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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 take text that you've created inside of a word processor, the most popular example being Microsoft Word. How to take that text document and place it inside of Illustrator where you can do things you would never dream possible inside of Word. For example you have strict control over where you place the text and you can apply special effects like what we are seeing right here, like these little scribble effects to the type. Now, if you would like to work along with me, I have got opened this document called Three-page poem.ai found inside of the 08_Type folder. This is an old document. You may have seen it before if you've worked through other Illustrator series I have done.
However, there's a different spin on this document this time. This is a three page version of the poem. Since we can create three page documents here inside of Illustrator. So I'm going to zoom out a couple of clicks by pressing Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac a couple of times. There's page one, there's page 2. Of course using Illustrator's nomenclature, this is artboard 2 and here's artboard 3 right there. Now, the reason I want you to see this not only because you can see that we have the entire epic poem inside of one document. But also, I'm going to go back to page one here and zoom in on it.
I want you to notice what's going on inside of this illustration, just by way of an FYI, of the many things that are possible inside of Illustrator. So I'm going to go over to the Layers palette, and twirl open the Cards layer. You'll see inside this layer, this contains all of the stuff inside of this document that's not live text. By live text, I mean editable text. If you were to scroll down this stack of objects here inside the Layers palette by presumably using the Scroll Wheel on your mouse, you'd see that in all, we have 8 sock objects and then 3 page objects. So a total of 11 paths inside of this illustration. That's all we have. So what in the world is responsible for these crazy little scribbles that are going on? Well, if I were to click on the outline of this page here, which is actually a square that I have drawn, and you can see now that Page 1 is meatballed, the Page 1 object. I'll go over to the Appearance palette, and you'll see that I have applied to this object several Strokes and Fills.
If I were to twirl open one of these Fill objects here, you can see that I have a series of live effects, including a Transform effect, a Scribble effect, Roughen effect, and so on. We'll see how those work inside of a future chapter of a future part of this series. But I just want you to get a sense of how incredibly powerful this application is and all of these wild effects here are also applicable to text. So if I were to click on this text block right there, I'll click on its baseline. That's just a safest way to make sure that you are going to select some text is to click on that imaginary horizontal line that runs underneath the letters. It's called the Baseline. That will make sure to select that text.
Then notice over here inside the Appearance palette that I have just got a standard black fill, nothing special going on. If I twirl it open, an Opacity value default, so nothing happening. But we have got a Scribble and a Roughen effect applied to the entire object, and that's what's responsible for those little scribbles that are going on there. All right, and that's a kind of thing you can do any old time inside of Illustrator. But let's start things off at the beginning by placing some text. So I'm going to twirl close my Cards layers right there, and I'm going to turn off my Type layer in order to hide it, so that we are creating new type inside of Illustrator.
I am also going to click on the Cards layer, so that I can create my next layer. I'm going to make a new layer here for my type. So that it'll appear directly above the Cards layer. Then I'm going to Alt-click, or Option- click on the little Page icon down here at the bottom of the Layers palette, and I'm going to call this layer My Text or something along those lines. You can call it whatever you want, and then click OK in order to create that new layer. Then I want you to go onto the File menu. This is the place of the Text here, to import text into Illustrator, go up to the File menu, and choose the Place command.
You should go to the 08_Type folder once again inside your Exercise Files folder, and you'll see this document right there, That Sock.doc. And that .doc tells us that it's a Microsoft Word document. It could just as easily be an RTF document, which would be a Rich Text Format file. Then I'm going to click on the Place button. Now, we'll get a dialog box, and I think this is a fairly ridiculous dialog box actually, just between you and me, that allows you to go ahead and import the table of contents as well as the footnotes and endnotes, and the Index. Now, Illustrator just started supporting multiple pages in CS4. It used to do just single artboard documents, and yet you could still import the index for your file, which is pretty amazing. I'm not sure you are going to have too much use for that.
My guess is that you are not going to pay any attention to these options whatsoever unless you want to turn them off, unless you know that there's an index associated with your Word file and you don't want to bring it into Illustrator. Then you would turn that check box off. I'm going to leave it on because I don't have any index. You can also choose to remove the text formatting and start from scratch with just plain text inside of your illustration. I'm going to leave everything alone. I'm not going to turn that on because I want to keep my formatting such as it is. There's not much formatting going on, and I'll click OK. Now, you don't load up a cursor inside of Illustrator the way you do in InDesign and page layout applications. You just bang! Put the text on the page.
So there it is. This is the beginning of the Poem. We have overset text, meaning there's more text on this frame can accommodate, and that's indicated by this Red Plus sign, and that shows you that you have more text to place inside of this document which is something we will be doing eventually, but not now. We have done everything we need to in this exercise. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to create a new text block. Stay tuned.
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