Understand the role of Creative Cloud libraries in the design process.
- [Instructor] So now our logo is complete. What we need to do is file, tidy up, and create a couple of other versions potentially. In fact, it's always a good idea to do this anyway. And then, we're going to look at Creative Cloud Libraries. So first of all, what I'm going to do is resize the artboard to this artwork. I'm going to tap Shift + O, which gets me the artboard tool. It's here in the toolbox down towards the bottom.
And then, I'm going to fit the artboard to the window, Command or Control + 0, and you can see we've drawn that nice and small, like so. I'm going to drag one of the corners. There are commands, actually, to fit this to artwork, but I prefer doing it this way while I'm talking to you anyway. And I'm just going to drag that across just to get that on the artboard there, like so. Nice, and I kind of like the fact that it's got this sort of balance that goes around a bit.
This isn't perfectly centered, and I like that because there's less weight. This side's all good, I like it. So, there we are, our artboards are now ready. And I could rename this artboard at the top here to Full Color, like so. There's a reason for this, because we actually need a couple of other copies as well. We need a black-only copy, and what's called a reversed-out copy or a rev-out copy. Those are the ones punch out of colors. Okay, because, of course, very few things have actually white ink.
To do that, I'm making sure that the MoveandCopy Artwork with Artboard option is enabled up here in the Control strip or Options bar. I'm going to hold down the Alt key and then just drag a copy across, like so. You can even hold down the Shift key, as I'm doing here, to constrain if you want to. Once I've done that once, I'm going to do the same thing again, so I'll just select this artboard. Alt key down, drag a copy there, like so. I'm not too worried here about organizing them, really, because there are only three, and that's fine.
So, this last one here, what I'm going to do is I'm going to rename this one as RevOut for reversed out. And I'll click on this one here, and this one's going to be BlackOnly. I sometimes abbreviate these things to be BkOnly, and it's my own little way of referring to them. You might have your own mechanism. And then, of course, I need to make these pieces of artwork actually reflect that. So, if I select all of the things on the black-only artboard, back with my selection tool I'm dragging across them, then I'll change the color of all of these to black if I go to my swatches here and click Black.
There you go, that's job done there. And similarly, with the reverse-out, if I select all of those things and make those white. So if they're placed into a document, the document will know to knock those out or to create holes in the underlying color or shapes. Once we've done that, we could do a Save As on this document, and I'll actually save this into the exercise files for you, so you've got it to examine at your leisure, so you can see here that I can do this to save this, and that's complete, just there like so, and that's great.
I've go a copy on my file system should I need it. Creative Cloud Libraries, however, will make it so that it's available to me wherever I am connected to Creative Cloud, and I love that! It's so revolutionary, and even though it's been around for a few years now, it still blows me away that, even on my tablet, when I'm drawing, I can get access to my Creative Cloud content via Libraries. So let's go to the Libraries panel here, and I've actually got a small drop-down here.
This is one of the places you can add a new library from, or you can go to the fly-out here and choose Create New Library. I think I'll go that route this time. So, I'll call this library Lila, like so, and create it, and that's it. That instruction actually goes up to Creative Cloud, and Creative Cloud actually starts making space somewhere for the Lila library to exist and connecting it to the other computers I'm signed in on and my tablets. What we could do here now is if I select the color version here, like so, I can drag that into the panel, like so, and it calls it Artwork One at the moment.
I could do it that way, I'm just going to delete that one. Okay, that delete. What I'll do instead is I'll have it all selected, and I'll click this plus down at the bottom because I can add to the graphic, and the fill color here will take the one that's on top. But that's fine, you could see now, I've got... Oh, actually, it's giving me the white of the artboard there. That is incredibly unusual, but I'm not too worried about that. What I could do with each of these things is actually come along and just add the fill colors there as well.
If I add those, you see, I could just add all of these different things to my library. And then, I know I'm going to be using the right colors if I'm making other things for later, and I can continue doing that. With nothing selected, I'm just going to delete the one that's white there, I didn't actually mean to do that. So this one, Artwork One, I'm just going to call this FC for full color, Lila Logo, okay? And then, I'll drag the black one in just here, and I'll rename this. So just double-click, and I'll just call it Bk Lila Logo there, like so.
And then, finally, the reversed-out copy in there as well, so there we are. I'll just call that RevOut Lila Logo, and there we are. And so, Creative Cloud synchronizes that, and I can even share that with other people. So it's a great way to collaborate, and I can make it so it's read-only for the other people on my team, really important when you're working especially in enterprises, where people get in and fiddle around with stuff. They just do, and you don't want them to do that. To be able to share them a library that they can't modify any of the assets, they can just use them, that's brilliant.
And you can do all of that from the fly-out menu here that starts with Collaborate or Share a Link to the library, and then, it's available to everybody. So there you are, there's our brief chapter on Illustrator done. I hope you've enjoyed it. And if you want to, and carry on doing loads and loads of cool drawing stuff that you'll love even more. Do check out my title on the Illustrator CC 2018 Essentials and, indeed, some of my other Illustrator titles, too.
- The creative process
- Layout and composition
- Transforming images and assets in Photoshop
- Drawing logos in Illustrator
- Designing graphics and documents in InDesign