Learn the basics of the Illustrator interface.
- [Narrator] This will be your introduction to the Illustrator workspace and it changed quite a bit at the end of 2017. In the control strip or options bar across the top has disappeared and been replaced by this new streamlined context based properties panel over on the right hand side. So that we get the smoothest experience, because we're going to be using a lot of other panels throughout this particular chapter, and especially if you've only seen earlier versions of Illustrator, we're going to swap to the essentials classic workspace for this orientation.
To do that, if you come up to the top right hand corner of the screen here where it says essentials, most likely, it might say any one of these other things here apart from Working 18 which is my own, and choose essentials classic from there. Then the interface will redraw like so. The next thing you need to do to make sure that we're all looking at more or less the same thing is go back to that menu and then choose reset essentials classic and that will just redraw it to the way that it shipped, pretty much.
Perfect, so with that, we can now make our way around the interface. Top level menu system, of course, pinned to the top of the screen unless you're on Windows, in which case it is in this application bar here. Underneath that, we've got the control strip or options bar, as some people like to call it. It is actually control in Illustrator. I can prove it to you. There it is, just there, control. Okay, (laughs) but because people use it between that and Photoshop and it doesn't really matter which of those you call it.
On the right hand side, we've got panels. Even will essentials classic, they keep the properties panel in here and it is actually worth having in here. However, it's nested with the libraries panel and what I'd like to do is to actually drag that libraries panel out and dock it. Can you see these blue lines that are appearing? I want to dock it just down there in that group because it'll make it easier for us to use that later on in the chapter when we do that. Here we've got an array of docked and iconized panels that just shrunk down so they're not in the way and we'll be using some of these as we go along, and when you click on them, they'll open up like so.
If you saw the movie on the Photoshop interface, very, very similar in many, many ways. In Illustrator, they've got tabs, of course, across the top and double-clicking will expand and collapse those like so. They've got a fly out menu on the right hand side and a bunch of commands that are iconized along the bottom there like so. On the left hand side, we've got the tall box and again, throughout the chapter, I'll be giving you keys that you can press. If it doesn't get you to tall exactly, it will get you close to it so that it's easier for you to find.
With that orientation out of the way, let's get started and import a sketch and start drawing.
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- Drawing logos in Illustrator
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