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The new CS3 interface

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Video: The new CS3 interface

Now let's take a look at the new interface and how we go about customizing the new interface here inside Adobe Illustrator CS3. In this exercise I'm going to introduce you to the docking pains and show you how they work. In the next exercise we're going to drags some palettes around and really do the actual customization. And then in the third exercise I'm going to show you how to save out your workspace, so two exercises from now. Here I am working inside of a document called Vectory.ai found inside the 02 Setup Navigate folder, and I have this document open just to have something bright and beautiful and vibrant open on screen, just so that we don't have a gray background going on.

The new CS3 interface

Now let's take a look at the new interface and how we go about customizing the new interface here inside Adobe Illustrator CS3. In this exercise I'm going to introduce you to the docking pains and show you how they work. In the next exercise we're going to drags some palettes around and really do the actual customization. And then in the third exercise I'm going to show you how to save out your workspace, so two exercises from now. Here I am working inside of a document called Vectory.ai found inside the 02 Setup Navigate folder, and I have this document open just to have something bright and beautiful and vibrant open on screen, just so that we don't have a gray background going on.

Now Illustrator is one of four Creative Suite applications that sports the new interface. The applications are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash. All four of those applications subscribe to what's called the OWL interface. You may see it referred to. OWL in all caps, at Adobe's web site. It's nowhere inside the documentation I don't think. This new interface totally R O C K S's. It's awesome babies. So let's take a look at how it's put together. Notice over here on the right-hand side we have a column of icons. Now it may look a little different on your screen. You may have some full-fledged palettes that you can see there, but in my case, by default it's showing up as a column of icons and you can see what those icons stand for by just hovering over them. You'll see that this one brings up the Color Guide palette. This one here brings up the Swatches palette, and if you want to see any of those palettes you just click on the icon and it goes ahead and comes up on screen.

What if you want those palettes visible all the time instead of having to click on icons to get to them? Well then you just click on the top of this docking pane right here. Notice that there's a dark gray area that's surrounding the little light gray icons. That's the docking pane here inside of Illustrator CS3. To expand the pane, just go ahead and click at the top of the pane, and that expands it. Now something people, there are some folks out there who are against the new interface. I was about to say, believe it or not, but I can believe it because I wasn't so fond of it at the very beginning either for the reason I'm about to show you. You can't drag this pane around. It looks like you've got a title bar up here, but you can't drag it. Notice if you try to drag it to a different location it does not move and if you click on it you collapse the pane again. So that's all that's going on with this title bar. It allows you to expand and collapse and that's it. And the reason is that each one of these docking panes is fixed in place.

You can create more panes if you want to on a single monitor, but you can't move panes around and that includes moving them to a second monitor by the way. But here's a nifty thing. You can go ahead and change the toolbox now, between a single column toolbox and a double column toolbox because it's inside of a pane as well. Now on your screen cause your screen's bigger than mine presumably, you may see a single column toolbox by default. But my screen resolution is 1024x768 so the toolbox gets a little bit clipped in a single column, but I'll go ahead and show you what it looks like and this is the way I'm going to work actually. I'll go ahead and click on that pane in order to send it down to a single column toolbox. If I want the double column toolbox, I just click on that pane again. So you just have to click on that title bar there. All right, let's stick with the single column toolbox though, because I think it's much more elegant. That's just the beginning of how you customize the interface. That's how the docking panes work. In the next exercise I'm going to show you how you can take these palettes, move them any place you want, start new docking panes, collapse and expand them to your heart's content and really achieve the best possible interface here inside Illustrator CS3.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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