Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
Illustration by John Hersey

Cycling between screen modes


Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Cycling between screen modes

We're going to end things with a look at how you cycle between screen modes and how you hide and show palettes here inside of Illustrator, and some of this information is new to Illustrator CS3, it's part of that OWL interface I was telling you about. Now the screen modes are located way, way at the bottom of the toolbox here and you can see how it's getting cut off on my screen, when I'm looking at the single column toolbox. So I'm going to switch back to the double column toolbox by clicking at the top of the docking pane here that contains the toolbox.
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  1. 59m 51s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 34s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 50s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 55s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 9s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 16s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 44s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 57s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 0s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      6m 59s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 15s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 35s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 5s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 38s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 13s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 57s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 15s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 34s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 14s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 15s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 29s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 24s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 49s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 31s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 55s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 3s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 30s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 41s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 27s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 7s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 7s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 20s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 38s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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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.

Deke McClelland

Cycling between screen modes

We're going to end things with a look at how you cycle between screen modes and how you hide and show palettes here inside of Illustrator, and some of this information is new to Illustrator CS3, it's part of that OWL interface I was telling you about. Now the screen modes are located way, way at the bottom of the toolbox here and you can see how it's getting cut off on my screen, when I'm looking at the single column toolbox. So I'm going to switch back to the double column toolbox by clicking at the top of the docking pane here that contains the toolbox.

And then notice this bottom icon here. It says Change Screen Mode. If you click on it it has a total of four screen modes that you can switch between, including the default setting, which is Maximized Screen Mode. That's the way we've been working, which is my favorite of the screen modes. It goes ahead and maximizes the illustration window without violating the palettes that are inside of docking panes. So it keeps everything pretty tidy on screen and pretty manageable as well. Also on the Macintosh side of things it prevents you from clicking through the application to get to the Finder level, you know how normally when you're working with a standard screen as we'll see in just a moment, you can click the background in order to switch to the background. Well I like the fact that you can't inside of the Maximized Screen Mode, cause that way you're able to focus your attention and energy just on Illustrator and if you want to switch to a different application you do it deliberately by pressing Command+Tab. That just ensures that you don't accidentally switch out of the application. It's extremely disturbing if you have the Option key down and you accidentally click. You think you're clicking on the edge of an icon or something like that and you accidentally click on the background, you Option-click on that background and then Illustrator actually disappears, which can be one of those, Ugh moments, you know what I'm talking about.

All right so anyway, that's the Maximized Screen Mode. Wonderful thing. But you've also got the Standard Screen Mode, which is great if you want to see multiple windows at a time. So if you've got multiple illustrations open and you want to drag and drop things between them, then this Standard Screen Mode is the way to go. And then we have Full Screen with Menu Bar and Full Screen Mode without menu bar where the menu bar goes away. Now I'm going to show you those using the keyboard shortcuts. You can switch between these guys, cycle between them by pressing the F key. So check it out. Right now I'm working in the Standard Screen Mode, so if I press the F key I will switch to the Full Screen with Menu Bar.

There's the menu bar, you can see it up there. And if I press F again I'll switch to Full Screen without menu bar. Where is the menu bar? Totally disappeared, and then another press of the F key will switch me to the Maximized Mode here. Now there's a little bit of a kerfuffle here associated with switching back to the Maximized Mode on the Vista, at least under Vista. I don't know if it's going to be a problem on other platforms, but you can see how I lost my title bar. It got tucked up underneath nothing out there in the infinite realm of the stuff I can't see.

And I can't drag it either to get it back on screen. So I mention this. You may never run into this problem and I hope you don't but if you do here's the solution. Go up to that little sliver of title bar that you can see and double-click on it. That will go ahead and bring the full window back on screen and then you can click on this Maximize button here. The Windows Maximize button in order to maximize the Adobe Illustrator application window. And again, I think that's limited to Windows Vista but if you run into it elsewhere, then there's your solution.

So another thing, I was telling you, you can cycle between these screen modes by pressing the F key. You can also hide and show palettes by pressing the Tab key. So if you press the Tab key, all of your palettes go away even that control palette, that strip that appeared at the top of the screen. That goes away as well. Press Tab to bring him back. So, if they go away remember, you can get them back the same way you got rid of them, just press the Tab key. You can also press Shift+Tab in order to make just the palettes disappear, so the control palette and the toolbox stay on screen, these vertically oriented palettes disappear from view. And then of course press Shift+Tab to bring them back again.

So here's the ultra power mode. If I press the F key three times in a row to switch to the Full Screen without Menu Bar and then I press the Tab key to hide all of those palettes. I'm just seeing the illustration and that's it. And this can be a little bit scary, but it's great actually, it's great for like showing a client what an illustration looks like or for previewing the illustration for yourself, you know just getting rid of all the interface malarky so you can just look at what you've wrought thus far. Remember though, that you can always press the Tab key to bring things back and you know, the Standard window mode is just an F key away. You just have to press the F key.

But I want to show you one more thing while I'm still inside this Maximized Mode and while the palettes are tabbed the way. I can get the palettes back just by hovering. If I hover over here on the left-hand side of the screen, then I can switch tools. Then I move my cursor out and the toolbox goes away. If I hover over here on the right-hand side of the screen, then I can get back to my palette. I can even get to one of my collapsed palettes if I want to, and then as soon as I move my cursor away those palettes disappear. If I go to the top of the screen, nothing, all right. Now this doesn't apply to the palettes at the top of the screen.

For example, the control palette, doesn't apply to it. And there's nothing, no action at the bottom of the screen either but you do have that action over here on the right side of the screen and on the left side of the screen. Bear that in mind. That's it. We've seen all of the various ways that we're going to for setting up Illustrator, getting around the program, changing the screen modes, tabbing away the palettes, all that jazz. In the next exercise we're really going to start drawing, believe it or not, as we take a look at guides and line art inside Illustrator CS3.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials .

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Q: When trying to synchronize color settings between all Creative Suite programs in Bridge, the Creative Suite Color Settings command either does not appear in the Edit menu or does not work. What is causing this?
A: If the Color Setting command is not available or does not function, it's because Bridge thinks that a single application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator), is installed and not one of the many versions of the Creative Suite.
If only Photoshop or Illustrator is installed, skip the exercise and move on.
If the entire Creative Suite is installed, then, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. Either contact Adobe or completely reinstall the Creative Suite.
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