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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 those page up, page down keyboard shortcuts, I think they're pretty darn cool actually. I use them and they work the same way inside Photoshop by the way. They work differently inside of InDesign, because InDesign has multiple pages that you can actually page up and page down through. But learn them in Illustrator, works inside Photoshop as well. This next trick I'm about to show you, a series of tricks actually, that revolve around the scroll wheel on your mouse. I really get a charge out of these, don't know why. I just think they're really cool. Probably because they're so darn esoteric. But they only work if your mouse has a scroll wheel or something similar. If it doesn't then you can skip to the next exercise or you can go buy yourself a scroll wheel mouse, if you want to. All right so if you scroll up with your scroll wheel you'll scroll up inside the illustration and scroll down scrolls down inside the illustration. Pretty self explanatory I think. If you want to scroll to the right then you scroll down and while pressing the Control key or the Command key on the Mac. Scroll up with the Control or Command key down to scroll to the left. Now these are pretty small increments this time around. If you want big increments, then you go ahead and press the Shift key and then you'd want to scroll just by a little bit at a time because you're going to scroll really quickly either down or this is scrolling up, or this is what happens with the Control key down, or the Command key and the Mac when I scroll down, and this scrolling up with Shift and Command or Shift and Control down. And then finally you might say, Gosh, you know what I'll go ahead and Control+Shift to scroll down in order to center the document at this point.
You know what I'd rather go ahead and zoom in or zoom out with the scroll wheel. Why then you press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. This is what happens if you Alt scroll down, you zoom out. And this is what happens if you Alt scroll up, you zoom in, and this would be an Option scroll down on the Mac, and an Option scroll up on the Macintosh side of things. I actually, like I said, I think it's really awesome that Illustrator supports all that stuff. What I wish it supported is the ability to scroll up and down the palettes. Like what's supposed to happen. Applications are supposed to be sensitive enough that when you move the cursor the application knows where your cursor is and then if you start using the scroll wheel, for example in the Layers palette, it would know you're in the Layers palette and it would scroll up and down the Layers stack. However what Illustrator, it doesn't know where your cursor is. It just figures you're inside the illustration window and it goes ahead and scrolls the illustration window, no matter what. So don't try to use your scroll wheel inside of the Layers palette or one of the other palettes. It's a hard habit to get over, if you're used to working that way. It's a real shame that Illustrator doesn't support that and hopefully inside of an application like Illustrator CS4 we will see this problem resolved. All right anyway, scroll wheel tracks. We're going to, that's it, by the way. You'll be glad to know we are totally done with this topic of navigation inside of Illustrator. In the next exercise I'm going to show you the fill screen modes. Check it out.
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