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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
All right so we spent a fair amount of time organizing palettes in the previous exercise, but it's all going to be worth it, my friends because we're going to have all of our palettes, all the major palettes right there at our fingertips in future exercises, in future chapters and throughout your various careers inside of Illustrator CS3. But we do need to take a moment, an extra moment here, and save what we've done because we don't want to trash all that work later when Illustrator crashes or has to reset the palettes or something, you know something goes wrong.
So let's save out a custom workspace. A workspace is the organization of palettes inside of Illustrator. So I'm going to go up to the Window menu. I'm going to choose Workspace and then I'm going to choose the Save Workspace command. And I'm going to go ahead and call my workspace dekeSpace. You can call it anything you want, but this is what I always call my favorite workspaces inside of the various Adobe applications, and then I'll click OK. Now check it out. I can go to the Window menu, and I can choose Workspace and I can choose Basic, which is that original workspace that we saw when we launched the program in the first place. There it is. It goes ahead and switches everybody back.
I have, in my case, I've got a two column toolbox and I have a one column docking pane over here. I don't like that, so I'm going back to the Window menu, choose Workspace, and choose dekeSpace. Tra-la-la, it's all better. Isn't that awesome? And it actually looks really, really great. Now I'll just go ahead and move my V 4 Vectory graphic over a little bit to accommodate and everything's happy as can be. I've now saved a custom workspace here inside of Illustrator CS3. Oh, I've got one little weirdness on my screen. Illustrator went ahead and restored the double wide toolbox here because it doesn't have enough room to show me the contents of this palette single column. So I'll go ahead and switch that back to a single column toolbox, they way I like, manually.
Now I should say, you can also manage your workspaces. If you decide that you want to delete a workspace or rename a workspace, go to the Window menu, choose Workspace, and choose the Manage Workspaces command right there. Feel free to add your own workspaces as well, you might create a workspace that you like better than dekeSpace, but you might want to come back to dekeSpace for training purposes, what have you. You can create as many workspaces as you like. Enjoy. In the next exercise I'll show you how to get around inside Illustrator by zooming and scrolling.
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