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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 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 CS4.ai, 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.
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