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Illustrator CS4 for the Web

Using manual slicing


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Illustrator CS4 for the Web

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using manual slicing

So we understand the importance of creating slices when working with web layouts inside of Illustrator. So let's see how we actually create these slices. In this document, I will turn on this layer where I have already created these areas or these regions, which are going to become slices. And in reality there are two ways to create slices inside of Illustrator. In this particular video, we will talk about creating them in a manual fashion. I will start by selecting the Slice tool here in the toolbar, then I will come directly to my document and I will click -and-drag to create a slice around the region that I have defined. When I release the mouse, the slice is created.
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  1. 3m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Understanding pixel- and vector-based web graphics
      1m 36s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 10m 27s
    1. Using the Web New Document Profile
      1m 56s
    2. Creating your own New Document Profiles
      1m 57s
    3. Taking advantage of web templates and content
      1m 48s
    4. Setting up a custom web workspace
      4m 46s
  3. 23m 42s
    1. Setting measurement preferences
      1m 11s
    2. Setting preview bounds
      2m 38s
    3. Setting grid preferences
      2m 18s
    4. Understanding Pixel Preview
      3m 54s
    5. Understanding anti-aliasing
      5m 3s
    6. Disabling anti-aliasing
      2m 35s
    7. Setting up color management
      6m 3s
  4. 9m 49s
    1. Comparing pixel dimension and resolution
      2m 26s
    2. Grid is good, grid is great
      4m 45s
    3. Working with multiple artboards
      2m 38s
  5. 10m 1s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors and hexadecimal
      4m 31s
    2. Pulling colors from Kuler
      1m 43s
    3. Using the Color Guide with web-safe colors
      1m 48s
    4. Converting art to web-safe or limited colors
      1m 59s
  6. 22m 5s
    1. Understanding slicing
      1m 36s
    2. Using manual slicing
      2m 16s
    3. Using object-based slicing
      2m 33s
    4. Comparing user slices and auto slices
      1m 57s
    5. Applying settings to slices
      4m 59s
    6. Defining an image map
      3m 46s
    7. Working with slices
      4m 58s
  7. 10m 45s
    1. Making text look good on the web
      2m 58s
    2. Adding reflections
      2m 42s
    3. Applying rounded corners
      1m 7s
    4. Creating dynamic text buttons
      3m 58s
  8. 19m 54s
    1. Optimizing web graphics
      2m 41s
    2. Comparing GIF, JPG, PNG, and WBMP files
      6m 38s
    3. Setting up transparency and matte
      2m 52s
    4. Adjusting image dimensions
      2m 7s
    5. Optimizing to a specific file size
      2m 27s
    6. Editing output settings
      3m 9s
  9. 4m 3s
    1. Understanding Illustrator and Flash workflows
      2m 42s
    2. Understanding SVG
      1m 21s
  10. 19m 14s
    1. Defining symbols in Illustrator
      5m 23s
    2. Editing symbols in Illustrator
      2m 19s
    3. Choosing a symbol type
      2m 7s
    4. Setting the Flash registration
      1m 23s
    5. Using 9-slice scaling
      4m 34s
    6. Defining static and input text
      3m 28s
  11. 14m 17s
    1. Setting preferences in Flash
      1m 27s
    2. Copying and pasting elements
      1m 50s
    3. Exporting entire files
      4m 35s
    4. The Save for Web & Devices dialog
      2m 58s
    5. Exporting SWF files
      3m 27s
  12. 16m 11s
    1. Converting layers to frames
      3m 17s
    2. Working with blends
      3m 11s
    3. Releasing to layers
      3m 44s
    4. Defining static layers
      2m 43s
    5. Adjusting timing
      3m 16s
  13. 11m 29s
    1. Working with Photoshop
      2m 18s
    2. Working with Acrobat Pro
      2m 54s
    3. Working with Dreamweaver
      2m 14s
    4. Working with Flash Catalyst
      4m 3s
  14. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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Illustrator CS4 for the Web
2h 56m Intermediate Jan 23, 2009

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Mordy Golding demonstrates how to be more productive, efficient, and creative by taking advantage of Adobe Illustrator to create pixel-perfect web graphics and interactive Flash content. Illustrator CS4 for the Web investigates the pros and cons of pixel- and vector-based web graphics, demonstrates efficient workflows, and explores the creative options available in Illustrator. Mordy also covers design techniques, such as creating typography that works well on screen, adding reflections, and making Flash animations. He discusses new Illustrator CS4 features, including using multiple artboards, bringing art into Dreamweaver, and utilizing Flash Catalyst. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Differentiating between pixel- and vector-based web graphics
  • Creating screen-friendly typography
  • Adding reflections
  • Creating Flash animations
  • Using multiple artboards
  • Bringing art into Dreamweaver
  • Utilizing Flash Catalyst
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Prototyping Web Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using manual slicing

So we understand the importance of creating slices when working with web layouts inside of Illustrator. So let's see how we actually create these slices. In this document, I will turn on this layer where I have already created these areas or these regions, which are going to become slices. And in reality there are two ways to create slices inside of Illustrator. In this particular video, we will talk about creating them in a manual fashion. I will start by selecting the Slice tool here in the toolbar, then I will come directly to my document and I will click -and-drag to create a slice around the region that I have defined. When I release the mouse, the slice is created.

Using the Slice tool I can continue to create additional slices as well. However, I will tell you that as I am doing this right now, there is really nothing preventing me from creating a slice that's not the exact same size as the rectangle that I have created before. For example, I will purposely clicked right about over here and click to drag this. They obviously don't line up here. Now the Slice tool is used specifically for creating slices, not for modifying them. Once I have created them I have to use a different tool, which is the Slice Select tool. I will come back to the toolbar here, click and hold my mouse button on top of the Slice tool and I will see the Slice Select tool. Now I can come back, click on this particular slice to select it, and you will notice a double arrow appears as I move over the boundary of that slice.

By clicking and dragging I can now simply resize the slice to match as needed. Let's take a look at what's really happening here behind the scenes. As I create a slice, Illustrator draws a rectangle and refers to it as a slice. If I look over here at the layer that I am in right now, the Slices layer, I see that I have just now created these objects called Slices. These are the paths that I have defined before when I first defined my grid, but the slices that I have just drawn are brand new objects. In reality, I can delete these simply by clicking on them and dragging them on to the Trashcan. To make it somewhat easier to draw your slices, you can simply go ahead and drag out Guides. In doing so when you go ahead and you create your slices, I will go back here to the Slice tool, you will notice that when I click and drag my cursor will snap to that particular guide as well.

In reality though creating slice in this way is really a manual process. And because of the issues that we discussed in the past about how Illustrator uses anti-aliasing to define the boundaries of pixels, it can be somewhat frustrating to get your slices to line up just so. But for quickly creating a slice here or there working in this particular manual way with the Slice tool is a great way to create your slices.

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