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Illustrator CS6 New Features
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The updated Links panel


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Illustrator CS6 New Features

with Justin Seeley

Video: The updated Links panel

Another update that's now inside of Adobe Illustrator CS6 with the Cloud update is the new and improved Links panel, which is going to remind you somewhat of the Links panel in InDesign. And so in order to bring this up, you need to go to the Window menu and go down to Links, and that's going to bring up this new Links panel. And when you first open it up, it's not going to look a whole lot different than the Links panel did before, but there is this small toggle option here that you can use to show the link information. And so you can actually see the name of the link, what type of format it's in, the color space, the location of it.

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Illustrator CS6 New Features
56m 58s Intermediate Apr 23, 2012 Updated Oct 04, 2012

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With the CS6 release, Adobe Illustrator is turning 25 and has a new look and a few new features. In this course, Justin Seeley hosts a tour of the interface changes and the tools introduced in this version. The course covers Pattern Options for creating simple, repeatable patterns for web graphics, advanced tracing options with the Image Tracing tool, and the improved performance and file management features. Justin also discusses the exclusive features you get with the Creative Cloud subscription to Illustrator, like the ability to quickly unembed images and one-click file packaging.

This course was updated on 10/04/2012.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the interface brightness
  • Understanding updates to panels and preferences
  • Creating a repeatable pattern
  • Performing a basic trace
  • Converting pixels to paths
  • Understanding what 64-bit support means for you
  • Introducing startup profiles
  • Understanding the Save for Web changes
  • Enhancing artwork with gradients on strokes
  • Working with the improved Gaussian Blur
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

The updated Links panel

Another update that's now inside of Adobe Illustrator CS6 with the Cloud update is the new and improved Links panel, which is going to remind you somewhat of the Links panel in InDesign. And so in order to bring this up, you need to go to the Window menu and go down to Links, and that's going to bring up this new Links panel. And when you first open it up, it's not going to look a whole lot different than the Links panel did before, but there is this small toggle option here that you can use to show the link information. And so you can actually see the name of the link, what type of format it's in, the color space, the location of it.

You can also click here to have it show you that file somewhere on your hard drive. You can also see the PPI, the dimensions, the scale at which it's being shown right now, the size, when it was created, when it was modified, and whether or not it is transparent, or has transparency in it. And so this is some great information that is available now in the Links panel, and the rest of the Links panel works much the same way that it always did. You can still relink images, go to the link, update the link, and edit the original to take you to whatever program edits this particular file.

But this information in the Links panel is definitely an enhancement, and it gives you a lot more information about the files that you're going to be working with.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/04/12. What changed?
A: We added a new chapter to address the new features that come with Illustrator when you have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership. These include features like the ability to quickly unembed images and one-click file packaging.
 
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