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Now the number one tech support question we get here at lynda.com, 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.ai, 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 Welcome.ai 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.
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