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Using workspaces

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So we are just about there. We are ready to jump in and start drawing inside of Illustrator. But before we do so, let's explore one final thing about the user interface. Now in Adobe Illustrator CS4 we have seen how the new user interface really allows us to work with panels and customize the screen the way that we want it to be. However, we also want to have a way to memorize the positions of all those particular layouts, so we can continuously set up our screen the way that we want it to. In fact, there are so many different possible ways to use Illustrator that there many times you will be focused on using certain tools sets or certain panels and so and so forth.

Using workspaces

So we are just about there. We are ready to jump in and start drawing inside of Illustrator. But before we do so, let's explore one final thing about the user interface. Now in Adobe Illustrator CS4 we have seen how the new user interface really allows us to work with panels and customize the screen the way that we want it to be. However, we also want to have a way to memorize the positions of all those particular layouts, so we can continuously set up our screen the way that we want it to. In fact, there are so many different possible ways to use Illustrator that there many times you will be focused on using certain tools sets or certain panels and so and so forth.

And there maybe other times when you will need a completely other set of panels that are inside of Illustrator. In fact, I find there are times when Illustrator itself serves many different needs. For example, sometimes maybe just editing color; sometimes maybe drawing from scratch. Sometimes maybe doing more of a technical type of a drawing. Each of those requires different types of panels and tools available to me. This is way Adobe created something called the Workspaces. A workspace is a way that captures the way that your layout is actually set up. Not your artwork itself or the document itself, but all the tools and panels around it. In fact, you maybe wondering what this word on the top of the Application Bar is, where it says Essentials.

Well, this is what we call the workspace switcher. It allows us to switch between preset workspaces. Now the Illustrator team over at Adobe has done a wonderful job in CS4 by shipping Illustrator with a variety of already preset workspaces. Not only is this helpful, because some of the workspaces I think are great, more importantly it shows us how we could use workspaces to our own advantage. For example I'm going to click on this word Essentials right now and I see something called Automation. Like Freehand, Like InDesign, Like Photoshop. Let's for example imagine that we were a Freehand user and we just started using Illustrator. Or I could choose the Like Freehand setting and now all the tools and panels are set up in a way that maybe familiar to me, if I were coming from Freehand.

Same thing also for example Like InDesign. For a person who spends a lot of time in InDesign I may choose to set up my Illustrator workspace to match that found inside of InDesign, so that's more comfortable for me to make transitions as I move between these two applications. There are also ways to set up workspaces for a specific task. For example, there is one here called Typography. Well, let's say I'm working on some kind of type treatments. All the settings I would need for texts, characters, styles, layers. All the settings here for example. The Glyphs panel, all these things are now available to me directly when I'm breaking on Typography. Now what's great about this is I could also create my own. There is no reason why you have to use only the ones that ship with Illustrator. You can create your own workspaces that fit well for you and again you may have several workspaces, depending on the kind of work you do.

I'll give you one example of how I wanted to set up my screen. Now that we know about how Illustrator works and we understand the interface, let's build an interface together and save it. I'm going to switch back to Essentials. This is where hard things start out. I'm a big fan of the single row tools. I'm going to set this now to use as the single row tools. Again I like the Application Frame turned on so that's why I have this particular thing, and again this is as that's all encompassed in one frame on the Macintosh here. Now I'll tell you that there are times when I really need to see a lot of information here and this little collapse bar doesn't really do it for me. But if I go ahead and I expand this, there are certain settings here that really are not that important to me. Maybe we can move this over here for a second.

Remember how we discussed to have you have basically the ability to Control panel to choose colors, for Fills and Strokes right here and I can actually access the Stroke panel, the entire Stroke panel here and the entire Opacity panel here. Well, because I can access it from there, I don't need them to be here at all. So I'm going to take that Stroke, just simply drag it out, and then I can go ahead and I can simply close that if I want to. Alternatively, a very easy way for you basically get rid of these here is to take let's say the Transparency panel here, drag that as well and go ahead and turn that off.

Now I'll explain a little bit later why I don't feel the need for the Gradient panel as well. We will get more into Gradient, but I want to get rid of the Gradient as well. Here is a little tip by the way. If you ever want to just pull an entire grouping panel for example, you can simply hold down the Option key or the Alt key and grab it from any of these kind of blank grayed area and that moves both of those Dock panels altogether as one. I'm actually going to move this back over here, put it right back on top where it was. I don't need the Color panel, because I can access that right from here. So I'm going to choose to get rid of this. One of the panels that I like to use a lot is actually the Navigator panel. Now I'll be honest with you I was never really a big fan of the Navigator panel in previous versions of Illustrator, but now in Illustrator where I can have multiple artboards.

Let's say I create an additional artboard here. Note that now when I work with a Navigator I choose Window and then open up the Navigator panel here. The Navigator panel asks me to quickly zoom between these particular areas. So it makes it possible for me to quickly jump and navigate around between multiple artboards as well. So I'm actually going to go ahead and take this right now and bring this in front in center. I want that to be the most important part of my particular layout over here. Now next I think right now that the Swatches, Brushes, and Symbols, those can be kind important as well, but maybe not in the main focus over here. The Color Guide is something that I see when I'm doing color explorations, I'll use that, and then we will go through that later on in the title as well. I'll turn that off right now. I don't need that.

So I have these settings right here, but in my opinion the Appearance panel is extremely important and the Graphics style is kind of a library, just like Swatches, Brushes and Symbols. So I'll kind of group those together here as well. So now all those are combined together. Layers have become important to me. So what I'll do is I'll simply just move my cursor here between them and adjust the size of these. Just like this. In fact I may take the Layers panel out completely and snap it to the bottom of this. Then I'll take this and bring it to the side here. I'll collapse this panel just like this.

So now I have my Appearance panel, my Layers panel here and I bring my Navigator panel actually up on top of each over here. Now I have a layout that I'm pretty happy with. I have my Navigator panel, my Appearance panel, which we'll as well soon see inside of this title is probably one of the most important panel inside of Illustrator. Then I have my Layers panel I can see on my layers on my objects. I have other objects, which I can get too quickly if I need them. Brushes, Swatches so on so and forth. What I'll do now is I'll save this as my own custom workspace. I'll go over here where it says Essentials, click on that little pop up and choose Save Workspace.

Now what I'll do is I'll give a name. Say we call it MORDY. I know. How did I come up with that name, right? I'll click OK, and there you will notice that my name is up here. By the way I love this feature because it's got my name up in light. It's up in the Application Bar. It's great. In fact you may want to put some other words in there. That might make it a little bit interesting as well, but now I'm have that workspace. Very easily I can switch between, for example, the Essentials workspace. I can go to Automation, which are focused on like actions, and variables, and using Illustrator at the most convenient possible way. But then I'll browse this and I'll switch back to my MORDY workspaces and now I get things set up the way I like them. So very easily I can create my own workspaces as needed and remember I can easily manage them as well if I have to decide anytime I want to delete them. I go to Manage Workspaces and I simply highlight and I click Delete.

By the way there is no way to update a workspace. If you want to modify a workspace, you basically bring up a workspace make your changes then just save a brand new workspace and you can Delete the old one. So that's the way that you might want to do that. So that's the Workspaces feature inside of Illustrator. Now that we know how to get around and how to work with our interface, let's get started drawing inside of Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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