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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise, we are going to take another stab at rasterizing this artwork but this time, we are going to restore all of that background information, so that none of the border is cropped away. You are working along inside Photoshop, you go ahead and open an Illustrator file, you get the Import PDF dialog box and no matter what you set Crop To here, you don't get the results that you are looking for. So you crop to the Bounding Box and you are clipping away the border. If you crop to the Bleed Box which is going to give you the most generous results, you are cropping away the border. If you set Crop To, to the Trim Box size which is going to crop to the artboard, then you crop away the border, and so on.
So what in the world do you do? Why isn't there an option here for keep everything and don't crop away anything Photoshop? Well, it's not really Photoshop's fault, it's a function of the PDF file format. So what we have to do is correct the problem by expanding the artboard inside Illustrator and that's what I am going to do right now. So I am going to Cancel out of that dialog box and I'm going to switchover to Illustrator and I am working inside Knot number 3.ai., once again from inside the 21_Photoshop folder and we are going to change the size of this art board by dropping down to the art board tool and then, we are going to expand the art board as big as it needs to be to contain every single thing in this illustration.
So we are no longer concerned about using the artboard to trim our artwork, because the trim information will be lost once we bring the artwork in to Photoshop, and then it's all about the physical size of that pixel-based image in Photoshop. So that said, make sure the Reference Point is set to center and then let's go to the Width value right there. I am going to turn on the chain icon, because this is square document and I want to go ahead and retain the proportions and I'm going to increase the size of that Width value to 1000 points. I really don't care what the value is as long as, it's really big and it's big enough to accommodate every single bit of this artwork as we see now.
So that's perfect, I am going to press the Escape key to return to the standard illustration mode. I am going to expand the size of this big gradient square as well and I'm going to do that by going over to the Transform panel. So I will click the word Transform up here in the Control panel and I don't know if I have shown you this one yet. You can see the width and height of any selection inside of Illustrator and even more helpful, you can change these values, so you can expand the object to a specific size if you want to which is perfect when you're working with rectangles like this here. Now this is a square, so I have gone ahead and clicked on this chain icon to lock these two values together, like so and if you're working along with me, I want to make sure that you see this heavy outline over here and then change either the Width or Height value to 900, let's say and that will change both of them and that's great.
I will Press the Escape key in order to hide that panel and then finally let's say that I think I want to work on the knot item, this Knot layer here independently of the rest of the artwork, because I want to create a kind of bevel effect around these edges and that's something that's very difficult to pull off inside of Illustrator especially with a live paint object, you would be working at it quite a bit and you are not going to get that great of a result for your efforts, whereas, if we take this object into Photoshop, we can apply a bevel effect very easily and it's going to look great.
So I am going to place that Knot object independently in the future exercise. For now, I am going to go ahead and turn if off and it will all make sense as we work our way through this project, but if you're working along with me, turn off that Knot layer, make sure the contents of the rear items layer is still visible, then go up to the File menu and choose the Save As command or you can take advantage of the file I have already created for you, and I will go up to the Go To Bridge icon here inside the Application Bar and then once inside the Bridge, navigate your way to the 21_Photoshop folder and you'll find a file called Big artboard.ai, go ahead and right-click on it, choose Open With and choose Adobe Photoshop CS5, and that opens the Import PDF dialog box.
Now the last thing I had Crop To set was Bleed Box which goes ahead and expands the artwork, to include the full bleed size. If you want to trim it down to the art board, you could choose Trim Box of course and that will make it slightly smaller or if you want to crop all the way down and ignore the empty portion of the art board, choose Bounding Box and you'll end up getting this effect here. All right last time around I set the Resolution of 300 pixels per inch, I will go ahead and stick with that. I'm also going to choose RGB Color. Now, I mentioned this before but I will mention it again, if you were sending this art work to a commercial printer, then you would go ahead and stick with CMYK, so you stick with whatever option is offered to you by Default.
However in my case, let's say I want to print to a local printer, like an ink jet device or laser jet, laser printer, what have you, why then RGB is going to be the better way to go. And the reason is that puts the printer driver in charge of the conversion process because your local printer is not CMYK device, some laser printers are but most inkjets and laser jets aren't, in that way you're going to achieve the best possible color. All right, now I click OK, and you'll get that progress bar, just go and wait it out, it is going to take a few seconds to go ahead and rasterize that file. All right and there is the rasterized version of the art work with the border totally intact, because this is an opaque illustration, I will go up to layer panel and choose Flatten Image, then I will go up to the File menu and I will choose the Save As command and I am going to go ahead and call this guy Raster background and it's still saved in a TIFF format, notice that and then I will click on the Save button and I will make sure LZW compression is turned on, Pixel Order should be set to Interleaved and Byte Order really doesn't matter, go ahead and click OK in order to save off that file and we have this beautiful background illustration here.
In the next exercise, we are going to grab that knot object that we turned off a few minutes ago and we are going to copy it and paste it into Photoshop and review our options.
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