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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

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS3

Chapter 1Getting Started with Illustrator

chapter objectives
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

Chapter 1

creating a new document
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
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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create basic shapes
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
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
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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transform objects
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
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
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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