Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Quickly exporting individual slices, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
Web designers often use a method called slicing to turn a single image…into multiple pieces.…Sometimes, the designer may slice up an entire page, and more often, designers…may use slices to specify buttons in, say, a Navigation bar or a User Interface element.…However, using this Slices feature in Illustrator is also a great way to export…just individual pieces of an overall design in a very efficient manner.…This workflow is even easier to achieve now in Illustrator CS5.…For example, on this document, I've already created some slices.…
If I go to the View menu, I can choose Show Slices, and you can see that I've…already created some slices for these buttons here.…Normally, in Illustrator, to export these slices, you'd go to the File menu.…You choose Save for Web & Devices and here I'd be able to optimize and save my slices.…But this can be quite tedious, especially if all I want to do is just export one or two slices.…So, I'll click Cancel to return to my document.…In the Toolbar, I'm actually going to choose the Slice Select tool.…
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.