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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to the notion of print tiling. I'm working inside of Illustrator CS4 as opposed to InDesign, and I want you to notice here inside the Layers palette, we do have five layers. And if you are seeing more than that, it's because your Card layer is popped open, which it is want to do. Go ahead and twirl it close to see what I'm seeing here. So we have a Background layer, Card, Text, Boards and T-shirt, a total of five layers in all, and these are the very five layers that we could see inside of InDesign. This is new, of course. Now I want to show you something really super old.
This goes back to Illustrator 1.0, it's so old, and I'm going to zoom out from my illustration. Now Adobe is very adamant that you don't create multiple-page documents inside of Illustrator CS4, you create multiple artboards. They are very locked into this artboard concept. They have been since the dawn of time because artboards mean that you are creating an artboard that matches your artwork. You are creating something just large enough to hold your illustration, whatever size that is. You are not beholden to the size of a printed page.
But somehow or other, we have to transfer this information here to a printed page, so how do we go about doing it? How do we know how the artboard and page match each other? Well, you go on to this command right here, go to the View menu and choose Show Print Tiling. Now this used to be the Show Page Tiling command, this has been changed to Show Print Tiling. The idea behind tiling is if you had a very large document, you could tile it across multiple printed pages. You wouldn't do that in a million years, but back in the old days, you might need to do to paste up a document that was really big from a laser printer, for example. That doesn't happen much anymore but that's where that term comes from.
What it is really going to do is show you the outlines of the printed pages. So I'm going to choose this command and there it is. We have got two dotted boundaries. The outermost boundary is the actual physical limitations of the page. The inner boundary, the inset one here, is the imageable area of the page. That is the portion of the page on which you can print. That area in between the two is the non- printing margin. Every printer has some sort of margin going on and these dotted boundaries by the way are communicated by the printer driver, so they are going to be different from one printer to the next.
Now what if you want is scoot the artboard around inside your page or you would go down here to the Hand tool and you would select this guy, the Print Tiling tool. Another one of these tools has been around since the dawn of time inside of Illustrator. It used to have a different name but it is the same darn tool. The way that you use this tool is you click and hold in order to drag around the bottom left corner of the imageable area of the page, as you can see by the location of my cursor there. Then when you release, you specify how the artboard is going to fit that page.
And what's interesting about this is now if I get my Black Arrow tool and I click on a different page like so, then I'm going to see that the artboard has been shifted up into the right inside of this printed page as well. So each and every one of them is shifted to the same degree on the page. So even though you are only affecting a single artboard or at least it appears you are only affecting a single artboard with the Print Tiling tool, you are actually affecting all of them in kind. And incidentally, if you end up seeing any sort of weird edges along the outside of your data boundaries, it's just a screen redraw problem, you just have to zoom in and out and it will get all better. So what happens if you open a document and it ends up looking like this? You go up to the View menu, you choose Show Print Tiling, it's what it would look like, and then you see that your artwork shifted up into the right or to some other location.
This is common when you are opening achievable documents, that is, documents that you've saved in older versions of Illustrator. Sometimes they are out of kilter on the page. If you want to reset the artboard so it is smacked up in the center of the page, then go down here to this Print Tiling tool and double-click on its icon in the toolbox and then you will have centered artboards. Now what's interesting about this? Let's go ahead and switch to the second page by switching back to the Black Arrow tool and clicking on it, and there is that redraw problem I was telling you about right there. Notice we don't have a top edge to our page, just zoom out, zoom back in and it will all be taken care of there.
What's I think terribly interesting about this is I could go to the View menu and I could choose Hide Artboards, Ctrl +Shift+H, Command+Shift+H on the Mac. Then my artboard boundaries are gone. There are my bleed boundaries and there's my page boundary. So what do I have now? I have a multi-page illustration. Regardless of what Adobe says, that is what I have here because I can see the page boundaries and I can't see the artboard boundaries. So it's up to you how you want to work inside of this powerful application. I will tell you what now, since I now know that everything is centered, I'm going to go back to the View menu, I'm going to choose Show Artboards and then I'm going to go back to the View menu and choose Hide Print Tiling like so.
We can now see our artboards. We can obviously see the artwork and I know that everybody is right ready to go.
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