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Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst


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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

with Mordy Golding

Video: Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst

One of the great things about working with Flash Catalyst is how easy it is to define interactive content. For example, I have this project open right now inside of Flash Catalyst. It's called tour_widget_final. And I have taken some artwork that I started creating inside of Illustrator, and I have brought it in here into this project and started defining some interactivity. For example, I have taken the logo here and turned it into a button component. I have also added a really cool interaction that allows me to have this sun basically rise behind the mountains when you mouse over the logo. When you mouse away from it, the sun kind of drops down below the horizon again.
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design
6h 20m Intermediate Sep 24, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 Web and Interactive Design, Mordy Golding shows how to create pixel-perfect graphics for use in web sites, video compositions, and mobile apps. This course covers a wide range of workflows, from creating online ad campaigns, web sites, icons, to taking art from Illustrator to Flash Professional. Sharing tips, tricks, and creative techniques along the way, Mordy provides insight and instruction for taking projects from initial concept straight through to production. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting perfectly sized pixel graphics from Illustrator
  • Setting up preferences in Illustrator for web design
  • Creating custom document profiles
  • Getting great color on the web
  • Understanding web graphic file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF, and SVG)
  • Setting great-looking type
  • Slicing artwork for various tasks
  • Creating Flash animations directly from Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
  • Exporting HTML and CSS from Illustrator
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Interaction Design Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst

One of the great things about working with Flash Catalyst is how easy it is to define interactive content. For example, I have this project open right now inside of Flash Catalyst. It's called tour_widget_final. And I have taken some artwork that I started creating inside of Illustrator, and I have brought it in here into this project and started defining some interactivity. For example, I have taken the logo here and turned it into a button component. I have also added a really cool interaction that allows me to have this sun basically rise behind the mountains when you mouse over the logo. When you mouse away from it, the sun kind of drops down below the horizon again.

For example, if I go out to the File menu and I choose to run the project, this will now actually run in a web browser, so I could see how this is going to work and function. So you will see over here that when I move my mouse over this, the sun rises; when I move it out, the sun kind of sets. That's pretty cool, and I have already kind of went to the work of defining that component. Let me go back to Flash Catalyst here. Nut maybe now I realize that I actually want to make some changes to the artwork in that logo. Now I don't want to go back into Illustrator, make the changes, and then have to redefine all my interactivity again. At the same time, I don't want to be forced to try to struggle with some of the basic tools that Flash Catalyst has to edit or work with this piece of art.

So one of the really nice features about working with Flash Catalyst is that I have the ability to perform what we call roundtrip editing with Illustrator. Now remember, this graphic was created inside of Illustrator. I simply turned it into a component here inside of Flash Catalyst. But if I go ahead now and I select it here inside of Flash Catalyst, I can go and choose Modify, and then choose Edit in Adobe Illustrator CS5. Now when I do this, a couple of things are going to happen. Flash Catalyst is going to take a snapshot, or a screenshot, of the entire project, and it's going to place that in the background here.

And this way as a designer, I can preview what my art actually looks like in the context of the entire design. Next, it takes the artwork, in this case here the button component, and it brings it into Illustrator in an editable state. In fact, if I look at my Layers panel, I can see that I have a layer here called button. But inside of it, I also see the various states of that button. I have the Up state, the Over state, the Down state, and the Disabled state. In fact, if I turn off the Up state and I turn on the Over state, you can see that now the sun is visible, but in the Up state the sun is not.

Well, here I can start to make some changes. Let me just do a basic change. I am actually going to go ahead and activate the Over state, and maybe I want the sun to change to a completely different color. So I am actually going to go ahead now and select it, and maybe change it to something else. I am going to hold down my Shift key, so I get the little color ramp over here. May be I wanted to choose, let's say, make me a bright yellow color here. Perfect! So now I am going to go ahead and after I have made that change, come over here and click on the button here that says Done. We see over here, it says, Editing from Adobe Flash Catalyst. I am kind of in this special editing mode now.

Illustrator knows that his artwork came from Flash Catalyst. So when I click on the Done button, I am now going to choose to save this file, and it's going to return me now back to Flash Catalyst. It's going to make those requested design changes that I made inside Illustrator and put them directly inside of the component. So all I have to do right now is go back to the File menu and choose Run Project to see the change now being made already inside of the project. I don't have to worry about anything else for that matter. Notice that when I mouse over this, the sun now has that change that I made. So this is yet another example of the great synergy that exists between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst.

If I start off working inside of Illustrator, and then I bring my artwork into Flash Catalyst, I can start to add interactivity, yet knowing that any time that I need to, I can always return back to Illustrator with this roundtrip edit function to make any design changes in my familiar Illustrator design environment.

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Q: In the chapter 5 movie, "Simulating the CSS box model," the author details the CSS box, but names the inner portion the margin and the outer portion the padding. This is reversed from what I’ve have seen elsewhere. Is this an error in the video?
A: This video does indeed contain an error where the author describes the margin and padding. The padding should be described as the area inside the border, and the margin the area outside the border.
 
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