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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
We are going to nudge the screen image around here. These tricks involve the PageUp and PageDown keys and currently by the way, I'm looking at Evil Worm inside of the Loyal Order of Wormwood.ai, which is one of those files that's included along with Illustrator CS4. It is in that Sample Art folder. How do I know this is Evil Worm incidentally? Because if you take a look at the Layers palette, you can see right there, Evil Worm. If you turn them off, look, he goes away. That was him, that's Evil Worm. I bring your attention to the Layers palette for a couple of reasons.
One is that I can go over here to the Layers palette menu. Layers palette is this insanely useful palette inside of Illustrator, as we will see over time. And you can go down the Panel Options, so you click on that little menu icon right there, choose Panel Options from the bottom of the menu. Then you'd say that you want to look at larger thumbnails so that you don't see these dinky little thumbnails that are medium thumbnails ostensibly. But you can make them bigger, largest and very much larger. Other, what I like to do is select Other and then take it up to 100 pixels. So that's what that number is.
It gets cut off there but that's 100 pixels. Then I click OK and then you can really see each one of these layers up close and personal, there is Evil Worm right there. Now you can't see it's name but if you have a big monitor which you certainly must have a bigger monitor than I do, you can move your cursor, notice that move your cursor over the left edge of this palette and then drag it out like so and then you will reveal the names of the layers as well. Now you are going to have to scroll back down to Evil Worm in order to see him. Now you can see this guy is Serpent Worm and this guy is Vacant Worm and the one that I like so much is named Inner Worm. So, you know, it's up to you.
Anyway, that has nothing to do with what I want to show you, which is PageUp and PageDown. I'm going to press the PageUp key and notice that I nudge up. I'm going to press PageDown and I go down. So that's what PageUp and PageDown do; they scroll you up and down. If you want to scroll, just the finer tuned scrolling, if you just want to scroll by tiny little increments, you press Shift+PageUp to go up and each one of those clicks is a Shift+PageUp by the way. And you press Shift+PageDown to go down. Okay, and you can kind of just sit there and hold it if you want to scroll faster for some reason.
Some little fine-tuned adjustments there. Also by the way, if you want to go left and right, you press Ctrl+PageUp to go to the left and Ctrl+PageDown to go to the right. On the Mac, that's Command+PageUp, Command+PageDown. If you achieve, not surprisingly, you get finer control and so this is Ctrl+Shift+PageUp. This is Ctrl +Shift+PageDown. This would be Command+Shift+PageDown on the Mac or Command+Shift+PageUp on the Mac to go the other direction. So just, you know, in case you are in the mood for scrolling minutia, there it is, PageUp, PageDown.
In the next exercise, I'm going to show you some mousing tricks that are available to you here in the PC and then I'll just tell you about the ones that are available to you on the Mac, because you can't really see me work but I'll let you know what they are, coming up.
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