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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.
Now there are two different ways to print an illustration. One is to print it directly from Illustrator and we will be examining how that works in subsequent exercises but first I want to visit another very common way to print illustrations, which is to place them into a larger composition that you are putting together, a multi-page file that you are creating inside of a page layout program. Specifically, what I'm going to be showing you is InDesign CS4 and I'm demonstrating InDesign CS4 because it has the best support for Illustrator CS4 files.
It can see their layers, this is something new and it also can accommodate multiple artboards. So I have gone ahead and saved my progress so far. I should mention all of these catch-up documents here contain editable text. So they require Lithos Pro and Nuevo Standard. If you don't have those fonts you should work from that original outlines documents that I showed you in the first exercise. Another reason I note this is because those fonts get embedded into the Illustrator file, not for editing purposes but for printing purposes, should you take the file into another application such as InDesign, which is what we are about to do. So I'm going to go ahead and switch to InDesign which I have running here.
I just Alt+Tab to do it here on the PC. That would be a Command+Tab on the Mac. I have a blank single page document. That's it, nothing special. Now I'm going to go up to the File menu and I'm going to choose the Place command. And go ahead and navigate your way to the 11_printing folder. I'm going to go ahead and select Spot-color queen. You may see other illustrations inside of this folder. That's because I'm building the file as I go. We will go ahead and select Spot- color queen.ai and then I'll click Open in order to place the file. Now that goes ahead and loads my cursor, as you can see, then I click, in order to set the file into this page. Now this may make you ask a couple of questions. First of all, where are the other artboards? Yes, that is a problem. I'll show you that in just a moment. Right now we are just getting the first artboard. Also it's not observing the trim side, it doesn't look like. It's going ahead and showing me the entire bleed without the crop marks and that is the way InDesign works by default is that it goes to the extreme bounding box, it goes ahead and includes every portion of the illustration associated with that first artboard, whether it exceeds the boundaries of the artboard as this does or not. So let's go ahead and press Backspace or Delete to get rid of that of that place to illustration.
Go back to the File menu, choose the Place command again, Ctrl+D or Command+D here inside the InDesign. I'm going to select Spot-color queen and turn on Show Import Options, very important. Then click on the Open button and then, you will get this dialog box here asking you for more information. First of all, I don't not want to crop to the bounding box, I want to crop to the trim which is the artboard size. So lets go ahead and do that and notice you will see it, this preview will get cropped as well, as soon as, I choose Trim. So notice how it moves inward and I can also tour the pages if I want to from this little area here from this preview area on the left side of dialog box. Notice also that you have the option of saying, well, I just want to place the Preview Page which would be the Shirt in this case or I want to preview a range, so I could say you know what? I want 2, 3, that would give me pages two and three there, or I could say All of them. And check this out, you could say you know what, I only want specific layers. I want the T-shirt layer for sure. I don't need the Boards layer. Well, in the case of the T-Shirt, I wouldn't need it.
But let's go back to the very first page here. If I were to turn off Text, notice that all the text on that page disappears here inside the preview and I could also turn off the Card and just be left with a background, if that's all I wanted to place. Now you can change that later if you want and I'll show you how. But I'll go ahead and turn these guys back on, I want everything and now I'll click OK. And now my courser gets loaded with the same thing we saw before, I'll click in order to place that first artboard and now notice I have got my skateboard and my surf board ready to go. So I'll go ahead and Spacebar+Drag over to the side here. Normally I would place it in the page, not in the pasteboard but just for the sake of demonstration and then I'll click in order to place that guy and I'll click again in order to place the T-shirt So now all of my objects are located somewhere or other inside of this incipient document here, this document that that I'm just beginning. Go ahead and move these guys off to the pasteboard so that they are not directly on top of each other. All right, I was telling you, you can change which layers you are seeing and which you are not seeing after the effect, by clicking on an object in order to select it, one of these placed objects here. Then I'll go opt to the Object menu and I'll choose Object Layer options and now notice I have access to the same layers I was seeing before. So the objects have to organized into layers inside of Illustrator's Layers palette to take advantage of this.
So I have five layers setup inside the Layers palette. I'll turn on Preview so we can see what we are doing. And I'll say you know what? I don't want the text layer, let's go ahead and turn it off and then I'll click OK. And sure enough, that goes ahead and turns off the contents of the text layer, which do not show up anywhere inside the T-shirt or inside the skateboard and surfboard, so they are just showing up here inside of the playing card poster and that's it. And now of course, you could go ahead and print these illustrations along with any other objects that you decide to integrate with your artwork here inside of InDesign.
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