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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
Illustration by John Hersey

Using the Zoom tool


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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

with Deke McClelland

Video: Using the Zoom tool

Something to note about the zoom functions that I've shown you so far, they all center the zoom, meaning they zoom in on whatever is that the center of your current screen display. So for example I'm working inside of this symmetrical art work. This is the Vectory.ai file that's included inside the 02 Setup_Navigate folder. And if I were to press Control Plus, the center of this illustration remains more or less at the center of the screen. It's actually moving down just a little bit, but that's because it was slightly below center in the first place.
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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
9h 36m Beginner May 18, 2007

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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.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Using the Zoom tool

Something to note about the zoom functions that I've shown you so far, they all center the zoom, meaning they zoom in on whatever is that the center of your current screen display. So for example I'm working inside of this symmetrical art work. This is the Vectory.ai file that's included inside the 02 Setup_Navigate folder. And if I were to press Control Plus, the center of this illustration remains more or less at the center of the screen. It's actually moving down just a little bit, but that's because it was slightly below center in the first place.

So it keeps centering whatever was at the center originally. All right I'm going to go ahead and zoom out because when you zoom out, it also centers the zoom and the problem with working that way is that means you're going to spend a lot of time zooming and then scrolling and then zooming and then scrolling and so on. What if you want to zoom in on a specific portion of your illustration, you want to pinpoint your zoom? Why then you go and select the Zoom tool down here at the bottom of the toolbox, and you can get to this tool by pressing the Z key if you want to. For example let's say I want to zoom in on this violet sphere up here in the upper left-hand corner of the window, then I would just click on it with the Zoom tool, and just like that it's centered. Isn't that totally awesome? Let's say I want to zoom in on this wee little upside down blue triangle. I would click on it with the Zoom tool in that centers it.

Let's say I want to zoom out on this yellow triangle, this little bit of yellow triangle that we're seeing in the bottom right corner of the screen. Then I would press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on it and notice now that becomes the center point inside of my screen display. All right and I'll click again in order to center that location. So you get the idea. This is such a wonderful function being able to pinpoint your zoom, that you're probably going to want to memorize yet another keyboard shortcut and believe me, we haven't even begun with the keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator.

There is a million. But this one you want to remember. So let's say I'm working with the black arrow tool or something, any tool besides the Zoom tool, and I want to get to the Zoom tool function, but I don't want to switch tools because after all not permanently anyway, because after all I'm trying to draw and do work with the tool that I have. Why then, try out this keyboard shortcut: Control spacebar gets you the Zoom In tool. Click while Control spacebar is down and you zoom in or press Control+Alt spacebar to zoom out. Now for you Macintosh users that would be Command+spacebar to zoom in or Command+Option+spacebar to zoom out, and of course I'm clicking while I have those keys down in order to zoom in and out. Now a little note for you Macintosh users you may find that pressing, for example Command+Option spacebar brings up the Spotlight function and really I have to say that Apple is the interloper here. The actual operating system is snagging a keyboard shortcut before Illustrator can get to it because the operating system trumps the application, that's fair enough, but Adobe's been using these keyboard shortcuts for years and years and years and Apple decided to snag it. Now I had this guy tell me, Hey that's not true. Apple invented MacPaint and MacPaint had a Zoom tool. Yeah that's true, but the zoom tool has nothing to do with the Spotlight function. It has little magnifying glass icon that looks like a zoom tool, but it doesn't zoom in on your screen or anything. So anyway, I think Apple's wrong and if you agree and you want to be able take advantage of this keyboard shortcut here inside of Illustrator on the Macintosh side, then you need to remap your Spotlight keyboard shortcut and you do that by going to the System Preferences and then click on Keyboard & Mouse, and then switch to the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, and scroll all the way to the bottom and you will find Spotlight and go ahead and give it a different keyboard shortcut or none at all depending on how you work. Enough said on that topic. Now let's say that, I'll go ahead and zoom out here and this time I'm just pressing Control Minus.

Let's say that you want to zoom really far in, you don't want to do this incremental zooming. You want to zoom in on a very specific detail inside of your illustration and have that detail fill up the whole screen. Why then press Control and spacebar at the same time or Command and spacebar at the same time on the Mac, and then drag around that area in order to encircle it, or enquare it if you prefer, with a marquee, with a rectangular marquee and then that marqueed area, as soon as you release, that marqueed area fills up the screen. So Illustrator zooms in as far as it has to essentially and in my case it's to 1620.45%. Coolio. And then of course I could scroll around if I wanted to. A couple of other things to note.

You have these commands under the View menu that allow you to fit the illustration into the window and that's Control+Zero or Command+Zero on the Mac or you can switch to the 100% zoom level, Actual Size, which is Control+1 or Command+1 on the Mac. You can also do that by double-clicking on the tools, so if you double-click on the Hand tool that takes you to the Fit in Window size, and if you double-click on the Zoom tool. Notice this is 89% or whatever it is on your screen, if you double-click on the Zoom tool, you go to the 100% size. So there you are. A few more keyboard shortcuts to fill up your brain.

In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to get around inside of the Navigator palette.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials.


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Q: When trying to synchronize color settings between all Creative Suite programs in Bridge, the Creative Suite Color Settings command either does not appear in the Edit menu or does not work. What is causing this?
A: If the Color Setting command is not available or does not function, it's because Bridge thinks that a single application (such as Photoshop or Illustrator), is installed and not one of the many versions of the Creative Suite.
If only Photoshop or Illustrator is installed, skip the exercise and move on.
If the entire Creative Suite is installed, then, unfortunately, there is no easy fix. Either contact Adobe or completely reinstall the Creative Suite.
 
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