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Using workspaces

From: Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

Video: Using workspaces

Over the course of a day of using Illustrator, you'll find yourself opening and closing panels, repositioning them, and at some point your screen may get messy. For example, maybe I will go ahead and expand this panel dock. Maybe I wanted to get a closer look at some of the layers, so I brought up the Layers panel on its own. By the way, you can just double-click on a tab over here to collapse that panel temporarily as well and then double- click to reveal it and maybe there are some other panels that you just don't use as often, so you went to the Window menu and for example, open up the Flattener Preview panel, which happens to be a pretty big panel to work with.

Using workspaces

Over the course of a day of using Illustrator, you'll find yourself opening and closing panels, repositioning them, and at some point your screen may get messy. For example, maybe I will go ahead and expand this panel dock. Maybe I wanted to get a closer look at some of the layers, so I brought up the Layers panel on its own. By the way, you can just double-click on a tab over here to collapse that panel temporarily as well and then double- click to reveal it and maybe there are some other panels that you just don't use as often, so you went to the Window menu and for example, open up the Flattener Preview panel, which happens to be a pretty big panel to work with.

I will also open up the Align panel, maybe put that about over here, and before you know that your whole screen can be filled with panels. In fact when panels are floating, it's certainly possible to position one over the other so they're partially hidden or maybe even completely hidden. Sometimes you just want a way to stop that madness and start all over again. Well, with Illustrator there had to be a feature called Workspaces. Adobe refers to your workspace as everything you see on your screen. A combination of your document window, your Tools panels, the rest of your panels and there's a way inside of Illustrator to capture all the information and save it as a workspace.

In fact, if you draw your attention to the upper right-hand side of my screen you'll see this word here called Essentials. Illustrator comes with several preset workspaces and one of them is called Essentials. If you click on this button, you can actually preview all the other workspaces that come with Illustrator. For example, there is one called Automation. Essentials. There are several that match other applications. For example, setup Illustrator make it look like I'm inside of FreeHand, or InDesign, Photoshop, or for performing a variety of other tasks. But for now, I am just going to re- choose the Essentials one to reset my workspace back to the default Essential setting.

It's important to realize though that Essentials doesn't really mean your personal essentials. It's basically a generic setting that Adobe came up with to create a level playing field for everyone. However, you may have your own personal essentials. Now, this is your first time using Illustrator or if you're pretty new to Illustrator, you may not be completely comfortable with the user interface to know what your essentials are. However, as you spend more and more time with Illustrator, you'll get a feel for which panels you use most often and how you like things positioned on your screen. When you reached that point, you're ready to save your own customized workspace.

For example, I'm a big fan of using the Appearance panel. We will learn more about that later in the title, but for now, I'm going to come over here and actually drag the Appearance panel up on to my screen and I'll put that right here. I like to use the Artboards and Layers panels also, so I will drag that group out and once I expand it I'll simply take this and also drag it so that it now gets combined together into this one floating panel dock. I really need some more room to view all my layers, so I'm going to go ahead now and expand this downward just a little bit.

And then what I'll do is I will take the entire panel dock and move it over here to create a second panel dock. Now, I can access these as I need to and I have this information just as I want it. So what I want to do now is save this workspace so that later on, at any time I can return it back to this workspace and this layout just the way that I like it. To do that, I will come back to this button. It's actually called the Workspace Switcher and I'll click over here and choose Save Workspace. I'll call this one Mordy. Although, at times, I also like call it My Happy Place. This way, I know that I always return to my happy place.

But I'm going to click OK and now you can see that my workspace name appears right here. If I were to switch to something else, for example maybe now I wanted to do some digital painting. I'll choose now to the Painting workspace and all the tools that I might need for painting are now available to me. But if I want to go back to my own personal essentials, I can switch back to my own workspace and get the settings just the way I want them. Remember, you can always create more than one workspace. So depending on the kind of work that you do, you may have one for heavy type editing, one for just design exploration, or one for doing color studies.

Feel free to create as many as you need, giving yourself more time to focus on your task at hand and less worrying about the user interface itself.

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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

126 video lessons · 81493 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

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