Learn the basics of navigation.
- [Instructor] In this movie we are going to take a look at navigating inside of an Illustrator document. Now I'm using one of the exercise files that accompanies this course. If you don't have access to that, don't worry, you could use any file of your own. Just follow along with the instructions here. So I'm zoomed in to the middle of this document at the current time, and I'm going to show you where the tools are in the toolbox for Navigation. You'll find them down at the bottom here. There's the zoom tool, which allows you to zoom in and out; and the hand tool, which allows you to pan around once you're zoomed in.
I'd like you, if it's at all possible, though to use some power navigation techniques, because it's much faster than to keep traveling over to the toolbox and back. The first one we'll use is accessing the zoom tool. If I hold down the Cmd key on my Mac, that would be Ctrl on the PC, and simultaneously the Spacebar, you'll notice that my cursor has changed to the zoom tool. And I can then move to the middle of the launch pad here, mouse down, and you'll see I start to zoom in like so.
Okay, so a very quick way for me to access that. If I added the Alt or Opt key into the mix, then I could zoom out like so, as well. All right, very handy if you can do it. If you can't, don't worry, the tools are there. And if you've got the zoom tool selected, then just use the Alt or Opt key to toggle its behavior. Now if you tred that and it didn't behave just like that, the chances are your GPU isn't turned on or isn't compatible.
Not to worry, let me give you an example of how that looks. So up here in the application bar, I've got this rocket. And if I click on that, it takes me through to my Preferences. And I'm going to turn off my GPU performance temporarily, and hit OK. You'll notice that my application bar's icon is now changed to a rocket with a power icon on it. And now if I use the zoom tool, so if I hold down Cmd + Spacebar here to access it, you'll notice that I drag a marquee like so.
And it zooms in to that particular marquee, filling the screen with it. I'll just turn my acceleration back on. So if I go to the rocket here and turn GPU performance on. Some people do actually prefer that way of working, so you can turn on the GPU if it's compatible and just turn Animated Zoom off, if you don't like it. But I think it's very useful and mega, mega fast. So I'm definitely going to keep it turned on. Now I'm zoomed in, I can pan around by holding down the Spacebar on its own.
You'll see it switches to the hand tool. And then I can drag to move around like so. Now that's great if I'm moving around in just the local area, but sometimes I need an overview of the document, so I hold down the Cmd key and tap minus, that would be Ctrl, of course, on the PC. And if you zoom in, Cmd plus, the opposite way around. See the whole document, Cmd + 0, Ctrl + 0. As you can see just there. And if you have more than one artboard, you can combine the Alt or Opt key with that shortcut to see all of your artboards.
All of the zoom shortcuts are here in the View menu. If you need that, you'll see the Zoom In, Out, Fit Artboard, Fit all of the Artboards, and Actual Size there, also. And the final thing I'd like to point out to you here is centering a selection while zooming. If I come down and pick on Tony Towers just here, at the bottom of this document, and then use the Cmd key and Plus to zoom in, you'll see that it centered that on the screen, and I'm now zooming in on that.
I think that's a really useful thing to have, but it's not everybody's cup of tea. And that's something else, if you want to, in CC 2018, you can change. If you go to the Preferences, which on the Mac is under the Illustrator menu, on the PC in the Edit menu, and choose Selection and Anchor Display, you can toggle Zoom to Selection just there. But I'm leaving mine on because I think it's really useful. Just finally, and just in case you need it, there is one panel that can help you with navigation, it's called the Navigator.
And like other panels, it's in the Window menu. So if I go to Window and down to Navigator, that panel will open. And you can zoom in and out using these icons, down at the bottom of the panel, or the dropdown list here to go to different magnification levels. And once you're zoomed in, you can move just by moving this red shape around on the screen. I hope I'm not making you motion sick with doing this. There you go. Very quick way for you to move and zoom, if you need it.
- What is Illustrator?
- Navigating documents
- Saving a custom workspace
- Working with multiple artboards
- Creating and deleting layers
- Drawing shapes
- Transforming objects
- Adding fills and strokes
- Working with color
- Creating complex shapes, such as compound shapes
- Working with type
- Editing graphics
- Adding content to CC Libraries
- Printing and exporting artwork
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/04/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover modifying Anchor Display and opening PDF files in Illustrator.