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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you have access to the exercise files, go ahead and open up the hide_edges file found in chapter 3. Now there is another important feature that comes in the play when working inside of Illustrator. And basically that is when you click on an object you start to see all the anchor points and the paths get highlighted as well. This just makes it easy for me as a user to identify, which paths are selected. Now in this case we have group over here selected. There's a lot of anchor points here. In fact some times the visibility of those anchors get in the way of me being able to interface with my design. It's hard for me maybe to visualize what this design may look like. For example let's go ahead dive into that actual logo of GROUNDSWELL. Maybe we want to explore using different color. Maybe instead of using black we want to try different color.
So what will I first do is I'll isolate the logo. Do you remember how we use isolation mode? I would simply take my black arrow and double-click on the logo. And now basically if I click on this, I'm able to isolate this. I'll double-click one more time. Now everything is grade out. I can't select anything. I just have the groundswell logo here. Let's say right now I wan to choose a different color. So I can go over here to the little fly out menu and choose a color for this maybe yellow for example or green. But those little blue anchor points they really get in the way of how we can see that design. So I'm going to go back to black for a second here. This is setting inside of Illustrator on to the view menu called hide edges. If I go over here, I see over here this is setting here hide edges. Command+A or Ctrl+A is the keyboard shortcut for this.
Basically when we want to choose that option when I click an object, it becomes selected, but it I don't see those anchors points that are there. In fact if I turn off the bounding boxes as well. So I'm going to go the View menu and say Hide the bounding box. So now this object is selected even though I have no visual feedback to know that it's selected. What I mentioned before that this is a pitfall that many designers some times fall into. They click on something and they think there is something wrong with the Illustrator. I'm trying to select this and it's not becoming selected. It is selected. I know that by the way, because I see over here that I do have a group selected right now, which is the logo type for Groundswell, and I do see where I'm inside of Isolation mode. In fact if I click and drag, it moves around. I have the ability to change its color just as I was doing it before, but those anchor points now don't get in the way. They don't visually hinder work that I'm trying to get done.
So I'm going to go back to Black for a second here. It's important to know that the keyboard shortcut for this is Command+H or Ctrl+H. Again if I go the View menu I can choose now to Show Edges and now when I click on I can see that that's there. What's interesting about this command about hiding edges is that it's a toggle. I mean once I turn it off, the Hide Edges command is off until I turn it back on again. This unlike program like Photoshop for example where there is the ability of hide edges. In other words if you make a selection in Photoshop, you know you have what they call the marching ants that borders that identifies with you where that selection border is. Well, when you press Command+H or you choose hide edges instead of Photoshop then you don't see those little marching ants.
They don't, they don't get in the way if you are working inside of Photoshop. But then as soon as you go ahead and you make a new selection, that's setting is turn back on again. However in Illustrator it's a toggle like I said before. Once I turn it off, it stays off until I turn it back on again. So some times a designer will go ahead and turn it off, because I want to focus on something and then they will forget the turn the setting back on again. And that way maybe ten minutes later when they go get a phone call, they work away from their desk when they come back, they click on something they realize hey, nothing is working. It's not getting selected. Again, it's just the matter of the first in the check. Whenever that happens in Illustrator, make sure to hide Edges command that is not turned on.
So I want you to think about. I'll hit the Escape key to exit out of the Isolation mode for that typeface. And again as you are working you may want to decide to turn that Hide Edges command on or off as needed.
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