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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
In this exercise I'm going to introduce you to the Navigator palette which you may or may not find handy. I find it handy when I'm way zoomed into a document, it helps me get around. So let's go ahead and zoom in, so that we can see the Navigator palette at it's best. So I'm zoomed in pretty far here to the 300% zoom level. You may want to zoom in even farther because you have a bigger screen after all. And I'm working by the way inside the Vectory.ai file that's found inside the 02_Setup_Navigate folder, and now I'm going to bring up the Navigator palette by going to the Window menu and choosing the Navigator command. Or, I'll go ahead and escape out of that for a moment.
Since I've gone ahead and brought the Navigator palette up on screen inside of my dekeSpace workspace. I can just go ahead and click on this guy right here. That's the Navigator icon. I think pretty easy to recognize since it looks like the wheel of a ship. So if I click on it, there's my Navigator palette, isn't that great? And notice that I have a tiny little thumbnail of my illustration with a red the box that represents the portion of the illustration than I can see on screen. And if I drag that box I'm going to navigate to a different location. So for example, this is great when you're really zoomed in, you can say, Well right now I'm seeing the blue sphere, but I want to see the green sphere instead. All I need to do instead of doing this number where I sit there and go, Oh my gosh this is going to take ma forever to get over there.
Let's even, let's zoom in even farther to really make my point. Oh my gosh it's taking me forever to get over there. Instead of doing that, just click, and that will take you to that location. So by just clicking inside the Navigator palette, you can get around very quickly, even when you're zoomed way, way in on an illustration. Now, if you want a few other tricks here, let's say that you want to change your zoom level. Then you press and hold the Control key or the Command key on a Mac. Notice that your cursor changes to a little magnifying glass and then drag while the Control key or the Command key is down and you will zoom in on that specific portion of the illustration. You could also use these guys if you want to to zoom in and zoom out and you can dial in a percentage, That's up to you. Here's the other thing. Now you might say, Gosh this is such a dinky little thumbnail though that's kind of a problem. Well then make it bigger.
I'm going to go ahead and drag the lower left corner of my Navigator palette in order to make it larger and as you make it larger, you make your illustration larger as well. So that you can really see it. So this is great for those of you working with two different displays. You can throw a big Navigator palette on one display, in order to zoom around and sort of navigate around your illustration, then leave the main illustration up on the primary display, or what have you, a lot of different ways to work. You can even, you can have multiple displays of a single document if you want to, by going to the Window menu and choosing the New Window command here, right at the top of the menu. If you choose New Window, that just makes a new view of your illustration, it's not a duplicate or anything like that, it just gives you multiple views of your illustration. Once again really great when you're working on multiple displays or when you want to compare different regions of your document on screen at the same time. All right so go ahead and size this Navigator palette to whatever you want it to be, however big you want it to be onscreen and then you can hide it, if your palettes are set up the way mine are, you can hide it when you're done working with it just by clicking on this little arrow icon, this little double arrow icon, or by clicking on the icon once again. Either of those will close the palette and reveal the illustration in all of its glory, once again.
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