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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
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Navigating within a document


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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

with Justin Seeley

Video: Navigating within a document

After you open up a document for the first time in Illustrator, you might be a little confused as to how to navigate around it, and by this I mean how to look at the file in different ways or even know how to zoom in and zoom out to get a little bit more clarity on the composition. In this movie, I'll walk you through various navigational techniques that I use inside of Illustrator, including some keyboard shortcuts that will help you pan and zoom around your document like a pro. The basic navigation controls inside of Illustrator can be found inside of the Tools panel, over here on the left. You'll notice that you have two tools, a Hand tool and a Zoom tool.
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
8h 48m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector graphics
  • Creating and setting up files for print or web destinations
  • Selecting and transforming objects on the page
  • Creating spot colors
  • Applying fills, strokes, and gradients to artwork
  • Adjusting appearances and effects
  • Working with anchor points and paths
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Creating text
  • Managing layers
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Navigating within a document

After you open up a document for the first time in Illustrator, you might be a little confused as to how to navigate around it, and by this I mean how to look at the file in different ways or even know how to zoom in and zoom out to get a little bit more clarity on the composition. In this movie, I'll walk you through various navigational techniques that I use inside of Illustrator, including some keyboard shortcuts that will help you pan and zoom around your document like a pro. The basic navigation controls inside of Illustrator can be found inside of the Tools panel, over here on the left. You'll notice that you have two tools, a Hand tool and a Zoom tool.

The Zoom tool is pretty simple. Bring it out, click once to zoom, hold down the Option key on Mac, the Alt key on PC, and click to zoom out. You'll notice when I hold down the Option key or the Alt key on a PC, that the plus sign inside of the magnifying glass turns into a little minus sign, indicating that I'm about to zoom out. When you see the plus sign, that means we suit you're about to zoom in. You also have his Hand tool, which allows you to grab your document and move it around. Think of this in terms of your hand on the screen actually moving this document like you'd move a piece of paper on your desk.

So you're grabbing it and moving it to one side, grabbing it and moving it to another. It's a great way to pan around your document when you're zoomed in at higher magnification levels, so you can see what's going on in other areas. You can also utilize these as shortcuts as well. So for instance, if you double-click the Hand tool, it automatically displays your document in the full window. Meaning you can see the whole document here inside the window, regardless of the magnification level. So here, for instance, it's zoomed out to 76% because that's how far it had to zoom out in order to fit the entire document in the window.

You can double-click the Zoom tool to zoom in automatically to a 100%. That's going to zoom up your document to 100%. You may still have to grab the Hand tool to pan around it, because if the document is larger, it may not actually fit inside the window. That's the difference between Fit to Window and Zoom to a 100%. Now if you're really crafty, you can use your keyboard shortcuts and this is the easiest way to zoom in and zoom out on a document. Holding down the Command key on Mac, the Ctrl key on PC, you can press either the plus or minus sign on your keyboard and zoom in and out.

So Ctrl+Plus zooms in, Ctrl+Minus zooms out, and again that's the Command key for the Mac. So it would be Command++ or Command+- there. But that's a great way to zoom in and out of a document without having to go find a tool. You can also utilize some keyboard shortcuts like Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to return you to the Fit to Window, or Command+1 or Ctrl+1 to zoom automatically to a 100%. Now if you're not a keyboard cowboy and you don't like using the tools over on the left hand side, you can always use the old, trusty Navigation panel.

Let's go take a look at that now. You can go to the Window menu and go down and find the Navigator and it brings up a window like this. If you've ever used Photoshop before, chances are you've seen this Navigator panel. It's the same one that's inside of Photoshop, and it's very intuitive and very easy-to-use. Right here in the window, this big, red square indicates what area of your document you're currently viewing and you actually get a Hand tool when you move over it like this. If I click and move, I can move the square all around the document just like I was panning with the Hand tool.

I also have the ability to change the viewing percentage right here. It's set to a 100%, I can easily type in 200 and press Enter, and it zooms me up to 200%. The most basic control is right here in the middle, and I call this the big mountain-little mountain area, because you've got two mountains; a little mountain and a big mountain. Clicking the little mountain zooms out. Clicking the big mountain zooms in. You can also take this slider in the middle, and drag it towards the little mountain to zoom out, or towards the big mountain to zoom in.

This one is a little tough to nail down though because you don't get a real-time preview of the zooming. So I actually prefer to either hit the little mountain or the big mountain, because it jumps me to specified increments inside of this document window. Let's go and close this panel up and let's talk about the document window itself. You can actually use the document window as a great way to navigate your document as well. For instance, at the bottom here, you've this dropdown menu that shows you all the different levels of magnification that you can zoom to, and you can pick anything from 3.13%, all the way up to 6400%.

You can also choose Fit On Screen, which is the same thing as clicking the Hand tool or using Command+0 or Ctrl+0. Once you that, it automatically fits the artwork into the window like so. If you have multiple artboards on a document, you can actually switch to the different artboards by utilizing this jump menu here. Let's jump over into a document with two artboards for a second and take a look at this. Let's say for instance that I'm zoomed in, and I want to be on Artboard number 1.

If I go down here and pick Artboard number 2, it jumps me over to the same zoom and magnification level as Artboard 1. Clicking Artboard 1 again zooms me right back over to Artboard 1. Once you find the most comfortable way for you to navigate your documents, stick with it and practice it. Pretty soon you'll be able to do it without thinking about it, and that's the idea really. Navigation should be second nature and not something you've to think about. Once you've mastered it, you're well on your way to becoming faster and more efficient inside of Illustrator.

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