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Previewing the trim size

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I have gone ahead and saved my changes so far as Wrapped text.ai. And here is the idea. I have got a graphic that is set to Bleed outside of the margins of my Artboard. So, one of two things is going to happen. Either I'm going to submit this to a commercial printer and I'm going to ask them to trim the artwork to fit on this Artboard so that it bleeds in all four directions. Or I'm going to place this illustration into the likes of InDesign and it is going to crop to the Artboard. But either way I'm not going to see all this stuff that is bleeding off the sides, and let's say you want to get a sense of what your trimmed artwork is going to look like.

Previewing the trim size

I have gone ahead and saved my changes so far as Wrapped text.ai. And here is the idea. I have got a graphic that is set to Bleed outside of the margins of my Artboard. So, one of two things is going to happen. Either I'm going to submit this to a commercial printer and I'm going to ask them to trim the artwork to fit on this Artboard so that it bleeds in all four directions. Or I'm going to place this illustration into the likes of InDesign and it is going to crop to the Artboard. But either way I'm not going to see all this stuff that is bleeding off the sides, and let's say you want to get a sense of what your trimmed artwork is going to look like.

Now, that's something that Illustrator doesn't accommodate very well. Inside of InDesign you have a Preview function that allows you to preview just the page, or the page with the bleed, or the page with the bleed and the slug and everything. But in Illustrator you are seeing the bleed, or you can switch over here to the Artboard tool, but in that case you are still not really going to get a very satisfying preview of just the Artboard itself. So, if you want to see what the artwork is going to look like when you actually trim it. Here is what I recommend you d. This is just a work around trick that I came up with that works pretty easily. I'll bring up my Layers palette by pressing Shift+Tab and notice this trim layer that's turned off, if you turn it on, you have a trim. Notice that now you have trimmed away all your stuff on the outside. And then if you want to at this point you could say that you don't want to see the Guides, you just go ahead and hide the Guides, for example like that. And you will see just the trimmed version of your artwork and nothing more, which can be highly satisfying.

And it is just a preview effect that is happening right there on the fly. All right, so how did I create this little trim layer? Well, remarkably easily as it turned out. I'll go ahead and twirl open trim and just turn that Path outline off for a moment. I'll select my trim layer just to make sure it is active, then I'll press Shift+Tab once again to rid of my palettes. I'll go grab my Rectangle tool, and then I'll drag from one corner of the Artboard to the other corner of the Artboard. And assuming that you have Snap to Artboard turned on, Illustrator will go ahead and snap the rectangle to the boundary of the Artboard.

All right, now you want to go ahead and stroke this path with white. Now, in my case both the Fill and the Stroke are set to none. That's very important that the Fill is set to none by the way. So make sure that's in place. Then go over to your Stroke and set it to white for the meantime, we'll be changing that in just a moment, but this works well for now. Then I want you to raise that Stroke value to something enormous, like 100 points or something along those lines and press the Enter or Return key. Now, that encroaches on the artwork because you are stroking in and out from the path outline.

So, let's go ahead and switch that by clicking on the word Stroke to bring up the Stroke palette, and then Align Stroke to the Outside, like so, by clicking this third icon and that will move the stroke out. Now the only problem with this solution, if you zoom out you will see that we have a white stroke set against a very light background, that very light pasteboard. So, what do we do about that? Well, by default that pasteboard is showing up is 5% black. So, I'm going to Shift+Tab back up my palettes, I'm going to switch to the Stroke here inside the Color palette, and I'm going to increase my K value to 5 like so. And then press the Return key in order to accept that modification, and now everything blends beautifully.

So, now if you turn off trim, you are going to see the full bleed. And if you turn on the trim layer, you are going to see the trimmed version of the artwork. Now, this is just for previewing folks. Before you submit this to your commercial printer, it is very important that you turn trim off so that the Bleed is there because you need the Bleed in order to create a full bleed. You need that artwork exceeding the boundaries of the Artboard in order to get a real Bleed effect. Anyway, so it is just something to preview with, take it or leave it. It is up to you. And then if you want to bring your Guides and your Bleed boundary, you would click on the View menu, choose Guides, and then choose Show Guides like so. Or press Ctrl+semicolon Command+ semicolon on the Mac, and that's it.

Actually, though I want to end it with the trim on because it is so beautiful. And then I'm going to Shift+Tab away my palettes, and zoom on in here. This is my final version of the artwork with the Guides hidden. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to embed a layered Photoshop composition complete with layer comps into Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 28m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 59s
    3. Resetting the Function keys on a Mac
      4m 47s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 20s
    5. Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
      6m 3s
    6. Loading the CS4 color settings in Bridge CS4
      3m 25s
  2. 1h 53m
    1. From the simple emerges the complex
      42s
    2. Introducing Pathfinder operations
      4m 17s
    3. Editing a compound shape
      4m 39s
    4. Adding to a compound shape
      3m 11s
    5. Inserting a subpath into a compound shape
      3m 56s
    6. Expanding a compound shape
      4m 53s
    7. Assembling primitives
      4m 42s
    8. Preparing a template in Photoshop
      7m 0s
    9. Uniting paths permanently
      5m 40s
    10. Minus Front vs. Minus Back
      1m 55s
    11. Working with compound paths
      6m 49s
    12. When in doubt, divide
      3m 54s
    13. Divide and Unite
      3m 2s
    14. Open path pitfalls
      5m 35s
    15. Strokes bad, fills good
      4m 38s
    16. Advanced Divide and Unite
      8m 59s
    17. Using the Crop operation
      8m 30s
    18. Expert Divide and Unite
      8m 45s
    19. "Ghosting" shapes with Fill Opacity
      6m 45s
    20. Anticipating and troubleshooting
      8m 16s
    21. Exclude and Intersect
      7m 24s
  3. 44m 59s
    1. Familiar one moment, different the next
      1m 3s
    2. Snapping to anchor points
      5m 41s
    3. Aligning a group to the artboard
      3m 34s
    4. Distributing objects on the artboard
      4m 16s
    5. Setting the key object
      4m 54s
    6. Distributing objects by space
      3m 6s
    7. Distributing objects by selections
      3m 19s
    8. Aligning point text
      6m 7s
    9. Aligning live text vs. using outlines
      4m 58s
    10. Aligning key letters
      3m 35s
    11. Aligning to key objects
      4m 26s
  4. 1h 4m
    1. CS4’s gradient renaissance
      1m 7s
    2. Applying a gradient
      6m 0s
    3. Dragging and dropping color swatches
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Gradient palette
      6m 27s
    5. Designing a shaded gradient
      5m 9s
    6. Saving a gradient swatch and adding a texture
      4m 2s
    7. Introducing the new Gradient tool
      4m 39s
    8. Editing color stops inside a shape
      3m 26s
    9. Setting multiple gradients to the same angle
      5m 0s
    10. Adding and adjusting radial gradients
      7m 20s
    11. Making a transparent gradient
      7m 6s
    12. Adding drop shadows (a kind of gradient)
      6m 28s
    13. Blends vs. blend modes
      4m 38s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Creating freeform color flows
      1m 0s
    2. The power of CS4's transparent gradients
      10m 25s
    3. Creating a gradient mesh
      4m 30s
    4. Expanding a gradient to a gradient mesh
      7m 40s
    5. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      6m 13s
    6. Selecting and coloring points
      6m 5s
    7. Assigning colors with the Eyedropper tool
      7m 42s
    8. Cool mesh editing techniques
      3m 56s
    9. Warping and puckering a mesh
      7m 24s
    10. Applying precise finishing touches
      5m 48s
    11. Gradient strokes
      9m 45s
    12. Gradient text
      6m 50s
  6. 55m 35s
    1. The first of the dynamic functions
      1m 4s
    2. Making a blend automatically
      5m 48s
    3. Fixing problem blends
      3m 56s
    4. Making a blend with the Blend tool
      3m 6s
    5. Cloning and coloring a blended path
      4m 37s
    6. Creating a mask
      3m 53s
    7. Blending between translucent shapes
      5m 30s
    8. Blending along a curve
      4m 34s
    9. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      2m 58s
    10. Filling and stroking a mask
      4m 36s
    11. Creating a compound clipping mask
      6m 3s
    12. Nesting one clipping mask inside another
      6m 7s
    13. Ghosting nested masks and blends
      3m 23s
  7. 1h 13m
    1. Patterns that repeat forever and ever
      51s
    2. Introducing tile patterns
      6m 36s
    3. Beginning a core design
      5m 6s
    4. Building an interlocking element
      6m 25s
    5. Achieving precise radial symmetry
      4m 46s
    6. Rotating duplicates around a common center
      3m 10s
    7. Determining how a pattern repeats
      9m 54s
    8. Coloring the core objects
      5m 0s
    9. Identifying the rectangular tile
      7m 14s
    10. Saving tile patterns
      7m 19s
    11. Applying tile patterns to a shape
      3m 25s
    12. Protecting patterns from transformations
      7m 36s
    13. Moving patterns without paths
      5m 51s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Illustrator gets natural
      1m 15s
    2. Introducing the vector painting tools
      3m 16s
    3. Calligraphic brush options
      4m 3s
    4. Pressure sensitivity
      5m 17s
    5. Editing a calligraphic brush
      5m 53s
    6. Repainting and smoothing paths
      5m 30s
    7. Making the paintbrush behave
      6m 16s
    8. Erasing stroked paths
      3m 17s
    9. Painting with the new Blob brush
      6m 24s
    10. Refining filled paths with the Eraser
      4m 14s
    11. Painting independent paths
      3m 53s
    12. The Selection Limits Merge options
      3m 20s
    13. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 23s
    14. Snipping a brushed path
      4m 55s
    15. Colorizing an art brush
      4m 9s
    16. Heaping a stroke on an art brush effect
      4m 32s
    17. Creating a custom art brush
      6m 51s
  9. 1h 44m
    1. The computer art world’s dynamic duo
      1m 7s
    2. Copying and pasting pixels from Photoshop
      7m 21s
    3. Linking is efficient, embedding is not
      2m 47s
    4. Editing an image in Illustrator
      7m 30s
    5. Filtering an image in Photoshop
      6m 34s
    6. Adding a filter mask in Photoshop
      6m 25s
    7. Masking a woman from the background
      3m 49s
    8. Creating a sepia effect
      6m 37s
    9. Adding a second gradient map layer
      2m 13s
    10. Achieving a graphic effect with Levels
      8m 10s
    11. Preparing an image for use in Illustrator
      5m 46s
    12. The importance of image resolution
      9m 40s
    13. Placing and linking images
      4m 43s
    14. Managing linked images
      6m 18s
    15. Integrating an image into a design
      5m 12s
    16. A better way to wrap text
      7m 28s
    17. Previewing the trim size
      4m 25s
    18. Layer comps and editable text
      8m 42s
  10. 2h 11m
    1. Transparency is safe and fun
      1m 27s
    2. Introducing the translucent composition
      4m 39s
    3. Assigning opacity to an Appearance attribute
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a knockout group
      5m 7s
    5. Defining an opacity mask
      7m 15s
    6. Using the Clip checkbox
      2m 41s
    7. Opacity mask tips and tricks
      3m 20s
    8. The Multiply blend mode
      6m 8s
    9. Adding to an existing opacity mask
      7m 53s
    10. Blending between parallel groups
      7m 27s
    11. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      4m 54s
    12. Employing an opposing gradient mask
      7m 57s
    13. Combining Multiply and Screen
      3m 49s
    14. Blend mode roundup
      5m 24s
    15. Mixing blend modes inside a single path
      3m 48s
    16. Blend mode and transparent gradient
      3m 49s
    17. Masking an entire layer
      7m 0s
    18. Combining Screen with 100K Black
      7m 43s
    19. Knocking out a drop shadow
      5m 18s
    20. But will it print?
      3m 8s
    21. Working with the Flattener preview
      8m 44s
    22. Rasterizing an illustration in Photoshop
      9m 16s
    23. Super-rich blacks and raster effects
      3m 35s
    24. Exporting TIFF artwork from Illustrator
      7m 48s
  11. 58s
    1. Until next time
      58s

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