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Illustrator CS4 for the Web

Working with Acrobat Pro


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Illustrator CS4 for the Web

with Mordy Golding
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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

Video: Working with Acrobat Pro

Adobe PDF is an extremely popular way to move documents around, especially so on the web. And even more so, PDF files can be interactive. Now unfortunately, Illustrator itself does not have the capability to author interactive PDF files like say InDesign can. However, it's really easy to add some basic functionality directly inside of Acrobat. To do so, start off inside of Illustrator with your design, go to the File menu and then choose Save As and for the File Format choose Adobe PDF. I will put this on my Desktop and I will choose Save. A dialog box appears asking me how I want to save my particular document. I could choose this option here called Smallest File Size. In doing so it will actually make sure that it's set to the screen resolution and that I can easily email this or post this up on the web for people to easily download.

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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

Working with Acrobat Pro

Adobe PDF is an extremely popular way to move documents around, especially so on the web. And even more so, PDF files can be interactive. Now unfortunately, Illustrator itself does not have the capability to author interactive PDF files like say InDesign can. However, it's really easy to add some basic functionality directly inside of Acrobat. To do so, start off inside of Illustrator with your design, go to the File menu and then choose Save As and for the File Format choose Adobe PDF. I will put this on my Desktop and I will choose Save. A dialog box appears asking me how I want to save my particular document. I could choose this option here called Smallest File Size. In doing so it will actually make sure that it's set to the screen resolution and that I can easily email this or post this up on the web for people to easily download.

I can also choose a few other interesting options. I can choose over here, from Compatibility, to choose a later version of Acrobat. Let's do Acrobat 8 for example. That just means that I will have more capabilities or things that I can do to that PDF file once I bring it into Acrobat. I will also choose View PDF after Saving. That will actually open up Acrobat and open up the file in Acrobat for me to work with. And I can even choose this option here, Create Acrobat Layers from Top-Level Layers. I will show you in a moment how important that can be. Now let's choose the Save the PDF file. I will click OK at this dialog box just letting Illustrator know that I really don't want to preserve the Illustrator editing capabilities of this file. And here we are inside of Acrobat.

First of all, take a look over here on the left side. There is a button here that allows me to access all the layers of my file. Here, I can actually see that I can turn these particular layers on and off. This could be useful if I want to show my client different possible design ideas. The layers actually show up and you can interact with them even in the free Adobe Reader. But for now, let's add some simple interactivity to this document. For example, maybe when I click on this Groundswell logo I want it to be able to direct me to a website. I can move over here to the Tools menu. I will choose Advanced Editing and then choose the Button tool. Here I will simply click over to create a button. I can also resize that button as well to make it big enough to cover the entire logo. I will double- click on the button so that I can change its settings.

First of all the Form Field itself, I would like that to be hidden. I don't want to see the particular button that's there and for its Appearance, I could set both the Border Color and the Fill Color to none. Underneath Actions, I will set it to that whenever a person clicks on it and releases the mouse, it should execute not a menu item, but it should open up a web link, and I could choose what that web link should be. For example, over here I will type in an URL to go to lynda.com. I will click OK and I will close and just like that I was able to add some interactivity to my PDF file. One really cool thing about Acrobat 9.0 is that you can also add multimedia to your documents. For example, where it says over here Flash tool, I could actually click-and-drag and place Flash content directly into my PDF document.

This allows others to be able to open up a PDF file and see Flash content playing directly inside of that window. So while you may not think of PDF as web graphics format, it certainly can be a great medium for you to deliver contents across the web.

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