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In Illustrator CS5 Web and Interactive Design, Mordy Golding shows how to create pixel-perfect graphics for use in web sites, video compositions, and mobile apps. This course covers a wide range of workflows, from creating online ad campaigns, web sites, icons, to taking art from Illustrator to Flash Professional. Sharing tips, tricks, and creative techniques along the way, Mordy provides insight and instruction for taking projects from initial concept straight through to production. Exercise files accompany the course.
You know, perhaps one of the most powerful things about using both Illustrator and Photoshop is not that you can just start inside of Illustrator and then end up inside of Photoshop, but it's that you can actually use both of these applications together, almost as if they were one, meaning taking the benefits or taking the best out of what both of these applications can offer. Now we're talking specifically in this video title about using Illustrator for the web, but if you want to learn more about using Photoshop for the web, you might want to check out Jan Kabili's excellent title of the Online Training Library here at lynda.com.
It's called Photoshop CS5 for the Web. Now in this movie specifically, I'd like to talk about using both Illustrator and Photoshop almost at the same time. Now, we've already seen that we could take an entire design that was mocked up inside of Illustrator and bring it into Photoshop and retain all its wonderful editability. However, the content that I am looking at right now is all rasterized, it's all pixel-based, and I lose some level of editability in my design. For example, let's take a closer look here at the navigation. I am going to zoom in just a little bit on this page, and if we take a look at the logo that's right here, let's go to the Layers panel here, take a look at our Navigation here, I have the Explore logo, which is really all one image.
Now I can select this layer, and I can scale it. I'll press Command+T and then I can kind of enlarge this if I want to make this bigger, but then I start to see pixels here because, after all, this was rasterized at that size. So if I try to enlarge it, I start to run through some problems. In addition, if I wanted to make some small changes to the artwork, well, then I have to go back into Illustrator for that. So let's talk about a way that we can actually manage this process in a more intelligent way. I'll press Escape to kind of Undo that change that I just made, and I am going to go into Illustrator, and in this, document home_page.ai, this is where I originally created this logo which is still in its vector state. In fact, it's a symbol here inside of Illustrator.
I am actually going to take this piece of art right now and simply copy it, Command+C or Ctrl+C on Windows, and now I'll switch to Photoshop, and I am going to paste. Notice that when I do so, Photoshop brings up this dialog box, asking me, well, how do I want to paste that piece of art? Now I could choose to paste it in one of four different ways. I can paste it as a shape layer, as paths, as pixels or as a Smart Object, and I want to focus on Smart Objects right here because it's going to allow me to do a lot of really great things here inside of Photoshop. So I am going to choose Smart Object and click OK. The piece of art appears here, and I am just going to hit Enter, and I could position it right over here on top of this logo.
In fact, I am actually going to take the Explore logo, the original one, and just kind of hide that layer right now. You'll notice, if you look at the layer, this little icon here that appears in the lower right-hand corner. This indicates that this is a vector Smart Object. What exactly is a Smart Object? Well, if I press Command+T now, and I scale this up in size, when I click OK, Photoshop actually re-rasterizes it because the Smart Object contains the original Illustrator vector art inside of it. This means that no matter how I want to work with this piece of art, I can resize it to virtually any size here inside of Photoshop, and it will always look clean and sharp.
Let me press Undo here to kind of reduce it back to the original size. But as we discussed before, there may be times when I want to edit this artwork. Well to do so, I could simply come over to the Layers panel and double-click on this Document icon. Photoshop tells me that this piece of art was actually created inside of Illustrator, and if I click OK, you can see that I am now inside of Illustrator here because Photoshop actually took this piece of art, made a copy of it, and opened it up into its own document that's called Vector Smart Object. It's important to realize that this is not the original piece of art that I had, and this document here for homepage, it's completely separate; it's really a copy of that piece of art right here.
This piece of art is actually still a symbol, so I am going to double-click on it so that I can edit the symbol, and maybe I will select here just the background. Instead of making it white, let's give it maybe a kind of a blue color for the sky, and maybe we'll change the sun to a nice bright yellow color, so I'll Shift+Click over here to bring up the color ramp or the color slider here, and choose a nice yellow color for the sky. Now that I've done that, I am simply going to save my file: Command+S or Ctrl+S on Windows, and I am going to close the file. Now, I'll return back to Photoshop, and you can see that the file automatically updates in place.
So you can easily see how powerful working with Smart Objects are inside of Photoshop. In fact, if you want to learn more about Smart Objects, I'd highly suggest that you take a look at Deke McClelland's excellent title about Using Photoshop with Smart Objects. You can find it at the Online Training Library here at lynda.com, and I'm sure that you'll start to see just how really powerful working with Smart Objects can be.
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