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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
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Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign


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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

with Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

Video: Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign

One of the great things about the Creative Suite is the fact that all of the apps integrate together, and Adobe Illustrator is no different. You can take the artwork that you create inside of Adobe Illustrator, and interact with it in various other applications in the Creative Suite as well. In this movie, I'll explore two examples of that, and how you can utilize the artwork you create in those applications. The first one is going to be Photoshop. So I'm going to jump over into Photoshop for just a minute, and inside of Photoshop, I'm going to create a new document. I'm going to go to File > New, and I'm just going to pick one of the Web sizes that we have.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training
8h 48m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector graphics
  • Creating and setting up files for print or web destinations
  • Selecting and transforming objects on the page
  • Creating spot colors
  • Applying fills, strokes, and gradients to artwork
  • Adjusting appearances and effects
  • Working with anchor points and paths
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Creating text
  • Managing layers
  • Creating and using symbols
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign

One of the great things about the Creative Suite is the fact that all of the apps integrate together, and Adobe Illustrator is no different. You can take the artwork that you create inside of Adobe Illustrator, and interact with it in various other applications in the Creative Suite as well. In this movie, I'll explore two examples of that, and how you can utilize the artwork you create in those applications. The first one is going to be Photoshop. So I'm going to jump over into Photoshop for just a minute, and inside of Photoshop, I'm going to create a new document. I'm going to go to File > New, and I'm just going to pick one of the Web sizes that we have.

So I'm going to choose Web from the Preset menu, and 800 by 600 is okay. I'll hit OK, and I get a new document. Let's say, for instance, that I'm building a small application mockup, and I need the logo for the Roux Academy. Well, I can go over into Illustrator, and I can actually select this logo, and then drop it directly into Photoshop. All I have to do is select it, and then copy it to my clipboard with Command+C or Control+C. When I go back over into Photoshop, I can paste it with Command+V or Control+V. When I do that, it's going to bring up a dialog box that asks me how I want to paste it in.

You have the choice between Smart Object, Pixels, Paths, and Shape Layers. In most cases, you want to create something called a Smart Object. If I click OK, it pastes in the logo. I can then resize it any way I want, and put it anywhere I want in my document. I'll put it somewhere like this. You hit Enter to commit. The great thing about Smart Objects in Photoshop is the fact that they retain their vector capabilities, meaning I can scale this thing up or down anyway I want, and it's not going to affect the quality.

The other great thing is the fact that this is actually tied to an Illustrator file. So if I wanted to get in here and edit this, I can come over to the Smart Object over here on the Layers panel, double-click on it, it's going to tell me that I'm leaving Photoshop, and that's okay; I'll just hit OK, and it takes me over to Illustrator. Now you'll notice when I jump over to Illustrator that this is not the same file. Here's the original file I started with; here is the other one. It gives me a vector smart object file. Because I copied and pasted from Illustrator, it doesn't actually link it to the original file.

However, since I'm working on this vector object, I now have my own independent version of it, so I can make any change I want. For instance, let's go ahead and change the R, and let's make that black. Double-click, and then I'll save it with Command+S or Control+S. Once I do that, I can close it, and watch what happens when I jump back into Photoshop. The R automatically updates to be black, because I made that change inside of Illustrator. So I now have the ability to make any changes I want inside of Illustrator, and have them automatically show up here in Photoshop.

So I can go do any number of the cool things you're able to do with vectors inside of Illustrator, and have that same capability basically duplicated here inside of Photoshop; pretty neat. Now let's close this up, and I'll close Photoshop, and let's go over into Adobe InDesign. Adobe InDesign works much the same way. In this case, I'm going to create a new document, and I'll just accept the defaults for now, and I'm going to place this logo into the document. Let's say maybe I'm working on a piece of letterhead, or a flyer, and I need that logo somewhere on the page.

In InDesign, I'll go to File, and choose Place, or you can hit Command+D or Control+D. I'll then go out to my Desktop, and find my Exercise Files folder, and then I'll go down into Chapter 15, and I'll find other_apps, and then I'll hit Open. When I hit open, it gives me my logo on something called a loaded cursor. With that loaded cursor, I can then click and drag to define a box to put it in, or I can simply click wherever I want it to go. Once I click, it's placed into my document, and it's placed at the exact size that it was inside of Illustrator.

I then have the ability to manipulate this in any way I see fit. I can also make a change to this inside of Illustrator, and have it update in the InDesign document. So let's jump back into Illustrator for a moment, and I'm working on the other_apps file, and let's change the text down here at the bottom. I'll double-click, and I'll change this text to be black. I'll also change the R to be black, and let's change this A to black as well.

So the only thing basically in color is the A in the middle. I'll then exit Isolation mode, and save it. When I jump over into InDesign, you're not going to see anything right off the bat, except for this little warning sign. If I click that warning sign, it automatically updates this to the latest version. You could also have done that from the Links panel in InDesign as well. The great thing about InDesign, versus Photoshop, is that this is always tied to that original file. Therefore, any time I make a change to it Illustrator, and then open this file back up in InDesign, InDesign is automatically going to warn me, hey, you might've changed this while were outside of InDesign; do you want to update it? You click that little button, and it instantly updates, making sure that all of my designs, no matter how much I change them, remain consistent across all different spaces.

So as you can see, Illustrator works really well with the other Creative Suite applications, and when you're designing across multiple platforms and substrates, it's important to use artwork that's flexible, and Illustrator is certainly that.

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