Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting around the Illustration window, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise I am going to show you how to get around in illustration, how…to take advantage of Illustrator's navigation functions. I am working on the…document called Clothing On Artboards.ai found inside the Exercise Files folder.…Let's say I want to zoom in on Artboard 1 in this illustration, then I…would go down to the bottom left corner of the illustration window to where it…says Artboard Navigation, I will click and then I will choose 1 and Illustrator…will not only switch to Artboard 1, but it will fill my screen with the…artboard as well.…
But I still might want to zoom farther in and I can zoom in by going up to the…View menu and choosing these commands, Zoom In or I can Zoom Out. Even better…though, you have keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts that you will want to…memorize because these are really frequent operations and you don't always want…to have to go up to the menu to get to them. So it's Ctrl+Plus to zoom in; that's…Ctrl+Plus on the Mac. And it's Ctrl+Minus to zoom out; that's Command+Minus on the Mac.…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.