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Illustrator CS5 New Features
Illustration by John Hersey

Using new paste commands


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Illustrator CS5 New Features

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using new paste commands

Sometimes, simple commands like Copy and Paste can have a huge impact on the way they do work. Illustrator CS5 adds a few new options for copying and pasting. Let's take a look. I have a few artboards here on my document, and I want to add some information. So, I am going to zoom in on, let's say this artboard right here, and I have a symbol that I have already created here. It's basically a little symbol that says that this is a confidential information. Let me close my Symbols panel here, and I will drop this just into position, let's say right above over here. Great! Let me go ahead and move over a little bit. Now I want to put that exact same symbol on this artboard as well.
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  1. 9m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Comparing Illustrator CS4 and Illustrator CS5
      7m 39s
  2. 27m 2s
    1. Defining perspective grids
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids
      10m 28s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 26s
    2. Using variable-width profiles
      4m 26s
    3. Creating perfect dashed lines
      3m 30s
    4. Easily adding arrowheads to strokes
      3m 14s
  4. 16m 8s
    1. Simulating real brush strokes with the Bristle brush
      11m 46s
    2. Using enhanced art and pattern brushes
      2m 55s
    3. Applying variable-width settings to brushstrokes
      1m 27s
  5. 12m 10s
    1. Drawing Behind and Draw Inside Drawing modes
      4m 17s
    2. Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 5s
    3. Easily joining multiple paths
      1m 48s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Working with symbols more easily
      6m 56s
    2. Using 9-slice scaling options with symbols
      4m 29s
  7. 7m 55s
    1. Using the new Artboards panel
      4m 13s
    2. Setting individual artboard rulers
      2m 35s
    3. Printing artboards more easily
      1m 7s
  8. 11m 47s
    1. Creating pixel-perfect web graphics
      3m 43s
    2. Creating crisp readable text for the web
      1m 58s
    3. Quickly exporting individual slices
      1m 50s
    4. Integrating with Adobe Flash Catalyst
      4m 16s
  9. 10m 11s
    1. Select artwork through other objects
      2m 36s
    2. Using new paste commands
      1m 57s
    3. Applying resolution-independent raster effects
      2m 55s
    4. Specifying transparency within gradient mesh
      1m 8s
    5. Creating editable trim marks
      1m 35s
  10. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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Illustrator CS5 New Features
2h 1m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 New Features, author Mordy Golding discusses noteworthy features and improvements in the latest upgrade of Adobe's vector graphics editor and drawing program. This course includes overviews of perspective drawing, expressive bristle brushes, and variable-width strokes, as well as anti-aliasing features for web design, a new Artboards panel, improvements to symbols and drawing modes, and integration with Adobe Flash Catalyst. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
  • Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
  • Creating variable-width strokes
  • Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
  • Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
  • Adding arrowheads to strokes
  • Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using new paste commands

Sometimes, simple commands like Copy and Paste can have a huge impact on the way they do work. Illustrator CS5 adds a few new options for copying and pasting. Let's take a look. I have a few artboards here on my document, and I want to add some information. So, I am going to zoom in on, let's say this artboard right here, and I have a symbol that I have already created here. It's basically a little symbol that says that this is a confidential information. Let me close my Symbols panel here, and I will drop this just into position, let's say right above over here. Great! Let me go ahead and move over a little bit. Now I want to put that exact same symbol on this artboard as well.

Well, what I can do is that I can actually take this piece of art and select it. I am going to copy it, go to the Edit menu and basically hit Copy. Then I will click on this artboard here, just simply click on it to now turn it into the active artboard. And instead of choosing Paste, from the Edit menu, I am going to choose Paste in Place. In doing so, it pastes it into the exact same coordinates, or location as it appeared on the previous artboard. If fact, I can click on any other artboards and make it the active artboard. And when I choose the Paste in Place option, or the Keyboard Shortcut, which is Command+Shift+V or Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows, again, it puts it right in the location where I want it on this artboard.

But let me zoom out for a moment here, because I want to show you another option that appears inside of Illustrator. In fact, I am going to delete these two over here, and I am going to focus on just the original one that I have right here. If I know that I want to put this in the same location on all my artboards, what I could do is take this one piece of art, go to the Edit menu and choose Cut. Now it does not appear anywhere in my document, but Illustrator remembered where it cut it from on that particular artboard. What I can now do is go to the Edit menu and choose a new option called Paste on All Artboards.

When I do that, it remembers the location and puts that artwork into the exact same coordinates on every single artboard in my document. So, when you are working multiple artboards inside of Illustrator, you may find these two new Paste commands, the Paste in Place and Paste on All Artboards, command to be extremely helpful.

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Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.
 
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