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Libraries and content

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Video: Libraries and content

When you are working in any document inside of Illustrator, and you look at the Swatches panel, you will see there are lots of colors that are already there. There are some Gradients, there are some groups of colors as well, and we will explore how to create all these, but ever wonder where those come from? Well, each document basically contains these particular swatches. They are here because inside of the New Document Profiles, for example the New Document Profile for Print or for Web, there are already defined some swatches and other content as well. For example, Illustrator has something called Brushes. There are symbols, which is predefined artwork as well. So those things already exist inside of the file.

Libraries and content

When you are working in any document inside of Illustrator, and you look at the Swatches panel, you will see there are lots of colors that are already there. There are some Gradients, there are some groups of colors as well, and we will explore how to create all these, but ever wonder where those come from? Well, each document basically contains these particular swatches. They are here because inside of the New Document Profiles, for example the New Document Profile for Print or for Web, there are already defined some swatches and other content as well. For example, Illustrator has something called Brushes. There are symbols, which is predefined artwork as well. So those things already exist inside of the file.

You can actually go ahead and you can load additional content by loading what we call Swatch Libraries. Libraries are basically collections of Swatches or Brushes or Symbols or even Graphic Styles that are external from the actual Illustrator file itself. Once those particular libraries are loaded or this additional content is loaded, you have the ability on a case-by-case basis to add those to your document. Once you have added them to your document they now live inside of that document and you no longer have to add them anymore. Anytime you save that document and maybe transfer it to another computer or give it to somebody else, that content then moves along with that particular file.

The way that you can access content or load these libraries is actually very easy; there is a button at the bottom of each of these panels. For example, where it says Swatches right here, I can go down to the bottom left hand corner where we have the Swatch Libraries menu. I can click on that and see a pop-up list of all the additional Swatch Libraries that Illustrator ships with. For example, there is Art History Libraries, Celebration, and then Color Books. A lot of times designers will have to specify colors that exists, that are already predefined based on certain standard. For example, Pantone is a very popular color system that's used by both printers and designers. Pantone systems will basically allow designers to specify a specific shade or color that printers can then reproduce very consistently, and again, they are all done basically by a book, and there is usually numbers that are assigned to those colors in that book.

Well, this is a library that contains all those colors and designers can specify those numbers as well. For example, if I choose now Pantone Solid Coated, which is probably one of the most popular of the Pantone libraries, that now shows up as a separate window here or this Library. I could then take any of these colors. For example, Pantone 123 and simply click on it and drag it into my Swatches panel, in doing so that color now is part of this document, and anytime I save this document, it won't have all these colors in it, but it will have the color that exists right over here.

It's good to note also that in the bottom of the panel itself that has the actual library are these two arrows, which actually allow me just click and cycle through all the different libraries that do exist. So this allows me to experiment and see what does ship with Illustrator, and again, it's a nice way to find the additional content that's there as well. Just to show you, if I go for example, to the Symbols panel. I can go over here and I can load for example 3D Symbols, and here is a whole bunch of artwork that uses the 3D effect. If I ever wanted to use any of these, simply click for example on this House one, drag it into my Symbols panel, and it automatically gets added.

By the way, if you ever take a symbol and you drag it directly onto your document, as we will soon see as well, that automatically adds it to the Symbols panel as well. For example, if I were to take a Color Swatch and drag it onto a shape to color that particular shape that way, even though I didn't physically drag it into the Swatches panel, because I used that color in the document it automatically gets added to my Swatches panel. Likewise, for example, I take let's say this Checkmark, I drag it in here. You will see it automatically gets added to the Symbols panel that way. So as I basically load content in external libraries and as I use that particular content in my document that content gets added to my document that this way the next time I open up the file that content is already there; be it on my own computer or be it on someone else's computer.

As we get further into using Illustrator we will see how we can create our own customized libraries as well.

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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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