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Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial | 11 Basic Things You Need To Know – Workspace #C3-E2

September 7, 2019


Hello everyone and welcome to knack-graphics.
We are on the way of learning 11 basic things you need to know before using illustrator.
In the previous lesson we discussed Interface and today we will discuss the second thing
i.e. the Workspace. If interface is your working room, then workspace is the layout of the
furniture, wiring and your appliances. Let’s have a look on the layout of things of workspace
along with their names. This highlighted thing here is called the Menu bar. Below menu bar,
we have control panel. On the left side, we have tools panel. On the right side here,
we have Panels-dock. There are numerous things to be explained regarding all these which
I will be explaining in the future lessons. Here we will learn about management of the
workspace. First of all we must understand the need of management of workspace. With
illustrator you can perform a wide variety of work like graphic artwork, typography,
animation cartooning and many more like that. Illustrator has hundreds of panels containing
different options and you don’t need all of them together as it will create a mess. So
putting the required panels at place is called the workspace management. Let’s have a look
on these panels. Here I can expand the panel-dock. And we have color panel. Alongwith it we have
color guide panel and then have we color themes panel. And like wise many other panels below
it. This setting of panels is a preset workspace on name of Essentials which is selected from
here. Illustrator has some preset workspaces according to your work orientation like layout,
painting etc. Notice if I select layout then my panels will get changed and panels related
to layout will be set here. You can also design your own workspace and
save it for future use as well. Let’s see how to do it. I have selected the Essential
Workspace for now. Here we have color panel at the top. Along with it we have color guide
panel. Now say we don’t need this color themes panel. I will drag it out and simply close
it. Now we want swatches to join this panel group. I will pull it from here and place
it here as the blue line will appear. This panel is a bit longer than needed so let’s
make it short by dragging its borderline above. Now this symbols panel is not needed. So let’s
just get rid of it. I just dragged it out and close it. Brushes panel is needed, ok.
We want stroke to join brushes, so just pull it and place it with brushes. We don’t need
gradient and transparency so just pull them out and close it. Ok. I want this appearance
panel to group with layer and artboards, so I will darg it out and place it right here
and for this group, we will pull this whole group out and close it. You can also have
iconic view of these panels by pressing this collapse button. Now let’s add some more panels
to it. We need pathfinder panel to join this dock. So just go to the windows menu and select
pathfinder. Now the pathfinder comes with the group which includes transform and align
as well. However, we need all of them, so just drag the group and place on the dock.
Now notice we have four options to dock it. Firstly a blue line will appear on left line
of the dock. If I place it here, a new dock will be made containing these panels on the
left of this dock. Secondly, a blue line will appear on the top which will dock these panels
as a separate group. Third we have a blue box appearing which will add up these panels
to the group. And last we have a blue line appearing on the right side which means, a
new dock will be made on right side containing these panels. So here I want a new group,
so I will place it here, like this. Now we want actions panel. Go to the windows menu
and select actions. It comes with links panel and we need that too so let’s just dock it
as well as a new group. Now we want the info panel so I have selected the info panel and
it comes grouped with the navigator. We don’t want it to group with navigator so just pull
it out and drop on dock as a new group. Place navigator as a new group as well. At last
we want document info panel. So just go to the windows menu and select document info.
It is grouped with attributes and we need that too. Now if I want this group to join
group with the info panel here, I will drag this group and place it over here when a blue
box will be appearing, like this. So if this the workspace that I need most of the times
then I will save it as different name of my choice. Go to the workspace management and
click on new workspace and name it whatever you want. Like I have saved it on the name
of ‘Knack’ and i can use it in future as well. You can see your saved profile in the list
here. Just in case you want to delete your self-created workspace profile, you will go
to the ‘Manage Workspace’ and there you will find your created profiles. Select it and
then press the delete button. There is another option here of Resetting workspace, which
means if you have accidently or deliberately closed some of the panels, like this
and then I want to get back my panels which
were set in the profile, I will press reset workspace and since the knack profile is selected,
it will reset this profile and I will get back all the panels which were saved under
this profile. So this was about the workspace management. And now for the pending thing
which I left in the previous lesson and that was the option of “Auto collapse iconic panels”
in preference settings of user interface. At present this option is ticked. This means
that if I am working with panels viewing as icons as it is appearing right now and if
I use any panel like this and then if I go to the document again, it will collapse automatically.
However, if this option is unticked and then if I use any panel and come to work on document,
that panel will still remain expanded out of the dock.
So friends, this was all about the workspace and in the next lesson, we will discuss the
topic of zooming. Thanks for watching knack graphics and stay tuned.

1 Comment

  • Reply Dena p. December 30, 2016 at 5:23 am

    You are a great teacher. Thank you for these videos.

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