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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you're working with styles some of them may be very complex and if you don't really know what that file looks like until you have actually applied it to your piece of artwork you may have to wait and through then press Undo so on and so forth. So there is actually a cute little way to actually preview your graphics styles and see what your artwork is going to look like before you actually apply the style. Now the way that you do this is actually different between Mac and Windows. So right now I'm on a Mac platform, what I can do is I can click on a regular object here and let's say I want a preview of what it would look like to actually apply this style, the water style to this piece of land.
So I'll hold down the Ctrl button on my keyboard, here I'm on a Mac right now. I Ctrl-click on the particular thumbnail right here and I can actually see now a preview of what that particular piece of artwork is going to look like with a new style applied to it. Likewise I can Ctrl-click on this particular style and see what it looks like there. Let's try some other styles as well. I am actually going to go ahead and click on this button here and open up some of the effects that come with Illustrator, for example, Artistic Effects. Here again I can Ctrl-click on these particular areas to get a preview of what it's going to look like. Now if you're on Windows, you don't need to Ctrl-click at all, simply right-click with your mouse on any thumbnail and any piece of artwork that's selected will show up as to preview in that thumbnail inside of the Graphic Styles panel. Now some of you on the Mac platform may know that if you have a two-button mouse, the right-hand button pretty much does a same thing it's a Ctrl key but that's not the case here. If you're on a Mac, even if you have a two-button mouse, you need to Ctrl- click on these particular thumbnails to see the preview. On Windows, you can just simply right-click on it.
Now you can see that all the icons here, all the thumbnails in the Graphic Styles panel, all are basically square. So it basically shows you what that appearance is going to look like when applied to a rectangle. But there may be times when you want to apply styles to text. In doing so, you may want to go ahead to the panel menu in the Graphic Styles panel, and instead of choosing Use Square for Preview, you could choose Use Text for Preview. In this case over here a capital T will appear and you can see your preview over here for the thumbnail as it applies to a particular character instead of to just a regular square.
If you're working with a lot of text styles, you might just prefer to actually see a preview to you in this way. So there you have a quick way to actually preview what a graphic style is going to look like before you actually apply to your object.
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