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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 show you how to zoom and pan a document inside of the illustration window so that you can get a better look at specific objects so that you can go wide to see the entire illustration at a time. None of this affects how the illustration is going to print nor does it affect the fundamental attributes of the illustration. It just affects how the illustration looks on screen. Notice that I'm looking at the contents of the Local Fare.ai document that ships along with Illustrator CS4. It has a little asterisk next to it, notice that, and the other ones don't and the reason is that this guy has a special color profile assigned to him, a color profile that goes against the color settings that we've established a couple of exercises ago.
So if you go up here to the Edit menu and you choose Assign Profile, you can see that assigned to this document is the Profile SRGB. Of course, we are working in the Adobe RGB space right here, the more colorful wider gamut, Adobe RGB space. That's not a problem. That's actually great! Illustrator is capable of managing multiple color profiles at the same time and when you open a document, it will go ahead and respect its color profile. So this document is using SRGB, so be it, go ahead and cancel out. That's okay. That's actually not a problem, but you will see a little asterisk to tell you that that's going on.
Also notice when I kind of hover over various items inside of this illustration, they sort of come to life right there. That's a function of Smart Guides and well, Smart Guides are very useful when you are working in a very complicated illustration like this one and these things are going to flash on and off and make a mess of things. I'm going to go ahead and turn Smart Guides off for the moment. We'll come back to how Smart Guides work and how useful they are later, but right now I'm just going to turn the command off. Notice that you can turn it on and off from the keyboard by pressing Ctrl+U, Command+U on the Mac. All right, now we won't get that flashing. To zoom in, you go to the View menu and you choose the Zoom In command. How simple is that! You also have a keyboard shortcut, which is Ctrl+Plus or Command+Plus on the Mac, in order to zoom in.
To zoom out, you can go to the View menu and you can choose the Zoom Out command. You can also, if you prefer, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac. I definitely recommend you take advantage of Ctrl+Plus and Ctrl+Minus, Command+Plus and Command+Minus on the Mac, because they make zooming a lot easier and it's just great to be able to just like keep Ctrl+Plus, Ctrl+Plus, Ctrl+Plus, to zoom pretty far in and then Ctrl+Minus, Ctrl+Minus, Ctrl+Minus to zoom out. You can go really far in. You can go up to 6400% in Illustrator, which is big enough to see a bacteria, honestly. Most illustrations don't have bacteria in them because they are non-organic, but if they did, you'd be able to see. It's a huge level of magnification.
Also check this as we zoom in, I love this illustration by the way of this sort of little restaurant here, this little sort of makeshift restaurant. You can see this dude that's working inside of this sort of restaurant window. He seems to be doing something to a gigantic egg. I don't know what the story is there and you can see through to the background too. He has got like the back door opened and how am I doing that by the way? How am I scrolling or panning the illustration if you prefer? I'm doing that by pressing and holding the Spacebar and that gets you the Hand tool. You do have a tool right here, dedicated tool for the Hand tool and you can go ahead and select it if you want to but it's so much easier, just to press the Spacebar and drag the illustration to a new location. Really, the only time that you can take advantage of that Spacebar trick is when you are editing text.
All right, so that's the basics of zooming and scrolling inside of Illustrator. We also have options up here in the View menu for fitting the illustration inside the window, for zooming to actual size, which is going to be 100% size, and those have keyboard shortcuts associated with them as well. So Ctrl+0 to fit in window, Ctrl+1 for actual size, 100% or you have also got the ability to double-click. If you double-click on the Hand tool, you are going to zoom out to the fit in window size. If you double-click on this little guy, the Zoom tool, you are going to zoom in to 100% size.
So those are some shortcuts that are available to you as well. In the next exercise I'm going to show you how to gain access to the Zoom tool right here, not only how to use it but also how to get to it from the keyboard, very important stuff, stick with me.
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