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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.
In this exercise I'm going to show you how to customize palettes, how to move them around and group them differently here in Illustrator. Now I have got too many window groups open at the current moment ub time. Especially given that I'm working on a pretty tiny screen. So I'm going to go up here to this Tiling icon and I'm going to click this first guy to consolidate everybody into one big illustration window I think that is more acceptable and now let me show you what is going on with these guys. First of all we have a column of a palettes that are grouped together and they are docked together they are docked one on top of each other in two group, so color and color guide are sharing a group together. Swatches and brushes and symbols are sharing a group with each other, and so on.
You can collapse the palette if you want to. Collapse them to icons as you can see right there, just by clicking inside that dark gray bar. And if you click again you will expand the palettes, now if you like them collapsed, like this but do not like not being able to see what the names of the palettes are then you can just go ahead and scale these palettes by dragging left hand side and then you will reveal their name as well. So they still take up less from then they did before. They are especially more compact, vertically but you can see each one of their names, and now if you want to bring up one of these palettes, all you need to do is click on in the world to display that palette. Now if some palettes do not show up in this group right here in this dock, then it means that it is going to come up free floating and there is many other palettes that we are not seeing here. For example if we go to the Window menu and choose Pathfinder, which is you will see in the future chapter is an exceptionally, exceedingly useful function. And you can see that these are coming up in a separate floating palette group right there.
All right, so what do you do if you want to monkey with a palette? Basically customize their arrangement on screen. I'm going to go ahead and hide this palette right there by clicking that double pointing right arrowhead. The icon next to it by the way brings up a menu. So this guy the double pointer will make the palette go away. You can also just click on the words over here or click on the icon to make you come up and make you go away. What I prefer to do though is to keep some of the palettes visible at all times. So for example the color palettes is exceedingly useful palette that I like to have open all the time. Swatches I'm going to move up here with color and color guy. You do not have to do exactly what I'm doing in fact there is a certain rationale to keeping the color and swatches palette. Separate them from each other so that you can drag and drop between them. But I'm going to keep them together again. Because I a have so little room to work here and I'm going to take brushes which is sort of a secondary palette for me. I'm going to move it off into its own new dock right there. So if you drag it by the tab you can see them dragging by the tab here and you drop it on that vertical blue line you will start a new group, like so. And then I'm going to drag symbols over there as well.
Actually I want those guys to be together, so I'll drag one into the other like so. And I'm also going to move this group that includes transform a line and pathfinder. I'm going to move it into this dock, but I do not want to make it part of the same group. I do not want to have group of five palettes for example, side-by-side. So I'm going to drag it by the dark bar at the top there and I'm going to drag it down to the bottom, so that we get a horizontal blue line and I'll release, and now we have a couple of groups of palettes that are clustered together in a single dock.
I might go ahead and actually move Appearance off into the Layers group like so. Now the idea is to move it in with Layers, like that. And so if you get it wrong you can just try again of course. Graphic Styles. I'll move over here so that it is part of Brushes and Symbols like that. This looks pretty good to me. I can bring over some other palettes as well if I wanted to. Like I can go down to Type here under the Window menu and I could choose Characters and that should bring up a collection of three different palettes and then I'll drag them, and the I'll drop them at the bottom of this group right here. So that they are part of this second column and then I would just go ahead and collapse these guys to icons, and drag them all the way close like that so we are just seeing the icons and not the words at all, not the title for the palettes at all.
And you can also drag these horizontal lines right here, these horizontal bars in order to devote either more or less room to a palette vertically, and in this case it just gives me a lot of room for Layers and Appearance. Both of which are critical very important palettes here Layers and Appearance in order to track the Layers inside of your illustration as well as the individual object, and to track any live effect that has been applied to them. All right so there is a way to customize palettes. One possible way. You do not have to go along slavishly with what I have done here. You can make your own altogether different decision. In the next exercise I'll show you how to save what we have done. Save this palette and window configuration as a custom workspace.
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