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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'll show you how to save your changes to a document. Now we don't have any artwork actually going on inside of this document but we do have a lot of artboards, so we have invoked a fair amount of changes to the document, we might as well save our work. I am going to go up to the File menu, choose the Save command, now because this document has never been saved before that will display the Save As dialog box. Now if I named my document, when I created it in the first place, I didn't in the case of this document, then I would see that file name right here. But I'm going to go ahead and give this guy a name and notice I'm still working inside of that New Document Profiles folder that I had showed you how to find a few exercises back.
We don't want to save it here. If you just start saving all of your artwork at this location then you are going to end up basically, having a hard time finding your artwork later and of course, you are going to add to your custom new document profile. So let's go ahead and put this some place else, so I'll just save at desktop for now. You save it wherever you want. And I'll just call this guy, you know, my first document or something along those lines. And then I'll go ahead and save it as a file type of Adobe Illustrator. Now this is also by the way, where you would choose to export your PDF document, so if you want to export a PDF document from Illustrator, you can just go ahead and choose it here from the Save command. You don't have to choose the Export command for that because PDF is a native file format for Illustrator. In fact, the Adobe Illustrator format, the .ai format, is built on PDF. It actually includes a PDF version of the document that you can view inside of Adobe Reader or Acrobat or those kinds of applications.
If you are working in old school, you can go to EPS, the Encapsulated Post Script format. I don't recommend that for modern workflows. Especially here in the States it is falling way out of favor. So your primary layout application, for example, is Adobe InDesign, you want to definitely go with a native.ai file and by the way, all the book work that I do, every single illustration inside the book is a .ai file or it's something from Photoshop. So anyway, we will go with .ai because it's the most Flexible format and then I'll click Save, and then at this point you can choose the version and you could stick with CS4. Now, of course, you are going to have to have the Illustrator CS4 in order to open this illustration right here.
If you are working with somebody who has an older version of Illustrator, you will have to save it out to one of the older formats and notice you can go way back. So basically, like for example, there is 10, CS is 11, CS2 is 12, CS3 is 13, CS4 is 14. But you can go back to 3 and then Japanese Illustrator is 3, so you can go way back depending on what programs those people are using. But bear in mind, only CS4 supports multiple artboards. If you go older, if you decide to go with something like CS3, then you are going to get this warning and you can check out this warning discussion down here at the bottom of the dialog box, I don't find it to be that useful, it's not very specific.
But you also get a new checkbox right there, Save each Artboard to a Separate file. So you can either choose to do that because you are going to basically lose your artboards. If I were to save it this way without this checkbox on, I would save a really big document. I would have all kinds of illustration elements in it so all of your vector objects will stay in place, all of your text, everything will stay there but your artboard definitions will be lost or you can choose to save each and every artboard to a separate file and you can even specify a range. For example, I could say we will Save 1 and 2, and 6 through 8, let's say and you would delineate it that way.
The other options I would really turn on? Create a PDF compatible file, that's a good thing to do. You can't turn it off in order to make the document smaller if you like; it won't be compatible to things like Acrobat and Adobe Reader if you do that. You definitely want to embed your ICC profiles, which are your color profiles, we will be talking about that in later chapter and you want to use compression. This is non-destructive, lossless compression; it's not going to hurt your file one bit. So. And it is going to make the file smaller, which you really want out of Illustrator, because it can create gargantuan files. But when in doubt, if you are not working with somebody who has some older version of Illustrator, stick with CS4 as the version. That way you are not going to have to worry about those artboard issues, keep all those checkboxes on and then go ahead and click OK in order to save that file and you have now saved your document to disk.
In the next and final exercise of this chapter, I'll show you how to close multiple documents at a time.
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