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In Illustrator CS5 Web and Interactive Design, Mordy Golding shows how to create pixel-perfect graphics for use in web sites, video compositions, and mobile apps. This course covers a wide range of workflows, from creating online ad campaigns, web sites, icons, to taking art from Illustrator to Flash Professional. Sharing tips, tricks, and creative techniques along the way, Mordy provides insight and instruction for taking projects from initial concept straight through to production. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you're short on time and you want to get your work done quickly, or if you're looking for some extra inspiration, Illustrator ships with a variety of different predesigned templates. You can access these templates easily when you create a new document. For example, if I click over here on the web Document profile to create a new document, I can click on the Templates button, which navigates me directly to the Templates folder, and I can see that Illustrator has something called Club, these are different themes, Film and Tech, for example, and these themes have things like Web Site, for example.
Of course, it's hard to tell exactly what these templates look like, so I find little bit easier to use Adobe Bridge to navigate amongst these different templates. So I'm going to click Cancel here and once again I'll click Cancel from the New Document dialog box, and I'll simply come over here to the File menu, and I'll choose Browse in Bridge. This will launch Adobe Bridge and navigate me directly to the Templates folder, which happens to be in my hard drive. This actually comes installed with Illustrator CS5. And if I open the templates folder, I can see all that information right here.
If I click on Club, for example, I can now see what those different designs look like. If I double-click on the Web Site template right here, it actually switches me back to Illustrator and opens that document. More important than just a design itself, the document is also structured correctly. In fact, if I go to the View menu, I can choose over here Show Slices and you can see that this document has already been sliced up into different areas. We'll talk more about slices later on this title, so don't worry about it. But you can see that this document is already set up and ready to go.
Now to be honest with you, as a designer, I'm really not looking for pre-designed templates. This is great if you're looking for inspiration or if you may be working with somebody who doesn't have such great design skills and they want something to kind of give them a head start, but even if that's the case you may still benefit greatly from using templates inside of Illustrator. Why? Because if I go back now to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge, you can see that inside the Templates folder is an entire folder called Blank Templates. You'll find some web specific templates here called Web Site and DVDmenu, and also Banner Ads.
Let me click on this one over here. I'm actually going to double-click on it, so it's opened up inside of Illustrator, and you can see that I've several artboards already set to very popular web banner sizes that I might use to create an ad campaign. So it just gives me a head start. Instead of me having to search to find pixel dimensions for a variety of different sizes for ads, I can get that right here using these blank templates inside of Illustrator.
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