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Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator

Now the number one tech support question we get here at, at least where my movies are concerned, is a person is double-clicking on a file at the desktop level, whether it's an Illustration that ought to open in Illustrator or an image file that ought to open up inside of Photoshop or what have you, and it opens in the wrong application. Now there is nothing I can do about that on my end. I can't imbue the files with any extra intelligence; it's something that's going on on your end. However, I can show you how to solve the problem, and that's what I am going to do right up front, inside of this video.
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  1. 38m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 54s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 22s
  2. 1h 40m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
      1m 2s
    2. Tracing an imported image
      6m 17s
    3. Other ways to trace
      3m 17s
    4. Raster and vector previews
      7m 2s
    5. Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colors
      5m 27s
    6. Tracing options: The raster functions
      8m 2s
    7. Using the Ignore White option
      5m 3s
    8. Tracing options: The vector functions
      6m 40s
    9. Expanding traced artwork
      5m 6s
    10. Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
      6m 24s
    11. Editing scanned line art
      9m 23s
    12. Adding contrast and color
      10m 32s
    13. Live Trace and resolution
      9m 8s
    14. Expanding and separating paths
      8m 43s
    15. Scaling and editing traced art
      8m 4s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Gradients are good
      1m 15s
    2. Assigning a gradient fill
      6m 9s
    3. Using the gradient annotator
      7m 31s
    4. Editing multiple gradients
      4m 37s
    5. Establishing symmetrical gradients
      5m 28s
    6. Creating a radial gradient
      5m 46s
    7. Adjusting the midpoint skew
      3m 23s
    8. Mixing gradients with blend modes
      6m 11s
    9. Making a transparent gradient
      6m 42s
    10. Drop shadows and dynamic effects
      5m 58s
    11. Assigning a gradient to editable text
      5m 42s
    12. Editing text that includes dynamic effects
      2m 56s
    13. Assigning a gradient to a stroke
      6m 46s
  4. 1h 37m
    1. The earliest dynamic functions
      1m 10s
    2. The gradient-intensive illustration
      5m 26s
    3. Creating a multi-color blend
      7m 39s
    4. Establishing a clipping mask
      3m 34s
    5. Reinstating the mask colors
      9m 7s
    6. Editing blended paths
      6m 50s
    7. Adjusting the number of blended steps
      6m 49s
    8. Using the Blend tool
      4m 33s
    9. Blending between levels of opacity
      7m 32s
    10. Editing the path of the blend
      6m 22s
    11. Adding a custom path of the blend
      5m 4s
    12. Placing one mask inside another
      8m 33s
    13. Blending groups and adjusting the speed
      6m 1s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      10m 21s
    15. Creating custom perspective guides
      8m 31s
  5. 1h 37m
    1. What was old is new again
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 11s
    3. Determining the points of intersection
      6m 51s
    4. Extending paths from the intersections
      5m 40s
    5. Crafting symmetrical subpaths
      5m 38s
    6. The final flawed subpaths
      5m 52s
    7. Reconciling misaligned paths
      5m 34s
    8. Completing the core path outline
      6m 14s
    9. Making a symmetrical modification
      6m 47s
    10. Adjusting the interior elements
      8m 26s
    11. Coloring paths and testing the interlock
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing a rectangular tile
      6m 22s
    13. Defining a tile pattern
      3m 43s
    14. Creating a few color variations
      8m 50s
    15. Protecting patterns from transformations
      6m 9s
    16. Transforming patterns without paths
      5m 30s
  6. 1h 12m
    1. Filling and stroking virtual areas
    2. Introducing Live Paint
      7m 57s
    3. Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      7m 18s
    5. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 33s
    6. Building a classic Celtic knot
      8m 28s
    7. Constructing the base objects
      5m 31s
    8. Weaving one object into another
      6m 13s
    9. Creating a path that overlaps itself
      7m 15s
    10. Painting a path that overlaps itself
      5m 34s
    11. Creating knots inside knots
      5m 2s
    12. Adding gradients and depth
      8m 22s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Dynamic effects and OpenType
      1m 12s
    2. Applying a dynamic effect to type
      5m 43s
    3. Creating a basic bevel effect
      4m 12s
    4. Building up a multi-stroke effect
      4m 49s
    5. Best practices for 3D type
      6m 34s
    6. Applying a "path wiggler" to type
      6m 14s
    7. Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
      4m 52s
    8. Duplicating attributes and effects
      7m 8s
    9. Editing type with dynamic effects
      7m 27s
    10. Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
      5m 45s
    11. Small caps and the Glyphs panel
      4m 25s
    12. Warping text and increasing resolution
      6m 9s
  8. 1h 44m
    1. A world of colors at your beck and call
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing a letterform to make a logo
      8m 37s
    3. Creating a custom drop shadow effect
      6m 26s
    4. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      9m 3s
    5. Harmonies and Color Guide settings
      5m 39s
    6. Lifting harmony rules from color groups
      7m 21s
    7. Harmony layouts and the Lab color wheel
      8m 15s
    8. Working inside the Edit Color dialog box
      6m 36s
    9. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      5m 47s
    10. Recoloring selected artwork
      5m 50s
    11. Recoloring with custom color groups
      6m 1s
    12. Swapping colors with the Color Bars feature
      5m 18s
    13. Using the options in the Assign panel
      8m 41s
    14. Moving color groups between documents
      7m 17s
    15. Distilling your artwork to one spot-color ink
      7m 45s
    16. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 17s
  9. 1h 21m
    1. How symbols work
      1m 2s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 1s
    3. Creating new symbols
      6m 0s
    4. Enabling the new 9-slice scaling
      4m 24s
    5. Adjusting your 9-slice scaling guides
      6m 54s
    6. Previewing and acquiring symbols
      4m 12s
    7. Finding a symbol and creating an instance
      4m 13s
    8. Duplicating and replacing instances
      4m 19s
    9. Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
      5m 26s
    10. Distorting and expanding a symbol
      4m 54s
    11. Updating an existing symbol definition
      3m 40s
    12. Recoloring a symbol definition
      4m 13s
    13. Applying a basic "local" color adjustment
      5m 20s
    14. Applying a more elaborate local color adjustment
      5m 4s
    15. Laying down a random symbol set
      5m 35s
    16. The eight symbolism tools
      6m 55s
    17. Editing selected instances
      4m 11s
  10. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator needs Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Two ways to place a pixel-based image
      6m 6s
    3. Working with linked images
      6m 6s
    4. Linking versus embedding
      9m 38s
    5. Stroking and blending an image
      6m 16s
    6. Adding a clipping mask and page curl
      6m 51s
    7. Creating a blended border effect
      7m 10s
    8. Rasterizing your artwork in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    9. Saving a flat raster file from Photoshop
      4m 58s
    10. Restoring cropped border elements
      5m 39s
    11. Copying and pasting into Photoshop
      6m 27s
    12. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      5m 26s
    13. Adding a pixel-based layer effect
      4m 12s
    14. Editing a Vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      7m 20s
    15. Creating and placing a transparent image
      7m 1s
  11. 1h 15m
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Real-world blending modes
      7m 57s
    3. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      6m 24s
    4. Opacity and blending modes
      6m 18s
    5. The Darken and Lighten modes
      7m 17s
    6. The Contrast, Inversion, and HSL modes
      6m 12s
    7. Blending modes in action
      5m 11s
    8. Creating a knockout group
      6m 14s
    9. Confirming the viability of your artwork
      6m 8s
    10. Introducing the opacity mask
      4m 6s
    11. Making an opacity mask
      5m 25s
    12. Drawing inside an opacity mask
      3m 34s
    13. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      5m 29s
    14. Adding an opacity mask to a single object
      3m 22s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Until next time
      1m 13s

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing a pixel-based image
  • Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Creating multi-colored blends
  • Creating seamlessly repeating tile patterns
  • Creating interlocking artwork with Live Paint
  • Designing advanced type effects
  • Recoloring artwork with color harmonies
  • Making the most of symbols
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop
  • Using transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks
Deke McClelland

Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator

Now the number one tech support question we get here at, at least where my movies are concerned, is a person is double-clicking on a file at the desktop level, whether it's an Illustration that ought to open in Illustrator or an image file that ought to open up inside of Photoshop or what have you, and it opens in the wrong application. Now there is nothing I can do about that on my end. I can't imbue the files with any extra intelligence; it's something that's going on on your end. However, I can show you how to solve the problem, and that's what I am going to do right up front, inside of this video.

All right, if you are working along with me and you have access to the sample files, I want you to go to your Exercise Files folder, and find the 00_setup folder, and you will see a series of three Welcome screens. Now if you have extensions turned off, they will all just be called Welcome, Welcome, Welcome. I would like you to go ahead and make sure that you have extensions turned on. Here in the PC you go over to Folder and search options here, under the Organize menu, or it may be located under the tools menu, in older versions of the operating system. I'm working under Windows 7, by the way.

Then I am going to switch over to View, here inside the Folder Options and notice this check box right there that says, Hide extensions for known file types, that's On by default, go ahead and turn it Off and then click OK. And then you will see,, Welcome.eps, and Welcome.svg. Now, on the Macintosh side of things, you want to go your Finder menu, so go to your desktop level, go to the Finder menu, which is top left, and choose the Preferences command. It has a keyboard shortcut of Command+Comma.

Then switch over to the Advanced panel, it has a little gear icon, so you click on that gear, and you'll see a check box right at the top called, show all filename extensions, go ahead and turn that On, it's Off by default. Anyway, I want you to see the extensions, because they are very important. The .ai file tells you that it's an Illustrator file, which is great for just about all purposes. You can place native Illustrator files into InDesign for example, you can open them up and rasterize them, meaning, convert to pixels, inside of Photoshop. They are extremely useful files, 99 times out of 100, that's what you want to use.

We also have EPS, which is Encapsulated PostScript; it's an old-school placing format for printing. It's the kind of thing you had to use with your older versions of QuarkXPress and so on. You don't really need it anymore, you can use .Ai files instead, but it's still around and it's a classic Illustrator format. And then finally we have Welcome.svg, that's a scalable vector graphic file that you might post on the web. Not a very common format, but most browsers support it, so you can use it. Anyway, the only reason I have these here, is so that we can make sure they all open up inside of Illustrator.

All right, I am going to go to and right-click on it, this is what you do on a Mac or PC, and then you'll have an Open with... command that you'll see. Now on the Mac, this will bring up a submenu of a bunch of different applications; just make sure it's set to Illustrator. And by the way, if you're seeing icons like I am, and your icon appears as an orange Ai, like mine does, you are already set. This file will open up inside of Illustrator, but I'd still want to go through the motions just to make sure. So I am going to right-click on this, choose Open with, if you're working on the Mac, you'll see a submenu of a bunch of applications, if you go ahead and select Illustrator from that list of applications or if you can't find Illustrator, go down to the bottom of the list, to the other command, choose it, and find the Illustrator on your hard drive.

In my case, I am working on the PC though, so I will choose the Open with command, and that brings up this dialog box right here. Hopefully I am seeing Illustrator in the list of recommended programs, which I am, so I just click on it, make sure that Always use the selected program to open this kind of file is turned On, so the .Ai files always open up inside of Illustrator, and then click OK. If I don't see Illustrator up here in recommended programs, I'd click this down pointing arrowhead right there, and then, hopefully inside the Other Programs list, I would find Illustrator. If I still can't find it, I'll click on the Browse button, and then I'd have to hunt around inside my Program Files folder.

Anyway, I've got it selected right here at the top, I'll click OK, the deed is done for that file. And with any luck you will now see the file opened up inside of Illustrator CS5, welcoming you to my series, of course. And notice, I just want you to be aware of this, I've divided this big old series, Illustrator CS5 One-on-One, into three parts. Part 1, Fundamentals; Part 2, Advanced; and Part 3, Mastery. And I have got these little ski icons. If you have ever engaged in any downhill skiing, you might recognize these guys.

The green circle means a basic slope, the blue square means an intermediate slope, and the black diamond is an advanced expert slope, and that's what we have going for the series as well. Now if you don't ski, don't worry about it, I just wanted a little bit of visual association going on here. But this is how the series are put together. I am going to go ahead and close out of this Illustration. When you do, you may see the Welcome screen. I have it temporarily turned Off. All right, I am going to switch back over here to my 00_setup folder, and there's my EPS document, I'll go ahead and right-click on it, just to make sure, again, I can tell that it's all ready to go for Illustrator, because of the orange EPS icon, but just want to walk through these steps here.

Open with, we once again choose on the Mac or the PC, then on the Mac you would select of course Adobe Illustrator CS5 from the list. On a PC you go into this dialog box. Hopefully, it's listed among the recommended programs, if not, click the down pointing arrowhead, and find it down in the lower region of the dialog box. If it's still not there, click on the Browse button; find it on your hard drive. Once you're done, click OK, and that will open the file once again inside of Illustrator. I am going to close out of this, once again, switch back to that folder. Now I have got a larger problem here, Welcome.svg doesn't think it's associated with a darn thing.

So when I right-click on it, I don't even have an Open with command. I could choose the Properties command and dig around inside of there, but the easiest solution tends to be to just choose Open, and then Windows is going to go ahead and bellyache at you, and it's going to say, hey, I can't figure out what program to use to open this file, do you want me to hunt around the web to find the correct program? No. Or do you want to select a program from a list of installed programs? Yes. So go ahead and select that second option, click OK. And then with any luck, you will see Illustrator right there, if not, you click the down pointing arrowhead, choose it from that list or click the Browse button, hunt around in your hard drive, ultimately you will click OK and that file will open up here inside of Illustrator as well, and they are all the same darn file, just expressed in different file formats, incidentally.

Now when we return to that folder, we should see an Illustrator icon associated with the file, all is well and good. That is how you make sure that you have the correct file formats associated with Illustrator. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to install my custom keyboard shortcuts, dekeKeys.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced .

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Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
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