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Illustrator CS4 for the Web

Defining static layers


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Illustrator CS4 for the Web

with Mordy Golding

Video: Defining static layers

So in this file that I have right here, which I am trying to turn into an animated banner, it does have a blend. So I will get the surfer dude that's starts in the left side and then runs across the screen towards the right. It also goes from 0% Opacity to 100% Opacity in the process. However, each of my layers in my file are playing in successive order. But that means my background layers plays first and then it switches to the surfer and during the surfer the background is no longer visible. Same thing applies to all the other layers. So what I really want to do is I want to be able to have certain layers that are visible in every single frame of my animation. In Illustrator you can do that by defining what's called Static Layers. Now the only way to do this is when you export a file as a SWF, so you can't do this to Save for Web method.
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  1. 3m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Understanding pixel- and vector-based web graphics
      1m 36s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 10m 27s
    1. Using the Web New Document Profile
      1m 56s
    2. Creating your own New Document Profiles
      1m 57s
    3. Taking advantage of web templates and content
      1m 48s
    4. Setting up a custom web workspace
      4m 46s
  3. 23m 42s
    1. Setting measurement preferences
      1m 11s
    2. Setting preview bounds
      2m 38s
    3. Setting grid preferences
      2m 18s
    4. Understanding Pixel Preview
      3m 54s
    5. Understanding anti-aliasing
      5m 3s
    6. Disabling anti-aliasing
      2m 35s
    7. Setting up color management
      6m 3s
  4. 9m 49s
    1. Comparing pixel dimension and resolution
      2m 26s
    2. Grid is good, grid is great
      4m 45s
    3. Working with multiple artboards
      2m 38s
  5. 10m 1s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors and hexadecimal
      4m 31s
    2. Pulling colors from Kuler
      1m 43s
    3. Using the Color Guide with web-safe colors
      1m 48s
    4. Converting art to web-safe or limited colors
      1m 59s
  6. 22m 5s
    1. Understanding slicing
      1m 36s
    2. Using manual slicing
      2m 16s
    3. Using object-based slicing
      2m 33s
    4. Comparing user slices and auto slices
      1m 57s
    5. Applying settings to slices
      4m 59s
    6. Defining an image map
      3m 46s
    7. Working with slices
      4m 58s
  7. 10m 45s
    1. Making text look good on the web
      2m 58s
    2. Adding reflections
      2m 42s
    3. Applying rounded corners
      1m 7s
    4. Creating dynamic text buttons
      3m 58s
  8. 19m 54s
    1. Optimizing web graphics
      2m 41s
    2. Comparing GIF, JPG, PNG, and WBMP files
      6m 38s
    3. Setting up transparency and matte
      2m 52s
    4. Adjusting image dimensions
      2m 7s
    5. Optimizing to a specific file size
      2m 27s
    6. Editing output settings
      3m 9s
  9. 4m 3s
    1. Understanding Illustrator and Flash workflows
      2m 42s
    2. Understanding SVG
      1m 21s
  10. 19m 14s
    1. Defining symbols in Illustrator
      5m 23s
    2. Editing symbols in Illustrator
      2m 19s
    3. Choosing a symbol type
      2m 7s
    4. Setting the Flash registration
      1m 23s
    5. Using 9-slice scaling
      4m 34s
    6. Defining static and input text
      3m 28s
  11. 14m 17s
    1. Setting preferences in Flash
      1m 27s
    2. Copying and pasting elements
      1m 50s
    3. Exporting entire files
      4m 35s
    4. The Save for Web & Devices dialog
      2m 58s
    5. Exporting SWF files
      3m 27s
  12. 16m 11s
    1. Converting layers to frames
      3m 17s
    2. Working with blends
      3m 11s
    3. Releasing to layers
      3m 44s
    4. Defining static layers
      2m 43s
    5. Adjusting timing
      3m 16s
  13. 11m 29s
    1. Working with Photoshop
      2m 18s
    2. Working with Acrobat Pro
      2m 54s
    3. Working with Dreamweaver
      2m 14s
    4. Working with Flash Catalyst
      4m 3s
  14. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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Illustrator CS4 for the Web
2h 56m Intermediate Jan 23, 2009

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Mordy Golding demonstrates how to be more productive, efficient, and creative by taking advantage of Adobe Illustrator to create pixel-perfect web graphics and interactive Flash content. Illustrator CS4 for the Web investigates the pros and cons of pixel- and vector-based web graphics, demonstrates efficient workflows, and explores the creative options available in Illustrator. Mordy also covers design techniques, such as creating typography that works well on screen, adding reflections, and making Flash animations. He discusses new Illustrator CS4 features, including using multiple artboards, bringing art into Dreamweaver, and utilizing Flash Catalyst. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Differentiating between pixel- and vector-based web graphics
  • Creating screen-friendly typography
  • Adding reflections
  • Creating Flash animations
  • Using multiple artboards
  • Bringing art into Dreamweaver
  • Utilizing Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Defining static layers

So in this file that I have right here, which I am trying to turn into an animated banner, it does have a blend. So I will get the surfer dude that's starts in the left side and then runs across the screen towards the right. It also goes from 0% Opacity to 100% Opacity in the process. However, each of my layers in my file are playing in successive order. But that means my background layers plays first and then it switches to the surfer and during the surfer the background is no longer visible. Same thing applies to all the other layers. So what I really want to do is I want to be able to have certain layers that are visible in every single frame of my animation. In Illustrator you can do that by defining what's called Static Layers. Now the only way to do this is when you export a file as a SWF, so you can't do this to Save for Web method.

So what I will do is I will start by going to File menu and I will choose Export. I will choose for my Format to use the Flash or SWF format. I will choose Export here and the first thing I will do is I will choose to Export my file as layers which are then can be converted to Flash frames. I want to Clip to Artboard size and I will switch now to the Advanced settings and I will make sure that my Frame Rate, let's low it down a little bit to about 3 frames per second. Again, just to really see what's happening here I want to loop that animation, remember I want to animate my Blends also In Sequence, but take a look over here. I also have a setting here called Export Static Layers.

If I click on that option right here, you will see that I can highlight some of these layers, any layer that I have highlighted becomes visible in every single frame of my animation and I can have more than one layer specified as well. For example, say I always want the Background and also the Groundswell logo to be visible in all the layers. I will hold on the Command key; I am on a Mac here, but if you are on Windows, hold down the Ctrl key and then click on the Groundswell layer as well. So with these two layers selected I will now go ahead and choose Web Preview. And take a look at this the Groundswell logo as well as the Background are visible in every frame.

So now I am getting much closer to what I really want to see inside of my animation. What I want is I want the surfer to kind of fly across the screen or I should say surf across the screen and then I want the logo in the far left-hand corner to appear, so that people can sign up. So now I have the animation working just the way that I want and again I can only do this by exporting my files as SWF files. I cannot do this through the Save for Web dialog, because the SWF Export is the only location inside of Illustrator where I can access settings for defining Static Layers. In reality I sure wish it would be easy enough to simply go to the Layers panel click on a layer and turn on the setting directing the Layers panel, but at least here you now know how to create these static layers. At this point though there is really one thing that's missing and that's timing. I mean the surfer surfs across the screen really nice, but there is really no time for me to look at that particular logo as it simply passes by. But now that we have strong grasp on how to define our layers as Static Layers, we can easily see that we can create really cool animated Flash content directly out of Illustrator.

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