Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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Setting the General Print options


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Video: Setting the General Print options

In this exercise we are going to actually begin printing or at least we are going to choose the Print command, whether you decide to let rip, it's up to you. Let's go up to the File menu and choose the Print command or press Ctrl+P, Command+P on the Mac in order to initiate the Print process. Now everything you need to print is located inside of this multi-paneled ginormous dialog box here, including which printer you want to print to. So if you have multiple printers on your network, then you can select between them here, these first three printers are actual printers in the Lynda.com facility.
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  1. 42m 8s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 3s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
      56s
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      35s
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 6s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
      55s
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 44s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
      54s
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 39s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 29s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
      55s
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 44s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 31s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
      44s
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 56s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 33s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
      51s
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 2s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 27s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating continuous arcs and looping spirals
  • Building with geometric shapes
  • Selecting, placing, and scaling type
  • Creating spine curves with round corners
  • Using the new Blob brush to quickly draw and merge paths
  • Working with flattener and raster effects
  • Saving illustrations for the web
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Setting the General Print options

In this exercise we are going to actually begin printing or at least we are going to choose the Print command, whether you decide to let rip, it's up to you. Let's go up to the File menu and choose the Print command or press Ctrl+P, Command+P on the Mac in order to initiate the Print process. Now everything you need to print is located inside of this multi-paneled ginormous dialog box here, including which printer you want to print to. So if you have multiple printers on your network, then you can select between them here, these first three printers are actual printers in the Lynda.com facility.

So you can switch printers. You could also, if you are working with a PostScript device, you could specify a PostScript Printer Description right here. It's a good idea to keep your PostScript Printer Description up-to-date. If need be, if in doubt, go ahead and check with your printer's website to see if they have something more recent. I am going to the next dropdown to the Copies option. You can specify multiple copies if you want to. You can also specify the page range now that we have multiple artboards. Illustrator is savvy to the fact that you want to print each one to a different piece of paper. So I could say you know what? I don't want to print pages 1-3, I just want to go ahead and print pages 2-3. Notice what happens down here in this Preview.

When I press the Tab key to accept that, it goes ahead and takes me to page 2 as if to acknowledge you don't want page 1 anymore, it's just 1 of 2 that I'm going to be printing. This is page 1 now and this here is page 2, the T-shirt. But you could also say you know what, I want a non-adjacent range. So I'm going to do page 1 and page 3 as indicated by that comma, and then it's saying, okay there is your first page and then if I click this right arrowhead, there is my second page and the middle page is ruled out. I want all of them though so I'll go ahead and turn on All. I'm going to dropdown here to the Media for a moment. Notice that Size is set to Defined by Driver, by default, which means that the driver is telling the Printer Driver which is a piece of software that's installed on your computer. The Printer Driver is keeping track of what paper is loaded into the printer and which tray is active and that kind of thing. Presumably, it's an 8.5x11 page. It is. I can tell that because I just happened to know that 612 points is 8.5 inches wide, 792 points is 11 inches tall.

You can change the page orientation right here if you want to, you don't have to resort to a Page Setup dialog box. You can also specify the placement of your artwork on the page, so you don't have to use that Print Tiling tool that we saw on the previous exercise. You can change the Print Tiling right here inside the Printer dialog box if you want to. So for example, I could drag this guy down into the right and that's going to affect the other artboards as well. If I want to restore their original placement centered on the page, I would either double-click inside of this preview or I go over to this Placement icon and I would click right in the center of it. That works too.

These values right here, 36 points and 54 points, they are not saying that the artboard has somehow moved one way or the other, 36 points and 54 points from the center point, they are saying that's the location of the top left corner of the artboard with respect to the page. You also have the option of scaling your artwork, so I could say Fit to Page for example, to make it incrementally larger. This is going to be applied to all of the artboards by the exact same amount. So it's going to be determined by the biggest artboard. You can see that this one is the one that's scaling to fit or you can apply a Custom Scale. You could say you know what, I want to scale this to 200% and because the Chain icon is on that's going to affect the W and H, the Width and Height values by the same amount, and you could tile your artwork as well.

If it was too super massive to fit on a single piece paper then you could try to tile it to multiple pieces of paper right there. Then you also have the option of printing the visible and printable layers, so even as a printable layer, which you can specify by double- clicking on a layer and selecting the Print option inside the dialog box. Both the visible and printable layers will print. So printable layers will print whether they are visible or not, in other words, or you just want to print the visible layers or you want to print all layers in the document no matter how they are specified. Now something else I want to show you here is this guy right there, Ignore Artboards, and what that allows you to do is completely ignore the artifice of the artboards inside of your illustration and print around them. Try to print everything at the same time, in other words.

So I'll turn on Ignore Artboards and now notice that my artwork is super ginormous and this is one I could specify gosh, you know what? I want to tile it in some arbitrary manner. Look at that. Wouldn't that work great? You tile it over the course of what would that be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 pages, so 12 pages in all, and you are going to try to what? Tape those together? That will look just delightful. That's why I don't really recommend you play with the Tile option very much. What you would do is you would send this to a commercial printer who had the resources to print it on one big massive piece of paper, which is what you would want.

Instead, in my case, I'm going to do a Fit to Page and you know what I'm going to say? I'm going to override this whole Defined by Driver thing and I'm going to go down here to an 11x17 page, so a big tabloid page. I'll make it wide instead of tall so we'll do one of these numbers here, change the Orientation like so. Now we have scaled everything inside the artwork down to just below 70% in order to squish it all on to this one single piece of paper. So that's an option. It doesn't happen to be the option I'm going to take advantage of. We are not going to ignore the artboards; we are not going to scale our artwork. We are not going to rotate it on its side and we are going to stick with the paper that's defined by the driver.

It does happen to be a Letter size page. That was defined by the driver in the first place, 612x792. That's 8.5x11 inches. Then presumably, you would click on the Print button or if you just wanted to say I'm done for now, I just want to go ahead and save these print settings along with my document, you would click on the Done button instead. That would take you back out to your illustration. Notice the change has been made because I have got this little asterisk right next door to the .ai, which is telling me that I have made changes to my artwork since I last saved it. The only changes I made were inside the Print dialog box, so those do get saved along with the illustration, if you click the Done button.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals .


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Q: Adobe Bridge CS4 is not previewing files in the same way for me as it is in the tutorial. All I am seeing is a low-quality thumbnail of the image, not previews of each artboard.  Why is there a difference between the tutorial and what I am seeing?
A: There is a different view in the tutorial because the author used a beta version of Bridge during the recording. The final release of Bridge CS4 displays thumbnails as you describe.
 
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