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ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS3. Chapter 1 Getting Started with Illustrator. Chapter Objectives. OVERVIEW. Create a new document Explore the Illustrator window Create basic shapes Apply fill and stroke colors to objects Select, move, and align objects Transform objects Make direct selections.

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ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS3

Chapter 1Getting Started with Illustrator


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Chapter Objectives

OVERVIEW

  • Create a new document

  • Explore the Illustrator window

  • Create basic shapes

  • Apply fill and stroke colors to objects

  • Select, move, and align objects

  • Transform objects

  • Make direct selections

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Creating a New Document

LESSON 1

  • Creating a new document

    • New Document dialog box

      • Specify name

      • Specify size—height and width

      • Choose page orientation, landscape or portrait, and unit of measure displayed on rulers

      • Choose color mode

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Creating a New Document

LESSON 1

Documentname

Size list arrow

Units list arrow

Landscape

Portrait

Color Mode list arrow

Expand/Collapse button

New Document dialog box (Windows)

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Creating a New Document

LESSON 1

  • Choosing color modes and document size

    • Another method for specifying color mode

      • Click expand button to the left of word Advance

      • Click Color Mode list arrow

      • Choose RGB or CMYK

    • Once document created change color mode settings

      • Click File on menu bar

      • Point to Document Color Mode

      • Click CMYK or RGB

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Creating a New Document

LESSON 1

  • Choosing a unit of measure

    • To set preferences for units of measure

      • Click Edit/Illustrator on menu bar

      • Point to Preferences

      • Click Units and Display Performance

      • Click General, Stroke, and Type list arrows

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Exploring the Illustrator Window

LESSON 2

  • Touring the Illustrator window

    • Window includes:

      • Title bar – contains name, magnification level, color mode, Minimize, maximize, and close

      • Menu bar – includes all Illustrator menus

      • Artboard – area bound by solid line, in which artwork created

      • Scratch area – area outside artboard

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Exploring the Illustrator Window

LESSON 2

  • Touring the Illustrator window

    • Window includes (cont.)

      • Tools panel – contains tools that let you create, select, and manipulate objects

      • Zoom text box – zoom menu to right of Zoom text box lets you choose another magnification level

      • Status bar – contains list arrow menu

      • Panels – windows containing features for modifying and manipulating objects

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Exploring the Illustrator Window

LESSON 1

Menu Bar

Option Bar

Panels/Palettes

Tools Panel

Art Board

Scratch Board

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Exploring the Illustrator Window

LESSON 2

  • Using quick keys in Illustrator

    • Commands on menu bar on Tools panel essential for performing basic and complex operations

    • Smart idea to memorize

      • When available, quick key is listed beside command in menu

    • Best place to start memorizing quick keys is with commands on File, Edit, and Object menus

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Essential Quick Keys (Windows)

LESSON 2

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Create Basic Shapes

LESSON 3

  • Getting ready to draw

    • Basic geometric shapes = foundation of Illustrator

    • Start with a square

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Create Basic Shapes

LESSON 3

Bitmap graphics

Vector graphics

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Apply Fill and Stroke Colors to Objects

LESSON 4

  • Activating the fill or stroke

    • Click the appropriate Fill or Stroke button located at bottom of Tools panel

Swap Fill and Stroke button

Fill button

Stroke button

Default Fill and Stroke button

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Apply Fill and Stroke Colors to Objects

LESSON 4

  • Applying color with Swatches panel

    • Swatches panel is central to color management in application

      • Simple resource for applying fills and strokes to objects

    • When object selected, click swatch in panel applies color as fill or stroke, depending on which is activated

    • Dragging swatch to unselected object will change color of its fill or stroke, depending on which is activated

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Apply Fill and Stroke Colors to Objects

LESSON 4

48 pre-setcolor, gradient, and pattern swatches

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Select, move, and align objects

LESSON 5

  • Selecting and moving objects

    • To move or modify object, select it with a selection tool, menu item, or command key

    • Two basic ways to move objects

      • Click and drag

      • Use arrow keys

    • Pressing [Alt](Win) or [option](Mac) when dragging creates copy of object

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Select, move, and align objects

LESSON 5

  • Grouping objects

    • Grouping objects allows them to be selected with one click of Selection Tool

    • To group them:

      • Click objects

      • Click Object on menu bar

      • Click Group

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Select, move, and align objects

LESSON 5

  • Align Tools

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TransformObjects

LESSON 6

  • Transforming objects

    • Fundamental transformation tools:

      • Scale Tool: resize objects

      • Rotate Tool: rotate objects

      • Reflect Tool: flip objects over an imaginary axis

    • Transform an object using desired tool or its dialog box

      • Enter precise numbers to execute transformation on selected object

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TransformObjects

LESSON 6

  • Repeating transformations

    • Powerful command is Transform Again, found on Object menu

      • When you transform an object, Transform Again repeats transformation

    • Power comes in combination with copying transformations

      • Very handy for creating complex geometric shapes from basic objects

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TransformObjects

LESSON 6

Scale dialog box

Copy button

Options for scaling an object

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TransformObjects

LESSON 6

Reflected text examples

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Make Direct Selections

LESSON 7

  • Using the Direct Selection Tool

    • Use Direct Selection Tool to select individual anchor points or single paths of an object

      • Use [Shift] to select multiple anchor points or multiple paths

      • Select multiple paths or anchor points by dragging a direct selection marquee

    • Clicking center of object with Direct Selection Tool selects entire object

      • Click edge to select path only

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Make Direct Selections

LESSON 7

  • Adding anchor points

    • Add Anchor Points command creates new anchor points without distorting object

    • To add anchor point:

      • Click Object menu

      • Point to Path

      • Click Add Anchor Points

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Make Direct Selections

LESSON 7

Using the Direct Selection Tool

Direct Selection Tool selects anchor points and paths

Direct Selection Tool selects single objects within groups

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Chapter Summary

  • Lesson 5

    • Select and move objects

    • Group objects

    • Make a marquee selection with the Selection Tool

    • Work with Smart Guides

  • Lesson 6

    • Transform objects

    • Repeat transformations

  • Lesson 7

    • Use the Direct Selection Tool

    • Add anchor points

    • Turn objects into guides

  • Lesson 1

    • Create a new document

    • Choose color modes and document size

    • Choose a unit of measure

  • Lesson 2

    • Tour the Illustrator window

    • Use quick keys in Illustrator

  • Lesson 3

    • Get ready to draw

    • Learn about bitmaps images and victor graphics

  • Lesson 4

    • Activate the fill or stroke

    • Apply color with the Swatches panel

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