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Navigating within a document

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Video: Navigating within a document

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.

Navigating within a document

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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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 48789 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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