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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
There are a few things as annoying as constantly redoing the same work over and over again. I have always been frustrated inside of Illustrator when I went ahead and I had a very complex selection, I made that selection only to find out that later on I had to make that same selection again and again and again. So it's great that Illustrator has the ability to actually save your selections. Few people are aware of this particular feature but it can be a great time saver. For example, let's say, I go ahead and choose, select this shape here and I'll select this shape right here and maybe I'll also select this shape and let's do this shape and I also select this text. I can now go to the Select menu and choose Save Selection and I'll call this one my favorite selection, click OK.
Now if I deselect those shapes and I decide later on, oh, I need to select those objects again, maybe I want to add Drop Shadows to them or something for that matter. I could go over here to the Select menu and choose my favorite selection and now those become selected. What Illustrator is memorizing or remembering are, which objects themselves are selected. This is actually great because it can be used in tandem or in combination with some of the other selection techniques that we have already learned. For example, if I go ahead now and I choose let's say this yellow and I go ahead now and I choose Select and I choose Same and I choose Fill Color. So now I have all my yellow shapes. Now in all honesty my favorite selection is not very descriptive or may not be very helpful but here it would be a good example of where this might help. I can now go to the Select menu and choose Save Selection and call this one yellow objects.
So now at any time I'm working and let's say I want to change this shade or I want to change that yellow or I want to do something with those particular yellow objects. I can go to the Select menu and choose yellow objects and now those objects become selected. Now like I said since it memorizes the objects themselves and not anything else, I can move this object here and I can scale to be bigger, it doesn't make a difference. So the next time that I choose Select and I choose yellow objects, those two objects become selected. Again it's simply because the objects themselves are memorized not anything else as far as their position on the page, so on and so forth. I'll press Undo just a few times to go back to where I was before. Like I said, you can use this ability to save your selections at any time. When you go to the Select menu here you can choose Edit Selection and then you could choose, let's say, I don't need my favorite selection anymore. I choose to delete that one, I won't get in the way, click OK and I'm done.
The beautiful thing about saving selections inside of Illustrator is that they get saved into your file. So for example if you are working on a file whether it's a template or whether it's some other kind of file that you know you are going to be reusing over and over again, it may make a lot of sense for you to save a whole bunch of selections inside of that file and then each time that you open up that file to edit it you have those selections available to you. So they don't get thrown away when you close your file. They actually live inside the file and if you now transfer that file to somebody else, they will have the ability to make those selections as well. So you can do that, for example, you have objects that are for a specific type of style number or so on and so forth or for a specific use, if you have certain text that maybe belongs somewhere, while you can always specify things and put things on their own layers, it's also possible to very easily create your saved selections. And that way they will always available inside of the file and you could use them as you need.
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