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Quickly exporting individual slices

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Web designers often use a method called slicing to turn a single image into multiple pieces. Sometimes, the designer may slice up an entire page, and more often, designers may use slices to specify buttons in, say, a Navigation bar or a User Interface element. However, using this Slices feature in Illustrator is also a great way to export just individual pieces of an overall design in a very efficient manner. This workflow is even easier to achieve now in Illustrator CS5. For example, on this document, I've already created some slices.

Quickly exporting individual slices

Web designers often use a method called slicing to turn a single image into multiple pieces. Sometimes, the designer may slice up an entire page, and more often, designers may use slices to specify buttons in, say, a Navigation bar or a User Interface element. However, using this Slices feature in Illustrator is also a great way to export just individual pieces of an overall design in a very efficient manner. This workflow is even easier to achieve now in Illustrator CS5. For example, on this document, I've already created some slices.

If I go to the View menu, I can choose Show Slices, and you can see that I've already created some slices for these buttons here. Normally, in Illustrator, to export these slices, you'd go to the File menu. You choose Save for Web & Devices and here I'd be able to optimize and save my slices. But this can be quite tedious, especially if all I want to do is just export one or two slices. So, I'll click Cancel to return to my document. In the Toolbar, I'm actually going to choose the Slice Select tool. It's grouped together with the Slice tool, which is used to create slices.

But I already have my slices created. I just want to select a few of them. So, I'll choose the Slice Select tool, and then I'll go ahead, and I'll click on one of these slices. I can now use a new feature inside of Illustrator CS5, which is found in the File menu, and it's called Save Selected Slices. By choosing this option, I can directly export just that one slice. I don't need the HTML, so I can choose to export just the image itself. What this allows me to do is just work on an overall design inside of Illustrator. Maybe I have several artboards inside of Illustrator each having different elements that I might use in an overall Web design.

As I need to export individual elements, I'll just select those slices and export the files that I need. Combined with a new feature to create crisp and smooth graphics inside of Illustrator, this really makes my Web design workflow that much more efficient.

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Illustrator CS5 New Features

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Mordy Golding
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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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