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Knowing the fundamentals of drawing and reshaping paths is only part of the story. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second of the popular One-on-One series, computer graphics expert Deke McClelland covers some of Illustrator's most powerful and least understood features. He shows how to merge simple shapes to create complex ones with the Pathfinder palette, as well as align paths to create schematic illustrations. Deke explains how to paint fluid, multicolor fills with blends, and the new and improved gradient tool. He explores seamlessly repeating tile patterns, blobs and brushes, and imported images. He also dives into one of the deepest features in all of Illustrator, transparency. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Recommended prerequisite: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, for those of you who have one of the many skews of Creative Suite 4, whether it's Design Premium or Master Collection, what have you, then you can synchronize your color settings inside the Bridge but I caution you this only works if you have one of the Creative Suites. If you don't, you only bought Illustrator by itself, you have the Bridge but what I'm about to show you is non-functioning. All right, so you have to have a full version of the Creative Suite. If you do, go to the Bridge. It doesn't matter what folder you have the Bridge trained on. I happened to be looking at that 00 Settings folder but that doesn't matter.
Go up to the Edit menu and choose Creative Suite Color Settings. You have got a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+ K or Command+Shift+K on the Mac. If that command is not available to you or choosing the command gives you a warning then that's an indication that you don't have the full Creative Suite installed on the computer and if you own it, you need to run a reinstall or something. The way Adobe works is they turn this command off unless you have the entire Creative Suite. I can't stress that enough apparently because I'm stressing it like crazy, but we have so much confusion around this and it's such a poor decision on Adobe's part.
I don't understand the reasoning at all but anyway. If you manage to get it open successfully, so if you are following along with me from the previous exercise, you will see that your color settings are not synchronized. That's okay because we are going to synchronize it now. You should see in this list Best Workflow CS4. If you don't see it turn on this checkbox right there Show Expanded List of Color Settings Files and then you should see it, assuming that you have Best Workflow CS4 installed in a proper folder as I told you a couple of exercises ago now. Go ahead and click on it and notice these are the settings that Deke recommends. That's me in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign CS4 One-on-One series for Deke Press, O'Reilly Media and lynda.com. A gang of publishers involved in this pursuit here. They ensure consistent color and printing across all three applications and more, by the way. Other applications as well.
So here they are, they are good to go. Go ahead and select and then click on Apply in order to apply those color settings. Now that you have done that, if you go back to the Edit menu and once again choose the Creative Suite Color Settings command, then you will see that your settings are synchronized and all is happy and that means that your color settings are synchronized across all of the Creative Suite applications. Is that not hunky-dory? That's so great. Go ahead and cancel at this point because you have already done the work. Then I'm going to switch over to Illustrator for just a moment and just to make sure that Illustrator set up the way I want it to be, I'm going to go back to the Edit Menu and I'm going to choose the Color Settings command.
That's Ctrl+Shift+K here on the PC, Command+ Shift+K on the Mac so that same keyboard shortcut and that brings up the Color Settings dialog box. You will see all is synchronized but you'll also see that CMYK has reset to Preserve Numbers (Ignore Linked Profiles). I want you to change that to Preserve Embedded Profiles, which is the better way to work. It's not essential but it's a better way of working inside of Illustrator in my opinion. Things will become unsynchronized for the simple reason that Photoshop does not offer anything like this option right here. So there is no analogous option inside of Photoshop. So you are just slightly unsynchronized, don't worry about it.
You don't need to worry about your settings there, just click OK. And with that, I set you free to pursue future exercises inside our future chapters and you can learn about the wonderful Creative stuff inside of Adobe Illustrator CS4.
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