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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 gang, are you ready to see how you take those color settings that you created in the previous exercise and apply them across all of the applications inside the entire Creative Suite, no matter which version of the Creative Suite you may have purchased? Well, I hope the answer to that question is yes because that's what we're about to do now. I'm in Photoshop, I'm about to go to the File menu. I'm going to choose the Browse command, which is the way that you get to the Bridge from all the applications, and there's the Bridge now.
It doesn't matter what I'm looking at inside the Bridge window, so don't pay any attention to that. If you're looking at something totally different don't worry. All I need you to do is go up to the Edit menu and to choose this command right there, Creative Suite Color Settings. It has the same keyboard shortcut as the Color Settings command in both Illustrator and Photoshop. Go ahead and choose that command to bring up a more graphical looking dialog box. It doesn't have any of those nasty little options. It just has a list of presets. That's why we had to create those presets inside of Photoshop in the first place.
Notice at the bottom, you should see one that says Best Workflow CS3, the one you just saved off. If not turn on Show Expanded List of Color Settings Files and you should see it then. Just check to make sure that your comments are intact. These are the settings that Deke recommends in his blah, blah, blah for lynda.com, blah, blah, and so on. Great this is my file. Now if I hadn't have created this file inside of Photoshop, I wouldn't have a comment, so it would just sit there saying Best Workflow CS3. Three weeks from now, I wouldn't even know where that file came from. So look, Not synchronized, it's telling us. I'm going to go ahead and click on Best Workflow CS3 and I'm going to click Apply.
And that's all it takes to apply those color settings to all of the other applications. Now if I go back up to the Edit menu, and I choose Creative Suite Color Settings, then it's going to tell me, Hey you're synchronized. Life is happy. It's Best Workflow CS3, isn't that dandy? Yes it is. Now let's go ahead and switch over to Illustrator. Now if I go to the File menu, and I choose this command it's now returned to Adobe Photoshop cause the Bridge is smart enough to know who it came in with, essentially. Who it came to the dance with. So if you want to go to Illustrator, which is an outsider at this point, you're going to have to Alt+Tab over and that's what I'm going to do.
I'm going to press Alt+Tab or this would be Command+Tab on the Mac, until I come to Illustrator. Here it is. Now I'll go to the Edit menu, and I'll choose Color Settings and we'll see. Yep, it's happy. It's synchronized, and the settings are set to Best Workflow CS3. Awesome. Even though the application was running, the Bridge was still able to deal with it. I don't have to do a quit and restart. Isn't that killer? There is one thing I would ask you to do though. One change I'm going to ask you to make. Notice down here, there's this option called CMYK Preserve Numbers (Ignore Linked Profiles). This is an option that Photoshop simply does not offer. So we weren't able to save it from Photoshop.
You need to reset it right here. Just go ahead and choose Preserve Embedded Profiles from this pop-up menu. You're going to have a slight disconnect. It's going to tell you, Uh oh it's unsynchronized. Really it's not, insofar as the Adobe applications are concerned, this is a totally cool thing to do. It's not going to upset anything, and then go ahead and click OK. I really do need you to do this because if you don't, every time you open one of my files you're going to get this absurd warning that you can not turn off and it's a real pain in the neck. So for no other reason go ahead and turn this on.
By the way, what it means is that Illustrator will pay attention to the embedded profile settings when it's trying to calculate its colors, and that's actually a really good thing. Now go ahead and click on the OK button in order to finish it off. We now have color settings that are consistent, synchronized across all of our Adobe applications forevermore, or as long as we're using Creative Suite 3.
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