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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.
All right, as you can see I'm still inside the Preferences dialog box. If you are just joining me, press Ctrl+K, Command+K on the Mac in order to bring the dialog box up on screen. We have now seen little bits and pieces of the General and Selection and Anchor Display panels. We are going to skip pretty far ahead this time. Now we will come back to some of these options in later chapters, but right now we are going to skip all the way ahead to Plug-ins & Scratch Disks. This panel starts off with this Additional Plug- ins Folder option, which is great if you have Illustrator plug-ins and they are located in a specific location.
These would be plug-ins from so called third parties, which are people other than Adobe essentially. You are the first party, Adobe is the second party, they are the third party and basically these little vendors that make Illustrator Plug-ins. So if you have those kinds of Plug-ins and you want to point the new version of Illustrator toward them, you would go ahead and turn on this check box and then choose a folder. What we are concerned with, something that's more universally applicable here are the Scratch Disks items. The notion behind the Scratch Disk is when Illustrator is performing some big computationally intensive chore. It's filling up all of its RAM, all of the space that its allotted to it in RAM or in memory and it has to then go to the hard drive and first of all to make sure that it doesn't crash because if its just ran out of RAM in the middle of the computation and didn't have anything else it can do, the program would go down.
It might even take the entire system down under some situations. So you want to be able to have the option of going to the hard drive, but then because Illustrator, especially if you have lot of illustrations open frequently it has to touch on the hard drive. You want to make things as quick as possible because the hard drive is slower than memory is. So you want to keep the task as quick as possible. You want to make sure there is a lot of room available to it and that means setting up a Primary and Secondary drive, if you got them. So, if you are working on a laptop, most likely you have one hard drive inside the laptop and that's it. So there is nothing you can do here, but if you are working inside of a tower and it's blessed with more than one internal hard drive, this is specifically for internal drives, then you can switch these options around.
Note, for example, if I go ahead and click this down-pointing arrowhead, I have a C drive and an E drive. My second drive is set up as an E drive in this case, for you it might be a D drive. Anyway, if you have more than one drive beside you, you want to set the Primary drive to what you would normally think is the Secondary drive to the one that contains the data, because the C drive is already very busy, it's the one that's got the Operating System on it. It's the one that's got the Application on it one would imagine and by the way, if you are working on the Mac, you won't see C or E or any of these old style DOS letters, you will see actual names. Modern day on the Mac you can see names of drives, but anyway that's what you will see, so you would want to go though with the one that doesn't contain the application and it doesn't contain the operating system, it would be your data drive especially if both drives have the same speed. Ostensibly, it won't, I think. Then you would want to go with that secondary drive because it's not otherwise occupied.
All right, so we will go with E for the first drive and then all set the Secondary drive to C, so when it runs out of space on E, it will go to C. Presumably, if we have got no those space open and it will never run out of space on the E drive. Note that our changes take effect the next time we start Illustrator, fine, you are not in a rush, you don't need to quit Illustrator right now and restart the application. Just note to yourself, next time you do quit Illustrator and then restart it, these changes will take affect. All right, so that's that big topic, really kind of an early topic but basically do what I have suggested you to do and you will be fine. And then in next exercise, we are going to talk about a couple of remaining sets of preferences. We will take a look at the new UI preferences, User Interface, and then we will take a look at Appearance of Black. Coming up.
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