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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.
Now let's say that instead of using this specific color of violet, I want to assign a color from one of the industry standard color libraries: your Pantones, your Focaltone, your Toyos, your TruMatch. And you can get to those by going up to one of your attributes either in the Control palette, or inside the Appearance palette, click on it to bring up the Swatches palette, click this lower left icon to bring up this menu of libraries. If you are here in the States, and you are working with spot colors then your popular vendor is Pantone and the wininit color library for Pantone color users. If you are going the way of spot colors, that is, pre- mixed colors from your commercial printer, then you want to choose this guy right here, Pantone solid coated. That is the most likely scenario. Obviously there are other options here, but I'm going to choose Pantone solid coated. Now notice we get the Pantone solid color palette, but also grouped along with this palette is Flowers, and Flowers is going to keep coming up for me every time I open another color library, until I specifically Illustrator to close that palette, so I need to right-click on this Flower's tab.
This would be a Ctrl-click if you don't have a right mouse button on your Mac, and choose the close command. Now you have closed Flower, so we will not come up with other color libraries. So here is your Pantone solid coated library list here, it has hundreds and hundreds of colors as you can see. Now why is this specific library so important to you that you wanted to come up every time you launch Illustrator? You go to the flyout menu, and you choose persistent, and persistent ensures that this color library comes up every time you launch Illustrator, because otherwise if it didn't have this kind of check there, you might be opening quite a few libraries over the course of a few sessions, and they just keep taking over your screen. So go ahead and choose Persistent that is step number one. Step number two is to go ahead and add it to your palette group in anyway you see if it, I'm going to drag the tab and drop it underneath this column of icons, so now we have it right there ready to go at any moment, and just to be sure you might as well save this as part of an updated workspace. So I'll go up to what is one -on-one for me, because it is the last workspace I saved.
I will choose save workspace, and I'll call this one Pantone spots, let's say for the Pantone spot colors, and I'll click okay, and we now have a saved workspace. Now I can switch between that in one-on-one at this point. If I want to get rid of Pantone spots, I would choose one-on-one that is also going to give me narrower work palettes just because that's the way the palettes looked when I saved down that workspace. We have a messed up two column toolbox. That's the function of the fact that I have a small screen, and the toolbox doesn't quite fit as a single column. All right, then we go back to Pantone spots things get little wider and there is our Pantone palate right there. All right, let's get his guy back to a single columns we have a little more room to work, and then I'm going to click on the Pantone icon to bring up my solid coated library, notice that I can drag the top of this palette in order to make it taller like so.
Now let's say I know that I want to assign a specific Pantone color, and very briefly actually I'm going to make the fill of my circle none, by pressing the slash key just so you can very accurately see what's going on here. Now let's say I know the spot color that I want to work with. The pre-mixed ink that I want to work with is number 268, because I have looked it up in my Pantone swatch book. How do I enter 268 into this list, or I could just search around and try to find it, but like among this group I can't find 268 at all.
Well, here is what you do, go ahead and bring up the flyout menu yet again, and I would suggest by the way that you go to a medium thumbnail view so that you can find this ink a little more easily ones you get selected, and I'm going to go ahead and make my palette wider, so that I have more of a rhyme a reason associated with these colors here, and then I'm going to choose this command right there, Show Find Field. That will bring the Find Field, and then all you got to do is enter 268, and it will go ahead and select 268 in the list, it's still kind of a subtle little selection there. Notice it doesn't go ahead and apply the spot color to the fill, it just show you the spot color in the list, you then need to click on it in order to apply it to the active attribute, which in our case is Fill.
Now notice not only did it apply that spot color to the fill of the selected object, Illustrator also went ahead and added the spot color too to the Swatches palette right there. So it becomes a permanent member of our illustration as soon as we choose the save command. All right, so we got a spot color library. We have made it a permanent member of our workspace. In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to mix your own custom colors using the CMYK sliders.
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