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Illustrator Insider Training: Rethinking the Essentials is the first installment in a series of courses designed to show experienced Illustrator users to how master core features and build art more efficiently. Adobe Illustrator has evolved dramatically over the years, and many creative professionals may be missing out on features that have been added to the latest versions. This course takes a fresh approach to core concepts, such as paths, attributes, object hierarchy, groups, and layers. Advanced techniques such as combining multiple effects and customizing textures are also included. Exercise files and a free worksheet are included with the course.
So, why do we create groups anyway? I mean, it's really purely for convenience sake. If you are ever taken, let's say, artwork--like a logo, for example. It's made up of several different objects, and you don't want to have to, like, select each one and then work with them. You want to actually click on one of them and have them all become selected. Well, in reality, inside of Illustrator, the whole concept of groups have changed after Illustrator 9 came out. So we discussed this concept that's something called Illustrator BT, or Before Transparency, and Illustrator AT, Illustrator After Transparency.
And we also discussed that the file format of Illustrator changed from EPS to PDF. Well, let's talk about what a group means in both of those different eras inside of Illustrator. Let's talk about pre-Illustrator 9, right? Illustrator-BT. In those days, if you create a group, it's simply taking multiple objects and giving all those objects the same last name. That means that if I now tell Illustrator to select one of them, all other objects that have the same last name also become selected.
However, now inside of Illustrator AT, right, as of Illustrator 9 moving forward, the whole concept of groups have changed. Now when you create a group inside of Illustrator, you're actually creating a physical construct. We consider a group inside of Illustrator is something called a container. And when I group objects together, I am taking these objects and I am putting them inside of that container. So the objects inside of the container, or inside of a group, are called the contents of the group.
So we'll actually see inside of Illustrator this has a huge significance. I can actually do the things to the actual container itself that can help me build my artwork more efficiently and control what I actually get out of my artwork as well.
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