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Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator


Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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'm going to do right upfront inside of this video.
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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with dynamic effects
  • Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
  • Creating and editing a Gradient Mesh
  • Distorting artwork with an Envelope Mesh
  • Using the Calligraphic, Art, and Scatter Brushes
  • Creating an intricate Pattern Brush
  • Importing and graphing data
  • Creating a complex pictograph
  • Drawing and editing a perspective shape
  • Working with the new Perspective Grid tool
  • Using the 3D Revolve effect
  • Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
  • Recording and playing automated actions
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'm going to do right upfront inside of this video.

All right, if you're 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'll 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 maybe located under the Tools menu in older versions of the operating system. I'm working under Windows 7 by the way.

Then I'm 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 to 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 file name extensions, go ahead and turn that on. It's off by default. Anyway, I want you to see the extensions, because they're 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're extremely useful files. 99 times out of 100, that's what you want to use.

We also have EPS, which is Encapsulated Post Script. 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 graphics 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.

And by the way, if you're seeing icons like I am and your icon appears as an orange ai, like mine does, you're 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'm going to right-click on this. Choose Open with. If you're working on a Mac you'll see a submenu of a bunch of applications. If you'd 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 a PC though, so I'll choose the Open With command and that brings up this dialog box right here.

Hopefully, I'm 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'll 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've got these little ski icons, if you've 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'm 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'm going to switch back over here to my 00_setup folder and there is 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'm going to close out of this. Once again, switch back to that folder. Now I've 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'll click OK and that file will open up here inside of Illustrator as well. And they're 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: Mastery .

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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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