By Ted Alspach
The final word entire consultant 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 tips on how to combine Illustrator with the remainder of artistic Suite 4Teaches you step by step how you can create designs that paintings superbly, no matter if in print or onlineCovers the fundamentals of drawing, portray, coloring, and uncoloringOffers crucial advice for studying paths, mask, blends, styles, transparency, and typeIntroduces you to greater clever courses and a brand new Crop region toolDemonstrates the right way to paintings in a number of pages with CS4’s new Artboard toolPacked with useful counsel and tips to enhance designs and triumph over the internet with scripts and on-line layout options
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3 shows how you can quickly access graphic styles from the Control panel. 3 You can choose styles from the Control panel with the ever-present dropdown lists (popup menus). Align Points Like They’re Objects You can quickly align points by using the Align panel buttons (which are usually present on the Control panel too). Simply use the Direct Selection tool to select a series of points and then use an Align button to align or distribute the points quickly and accurately. CROSS-REF For more on using the various selection tools, see Chapter 6.
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To change the item shown in the status bar, click the triangle to the right of Show and then choose a different item. Although the default for this button displays the tool that you’re currently using, you can change the information to display one of the following instead: Version Cue Status: Choose this to see the Version Cue information for shared files. This option is available only if you have Adobe Creative Suite installed. Current Tool: Choose this to show the selected tool’s name. Date and Time: Use this to show the current date and time.
Adobe Illustrator CS4 Bible by Ted Alspach