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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using the Web document profile

Illustrator ships with a variety of what we call new document profiles. You can actually see these profiles by looking at the Welcome screen on the right side where it says Create New. And you'll see listed here things like Print Document, Flash Catalyst Document, Web Document, so on and so forth. Now, these are just simply settings that were already set up in place so that when you get started creating a document in Illustrator, you have everything set up and ready to go. Now, since as we are working on web graphics, then of course it makes more sense to choose the Web Document profile.
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design
6h 20m Intermediate Sep 24, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Getting perfectly sized pixel graphics from Illustrator
  • Setting up preferences in Illustrator for web design
  • Creating custom document profiles
  • Getting great color on the web
  • Understanding web graphic file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG, SWF, and SVG)
  • Setting great-looking type
  • Slicing artwork for various tasks
  • Creating Flash animations directly from Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
  • Exporting HTML and CSS from Illustrator
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Interaction Design Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using the Web document profile

Illustrator ships with a variety of what we call new document profiles. You can actually see these profiles by looking at the Welcome screen on the right side where it says Create New. And you'll see listed here things like Print Document, Flash Catalyst Document, Web Document, so on and so forth. Now, these are just simply settings that were already set up in place so that when you get started creating a document in Illustrator, you have everything set up and ready to go. Now, since as we are working on web graphics, then of course it makes more sense to choose the Web Document profile.

First, take a look at what settings actually are already inside the Web Document profile, and we'll find that may even be a few little things that we still need to add ourselves. So I'm going to start over here creating a new document, so I'm going to click on where it says Web Document. It really doesn't make a difference if you click on that button specifically or not, because you can see over here where it says New Document Profile here in the New Document dialog box, there is a pop-up here where you can still choose between all the different profiles that exist inside of Illustrator. So we'll choose Web over here, and we'll see that the default size is set up to 800x600.

And we could choose from 640x480 or 1024x768, but really just imagine right now this is just one artboard. So unless we are designing a web site with only one page, this one size really doesn't mean much to us. We could change this of course later on once we get in our document, but as an example, if you knew you were going to create an ad campaign that had a whole bunch of different ads of different sizes, choosing that size here wouldn't make much sense here. If you were designing a single web site and all the pages in your web site were all the exact same size, you might create a certain number of artboards here all of the same size.

But again, in my belief it's far more easier to set that up once you're inside the document using the Artboards panel, for example, inside of Illustrator than it is to worry about trying to get them all set up just right here inside of the New Document dialog box. So for the most part, I just kind of breeze right through this area here, because I don't need to know or worry about each of these individual settings. Notice over here the Unit is already set the Pixels, which is perfect. We don't worry about bleed when we talk about web designs. We could just leave those settings alone, but I'm going to click on the Advanced button here, because I want to over here some of these settings.

First of all, you'll notice that the Color mode is already set RGB, perfect. The Raster Effects settings, this is specifically for effects like Gaussian blur, for example, so drop shadows, glows, these things are used a lot in web design. And those are set by default to 72 pixels per inch. This is actually not a bad default setting to work with, especially for a general web design. However, if you know that you're targeting a specific device that has a much higher resolution, you might consider changing the Raster Effects setting. And you can do that later on. You don't need to do that right now inside of this dialog box.

Again, this is just a way for you to get the settings right when you get started, but we can always change any of these settings later on inside of our document. You'll notice over here that the Preview mode, which is set right now to Default. However, when we're working inside of web design, we may often want to use the Pixel Preview Mode. To be honest, sometimes when I'm working with web graphics, I want to make sure that I'm getting my antialiasing perfect. I sometimes forget to turn on the Pixel Preview Mode. So by turning the Pixel preview mode on right now, I know that I'm using that preview mode right from the start.

You'll also notice that now new to Illustrator CS5, the new Align New Objects to Pixel Grid setting is on by default for the Web profiles as well. This ensures that anytime I draw a new artwork, that artwork automatically will snap to the pixel grid, giving me nice clean sharp antialiasing. Now that I've all these settings in place, I can click OK. Illustrator creates the new document for me and I'm ready to go.

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Q: In the chapter 5 movie, "Simulating the CSS box model," the author details the CSS box, but names the inner portion the margin and the outer portion the padding. This is reversed from what I’ve have seen elsewhere. Is this an error in the video?
A: This video does indeed contain an error where the author describes the margin and padding. The padding should be described as the area inside the border, and the margin the area outside the border.
 
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