Adobe Illustrator CS4 Bible by Ted Alspach

By Ted Alspach

The final word finished advisor to every thing from drawing fundamentals to complicated techniquesAdobe professional Ted Alspach finds the most recent on Illustrator CS4’s new beneficial properties and punctiliously explains the way to combine Illustrator with the remainder of artistic Suite 4Teaches you step by step tips on how to create designs that paintings fantastically, no matter if in print or onlineCovers the fundamentals of drawing, portray, coloring, and uncoloringOffers crucial guidance for gaining knowledge of paths, mask, blends, styles, transparency, and typeIntroduces you to more advantageous shrewdpermanent publications and a brand new Crop quarter toolDemonstrates easy methods to paintings in a number of pages with CS4’s new Artboard toolPacked with useful information and tips to increase designs and triumph over the net with scripts and on-line layout recommendations

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Control panel: The Control panel is a special panel that normally appears just below the menu bar. This panel allows you to quickly choose applicable settings to the currently selected tool. Menu: The main menu is across the top of the window in Windows and across the top of the main monitor on a Mac. The main menu allows you to access many of Illustrator’s powerful commands. Illustrator also makes use of popup context menus that appear when you right-click (Ctrl+click) many objects. Zoom control: The zoom control provides a quick method of zooming in or out in the document window so that you can see fine details or the entire drawing.

In this chapter, I introduce several features that have been added to Illustrator CS4 as well as some changes that make existing features easier to use or simply more powerful. Fortunately, Illustrator CS4 maintains a strong connection with the past so that you don’t have to relearn much at all. Still, many of the changes that have been made are important ones that you’ll find useful and fun. Let’s dig in! IN THIS CHAPTER Multiple Artboards Appearance and graphic style updates Align enhancements Really smart Smart Guides The Blob Brush tool Gradients — now with transparency!

Each panel has a title bar that you can click and drag to move it. The title bar also has buttons for minimizing a regular panel or zooming (back to regular size) a minimized one and closing the panel. Each panel also has a tab with the name of the panel within it. NOTE You can use the title tab to toggle between the minimized state (showing only the title tab) and the maximized state (showing the entire panel) by double-clicking the title tab. 3. You can use this handle for changing the panel’s size by clicking and dragging the corner containing the handle.

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