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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.
All right, here are some tricks for taking in an illustration without anything else getting in the way, without anything else cluttering your view of that illustration. First of all, you can press the Tab key in order to get rid of all the palettes. Notice that gets rid of the toolbox over on the left hand side but if I hover over the left hand side, it comes back, and then when I leave, it goes away. It also gets rid of the right side palettes. If I hover, they come back and then if I leave, they go away. So that's pretty great. Or I'm going to Tab to bring those palettes back and by the way, one of the palettes that goes away is the Control palette up here, which is not something that you can hover to bring back.
So anyway I'm going to Tab, press the Tab key to bring it back. So Tab makes them go away, Tab makes them come back. If you want to make just the right side palettes disappear and have everything else stay up on screen, then it's Shift+Tab. But again, you can just going to drag over there in order to make them come back and you can so do some work, you can sit there and do things inside the palette and then you leave and it goes away again. And Shift+Tab, of course, to bring them back. Something else you can do, let's go ahead and switch back to the double-column toolbox, so that we can see the bottom of the toolbox right there.
There is the Screen Mode option and you can click and hold in order to demonstrate that right now we are in the Normal Screen Mode. If I choose Fullscreen Mode with Menu Bar, we are going to get rid of all of our tabs. Notice that we still have the palettes and we still have the toolbox and we still have the Control palette up top and the page navigation controls down here at the bottom and we have the menu bar but we are lacking the tabbed view of the documents. We are lacking each one of those little tabs that allows us to switch from one illustration to another, which is where that Ctrl+F6 trick comes in handy now at this point.
You can press Ctrl+F6 to move to the next illustration in the list and Ctrl+F6 again, we will go to the next one. This of course Ctrl+Shift+F6 will move you back through the list of open illustrations. So just something to bear in mind. If that doesn't make sense to you, if you are never going to remember that trick, then when you are in this big Fullscreen Mode like this, you go to the Window menu, you go down here and choose the document that you want to see. Just in case, you are thinking, Gosh, I don't have enough options for changing windows when I'm in the Fullscreen Mode, just in the name of full disclosure here, you also have available to you your standard operating system shortcut, whether you are working on the Mac or the PC for switching between open documents.
On the PC, that's Ctrl+Tab to switch to the next document and its Ctrl+Shift+Tab to switch to the previous document. On the Mac, that's going to be Command+Tilde (~). You know Tilde? Tilde is the key just to the left of the 1 key and above the Tab key on an American keyboard and you press Command +Shift+~ to go back a document window. Again, just so you know every single way available to you, then you can pick and choose which one you like. All right, and then finally you have another option which is to go into the big huge Fullscreen Mode, which is going to scare you the first time you do it, if this is the first time you have ever seen this.
It gets rid of everything. Now all you have got left is scrollbars and you hover over on this side, the right side palettes comes up and if you have hover over on the left hand side, then your toolbox comes up and if you hover at the top, you don't get back your menu. Now I have got news for you. You can't get out of this. That's good news, of course. This is great by the way for showing a document off to somebody and just going around the illustration and checking out the little various bits and pieces, once again without anything else getting in your way. But it can be a little bit unnerving once you are done and you are trying to figure out how do I get out of here? The answer is to press the Escape key.
So that's new to Illustrator CS3, you can press the Escape key just to get out and go back to the normal tabbed view of your illustrations. You also have another keyboard shortcut, this is more old school, and this is the F key. So if you press the F key, you are going to cycle from one of the Fullscreen modes to the next. So there is absolute Fullscreen Mode. F is going to take you back to tabs, then it's going to take you back to the fullscreen single illustration with menu bar and with everybody else and then F, of course, to get rid of everything, just wipes everything out.
Now you can press the Tab key incidentally to bring pieces back as well. So remember Tab, remember Escape, remember F in order to switch around. So F for Fullscreen, Escape to of course save your life and bring everything back, and then Tab to hide and show the palettes here inside Illustrator CS4.
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