illustrator components

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

  • vector vs. raster

  • illustration

  • great for managing several assets with the same content (ex. For Meliora Weekend we have to create web banners/ads for 20 different sites with the same message)

OPEN A NEW DOCUMENT

  • open illustrator

  • select “Create New…”

  • Toggle to “Print”

  • Add document title

  • Width: 11”

  • Height 17”

  • Artboards: 3

NEW: SAVE A DOCUMENT

  • If you are using standard fonts (or outlined type) and embedded images, use this option

  • Choose File > Save As or File > Save A Copy

  • Type a filename, and choose a location for the file

  • Choose Illustrator (*.AI) or PDF as the file format, and click Save

  • In the Illustrator Options dialog box, set the desired options and click OK: Version

NEW: PACKAGE A DOCUMENT

  • Includes all linked images and fonts in one folder

  • Once you package your document, you should move the whole folder onto your drive to keep your files

  • Video

APPLICATION FRAME

  • Tab to Toggle

  • Toggle Rulers (R)

  • Guides

DOCUMENT WINDOW

  • Document title

  • Zoom level (command + (+/-)

CONTROL PANEL

  • changes based on selection

  • essentials of what you see in the Panels, but automatic

TOOLS (left)

  • Selection tool (v)

  • Direct Selection tool (a)

  • Pen tool

  • Type tool (t) (Area Type, Point Type, Type on a path, Vertical Type tool (if you’re going to use vertical type, make sure character widths are same or similar))

  • Line

  • Shapes (rectangle, ellipse, polygon (# of sides), round corners, Paintbrush, scissors(c))

  • Eye Dropper

PANELS

  • Layers (add layer, change names, hide/unhide, lock/unlock, select object, move objects to another layer, delete)

  • Artboards (add new, change name, change dimensions, change location (x,y))

  • Libraries (access CC libraries)

  • Links (view links, relink broken links, place new linked image, edit linked image, embed image

  • Character (font, style, size, tracking, kerning, leading)

  • Paragraph (Alignment, Left/Right Indents, First Line Indent, Space before/after, hyphenation (off))

  • Glyphs (all characters in font sets)

  • Swatches (fill color/stroke color (toggle with X while object is selected), deleting colors, new color, color grouping, deleting colors, import swatches)

  • Gradient (change colors, add color, delete color, change blend)

  • Stroke (weight)

  • Transparency (blend mode, opacity)

  • Appearance (shows all object attributes, add effects)

  • Transform (scale, move, rotate)

  • Align (Align, Distribute)

  • Pathfinder (Shape Modes, Unite, Minus Front, Intersect, Exclude)

WORKSPACE PANELS

  • Layers, Artboards Links

  • Character, Paragraph, Glyphs

  • Swatches, Gradient, Color Guide

  • Stroke, Transparency, Appearance

  • Transform, Align, Pathfinder

How to Save Workspace

  • Window > Workspace > Manage Workspaces

  • Post-it button = new

  • Add a name

  • Click “ok”

PROCESSES

  • Place image/embed image

  • Live Trace (like hot glue)

  • Clipping Mask (create, edit inside of “clip group”, release)

  • Outline Type