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The topic of this chapter is Smart Guides which is less a system of guides and more a kind of on screen chatter that Illustrator employs to anticipate every movement or modification that you might make. Located under the View Menu, the Smart Guides command is turned on by default. In which case, as you move your cursor across a piece of artwork, you see the various lines and shapes light up like a switchboard, accompanied by such words as path, intersect, and anchor, punctuated by occasional positioning coordinates.
Honestly, it's as if your document were transformed into a real time traffic control display for a very busy airport. Which is why many folks quickly learn to turn Smart Guides off, as I've done throughout nearly all the movies in this and the previous courses. But that's not to say that Smart Guides aren't useful. In fact, they're incredibly useful when drawing schematic artwork. By which I mean artwork that needs to align precisely, either horizontaly, verticaly or along some other axis.
In the following movies I'll demonstrate one such scenario. Crazy as it may sound, we'll set up a system of constraints at 30 degree increments using a little known, but exceedingly practical feature known as Construction Guides. And while that may not sound exciting, Construction Guides allow you to take this rough sketch for a personalized logo and turn it into this fully realized piece of expertly rendered angular artwork. Here, let me show you exactly how Smart Guides work.
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