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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now as I mentioned in the previous exercise, there is a potential when you're opening up your graphics that you are going to see an alert message related to CMYK color. I want to show you how to address this message if it becomes overly irritating. Here I am inside the Color Settings dialog box once again. Drop down here to Color Management policies to CMYK and remember that we just changed the setting to Preserve Embedded Profiles. All right, I am going to cancel out and I am going to go ahead and open that graphic that we have seen a few times now, Welcome.ai, here inside the 00_setup folder and when I open this file now, I get this warning and it tells me your current color settings on are CMYK profiles in linked content, but profiles were set to be ignored when this document was created.
Now this is going to seem like so much gobbledygook or it's going to one of those things that you just say Continue, go away, cancel, whatever. Don't say Cancel. That's going to cancel the opening of the graphic. Just say Continue. It is completely a no harm situation. It's nothing whatsoever to worry about, so you just click Continue and you move on. Now from this point on you will not see that message associated with my graphics, the ones I provide for you. However, you may see it with your own archived graphics. That's okay.
Once you make changes to those graphics and save off those changes, you won't see that error message from this point on. However, let's say you're dealing not with just 10 or 20 archived graphics, but you're dealing with thousands of them and you keep seeing that error message over and over again and you just want it to stop. Why then you would go up to the Edit menu, you would choose Color Settings. Ctrl+Shift+K, Command+Shift+K on the Mac. And you would switch CMYK from Preserve Embedded Profiles to Preserve Numbers (Ignore Linked Profiles), and this is specifically for linked graphics incidentally.
Anyway, go ahead and choose that command. You will get this little lock icon on top of a tiny little CMYK strip. All right, go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. Now I will go ahead and close out of this graphic, like so, and notice that my welcome screen is currently hidden. Don't worry about that. I'm no switchover to that 00_setup folder again and I am going to double-click in Welcome.ai and it opens up with no error message. So I just want you to see now that error message that you kept on seeing, that was driving you nuts, will go away.
But I will close out of there. When you open my graphics now, you will see a different kind of alert. So I will go ahead and double-click on it and it says, "Your current color settings discard CMYK profiles and linked content but profiles were set to be honored when this document was created." Well, I would love it if there was a button that said "Never ever bug me about this again, Illustrator, go away, it doesn't matter," but instead you have a Continue button and you will continue to need to click that Continue button when you load my graphics in the future.
So pick your poison. I just want you to know what's going on. I'm going to go back up to the Edit menu, choose a Color Settings command, Ctrl+Shift+K, Command+Shift+K on the Mac, and switch from Preserve Numbers to Preserve Embedded Profiles, which is the better way to go in my opinion. Click OK and we are ready to get some honest-to-goodness work done, here inside Illustrator CS5.
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