Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals
Illustration by Don Barnett

Outlines and artboards in CS4


Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Outlines and artboards in CS4

In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to our multi-artboard sample project. I'm also going to show you what to do if you are not sure if your commercial print house has access to the fonts that you are using inside of your illustration. I am currently looking at the Adobe Bridge and I have got the Bridge trained on the contents of the 11_printing folder inside the Exercise Files folder that's available to you premium members. There in among other files, you will find one called Murderous assets, so called because it contains a series of assets revolving around this certain murderous theme here, and these assets are organized on to multiple artboards, therefore we need Illustrator CS4 to open the file.
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  1. 42m 8s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 3s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 6s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 44s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 39s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 29s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 44s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 31s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 56s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 33s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 2s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 27s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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Watch the Online Video Course Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating continuous arcs and looping spirals
  • Building with geometric shapes
  • Selecting, placing, and scaling type
  • Creating spine curves with round corners
  • Using the new Blob brush to quickly draw and merge paths
  • Working with flattener and raster effects
  • Saving illustrations for the web
Deke McClelland

Outlines and artboards in CS4

In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to our multi-artboard sample project. I'm also going to show you what to do if you are not sure if your commercial print house has access to the fonts that you are using inside of your illustration. I am currently looking at the Adobe Bridge and I have got the Bridge trained on the contents of the 11_printing folder inside the Exercise Files folder that's available to you premium members. There in among other files, you will find one called Murderous assets, so called because it contains a series of assets revolving around this certain murderous theme here, and these assets are organized on to multiple artboards, therefore we need Illustrator CS4 to open the file.

So after selecting the file inside the Content panel, make sure the Preview panel is available to you on screen. And then I would like you to go ahead and advance through the pages. So here on artboard number 1, we see this playing card artwork that's rendered as poster art. Essentially, it's not a very big poster; it's just 7x9 but still. On the next page, we have some renderings of our artwork on skateboard and surfboard for the kids, and then finally, on the third page, we have the very popular t-shirt rendering and I'm just showing this to give you a sense of what our project file looks like.

We do have multiple artboards available to us. We can print those multiple artboards if we so desire which we will. I also want you to bring up the Metadata panel right here and inside the Metadata panel, among other attributes of this file, you will find this item called Fonts. Go ahead and twirl it open and you will see that I'm using three fonts: Lithos Pro, Lithos Pro Bold, and Nueva Std Italic. Now if you have the Design Premium version of Creative Suite 4 or the Design Standard version, either of them, they ship with fonts, some of the other suites of CS4 also ship with fonts.

You may or may not have installed the Lithos and Nueva Std families. When you install the software, if they did not get installed, and even if they did, this is a good idea because it will give you access to more Adobe fonts than you had before. You can take your this case, which I have right here in front of me, I'm actually opening it up here, and in addition to the application DVDs, you will see that there is a content DVD. This content DVD is the one that contains the fonts, pop it in, I think you have to open the English folder and then inside there, you will find a Goodies folder, and inside there, you will find a Fonts folder.

Go ahead and copy those fonts to your system and now it will give you access to these guys. Now if you don't have those fonts for whatever reason, you have a different suite of CS4, you buy Illustrator independently, something along those lines, I'll show you what to do in just a minute. But I'm going to go ahead and open up Murderous assets CS4 here inside Illustrator and you will notice that I'm getting some flashing items on screen here. That's because I have got Smart Guides turned-on. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+U or Command+U on the Mac to turn Smart Guides off. Now here are some instances of every one of the fonts actually. This text across the top is Lithos Pro Bold, and this thinner text right there is just Plain Old Lithos Pro, and then this is the NuevaStd Italic down here at the bottom. So what do you do if you want to go ahead and convert this text out to outlines? Well, you probably know how to make text outlines, but how do you make all the text inside of a document, including texts that's on a different artboard. For example, if I go to artboard 3, there is some more text here inside of the t-shirt. What do I do about that? Well, in order to select all the text in your document, you go up to the Select menu, you choose Object, and you choose this command right there, Text Objects and that will select the text and only the text. Notice, it's not only selected here on artboard number 3, it's also selected here on artboard number 1, and you may wonder why am I not showing you artboard number 2.

Artboard 2 does not have any text that you can see. All right, so I'm going to switch back to 1, and then I'm going to go up to the Type menu, and choose Create Outlines. Now here is the deal with Create Outlines. It goes ahead and converts your text to path outlines, the editable path outlines, which means that you can then go in there, and customize the appearance of individual characters if you like. That's one of the advantages. Another advantage is you can hand this document off to somebody else and you can rest assured that it's going to look right, whether they have the right fonts or not, when they open the file inside of Illustrator, and you can also rest assured that they are not going to accidentally change some text to a different font or introduce a typo or some other problem.

The downsides are two-fold. One is if you hand the job off to a commercial print house, and then they find a typo, and they are helpfully trying to change it, they won't be able to because you went ahead and converted the text outline, so it can't access the text as text anymore, and secondly, you will be missing the hinting, which is the information that is used by the program to convey what the text looks like at smaller sizes. So your smaller text may end up looking a little thicker, a little chunkier just so as you know. Anyway, we are going to go ahead and choose Create Outlines. That's Ctrl+Shift+O, Command+ Shift+O on the Mac. Now we have a bunch of little path outlines as you can see right there.

Now the reason that this kween of murder outlines are off is because I have a live effect assigned to both the kween of murder, and to this text down here at the bottom of the screen as well. All right, I'm going to click off the text in order to deselect everybody there, and then I'm going to go ahead and save out this document. Now this is for those of you who don't have access to Lithos and NuevaStd. You can use the following document instead. So I'm going to go up to the File menu, choose Save As and by the way, any time, you choose the Create Outlines command, especially when you are doing it on a global level like we have just got done doing, choose Save As.

Don't save over your original document because invariably, you are going to need to get back to that text. There is going to be something wrong that requires you to get that text again, and you can open the document, copy and paste that live text back into the document. That's your live document and so on. So this way, you have got everything available to you. I'm going to choose Save As, Ctrl+Shift+S, Command+Shift+S on the Mac, and I'm going to go ahead and call this document Murderous outlines CS4. Still require a CS4, because we are working with multiple artboards. Then I'll click the Save button. So I'm actually making this document for you on the fly here inside the 11_printing folder. Then make sure that you go ahead and save it as an Illustrator CS4 document because otherwise, you will lose your artboards. Now I'll say that some print houses may require earlier versions of your Illustrator document.

So you may have to go ahead and save a CS version of the document. Now CS supports most of the live effects and so on. There is some weird aberrations between the CS and the CS2 format, plus, you will need CS2 if you have any live trace or any live paint stuff going on, or if you have the stroke on the inside or the outside of the Paths Outline as opposed to right there centered on the Path Outline. We are going to be discussing some of those items live trace and live paint in future chapters. Illustrator CS3 is required for these swatches. Notice over here in my Swatches palette, which is available on screen for me at least, that I have some color swatches organized into little folders here.

You need the CS3 format for those to be organized that way, and then finally, you need the CS4 format in order to preserve your artboards. Now you can still save all of your art in one of the previous formats. It's just that the artboards won't be setup properly. We want CS4 of course. So I'll go ahead and select that format, and then I'll click on OK in order to save my outlined document and there it is. In the next exercise, we will discuss trim and bleed size here inside Illustrator.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals .

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Q: Adobe Bridge CS4 is not previewing files in the same way for me as it is in the tutorial. All I am seeing is a low-quality thumbnail of the image, not previews of each artboard.  Why is there a difference between the tutorial and what I am seeing?
A: There is a different view in the tutorial because the author used a beta version of Bridge during the recording. The final release of Bridge CS4 displays thumbnails as you describe.
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