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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise I'm going to show you how to save the changes to this document, so that in future exercises we can take a look at how those changes affect the appearance of the illustration inside of other applications that read Illustrator documents, such as the Adobe Bridge and Adobe Reader, among others. But first, let's say I want to make a little better use of my canvas inside of this drawing we have been working on so far. When I say better use of my canvas, the canvas is a larger area that contains all the artboards and it's very big. Inside of another application it would be known as the pasteboard.
The paste board; you will hear me call it the pasteboard as well just out of habit, the pasteboard is really great for just sort of saving pieces of artwork and little bits and pieces, little objects, and even text and instructions and that kind of thing, that you don't necessarily want to print along with the rest of the illustration. So for example, I could go ahead and select this group of t-shirt objects, and I could drag it onto the pasteboard, and now when I print artboard number 6 here, it won't print the t-shirt. So this is just basically kind of like your desktop. Anyway, I'm going to undo that modification. What I really want to do in the case of this particular illustration that I'm working on here, I want to make better use of this zone. So I want to take the skateboard artboard movie down and I want to take the poster and move it up, that kind of thing.
So let's go into the Artboard Mode by clicking on the Artboard tool or pressing Shift+O. I'm going to make sure that my skateboard page, artboard number 2, is selected. I want to make sure that this guy is active; Move/Copy Artwork with Artboard, and then let's just go ahead and drag everybody down like this. snaps to the bottom of the t-shirt artboard. That's a wonderful thing. Now I'm going to click over here on the poster, and check this out. As soon as I start trying to move it, Illustrator goes, hey, you can't move this. because the request to transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area. By drawing area, it means canvas. The thing that I was telling you, the pasteboard, the canvas.
There is something that's so far away that the slightest movement is going to drag it off there. That's associated with this page. Well, I'll tell you what it is. I'm going to go ahead and click OK. This is the most likely culprit you are going to run into as well. Let's go back out of the artboard. I could have done that by pressing the Escape key, and I'm going to go up to the View menu, and I'm going to choose Guides, Clear Guides, because Guides are full fledged objects; we will see this in a later chapter, Guides are full fledged objects inside of Illustrator, and they will move along with artboards and along with layers and all kinds of things. This Guide could be right against the edge, which is the case in my case, its right against the edge of the canvas. So any movement is going to send it off into oblivion.
For some reason Illustrator panics about that and refuses to let you do anything. So I'm just going to say Clear Guides. That will get rid of our problem. I just know this from experience, and I'm just telling you, if you run into this problem, 90% of the time it's a weird Guide that's out there, other times you are going to have to hunt it down and figure it out. But in this case we are in luck, because it is a guide. I am going to go ahead and switch to Artboard tool once again. Grab this dude right here; by dude of course I mean artboard and drag it up like so, and that way we are just making a little better use of things, just kind of tiding up, whatever. Then press the Escape key to go back to the standard view of the illustration, the Artwork Editing View.
Now let's go ahead and save our changes. I'm going up to the File menu. I could choose the Save command. I don't recommend it in this case, because this was an Adobe asset that you found and you start modifying and playing with, but also, it's a good idea just to get in habit of saving versions sometimes. So if you want to protect the original document and save a new version of the document, you go ahead and choose the Save As command or press Ctrl+Shift+S, Command+Shift+S on the Mac. I am taken to the Sample Art folder, which is a nice thing. This is where the original version of Living on a Heart Grunge lives. I'm just going to go ahead and call this guy T-shirt artboards or something along those lines. I do want to save it as an Adobe Illustrator.ai file. I'll click Save.
At this point you may or may not see a warning about how there is some transparency associated possibly with spot colors inside of this document. Just click Continue; it doesn't really do you any good to hear about that at this point in the game. Then the Version; you should definitely set this to CS4 so we can save our multiple artboards. Definitely turn on PDF Compatible File, so that other programs can see this illustration. Very important! If you want other programs, anything other than Illustrator in other words to see this file, you want to make sure it's a PDF Compatible File. So leave that turned on. It is going to make the file bigger but it's worth it. Then we have got Embed ICC Profiles and Use Compression; both turned on as well.
That's all we can turn on in this case. Click OK in order to save your modifications. We have now saved our illustration to disk. In the next exercise, we are going to be shifting our focus from Illustrator to its buddy, which is included along with Adobe Illustrator, and that's the Adobe Bridge. Stay tuned.
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