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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, we are going to talk about how to preview and amass illustrations in the new and improved Bridge CS4. Unless of course you are watching this video in like late 2009, in which case -- or later, like early 2013, in which case this is the very old and not improved Bridge CS4. But here is the idea. I'm going to go back to that Sample Art folder that we were looking at earlier, and let's say I want to be able to preview each and everyone of these illustrations, basically bigger, on screen. I want to have a bigger preview. Couple of different things we can do.
One is I could click on one of these illustrations. Let's click on this guy since we haven't seen him so far. You could go up to the View menu and you could choose Slideshow by the way, you can see a slideshow of your illustrations at full size, and you can zoom in and all this other stuff. But there is this new option right here, Full Screen Preview. If you just press the Spacebar, you will get to it. You can see now, we have got a Full Screen Preview right here. If I press the+ key, it's going to go ahead and zoom it into 100%. Minus is taking it out, as you can see, to a Fit in Screen view. They are not too different for this particular illustration here.
But I can also go into something like 200%. Now, if you take it as far as 200% or 400% or 800%, you are going to get this choppy pixel display, which is not how Illustrator works. When you zoom into Illustrator, because it's a vector-based application, you get smooth outlines no matter what. You shouldn't see these pixels. But that's the function of the Bridge. The Bridge is capable of reading and inspecting in an .ai file, but only to a certain extent. It can only see the contents of the file up to the 100% view and then after that it just gives you big choppy pixels.
I can also zoom using the scroll wheel of my mouse. So I'm zooming out by scrolling down. I could scroll up to zoom in. That's pretty cool, right? Then if you want to check out the next illustration in the collection there, in the folder, then you just press either the Right arrow key or the Down arrow key to move forward. By the way, what do we just see there? That was not the next illustration; that was the next page in this illustration. So this is a two artboard illustration, so we are going to the next artboard. Then the next time I press the Right arrow key or the Down arrow key, I go to the next illustration, and then I go to the next artboard in that illustration, and then I move to the next illustration after that, the next artboard, the next artboard, the next artboard. This is mine, this is the one I changed. The next artboard, and of course, there is my beloved brown shirt.
You can also back up, of course, by pressing the Left arrow key or the Up arrow key. When you are done, hit Escape to escape out. Another way to preview illustrations is to go up to this icon right here, which is the Refine icon. Click on it, and you will see this guy, Review Mode. Review Mode, incidentally, its also available under the View menu. See right there, Ctrl+B, fine. If you choose it, you get this sort of Lazy Susan thing going, where you are going to see your illustrations laid out in a circle. Now, I think there is really no point in seeing the folders at this point, because we are not going to see a big folder preview. So I'm just going to grab that guy right there, that Flash Integration guy, and I'm going to click this Down pointing arrowhead to get rid of him. How about him? Him too. Get rid of him. So this get rid of him button works with whomever is on the bottom.
Then you can also cycle using their arrows. So notice it kind of does the opposite potentially of what you expect it to do. So I'm basically saying, move to the illustration to the left. Then this one is move to the illustration to the right, as opposed to spin things in that direction. Another thing you can do. You can do this number here with a loop and you can put it away of course. This loop is actually pretty big by comparison to one in the Preview panel. You can drag this guy like so, in order to move him around.
That would be dragging the middle, the active illustration. If you drag one of the others, like let's say I go over a little bit; I'm just kind of dragging around here, and I come to my T-shirt artboards, and that's the one I created. So I just want to limit my Lazy Susan items here. I just want to limit them to the original Sample Art that shipped with CS4. So I would move him over to the side, and then if I drag him down, notice he gets dim, that means he is going away, he is leaving. Now, that doesn't mean I threw him away, I just deleted him from this collection, this on screen collection, this review here that I'm doing. I'm going to grab Bedlam Ballroom. He also is not part of the group, so he is from CS3. He is also old school. That just leaves these guys right here.
Now I could go down to this little icon and I'm going to click on it in order to save a Collection. A Collection is a group of illustrations or images or other assets that aren't necessarily in the same folder. They can be in different folders, same folder, anything. So I'm going to go ahead and call this something like, Original CS4 artwork, and then I'll click Save. Now, notice it returns me back to the Bridge. So it takes me out of that view we were in before the Review Mode, and it takes me into this view of the Contents right here.
Now, we are not seeing a folder, it's not showing me the actual folder tree. If I go over to Collections, the Collections tab, I'll see there is my Collection, Original CS artwork. I can come back to it as easily as clicking on here. So never again, from this point on, do I have to dig through all of those folders in order to locate these guys. They are there, ready and waiting for me, which is a really, really great thing. So ways to preview and amass illustrations inside of the Bridge. Check that one off. In the next exercise, we are going to talk about making your own custom Bridge workspaces. Stay tuned.
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