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Working inside tabbed windows

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In this exercise, I'm going to be introducing you to the new and improved Illustrator CS interface, which is part of this initiative know as OWL. And OWL, by the way, stands for Operating System Widget Library. And this is actually OWL version 2. OWL 1 was part of CS3, and the idea is to create a uniform UI, user interface, between the various Creative Suite applications, but at least two programs were left out of the mix, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Now we have got Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks all sharing the OWL 2 interface, and there is some discrepancies between the programs, but things are more or less uniform and they are definitely improved in my opinion.

Working inside tabbed windows

In this exercise, I'm going to be introducing you to the new and improved Illustrator CS interface, which is part of this initiative know as OWL. And OWL, by the way, stands for Operating System Widget Library. And this is actually OWL version 2. OWL 1 was part of CS3, and the idea is to create a uniform UI, user interface, between the various Creative Suite applications, but at least two programs were left out of the mix, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Now we have got Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks all sharing the OWL 2 interface, and there is some discrepancies between the programs, but things are more or less uniform and they are definitely improved in my opinion.

Just gets better and better. Now I'm going to have you open a bunch of different illustrations here. I'm working in the Bridge of course. I have got the Bridge trained on the Sample Art folder, inside of the Sample Files folder, inside of Cool Extras, and so on. Now there is a couple of different ways to select multiple files in Bridge. One is to click on one file, and Shift-click on another. Then you are going to select a range of thumbnails there. If you want to select non-adjacent thumbnails, which is what I want to do, then you Ctrl-click or Command-click on the Mac, on one of the thumbnails.

I am going to go ahead and select these guys. Now that's actually a fair range of thumbnails at this point. I could have clicked on this guy, and Shift-clicked on this guy. But I'm now going to take him out of the mix, as you may or may not have T-shirt artboards.ai, by Ctrl-clicking or Command-clicking on the Mac. So you can also Command-click or Ctrl- click to deselect a thumbnail. Finally, I want to show you one other thing. Notice my workspace that I have saved in the previous chapter. It's automatically assigned a keyboard shortcut. For me, it's Ctrl+F2 that would be Command+F2 on the Mac, because it's in the second position, but I could prioritize and I could move it over to the first position.

If this is my preferred workspace right here, and notice that it gets a new keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+F1, Command+F1 on the Mac. Just thought I'd that pass that along. All right, let's say we want to open all these thumbnails inside of Illustrator. Just press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac, and bang, they open up. Lightening quick in my case because I already had him opened up and I just don't want to waste a lot of time. Now, notice that we have tabbed windows inside of Illustrator CS4, and inside the other CS4 applications, and you can switch from one window to another just by clicking on its Tab, and that will of course bring that window to the foreground, and I have showed this to you in the previous chapter, but you also saw how you can close anyone of these documents by clicking in its close box right there.

I'm going to leave it open for now because I want all seven of these guys open. If you can't see a tab, it's because you have too many documents open at the same time. You can click on this double right pointing arrowhead icon right there and you can choose one from the list, in order to go there. Also interesting I think is the way that you can divide these windows into groups. So notice this guy up here, this little Arrange Document icon that's up here in the application bar. If you click on it, you will bring up a bunch of different tilings that are available to you. Like you can tile everything or one of these guys into its own little window in a grid, like this.

It's kind of crazy and pretty hard to track. I think you should work in that way unless you just have the most gigantor monitor on the planet. But that's something that you can do. Or you can just go with a couple of different regions. Like I'm going to do this. I'm going to go ahead and divide things up into 2-Up. Okay, So I have this guy who is available by himself in the top group and the other six open documents, which are in the bottom group, and now I could just move around. I could say no you are going to go up here, and you are going to go over here buddy, and so we got three at the top, when we get four at the bottom.

And you can even do your own groupings if you want to, check that out. If I move this guy over to this side like this, I get this vertical line right here, and if I release he becomes part of his own window group. It is only independent window group. So that he's off there starting his own thing. So you have a lot of ability to control exactly how these guys are setup, so that you can juggle, if you want to you can actually juggle multiple illustrations at the same time on a single screen. So lot of what's going on in an OWL is that it's trying to make a Creative Suite applications work on a single big huge monitor.

So that you don't have to switch between multiple monitors, the way that many professional graphic artists do. It's easier just to work on one big monitor, if you can get away with it. So anyway, this is pretty groovy I think now. Check this out. If you are crazy for keyboard shortcuts, you can actually switch between windows from the keyboard. A little bit of a disclaimer. Some people, believe it or not for those of you who love keyboard shortcuts, some people hate them, like a really big time. If you don't like keyboard shortcuts then fine, don't use them. A lot of people just love him, and so I'm going to communicate keyboard shortcuts for those of you who like this kind of thing.

To navigate to the next document in a group, right here. So right now I have got this In the Cradle of the Deep, that guy is active. I would press Ctrl+F6. That switches you over to the next window. They are all based by the way on F6. So they all involved F6 to some extent to or to other. If you want to navigate backwards, you press Ctrl+Shift+F6. If you want to navigate to a different group, like you want to navigate to this group down here, then you press Ctrl+Alt+F6 and it doesn't look like anything is changed here.

But now watch this. if I press Ctrl+F6 or Command+F6, I'm switching between documents down in this lower region instead. All right so good. It's worth knowing maybe. That just FYI, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F6 is going to move you backwards in the groups. So now we are back to this guy, and now you'll notice if I press Ctrl+F6 or Command+F6 on the Mac, we are moving between documents. So that's why I stressed upfront. If you are crazy for keyboard shortcuts, you have got those keyboard shortcuts there. One other thing, this is just if you are crazy in general. Notice by the way that these window will scale. If I were to widen the palettes by clicking on little double arrow icon or just clicking up here in this dark grey region, that will do it too.

And the window scales accordingly. But if you don't wanted to work that way, if you want the window to be in front of everything, you just going to want to peel one of these guys out and consider it independently of the rest of the gang. Let's go to Shell City right here, for example, and let's say I want that guy to be his own independent thing. I would just drag it a little bit like this and I'm dragging the tab and then I release it, and it is now out in front of everything. Check that out. It's in front of the menu bar. I can move in the front of menu bar here on the PC, and I can move it in front of the toolbox, and I can move it in front of the other palettes.

It can really be a complete hog. And then I could grab one of the palettes and drag it out and have it floating in front of this illustration if I wanted to. So that's more information than maybe you'd like to know, but here is the thing, Very flexible interface. So it allows you just to go crazy if you want to. If you want to go uncrazy, then you will grab this guy and drag him back in to the group. See that? So I'm just dragging the title bar back into the group, and he is now part of this uncrazy group right here. So a bunch of different ways to work with OWL 2 here inside of Illustrator CS4.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 42m 7s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 2s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
      56s
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      35s
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 14s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 39s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
      55s
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 43s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
      54s
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 38s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 28s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
      55s
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 48s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 30s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
      44s
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 55s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 32s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
      51s
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 1s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 26s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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