Join Tony Harmer for an in-depth discussion in this video The new Properties panel, part of Illustrator CC 2018 New Features.
- [Presenter] When you first launch the 2018 major release of Illustrator CC, you're going to notice something a bit different if you habituate this particular piece of software for any length of time, and the main reason for that is the absence of the control strip or options bar, as some people call it, running along the top of the workspace. Now, before you have an absolute panic, it is still there if you need it, but that idea has moved into this new Properties panel that you see over on the right-hand side, and it is designed to help you out in a range of different ways and make it much, much faster for you to work.
For example, if I wanted to activate the rulers without using the shortcut, I would be needing to go to the View menu and down to turn on rulers, you can see there's ones that activate that, then down to Rulers, then sideways into the sub-menu and choosing that, and similarly to switch it off. This story would be exactly the same for the grid, in the Transparency grid, and other things like guides showing them, locking them, unlocking them, snapping to them, and different other snapping options, and a range of preferences, for example, if I wanted to change the keyboard increment at which something was moved, I'd be going to the Preferences.
Which on the Mac, would be up to Illustrator CC here, down to Preferences, and then changing all of those things in there, so with all of those instances, the Properties panel is here to save us time. You'll notice that as I have nothing selected in this blank document, and I have the selection tool active, that the options on the right-hand side allow me to change the ruler units very quickly. They also allow me to select an Artboard or edit the Artboards; underneath there, I can turn on the rulers, and I can turn on the grid, and I can turn on the Transparency grid as well, if I want, and then turn them off just as quickly.
I can enable my guides, and turn those on and off, and enable locking them, and enable smart guides really, really simply, and my snapping options. I can also change certain Essential preferences and with a new feature in Illustrator CC, I can now hover-scrub across values, so here, I've set my keyboard increment to 55 pixels, which is something I would never use ordinarily, and I'm just going to hover over there, and with my magic mouse, I'm just going to pull down like so, and you can see how easy it is for me to change that value.
And that exists in a lot of places; this Quick Actions area is also here to help me, and allows me different options such as activating my Preferences with one click, there for example, going into Document Setup with one click, and you'll notice that change. In fact, the whole Properties panel will change based on context; so we're going to examine that in the next movie, but if you're having massive anxiety about the lack of a control strip, you can always pop back up to Essentials here, and then activate the workspace switcher, and if you go to Essentials Classic, it's here, along with the Properties panel, as well.
But I think if you persevere with it and get used to it, which you may not have time to immediately, because you might be working on a particular job, but do get used to it, as I'm about to show you, it makes a whole load of other things much faster.
- Using the new Properties panel
- Text enhancements
- Exploring the new live character options
- Using the Touch Type tool with variable fonts
- Using stylistic sets
- Exporting multiple assets and single assets
- Working with the new Puppet Warp tool
- Aligning and transforming multiple artboards
- Working with the New Document dialog features