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Illustrator CS5 New Features
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Printing artboards more easily


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Illustrator CS5 New Features

with Mordy Golding

Video: Printing artboards more easily

In Illustrator, when we think about artboards, we don't really think about them as pages because each of the artboards themselves can have their own sizes and orientations. For example, on this document, I have some artwork that's set as landscape and some as portrait. If I wanted to print all these artboards at once though, I'd have to use different settings in my Print dialog to make sure that the orientation is correct on each of the pages. To make things easier, Illustrator CS5 features a new option inside of the Print dialog box. I'll choose File > Print to print this document, and you can see that as I step through the preview of the different pages, I will see that some pages are automatically set to portrait and some are automatically set to landscape.
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  1. 9m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Comparing Illustrator CS4 and Illustrator CS5
      7m 39s
  2. 27m 2s
    1. Defining perspective grids
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids
      10m 28s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 26s
    2. Using variable-width profiles
      4m 26s
    3. Creating perfect dashed lines
      3m 30s
    4. Easily adding arrowheads to strokes
      3m 14s
  4. 16m 8s
    1. Simulating real brush strokes with the Bristle brush
      11m 46s
    2. Using enhanced art and pattern brushes
      2m 55s
    3. Applying variable-width settings to brushstrokes
      1m 27s
  5. 12m 10s
    1. Drawing Behind and Draw Inside Drawing modes
      4m 17s
    2. Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 5s
    3. Easily joining multiple paths
      1m 48s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Working with symbols more easily
      6m 56s
    2. Using 9-slice scaling options with symbols
      4m 29s
  7. 7m 55s
    1. Using the new Artboards panel
      4m 13s
    2. Setting individual artboard rulers
      2m 35s
    3. Printing artboards more easily
      1m 7s
  8. 11m 47s
    1. Creating pixel-perfect web graphics
      3m 43s
    2. Creating crisp readable text for the web
      1m 58s
    3. Quickly exporting individual slices
      1m 50s
    4. Integrating with Adobe Flash Catalyst
      4m 16s
  9. 10m 11s
    1. Select artwork through other objects
      2m 36s
    2. Using new paste commands
      1m 57s
    3. Applying resolution-independent raster effects
      2m 55s
    4. Specifying transparency within gradient mesh
      1m 8s
    5. Creating editable trim marks
      1m 35s
  10. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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Illustrator CS5 New Features
2h 1m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 New Features, author Mordy Golding discusses noteworthy features and improvements in the latest upgrade of Adobe's vector graphics editor and drawing program. This course includes overviews of perspective drawing, expressive bristle brushes, and variable-width strokes, as well as anti-aliasing features for web design, a new Artboards panel, improvements to symbols and drawing modes, and integration with Adobe Flash Catalyst. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
  • Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
  • Creating variable-width strokes
  • Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
  • Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
  • Adding arrowheads to strokes
  • Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Printing artboards more easily

In Illustrator, when we think about artboards, we don't really think about them as pages because each of the artboards themselves can have their own sizes and orientations. For example, on this document, I have some artwork that's set as landscape and some as portrait. If I wanted to print all these artboards at once though, I'd have to use different settings in my Print dialog to make sure that the orientation is correct on each of the pages. To make things easier, Illustrator CS5 features a new option inside of the Print dialog box. I'll choose File > Print to print this document, and you can see that as I step through the preview of the different pages, I will see that some pages are automatically set to portrait and some are automatically set to landscape.

For example, this page is automatically rotated to fit sideways on the page. But if I go back to this artboard here, I can see this one prints straight up. This happens because now Illustrator has an option here called Auto-Rotate. By default, this option is checked and will automatically rotate the orientation of your pages so that your artwork prints correctly. It's one of those nice things that Adobe added to Illustrator CS5 to let you focus on the artwork and less about how to print your artwork.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS5 New Features.


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Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.
 
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