Becoming Familiar with the Workspace5:42 with Ashley Burke
Get a brief overview of the application bar, tools panel, control panel, and using panels. Set up and save a custom workspace.
Fill: A color, pattern, or gradient inside an object. You can apply fills to open and closed objects and to faces of Live Paint groups.
Stroke: The visible outline of an object, a path, or the edge of a Live Paint group. You can control the width and color a stroke.
Go ahead and have Illustrator open, and then we'll do File, New. 0:00 For now let's not worry about the settings. 0:06 I'm just gonna hit OK. 0:09 We're gonna get familiar with the workspace. 0:12 So technically, a workspace is defined as any arrangement of panels, 0:15 toolbars, and windows. 0:20 Yours may look different than mine. 0:22 The way that we can sort of sync up is if you go up to Window here, and 0:25 then Workspace, they have a series of preset workspace options here. 0:29 I'm gonna be using Essentials, so 0:35 if you wanna click on Essentials, we'll be in the same starting point. 0:37 So over to the left-hand side is our toolbar. 0:41 As you click on these, you can see 0:45 down here in the bottom left-hand side it's going to tell you what it is. 0:48 So first we have the selection tool, this is our Direct Selection Tool, 0:52 Magic Wand, Lasso, Pen Tool. 0:57 You see how this works. 1:01 And when you click on one of these, it automatically activates it. 1:03 So as I drag my mouse away, now my Pen Tool is open. 1:06 You'll notice that some of these tools, 1:10 they have a little arrow here in the bottom right-hand side. 1:12 If you click and hold on those, 1:15 it will show you a subgroup of different tools within there. 1:18 So this is Direct Selection tool in the Group Selection tool. 1:22 Let's do that with the Pen Tool. 1:26 And you can see that beside these, we have what the shortcut keys are. 1:29 So the shortcut key for the Pen Tool is P, and 1:33 then we have Anchor Tool, Delete Anchor Point Tool. 1:36 And as you get more familiar with Illustrator, 1:39 you'll see that knowing shortcut keys is gonna really speed up your process. 1:42 Also if you know you're going to be using a tool a lot, 1:47 you can click on the arrow here and create a little, a new window. 1:50 And this will allow you to immediately have access to these buttons. 1:55 All right, I am going to close that for now. 2:01 And then further down, this is our, these are the colors we are working with. 2:04 So this will be our fill color and our stroke. 2:08 This is also colors, so solids, gradients, and no-stroke, no-fill. 2:12 These are drawing modes here, which we'll also talk about later. 2:18 And then right here at the bottom, this is for screen modes. 2:22 If you click on it one time, you can see what our options are. 2:27 So Normal Screen Mode. 2:30 That's what that is. 2:33 We have Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, and 2:35 you can see it's stretching out the canvas to cover the whole screen. 2:38 And then we have Full Screen Mode without any of the menu. 2:42 There is a shortcut key that you can use to toggle through these and that's F. 2:46 So as I click F one time, you can see that I'm toggling through these. 2:50 I'm gonna work in this middle one, Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, 2:55 because I like to have as few distractions as possible. 2:59 And being able to see my desktop or my browser window can be distracting, 3:04 so I'll keep that open. 3:08 As we click on Tools, so I'm gonna click on the Artword Tool, for 3:12 instance, you can see up here at the top, this is the control panel. 3:16 So whenever you press and are using any of these tools, 3:20 they have different controls that are related to it up here. 3:24 So that's really handy, and then above that, this is the application bar. 3:28 And if we were using more of Adobe's programs, 3:32 and switching between them, that would be useful. 3:36 But since we're not, let's hide that so we can have as much screen space as possible. 3:39 If you go up here to Window, you can see Application Bar has a check beside it. 3:44 If you press that one time, 3:49 that check goes away and we don't see the Application Bar. 3:51 That's what we want. 3:54 Over to the right hand side, these are more panels, and they're collapsed. 3:57 So if I press on one of these, you can see what these three icons are. 4:01 So we have Color, Color guide, Color Themes. 4:05 And kinda go through here. 4:12 If there was something that I knew I wasn't going to use, 4:14 I might drag that out here. 4:18 And you can drag these out. 4:21 I can delete it by hitting X, which I'm not going to do. 4:23 I'm actually just gonna go put it back over here and collapse that. 4:26 Okay. And if we wanted to add one, 4:31 like I don't see layers and I know we're going to need layers. 4:33 So let's go to Window, Layers. 4:36 Great. 4:40 I'm gonna leave that right there. 4:40 Okay, so now we like the way this is all set up. 4:42 Let's go up to Window, Workspace, and New Workspace. 4:46 So we're actually customizing our own workspace at this point. 4:52 So New Workspace. 4:55 Let's call it Treehouse Workspace. 4:58 Hit Okay. 5:03 And so now when we wanna choose this workspace, it's right there for 5:06 us, which is awesome. 5:10 And then one last thing, and that is if you can't find a tool and 5:13 you're looking for something, the Help Menu in Illustrator can be very helpful. 5:17 Go up to Help here, and there's a search bar, so you can search for 5:21 what you're looking for. 5:25 In our case I'm like, where's that colored pencil I wanna use? 5:27 So as I go down to that menu item, 5:31 it actually will show you where it is using these little arrows. 5:36 So that can be very, very helpful. 5:40
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