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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
Now in the name of comprehensive coverage I should mention that Illustrator CS3 offers a couple of new ways, a couple of additional ways to sever points and to join paths together, and these are known as the cut and connect functions often available to you inside of the Control palette. I'll show you what I mean. I'm going to go ahead and switch to my black arrow tool, click on the lips that I just created in the previous exercise and delete them by pressing the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac. I'm still working by the way inside the Face time. ai file that I opened a couple of exercises ago.
And I'm going to go ahead and zoom in a little bit here so that I'm a little tighter to the illustration and I'm going to Control-click or Command-click on the eyeball in front of My drawing in the Layers palette, in order to switch to the outline mode. Now I'll grab my Ellipse Tool once again. So I'm going to start by running through some similar steps as the previous exercise. I'll drag from the arc and I'll press and hold the Shift and Control keys in order to draw my initial lips. Of course these would be the Shift and Command keys on the Mac. And once I've done that I'll switch to my white arrow tool, click off the path to deselect it, then I'll go ahead and click on the top point in the circle and then Shift-click on the bottom point to select those two points, don't you know.
Now notice the Control palette. There's this little guy right there, the Cut path at selected anchor points. If you click on that icon you sever the paths in twain. Now I'm going to press the V key to switch to the black arrow tool and I'm going to click on the right half of the path here, in order to select it independently of the left half, because I have indeed split them into two independent paths. I'm going to drag by this right anchor point here and I'm pressing the Shift key as I drag, so that I'm dragging it exclusively horizontal, and once I snap it to the end of that line I'll go ahead and release, because now I have an end for snapping.
Isn't that great? All right, A for the white arrow tool, click on this point, Shift-click on this point. Now let's check out my joining option. It's this guy right here, Connect selected end points, and if you click on that Illustrator goes ahead and joins those two points with a straight segment just as before, but here's where things break down a little bit. I was telling you if you select the entire path and I'll do that by Alt-clicking or Option-clicking on the path to select the entire thing. I could've just as easily clicked on the path with the black arrow tool.
We don't any longer see those options, those specific options up here inside of the Control palette because the Control palette is so busy being context-sensitive and trying to anticipate our needs, that it gets mixed up and doesn't do really what we want it to do. So that option goes away. Now I can click off the path and click on this endpoint and then Shift-click on the other endpoint and it's all happy, it gives me the proper options. Or I could just say, To heck with it. Option or Alt-click on the path in order to select the entire thing and press Control+J or Command+J on the a Mac in order to join the endpoints with a straight segment, just as in the previous exercise. All right so you've got a lot of options available to you.
Just note if you've been following along with me, if you once again switch to the Preview mode by Control-clicking or Command-clicking on that little Orphan Annie eyeball in the Layers palette, you'll notice that your lips are in front of the seam between the lips. So go ahead and Alt-click, I've got the white arrow tool that's why I'm Alt-clicking. On the Mac I would Option-click on that line, that line that's in the background, in order to grab it and then I'm going to press Shift+Control+Right Bracket or Shift+Command+Right Bracket on the Mac in order to bring it to front.
So many different ways inside Illustrator CS3 to sever paths apart and join them together once again.
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