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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
As you work within documents in Illustrator you will find yourself moving back and forth between two Preview modes. In the Illustrator when you are in Preview mode itself, which is the default setting, you basically see your artwork as it would appear when it prints on a printed page. Or if you are designing something for the web, the way it would appear on a computer screen. Again going back to what we said before, these fill and stroke attributes that we apply to objects are appearances, and the Preview setting allows us to see what those appearances look like. However we also know that underlying behind the scene are those vectors, those anchor points in those paths that make up what a vector graphic is.
Illustrator has a separate Preview mode called the Outline view and the Outline view shows you just the paths without the appearance. Moving between these different Preview modes can be useful as you work inside of Illustrator. First notice in the View menu itself you have a setting here called Outline. If I click on that option I now see my view in Outline mode. If I go back to the View menu, I choose Preview that is how I toggle back and forth between this Outline mode and this Preview mode. Now the keyboard shortcut for this is Command+Y or Ctrl+Y. It allows me to very quickly see what my paths look like without any appearances on them and then see what it looks like with the appearances on them. This could be useful because there are times when it is more advantageous to select objects in Outline mode.
Now as we discussed before we know that you can go into Isolation mode, for example if I wanted to edit may be one of these pieces of our work that's right here, even though it's behind the word surfing, I can come over here and double click, double click again and now I have isolated that particular path, so it makes it easier to work with. Notice how it comes to the front. Again I hit the Esc key to exist that isolation mode and now I'm back to where I was. However there may be times when I want to make a quick little edit to it without going even to the Isolation mode. By hitting Command+Y or Ctrl+Y, I can actually come over to it and target just that one particular part of it. I can use my direct selection tool to select just that particular path that's there.
Now you will also notice that the rays that appear over here are filter what's called a Gradient but as I go ahead here and as I take a look I see that those are the paths that are used to define that particular area as well. As I'm working on Illustrator again I might jump back and forth between those Preview modes. So it's important to know that I have those two modes again Preview when I was seeing the appearance of my art work and then the Outline mode where I see just the paths but not the appearance itself.
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