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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, we will take a look at the remaining file formats available to us inside the Save for Web & Devices dialog box, and these include the SWF, SVG and WBMP formats. I'll tell you how they all work in just a few seconds here, but make sure that you have a Goodbye overprints.ai opened from the 12_exporting folder, and then I want you to advance to the third page inside of this document, the T-Shirt. I am going to go ahead and zoom in a few clicks here, and I want you to see something. This frog right here, Shenbop. I'm going to get my White arrow tool and I'm going to Alt-click on him a couple of times. So it would be an Option-click a couple of times in order to select the entire group, and notice over here in the Transparency palette that he's set to Screen. I'll press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac so that I hide those selection outlines for a moment.
If he was set to Normal, he would like a little black frog, as you can see right there, he is filled with 100% black, 0% cyan, magenta and yellow. So when I set it to Screen, the Screen mode is a lightening agent, it turns him into sort of this ghostly character right there. Meanwhile, this area behind the queen is white, this rectangular area behind the queen is solid white, but its set to 50% Opacity to reveal some of that purple gradient in the background, now this will become important in just a moment.
Go up to the File menu and choose Save for Web & Devices, and then you will see the T-Shirt, but of course, I'm going to go ahead and zoom in on it, and for some reason Illustrator is seen fit to go ahead and switch back to GIF, even though the last thing I applied was PNG. That's fine. And when I zoom in on the image, it looks all pixelated and that's for two reasons. One is this is a pixel file format, GIF is, so is JPEG, so is PNG, so is WBMP as it turns out. SWF and SVG are Vector format, so we should see greater clarity when we zoom in, we won't however, because Save for Web & Devices is not capable of showing us anything, but enlarged pixels as view size is greater than 100%, so that's just something to bear in mind.
Anyway, let's switch to the WBMP format. It stands for Wireless Bitmap Format, typically for cell phones, and it's a black and white file format, you can either choose to dither in order to, sort of simulate some gray values inside this image here, or you can choose to turn dithering off if you don't like it, you also have other options, other dithering options like Pattern -- see I was telling you it's all rectilinear and stuff, it's ugly. Then we also have Noise, which is just sort of a random noise pattern. It's a little more chaotic than the Diffusion dither. No Dither though produces just a black and white, ugly effect. They are all ugly. My guess is it's very possible you'll go the rest of your life without ever hearing about even, let alone use the WBMP format, you won't even hear anybody mention it, but you should know about it, just in case it comes at a dinner party or something.
All right, here is SVG, it's a Scalable Vector Graphics format, now both there guys, SWF which is Shockwave Flash, and SVG, Scalable Vector Graphics allow the user of your website to zoom in on the graphic, and see greater clarity, just as if they were zooming in on the graphic inside Illustrator, so they are terribly cool, but SVG, kind of breaks down. I was telling you the SVG is a little bit of an orphan format, it's an open source format which is great, and nobody owns it, but at the same time Adobe doesn't care about it, the way they used to, now that they've acquired SWF from Macromedia.
So it's just kind of, just sitting out there by itself, but I'll go ahead and choose it, just so that you can see what breaks down inside of this illustration. Now if I had this set to SVG Tiny 1.2 right here. There is a bunch of different variations on SVG, if I had it set to SVG Tiny 1.2, which is ostensibly an updated version of SVG, but it's a reduced version of the format as well, then we would lose all translucency, right? We lose the fact that this background rectangle right here is 50% Opaque and still it appears to 100% Opaque, so it's all white, and then the frog is no longer screened, it's just set to the Normal mode, so it's black.
We can make that better by switching over to SVG 1.1. So we now have the Opacity restored, but Shenbop is still black. He is not screened, he is not a ghost like I want him to be, and really I can't figure out how to make him ghostly using any of these settings here. So for this graphic anyway, SVG is just not going to work, and why would we use it anyway, given that it's an orphaned format? I'm sure some people would say well, there's a lot of users for SVG, and I'm sure they are right, but for you, I'm not so sure, you are probably better off going with SWF. Now the great thing once again about SWF, somebody can zoom in and out of your graphic, and I'll show you that in just a moment. The downside is that, they have to have Flash loaded on their machines in order to see your graphic, and you have to have Flash loaded on your machine inside of a web browser, for example.
Now Flash is a free download from adobe. com, so you can get to it quite easily, but still, got to have it. I'm going to go ahead and switch over to SWF, Shockwave Flash. Initially you may see this effect where everything has gone to heck in a hand basket. Basically the background is 50% Opaque, so that's good news, but the frog is black, that's bad news. Her face has gone transparent, so the clipping path, there is a clipping path that's surrounding some of the objects inside of her face, has just gone away, and we lost the knife for some reason, I don't know what that's about, and that's pretty important. I mean she is the Kween of Murder, so we can't be losing it. That's the function of having Preserve set to Editability, so that this graphic here is Editable inside a Flash. I'll tell you what. I don't care about that.
I mean it would nice if it was editable in Flash I guess, for some future day when I decide to go there, but in the meantime it's going to look right. So I'll set this to Appearance and that is going to go ahead and re-render the graphic. It's very possible you will see what I'm seeing here, which is a bunch of progress bars floating by. Not only are there the obvious ones in front, but there is this green one down at the bottom and it's gone away. You want to wait for them. Because if you rush those things, if you start clicking or doing something when those progress bars are up there, or when the progress bar down here at the bottom hasn't finished, you very much run the risk of causing Save for Web & Devices to cease up. I have done it more than once.
All right, so now she looks good, everything looks great, now that we set this to Appearance. Now if you are concerned about the Curve Quality, which is like flatness back in the Print dialog box, we saw there in the previous chapter. In other words the curves are ultimately rendered out as polygons. The lower the curve quality, the more polygon-y it's going to look, the more polygonal. The higher the Curve Quality, the more rounded it's going to look, but the bigger the file is going to be too. So notice it's currently 61K, if I go ahead and raise that Curve Quality all the way to 10, and then wait for all the progress bars to go by, oops, I clicked, I clicked on the screen, pardon me, I got into being disastrous, luckily I survived, everything is okay, it goes up to 71K.
Other things you can do inside of this dialog box. You are not going to change the Frame Rate because this is not an animation. This is just a flat file.
That's it. You could create an animation from here, if you were to render the layers out to frames, then it would become an animated movie, but we are not really setup for that inside of this file. You can Protect the file if you are concerned about security, you can render the Text as Outlines if you feel like it, don't need to in this case, you also pretty much want to leave Flash Player set to 4. That's a really great idea, but basically the idea is this. If you are having problems with your graphic, you may want to go ahead and up the number to a more modern version of the Flash format, but if you do, of course then the end user has to have a more modern version of Flash to look at your file too. So the younger the version, the more backward compatible you'll keep your graphic, so anyway, Flash Player 4 is a great way to go, click on the Save button, go ahead and save out your graphic, and I'll click Save right here, in order to Save the SWF file to the 12_ exporting folder. And now I'll go ahead and click the Done button, in order to return to Illustrator here. Now to go ahead and preview the SWF file, to see how it works, your best bet is to open up a web browser. So I'm going to go ahead and switch over here to Internet Explorer, and I happen to be looking at some of my very own Photoshop CS4 One-on-One movies, in the Fundamentals portion of the series here at the lynda.com Online Training Library, go figure.
But I'm going to switch to the file that I just went ahead and saved by pressing Ctrl+O. That would be Command+ O on the Mac. Using some other browser, it won't be Internet Explorer, and I'm going to go ahead and click on the Browse button, and I'll go into the 12_ exporting folder. Where is my Flash file? Well, I need to be able to look at not just HTML files, but All Files, then I'll see the entire list there. I'll go ahead and select Goodbye-overprint.swf, and I'll click on the Open button. That's not enough of course. That just tells this thing where the file is? So I'll go ahead and click OK in order to load the file into the browser, and then we begin our adventure with Windows Vista Security options here inside Internet Explorer, and you are asked to basically go through a bunch of hoops in order to open an SWF file, because it involves an ActiveX control and that could be dangerous. But Microsoft isn't going to do anything really about it. It's just going to put the onus on you, the user.
It's just going to yell at you a lot. So the first thing you do is say Yes, I notice the information Bar. Thank you very much. Close that. Then you have to go up to the Information Bar and click on it, and then you have to say Allow Blocked Content, and then you'll get this warning right here saying, are you really sure, you want to allow the blocked content, this could be terribly dangerous? And then you click yes. This is the dumbest security setup on earth. I mean if they wanted to take care of the problem, take care of the problem, don't make me jump through these dopey hoops. Anyway, I'll click on Yes, Oh.
Now I get to see the t- Shirt in all of its splendor. Isn't that wonderful? Now, I was telling you, you can zoom in on the darn thing, and you can, and you do that as follows: go ahead and right-click inside the graphic and choose Zoom In, and notice now that we have greater clarity here associated with the objects on the T-Shirt, and to zoom in even further, right-click and choose Zoom In again, and you can keep doing it. Notice that, and I'm zooming in on her face and the frogs that was set, the frogs are sort of looking at each other, and then looking at her, because they are very frightened of her. And all of these curves look very, very nice inside of her face. Now the curves around Shenbop's eye, that's the name of the frog, he is Shenbop, the curves around his eye look a little weird, but that's because I drew them that way.
I did a kind of, sort of a cartoon sketchy look. I can't help it but notice that I forgot to change this Q to a K, so I would have to make that change, were I have to really want to print this T- Shirt in the future, but otherwise this looks just exceptionally good. That Shenbop looks extremely frightened right there. Those hearts look lovely, everything looks just massively wonderful, and I can still zoom in, folks. It's just amazing how far into these graphics you can go. I guess that's about as far as I can go right there, but still. That you can zoom in that far, that is amazing, and that is a function of exporting your illustration as an SWF file, here inside Illustrator CS4. [00:11:00.8?3]
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