Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals
Illustration by Don Barnett

Introducing Adobe Bridge


Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Introducing Adobe Bridge

Now that we have made some modifications to an illustration and saved our changes to disk, I want to introduce you to an entirely separate application that is a companion to Illustrator; it's called the Adobe Bridge. It ships along with all versions of Illustrator CS4. So whether you buy Illustrator by itself or you buy it with one of the Creative Suite 4 skews, you are going to get the Bridge. The Bridge is one of those programs that's really been coming along over time. It started out sort of rinky-dink frankly, but it's getting better and better, and it's actually now quite good, I think, and it allows you to manage your digital assets. So it's a Digital Asset Manager, a DAM application.
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  1. 42m 8s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 3s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 6s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 44s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 39s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 29s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 44s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 31s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 56s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 33s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 2s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 27s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating continuous arcs and looping spirals
  • Building with geometric shapes
  • Selecting, placing, and scaling type
  • Creating spine curves with round corners
  • Using the new Blob brush to quickly draw and merge paths
  • Working with flattener and raster effects
  • Saving illustrations for the web
Deke McClelland

Introducing Adobe Bridge

Now that we have made some modifications to an illustration and saved our changes to disk, I want to introduce you to an entirely separate application that is a companion to Illustrator; it's called the Adobe Bridge. It ships along with all versions of Illustrator CS4. So whether you buy Illustrator by itself or you buy it with one of the Creative Suite 4 skews, you are going to get the Bridge. The Bridge is one of those programs that's really been coming along over time. It started out sort of rinky-dink frankly, but it's getting better and better, and it's actually now quite good, I think, and it allows you to manage your digital assets. So it's a Digital Asset Manager, a DAM application.

I am going to go up to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge or I could press Ctrl+Alt+O or Command+Option+O on the Mac. That's one way to work. Or another way to launch Bridge, very quickly actually, is to go up to this Applications Bar. That's what this thing is called right here; on the Mac it's located under the menu bar, and there is this little guy called Go to Bridge, click on him and you will go to the Bridge. Now, if the Bridge hadn't already been running, you will see it launch, so you will have to wait a few moments for it to start up. But I already had it running. I have already got it trained on that Sample Art folder, inside the Cool Extras folder that contains all of these illustrations that ship along with Illustrator CS4. So let me tell you a little bit about what we are looking at here.

The Bridge is divided into a bunch of panels, which are like these, relatively locked down in aligned pallets. We have got this area right here that's called Favorites that allows you to go to this place called Bridge Home, for example. If you got to Bridge Home, you can check out some training movies that were actually created here at and the Illustrator videos were created by myself and a fellow trainer here, Mordy Golding. Lots of other stuff too, all kinds of trainers from got involved in these. So they are free. They are very educational, if you just want to pick up a single feature at a time, all kinds of information about the new features in the program. Lots of other stuff going on at Bridge Home as well, so you might want to check that out. You have to have an Internet connection in order to make it work.

Then Folders allows you to peruse your local hard drive or a network drive, something along those lines, a network volume. In my case, I just want to show you where I'm in a larger hierarchy, because you can see I'm inside the Program Files folder inside the Adobe folder going down here. But the easier way to look at it is to click this down pointing arrowhead, so that you can navigate to this location as well, if you so desire. So here on the PC, under Windows Vista or XP, you go to your Computer and then one of the Local Disks, presumably the C drive. That's the default location.

Then you go into Program Files/Adobe/ Adobe Illustrator CS4/Cool Extras. You may see a Language folder at this point. English US and then Sample Files. That's where I am. So we are digging downward on the way up here. On the Macintosh side of things, you really want to go to the Applications folder. So this guy is the big difference. You can do that from the Finder just by pressing Command+Shift+A, and that will take you to the Applications folder. Then go into the Adobe folder, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Cool Extras, the Language folder, and Sample Files, and you will find these illustrations here. With the possible exception of T-shirt artboards, which is the one that I created.

All right. So this is the Contents panel. It shows you the contents of the Active folder. So it's a content browser essentially. If you are working on another folder, you may see types of files that the Bridge really doesn't support or understand, like Word files, Excel files. It would just go ahead and show the icons for those specific files. But if it understands a file, like an ai file for example, it will do its best to show you a preview. Now these are really dinky previews at this point, these tiny thumbnails. So you go down to this little slider icon down here at the bottom of the window and you crank it up like so, and they get bigger or smaller if you prefer. You can also click on these icons to zoom in, like so. So I would have already zoomed in once, and I could keep zooming in. Or you can zoom out with this little guy here, and you can also zoom in and out of the keyboard, as long as Bridge understands that that's the Active panel. Then you can press Ctrl+Plus to zoom in and Ctrl+Minus to zoom out. On the Mac that's Command Plus and Minus.

If you click on one of the thumbnails, and you can see your Preview panel, and by the way, if you want to see exactly the same kind of stuff that I'm seeing on screen so that the Bridge is divided in the same rough panels right here, you want to go ahead and click on the word Essentials; that's the default workspace for the Bridge. It basically is showing you as many panels as possible. You should see a Preview panel on right here. The great thing about the Preview panel is it shows you a bigger version of the illustration. If I drag, see this vertical bar right there, if I drag it over to the left, we are going to expand the size of the preview so that we can see a really big preview.

Now at a point it's going to top out, and it's essentially going to top out at whatever the file size is, the size of the artboard at 72 Pixels Per Inch. So the Bridge can't render any farther then 72 Pixels Per Inch. So if it's a small illustration like a little 4x4 graphic or something, it's going to top out very early if it's a big illustration, it's going to top out later. You can also-- check this out-- you can switch pages. So you will see that I'm looking at artboard 1 of 2 inside of this .ai file. If I click the right pointing arrowhead, I may have to wait for it incidentally, because its tempted; if it hasn't visited that artboard before, its just going to show you the first artboard. So you don't want to race through a file. You don't want to just go click, click, click, because it's not necessarily going to keep up with you, and it's going to make it look like all the pages have the exact same illustration on them.

Now, another cool thing is if I click on, let's say, Loyal Order of the Wormwood, which is a really cool file in my opinion, I really like it. Notice I have got this little zoom cursor. If I click on a part of my illustration, like the dude's nose right there, I'm going to loupe the nose. Louping means loupe. That's a magnifying glass essentially. So we are seeing a larger version of this area of the illustration. So it's basically 100% View size at this point.

I can actually move this loupe around like so. If I go to far, it's going to switch. Did you see it switch ground to the other side? It also does this thing where it likes to rotate sometimes too. You can sometimes see it rotate around. Wherever you are pointing, whatever you're pointing to is the center of the louped view. So if I point to this guy, this little guy is sort of commentary there, we are going to see it right there centered. I have no idea what he is saying, because I don't read Congi, but pretty entertaining. Then if I want to see who did this, I could drag down. Check this out. I'm looking at the guy's name, the Credit Information, Von Glitschka of the Glitschka Studios, which is really, really cool. Amazing work, Von Glitschka.

Of course I could go through his pages once again and find out more information about those. Now, sometimes things aren't going to keep up. You may experience this; you may not. If you do, where I'm seeing actual view of the previous artboard, not the one that I'm really looking at, then I could just go ahead and click on this little Close button or click anywhere inside of the loupe in order to close it, and then just click again to reinitiate it, and you should be able to get that guy to participate eventually, if not immediately. Now I want you to see, check this out, this Living on a Heart Grunge, the original .ai file. Let's get rid of that loupe there and you can see that it's got three artboards that we can peruse, and of course you may recall these artboards from before.

The modified version of this document, which is T-shirt, it has 6 different artboards, and I can check them out. So there is the poster, there is the skateboards; I modified the artboard size so it's smaller. So the Bridge is totally capable of reading these different artboards, so you catch on. These artboards don't have to be the same size, the way they are in a page layout application, where every single page is exactly the same orientation. They can be anything you want them to be. The Bridge will keep up with you and just show you these differently sized artboards, including artboards that are overlapping each other. So artboard 3 had both t-shirts; artboard 4 just one t-shirt, the top t-shirt; artboard 5, there is a bottom t-shirt. And then of course artboard 6, my interpretation of this bloody disassociated organ, set against the brown t-shirt background there.

That gives you a sense of how you can preview your assets here inside of the Bridge. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to open an asset from the Bridge in Illustrator.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals .

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Q: Adobe Bridge CS4 is not previewing files in the same way for me as it is in the tutorial. All I am seeing is a low-quality thumbnail of the image, not previews of each artboard.  Why is there a difference between the tutorial and what I am seeing?
A: There is a different view in the tutorial because the author used a beta version of Bridge during the recording. The final release of Bridge CS4 displays thumbnails as you describe.
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