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The unwelcome Welcome screen

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All right let's begin at the beginning. And where Illustrator CS3 is concerned, the beginning is this Welcome screen right here. Now, I think of it as being an unwelcome screen quite frankly. Not because there's anything terribly wrong with it, it's just that it's not all that helpful, as we'll see. And it's a little bit too dogged. It's kind of always there yapping at your heels every time you don't have a document open, again as we'll see. Now it's basic mission in life is laudable enough.

The unwelcome Welcome screen

All right let's begin at the beginning. And where Illustrator CS3 is concerned, the beginning is this Welcome screen right here. Now, I think of it as being an unwelcome screen quite frankly. Not because there's anything terribly wrong with it, it's just that it's not all that helpful, as we'll see. And it's a little bit too dogged. It's kind of always there yapping at your heels every time you don't have a document open, again as we'll see. Now it's basic mission in life is laudable enough.

It's designed to give you options. When you don't have the file open, it's there to help you out, is the idea. So it's divided into four quadrants as you can see. Over here on the left-hand side you can open a recent document or if you don't see the document that you want to open in the list, then you can click on this Open button right here, in order to bring up the Open dialog box and locate the file that you want to work on. Over here on the right-hand side you can create a new document, either a blank page or a document from a template. Down here in the lower left corner you can access the Adobe Help utility and go to a specific page inside of that utility.

And over here in the lower right-hand corner, you can access Additional Resources. Go ahead and click on it to find out what that is because that's always in the state of flux. So just to give you a sense of what's going on here, I'll go ahead and create a new document. For example I'll click on Print Document, and that will bring up the New Document dialog box here. Now I've got my Advanced Options opened and if you want to see them, you can just click on this double arrow down icon right there. And the reason I'm showing you this is because I want you to see that there's not very much of a difference. Notice I'm working on a print document here, which is going to be in the CMYK mode, we'll visit that in more detail later what that means.

We have a Raster Effects set to High, which means everything that sobs like drop shadows for example, will have a High resolution of 300 ppi and you may have wondered in the past, if you've worked with Illustrator before, what's the difference between Print and Basic CMYK, since Basic CMYK would also be for Print? If you switch to Basic CMYK you're going to watch your Raster Effect is dropped to 72 ppi. But all of this is no big deal because even well after you create your document, you been working in it for several days, several weeks, several months, what have you, you can still change all of these settings later on down the line. So it really doesn't matter. You don't have to feel like you get every setting exactly the way needs to be in advance before you click on the Okay button. Really just go ahead and click on Okay. And so I'm going to go ahead and click on Okay and I'm confronted by the big blank page, which is a little bit sobering. Sometimes it's what you want.

Other times it's like, Oh boy, now what? So I'm thinking, Now what? You know what? I'm just going to go and close this document. I'm going to go to the File menu and I'm going to choose to Close command, Control+W here on the PC, Command+W on a Mac. You've also got this little close button up here in upper right-hand corner. Not the big red one, but the little guy right there here in the Windows side, you can click in order to close. On the upper left-hand corner on the Mac is where your close button is. All right and the reason I did that is to show you, Bang, who is back? It's the Welcome screen. Is it that welcome? I don't know. It's like you didn't even ring the doorbell and the thing has stepped forward and grabbed your hand and started shaking it and saying hello and you're feeling like, What are you welcoming me for? I was just here, just to say, Don't you remember? I just, I was, why? So anyway another option of course is to create a document from a template. And there's a method to my madness by the way. There's a reason I'm showing you all this stuff because in the next exercise, I'm going to show you what I consider to be the better Welcoming screen, which is an entire application known as the Adobe Bridge. But I digress. Let me first show you this.

From template you don't want the big blank page. You want a gentler introduction into Illustrator. You want to start inside of a template file that's sort of built. It has some design elements ready to go. So you click on From Template... and you're confronted by something else that's not particularly friendly, which is this dialog box just saying, Here's some templates. You search around, you know, wherever you want because it's folders upon folders inside of folders full of these tamplate files and where am I? Where am I on my hard drive, you might wonder. Well click on this down-pointing arrowhead and you see that, assuming that you installed Illustrator on your C drive here on a PC, you'll see that you're in your C drive and then in the program files and then inside an Adobe folder. On the Macintosh side, this would be your Applications folder on your main drive.

and then you go into an Adobe Illustrator CS3 folder that's on both the PC on the Mac, and then Cool Extras, which does have some cool extras inside of it as we'll see, and then Templates, and then Basic. So I point that out once again, because it's going to come into play, we're going to take advantage of that information in the next exercise. But for now, let's just open something. Artist I guess, and oh, Portfolio Card, why not? So click on that and we can see this tiny little thumbnail, the Portfolio Card.

You click New. You don't click Open, even though you are opening the template. You click New, because you're creating a new file based on that template. So I'll click New and up comes the documents, and I can see that it's an untitled document. That will force my to save my changes, if indeed I make any changes. And so I might play around with this file and do different things with it or I might say, You know, rejected this isn't the file that I want either. I'll go ahead and close this file and then who's back? That nutty unwelcome screen. All right, so here's what I suggest you do. If you agree with me that it's kind of nibbling at your heels and not in a very pleasant way, then turn on Don't show again, that checkbox right there and close the little guy and he won't come back.

Now, if you're regretting your actions, if you're thinking, Wait a sec, I did that Deke, but I didn't really want to. I was just following along with you. I want the Welcome screen back. Why then, just go to the Help menu, which offers a bunch of different help options here, and choose Welcome Screen and, Ha! There's your Welcome screen back onscreen and you can say, No, I want Don't show again off because I do want to see this again in the future. Totally up to you. As I say, for me it's unwelcome and that's why in the next exercise I'm going to show you what I consider to be the much better welcoming screen inside of Adobe Illustrator and that is the Adobe Bridge.

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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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