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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of the Illustrator drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
There may be times inside of Illustrator where you'll want to take a certain area of your document and split it up evenly into pieces. Well there is a great feature inside of Illustrator called Split Into Grid that can do this for you. For example, I may be working on a piece of artwork in just one part of my document. So what I'll do is I'll take my Rectangle tool and I'll draw a rectangle over the area that I want to calculate a different specific segments for. With that rectangle selected I'll now go to the Object menu, I'll choose Path, and then I'll choose Split Into Grid.
I click on the Preview button so I could see what's happening here and I'll increase the number of columns, maybe to something like 4. Notice I can also control the gutter or the space between these columns. But I can even set that setting to 0. So now I get four distinct areas that are all evenly spaced. Perhaps my favorite part of the feature is this button here called Add Guides. Note it doesn't actually add real guides in Illustrator. It just draws lines that act as these guides. However, once I click OK, I could simply press Command+5 or Ctrl+5 on my keyboard to convert all these elements to real guides.
So now when I deselect this I now have the area sectioned off just the way I need that.
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