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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Almost as important as drawing inside of Illustrator is getting around inside of Illustrator. Now navigating within your document could be done one in several ways but the main tools that you'll use are these down here: the Hand Grabber tool or the Hand tool and the Zoom tool. Now the thing though is that it doesn't really ever pay to use the tools themselves because we'll learn that there are keyboard shortcuts that allow us to access those tools very easily in any situation. For example, right now I have the Selection tool selected and if I decide that I wanted to go ahead and zoom in on the word Hawaii right here, I could simply go to the View menu and choose Zoom In. But then I have to do that several times if I wanted to get really close to that and well, that's not really intuitive.
So I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut actually to go back, Command+? or Ctrl+? on Windows. What I can do is I could access my magnifying glass tool. I'm going to press now my Spacebar and then also my Command key, and again if you are Windows, you'll hold on your Spacebar and your Ctrl key. Now you'll see my tool turns to the magnifying glass with little + sign inside of it, which means zoom in or get closer to my object. Now I still have those two keys held down on my keyboard and I don't want to release them yet. I'm going to click and drag to what we call Marquee or join area around where I wanted to zoom in on. Now when I release the mouse, I can now release the keys on my keyboard as well. I now have zoomed it on that specific area of my document.
Now, let's say I wanted to do with that word Surf. Well, do I have to zoom out and then zoom back in again? So the answer is no, I could basically use the Hand tool to move the artwork. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to hold on the Spacebar alone, just a Spacebar. Notice now my cursor changes to the Hand tool. What I can do is I can simply click and then drag upwards. That will now move that part of the screen up higher. That's important to realize what I'm doing right now is I'm not moving the artwork itself, I'm moving the entire canvas. So imagine you have a really, really small desk to work on but you have this huge piece of paper.
You want to be able to basically work on different parts of the paper so what you will do is you'll take your hands and you'll kind of move the paper and shove the paper around over the desk that you can work on individual parts of it. So the artwork stays obviously in the same place as it does in the overall canvas or a large sheet of paper. What you're simply doing is you're making it possible that you can focus on our view, one part of that by moving the entire paper around. So you could also by the way have revered the zoom. I'm going to hold on the Spacebar then the Command key and then the Option key and I'm on Mac; if you're on PC then have your Spacebar, the Ctrl key and then the Alt key.
Notice now I'm still with the magnifying glass but now instead of a plus sign, it's got a question mark sign inside of it. Now when I click it actually zooms out. So now I have the ability to use the Spacebar to move my artwork around, and notice by the way here you can see that I'm moving the artwork, because the whole artboard is moving as well. I could also hold down the Command+ Spacebar or the Ctrl+Spacebar to access my Zoom tool to zoom in and out. One of the important thing, which is good to know, especially now in CS4 and then you use interface has been added, is you'll notice that I now have something called tabbed panels. Tab basically allows me to have more than one document open and be able to access those documents far more easily.
For example, let's open up another file. Let me go to the Help menu here and choose Welcome Screen. Now let's open up that multiple_artboards file that I had opened before. Notice that I don't get a separate window, because I have the application frame turned on, I now have two documents I could very easily switch back and forth between. This control_panel document here and this multiple_artboards file here as well. In fact, the keyboard shortcut that I can use is Command+~, or Ctrl+~; the ~ key by the way is a little squiggly key that appears right on top of the Tab key, on the upper left portion of your keyboard. So go ahead and hit the Command+~ key and see when you can quickly toggle and move between two different documents.
What's great about working with these tabbed layouts also is that Illustrator now has if you go over here to the Application bar itself, is a button called Arrange Documents. If I click on that, I see that I can choose between other layouts. For example, if I choose 2-Up over here, I can see that both documents can be open and visible at the same time. I have one tab here and one tab here almost as if they are separate windows and they kind of got split in half here; my one big document window split between two of them. I can click on this one and move it around. I can click on this document and then move this one around as well.
This is great when you want to compare documents or even sometimes when you're working inside the same document, for example, let's say this is a pretty complex file right here. What I could do is go to the Window menu and choose New Window. I now have two tabs here. The New Window command basically is exact same document that allows me to see it through a separate window. In this one I could choose, for example, to turn off my Preview mode. I'll go to the View mode and choose to view my artwork in Outline mode. So now what I'll do is I'll go to the end up over here, this settings over here and choose to view let's say documents this way. So now I have this document, which I'm dealing in full color. But this is what it looks like when it's in Outline mode and the beautiful thing is that they're not separate documents.
So, for example, if I make a change, I select this text and I move this text around, you'll notice that that moves in both of these windows that are here. So finally, it is possible for you to rearrange these on your own, simply by positioning your cursor in between these little bars here and adjust how that looks. So here is a way that you can very easily work with the layouts that are here inside of Illustrator. In fact, if you want to go even a step further, you could simply grab any tab, drag it out and you can turn into its own floating window or simply drag it into another tab itself and then that becomes a tab.
So here I can manually combine all three tabs back now into one document window in that way.
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