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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, I'm going to show you how to get around in an illustration using your scroll wheel, if you are so inclined. So if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel or if you've got that little scroll knob on the Macintosh mouse, on the Mighty mouse. Now it's little easier with the Mighty mouse on the Mac, if you've got one of those things, you have got four-way control automatically. So you can just scroll up, just move the thing up to go up and then you can just move it down to go down like so. Then you can just nudge it to the left to go left and you can nudge it to the right to go right. So that works out beautifully, it's very responsive where Illustrator is concerned. On a PC, most scroll wheels just do up and down, so they don't go back and forth. So what you do instead is you obviously scroll up to go up and you scroll down to go down. That makes sense, but then you press the Ctrl key and scroll up to go to the left and Ctrl+Scroll down to go to the right.
Now if you happen to have like a Microsoft mouse and you are working on a Mac, which sometimes happens, like a Logitech mouse or some other off-brand that's not Apple, that is to say. Then it would be Command. You would Command+Scroll up to go to the left and Command+Scroll down to go to the right. So those are options as well. You can even scroll in and out, so you can scroll zoom, check this out, with the scroll wheel, I press the Alt key and I'm scrolling up to zoom in. I press the Alt key and I'm scrolling down to zoom out. That would be Option+Up to go in and Option+Down to go out on the Macintosh side of things.
Then finally, if you have got one of those Next Generation laptops with the Track Pads and a whole number there, this is on the Mac by the way, you can do a two-finger drag in order to scroll the image around, I can't even really show that to you here on the PC because there is no equivalent but you can do a two-finger drag. Then on the most recent MacBooks, the MacBook Pros, you can do pinches in order to zoom out and to zoom in and stuff. So give that a try, as well. CS4 is very responsive to that new technology which is wicked cool for your MacBook Pro users.
In the next exercise, I'll show you how to cycle between Screen Modes.
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