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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.
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.
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