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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 a custom workspace. Just two more notes about working with palettes here. One is you have got either the option of either of a Single Column or Double Column toolbox. And I'm going to go ahead and switch it over to a Single Column toolbox. Because that's is most likely what is going to show up for you. Every once in a while though, because it gets cut off at the bottom for me. Every once in a while I'm going to have to switch over to a Double Column toolbox in order to show you these guys, you know these little guys at the bottom of the toolbox right there. But just so that you can see when we are switching tools, I wanted to be familiar to you. I want you to be finding the tools in the same location. So I'll go ahead and switch to the Single Column toolbox and all you need to do is just click at the top here and that is it.
You do not just drag the toolbox into a different location. If you want to, by dragging that little sort of scrubby area right there and you can drag the control palette away from the top of the screen as well. If you like, like so, just by dragging this scrubby guy or you can put it at the bottom of the screen. Some people like to work that way with the Control palette down at the bottom. It is up to you, I'm going to put it back on the top because that is the most likely place you are going to find it. And another thing, if you want to collapse a group of palettes. You can collapse an entire group by clicking on the gray area to the right of one of the tabs, so if you click right there and notice, you collapsed the whole group click again and expand it. So that is the way of saving room on screen, if you do not have much vertical room going on and you are trying to pack a lot of palettes together. Some palettes have this; not all palettes have this little guy.
That's like an Up/Down arrowhead. And that means that you can switch between different configurations for that palette. You just keep clicking in order to switch between them. I am going to go ahead and move this up a little bit and I want to say that Transparency palette as a workspace collapsed, like that. So this is exactly the configuration that I want to save. And in order to save out that workspace. I'm going to go over here to the word Essentials right there. That is a workspace. Just like we have an Essentials workspace inside of the Bridge. We have one inside Illustrator. I am going to go ahead and click the Down pointing arrowhead, and I'm going to choose Save Workspace. And I can call it whatever I want. I'll just call it 1on1 space or something along those lines, click OK, and now 1on1 space is saved as my custom workspace up there in the top right corner of the screen.
Then to switch to some other space I would just click the Down pointing arrowhead and then choose something like Essentials and that is going to switch around my palette configuration on screen. Notice to keep track of whether the palettes have collapsed and whether we are working with the Single Column or Double Column tool box over there. And of course the palettes are at display at any given time. Now if I switch it back to 1on1 space, then we are going to switch the display like so. The one problem is it does go ahead and save whether you have a Single Column or Double Column toolbox displayed. But if the toolbox is getting cut off it will force a Double Column toolbox as we are seeing over here.
We are going to have to click manually to make it go all the way down. Very few of you are going to suffer from that problem. I recommend when in doubt that you used your computers largest pixel dimensions possible. That you have the screen set up for the most pixels that it can impossible tolerate. The only reason we film small is because we need a downsample to fit on your screen while you are still doing your work on the side. All right so there it is, that is how you set up and save a custom workspace inside of Illustrator. Just one other thing you can also manage workspaces and this is mostly used for deleting them. So if you choose Manage Workspace.
You can grab it and you can rename it. Like I could say you know, really 1on1 should be like that or I should really protect my brand. I'll call it one-one-one space like that. And add a big trademark or something. No I'm not going to do that, but I could do just one on one. Call it that and then I'll just go ahead and press the Tab key in order to update the name so that we are updating the name from 1on1 space to One-on-One as you see right there. Then I'll click OK in order to save out my work and there is the one on one space spelled out and everything. That is custom workspaces inside of Illustrator CS4. And in the next exercise we are going to move on to Navigation. I'm going to show you how to zoom and scroll.
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