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Animated Character Design with Illustrator
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Working with views


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Animated Character Design with Illustrator

with Angie Taylor

Video: Working with views

Illustrator allows you to work with multiple views of the same document. This comes in handy if you want to be able to see more than one view of your art works simultaneously. For example, I find it useful when working on icon design, because it means I can have one view set up at 100%, with a pixel preview, while the other one is zoomed in for close up working. It's a really handy feature. Now I'm going to set up multiple views here. So I'm going to go to my window menu and choose New Window. And that will create two windows for the same document and at the moment, they're both exactly the same. Now what I want to do is tile them side by side. But you'll notice, if I go to Window, Arrange Tile, it doesn't work if I'm not in application frame mode.

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Animated Character Design with Illustrator
2h 33m Intermediate Jan 14, 2011

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This workshop from author and animator Angie Taylor teaches how to use Illustrator's tools and features to prepare 2D files for animation in Adobe After Effects. Discover how to make the most of Illustrator's drawing tools and Autotrace feature, and to how use Live Paint and Kuler to recolor artwork. Plus, get a ton of tips and tricks for giving artwork a hand-drawn look and find out how to set up layers, aspect ratios, and transparency options for importing into After Effects. The lessons are focused and solution-oriented, and all the project files are included.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the work area
  • Bringing artwork into Illustrator
  • Tracing artwork manually
  • Creating complex shapes
  • Working with paths
  • Using Live Trace
  • Coloring artwork
  • Applying 3D effects
  • Exporting artboards
  • Options for saving files
Subjects:
3D + Animation Design Illustration Character Animation video2brain
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Angie Taylor

Working with views

Illustrator allows you to work with multiple views of the same document. This comes in handy if you want to be able to see more than one view of your art works simultaneously. For example, I find it useful when working on icon design, because it means I can have one view set up at 100%, with a pixel preview, while the other one is zoomed in for close up working. It's a really handy feature. Now I'm going to set up multiple views here. So I'm going to go to my window menu and choose New Window. And that will create two windows for the same document and at the moment, they're both exactly the same. Now what I want to do is tile them side by side. But you'll notice, if I go to Window, Arrange Tile, it doesn't work if I'm not in application frame mode.

Now, if I'm not in application frame mode you'll see that my document exists in a separate window, separate from all the other elements within the interface. If I go to window menu and choose application frame those are now docked within the interface and the whole interface can be moved around as a group. Now that I've done that I can chose Window, Arrange Tile. And that will tile them side by side. Now view number two, I might decide that view number two I don't want to see the transparency grid so I can go down here and say hide transparency grid. And now, this view has a nice white background so I can see how my artwork is looking on a white background, but still also be able to see the areas of transparency.

I may also want to zoom out, maybe I want this one to be of the whole art board. Whereas, this one I want to be zoomed in 100%. Now there's all sorts of other things that you can change. As I said, you can make one a pixel preview, and the other one would be a standard preview. Now once you've set up your views and you're happy with them, you can also save the settings. Now, the settings are saved here in the view menu. If I go down to the bottom you'll see here we have added views and new views.

So I'm going to say new view and I'm going to call this storyboard. And this is a pretty good set up if you want to work on storyboards. So I'm going to click on Okay and now I can maybe set this one up for multiple boards. Can start creating new boards here and this one will be my new view. So I might want to actually even make that a little bit narrower and let's just double-click the hand tool so we can see that in there. And now I have a perfect setup to start creating multiple boards for my animation.

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