorite is this guy right there, Loyal Order of the Wormwood. That's the one that I'm going to most likely need to open, so I'll put it on top. Then Living on a Heart Grunge. That's going to be next. That's good enough for now. So that's my manual sort order. I'm actually dragging these around. You can see now it reset this item to Sort Manually.
Now let's go ahead and save a workspace. Go to this Down pointing arrowhead, right next to Metadata in my case, but it might be next to a different word for you. I'm going to choose New Workspace. I'm going to call this one, let's say, dekeSpace Aics4. I don't expect you to call yours dekeSpace of course. Call it whatever you want. Save Window Location as Part of Workspace. Definitely, and that be the Window Location relative to the screen, if we are working with a Restored view, that is not quite a Maximized view. Save Sort Order as Part of Workspace, the Sort Order we just saw right there. Yes, definitely. Go ahead and click Save in order to make that happen. In that way when you switch workspaces, it might also end up switching Sort Orders for you, depending on how you have set the Sort Orders up.
Notice where it appears. Right there, after Output in my case, it's showing up as dekeSpace Aics4, so that I can get to it as easily as just clicking. Now I can click on Essentials in order to switch to the Essentials workspace, like so, and then I can switch back to dekeSpace AIcs4 in order to switch to my custom workspace. So incredibly Flexible. The Bridge is just sitting here waiting to obey your every instruction, and to absolutely get along with you to subscribe to the way you work. In the next exercise, we are going to do a little bit of cleanup work here. We are just going to see a few of the other features that you are going to want to know about here inside Adobe Bridge.
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