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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.
One of the true benefits of working with symbols is that when you edit an original symbol, all of the instances that you've also added update as well, and what I really like about what Adobe has done so far with working with symbols is that they have made the experience across both Illustrator and Flash nearly identical. We already know to create a symbol, you tap the F8 key and again that applies to both Illustrator and Flash. Well, if you want to modify or change the artwork that appears inside of a symbol, all you need to do is double- click on that symbol on the artboard. So for example, say I want to change some of these waves and make some kind of modification to it. I will double-click on it, and I will get a dialog box here it says that I am about to edit the symbol definition.
I will go ahead and I will click OK, and now you can see that the other artwork has kind of dimmed back somewhat. In fact, before this surfer dude was in front of the waves. Temporarily, Illustrator takes the actual symbol itself and brings the artwork to the front so I can see all of it. In fact, you will see that I can't even select this. It is locked. So I have the ability to see the artwork in context to the design that I am creating, but it's much easier for me now to edit the artwork that appears inside of that symbol. Take a look over here also. It has the name of the symbol here, and it appears in this gray bar across the top of my screen. This gray bar indicates that I am now editing a symbol. I'm in what Illustrator refers to as Isolation Mode. Basically, the artwork in the symbol has been isolated from everything else from the file. I also have the ability to dive deeper into the artwork here in this particular symbol. For example, I can double-click now on this and each time I double-click, I go one step further. Notice now that I am inside the symbol, inside the group that's in that symbol, and inside the path that lives inside that particular group.
I just want to jump over the Flash for a minute and show you that's exactly the same way that it works in that application as well. So here inside of Flash I have the exact same piece of artwork. In fact, I just copied and pasted it here into Flash. If I click on it, I see the instance name right here in the Properties panel. If I want to edit this particular symbol, I can just double-click on it. Notice now a gray bar appears across the top of the screen. I have my RadWaves symbol right here and again a double-click again, continues to drive me deeper and deeper into that particular object. Once I am done editing, I can simply double-click anywhere outside to step back upwards in the hierarchy of that particular symbol. Again, back in Illustrator it works the same way. In fact, I can just simply come over here to the gray bar and click on this little arrow to go back one level at a time or simply tap the Escape key on my keyboard to just exit Isolation Mode altogether and go back to working with my artwork.
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