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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, we are going to synchronize the color settings across all of the CS4 applications, that is to say Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and so on. So that when we copy that big purple rectangle or whatever, and paste it into Photoshop that it looks purple there as well. And you synchronize color settings from the Bridge. So I'm going to go up to the File menu, and I'm going to choose Browse in Bridge, or press Ctrl+Alt+O, Command+ Option+O on the Mac, in order to switch over to the Adobe Bridge, right here. Now this command that I'm about to show you only appears, if you have the full Creative Suite, and when I say the full Creative Suite, it can be any of the incarnations. That could be the Design Suite, or it can be the Web Suite or it can be the Master Collection or whatever else they decide to come up with. But it can't just be Illustrator that you purchase by itself.
So if you have some variation of the CS4 Suite, you go up to the Edit menu and you choose Creative Suite Color Settings, or you press Ctrl+Shift+K, Command+Shift+K on the Mac, that exact same keyboard shortcut that we had for color settings in the previous exercise. And notice it tells me right away Not Synchronized, and the reason it's not synchronized, and here is we won't be synchronize as well, if you are working along with me in the previous exercise. Is that I changed Illustrator independently of the other applications. That's kind of a no-no. By the way you don't want to that, unless you have Illustrator running by itself. But there was a good reason, that we established those settings, because now we can select them here inside of the Suite Color Settings dialog box.
So, just go ahead and scroll down a list, until you see Best Workflow. This Best Workflow is only going to show up if you created it in the previous exercise. If you don't see it, then turn on this check box, and you will see an expanded list of color settings. So these will be other color settings that are out there some place in your hard drive. Anyway somewhere you should see the one you made. It won't have a description, because while Illustrator allows you to define color settings, it doesn't allow you to enter a description for them. So you'll just click on Best Workflow, and you will click Apply, and now notice the dialog box goes away. We'll go back up there just to confirm that things are working the way we want them to.
Ctrl+Shift+K, Command+Shift+K on the Mac, and it's synchronized. Wonderful. And we are working with Best Workflow and that's a good thing, so I can cancel out of here. Now let's go back to Illustrator and I did that by pressing Alt+Tab, you could press Command+Tab on the Mac, and then we'll go up to the Edit menu and we'll choose the Color Settings command. Ctrl +Shift+K, Command+Shift+K on the Mac. Yet again I tell you that keyboard shortcut, my goodness! I'm stuck in a rut. Well, now I see that the Color Settings are set to Best Workflow. We also see that the Color Settings are synchronized. Oh! Wow, that's awesome.
So we can go ahead and click Cancel, and we now have synchronized the color settings across all of the CS4 applications. That's a wonderful thing. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you something new, about Illustrator CS4, how to work with tabbed windows. Stay tuned.
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