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In this lesson we're going over some of the menu options in Adobe Illustrator.
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In order to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator Interface, we need to actually use it and actually do some hands on kind of stuff. So, what we are going to do is we are going to open the yellow stone map file that we used in the previous lesson. To do that, we go to the open link in the welcome screen, go to our desktop, open up the project folder, open up the Part 1 folder, the Lesson 2 folder and then the yellow stone map itself. Double-click on that and then click on open. This file has a lot of good information and it is a great file to use as far as zooming in and around, it is a large enough file that we will be panning from one side to another. And panning just means basically moving around within your document.
First of all, about the menu bar, which is located across the top of your screen, it is a standard operating system menu bar that you are all familiar with from other applications that you have been using. It got standard commands: File, New, File, Close, File, Print. It also contains some Illustrator specific commands. For example, in the object menu, there are commands to work with individual paths or to apply some of the newer features like live paint and live trace. There is also an effect menu where you can play all sorts of cool effects to various paths and objects that you have created in your document. We are going to work on that in our later topic.
So, the menu bar does not contain any surprises for us. At the bottom of the screen, there is a status bar that you might not be familiar with yet, it does not contain that much but there is a couple of cool things you might want to do with it. In the lower left hand corner is a zoom pop up menu, currently it shows us 50% because we are looking at our document at 50% of actual size. If you click on this, actually go ahead and click it again since the first click just closed the menu that we have left open. In here, you will see, you have got all sorts of magnifications that you can choose from. There is a check mark next to 50% because that is our current magnification. We want to at a single click, we can go to 800%, click on that and it zooms us in to 800% actual size. You could click again on the pop up menu, scroll down, go to 3.13% which is pretty darn small and really not use for anything other than large murals or things like that that you really need to zoom out to see the whole document.
In addition to choosing from the pop up menu, you can also click in the edit box, backspace over whatever percentage is there and type in 172.56% and hit return. I do not know why you would ever want to go to 172.56% but you have that level of precision if you need it. To the right of the magnification pop up menu, it just says open, it is showing you document information that you might not otherwise have access to. When your mouse is over it, and I will move away and then mouse back over it again so you can see it again. It shows you the type of document it is, when it was modified, the size, etc. You will also notice that there is a pop up menu to the right, click on that, click on show and you have your choice of what is going to be the default display information, currently it is version queue status. Version queue is an Adobe Software Product Design primarily to manage meta-data for your different documents, you could choose current tool in which case, it would always show you which tool you are using. We have the selection tool appear on the toolbox, that is a little pop up label, which we will look at a little bit more later, if you click a different tool than that tool, then it will be displayed down below.