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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design
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Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks


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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks

Where possible, I try to use as many tools as I can, that are at my disposal, to get my work done in the most efficient manner possible. Now, of course, I sometimes will create a lot of design work inside of Illustrator, but I can also use Fireworks as well. In fact, Fireworks has some really interesting features. In fact, there are some shape drawing tools that exist inside of Fireworks that are not inside of Illustrator at all. In fact, you may find it easier that sometimes you can draw shapes inside of Fireworks and then bring them back into Illustrator than it might be to actually to draw them from scratch inside of Illustrator.
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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 dynamic shapes from Fireworks

Where possible, I try to use as many tools as I can, that are at my disposal, to get my work done in the most efficient manner possible. Now, of course, I sometimes will create a lot of design work inside of Illustrator, but I can also use Fireworks as well. In fact, Fireworks has some really interesting features. In fact, there are some shape drawing tools that exist inside of Fireworks that are not inside of Illustrator at all. In fact, you may find it easier that sometimes you can draw shapes inside of Fireworks and then bring them back into Illustrator than it might be to actually to draw them from scratch inside of Illustrator.

Let's take a look at what I mean. I'm here inside of Fireworks, and I'm going to create a new document. Make it about 300 x 250. It doesn't really make a difference what size. I just want to have some kind of document open on my screen. You can see that if you look at the Tool panel, there are some Shape tools that come with Fireworks. For example, there's the Rectangle tool, the Ellipse, and Polygon tool, but there's also a whole bunch of customized shape tools, Arrow tools, an Arrow Line tool, Beveled Rectangle, Doughnut shapes, for example, and Rounded Rectangle. You know that, specifically in web design, a lot of the look that you see out there are, shapes that have these rounded edges, or rounded rectangles.

Now, Illustrator does have a Rounded Rectangle tool, and Illustrator also has the ability to apply a rounded corner effect to any shape. However, there's no easy way to specify which corners you want to have rounded on a rectangle. One of the nice things about Fireworks is that there is a really cool function, with the Rounded Rectangle tool, that allows you to round only specific corners of a rectangle. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to take the Rounded Rectangle tool here and just simply click and drag out this rectangle. Notice that you have these gold diamonds that appear on the areas.

Now, if I hold down my Option key on a Mac, or Alt on Windows, you can see that those gold diamonds turn red. If I click and drag on them, I'm only adjusting the rounded edges on just that one corner. So, if I take this right now and drag it out this way, and drag this out this way, I get a rectangle, basically, that has a corner and a corner on these ends but rounded corners on these ends. Well, I can now use this inside of Illustrator, simply by taking it, copying it, switching over to Illustrator - let me create a new document, I'll create a new web-based document and click OK - and then I'll paste it.

But you'll notice that right away I have an image, because if I look up now at my Control panel, I'll see that what really got pasted now into Illustrator is an embedded image. This is actually pixels, and not a vector shape. But don't worry. The whole reason why I'm showing you this tutorial is because there is a way to get around this. There is a way to get vectors from Fireworks into Illustrator, and let me show you how. I'm going to delete this object right now. I'm going to switch back to Fireworks. Instead of simply copying this object, I'm going to go to the Edit menu, and I'm going to choose Copy as Vectors.

What's interesting is that you'll actually get a dialog box here that says, "You can now use Edit > Copy to get full appearance and improved editability when copying objects to paste into Adobe applications such as Adobe Flash." Well, interestingly enough, this does not make it easier to actually copy and paste artwork into Illustrator, as we've just seen. So, I actually now chose Edit, and then I want it to copy as vectors. Now I'm going to click OK. I can choose, by the way, that option to not show that dialog box again. But now when I switch back to Illustrator and I paste, I'm pasting the vector version of that artwork, and you can see that right now it is indeed a path, and it does have the corners just where that I wanted.

So, many times, you can actually go back into Fireworks, draw a shape, get some of those really nice customized shapes that you have now inside of Fireworks, and then simply copy and paste them back as vectors right into Illustrator.

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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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