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Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 21 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 21 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

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21. Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


What is Adobe Illustrator?


Explore the Interface


Create and Save New Documents


Zoom and Navigate


Working with Artboards


Introduction to Layers


Rulers and Guides


Shapes and Drawing


Aligning and Combining Shapes


Pen Tool


Manipulating Stroke and Fill


Creating and Editing with Color


Painting with Gradients


Getting Started with Patterns


Adding Text To Your Document


Formatting Text


Strokes and Variable Strokes in Adobe Illustrator


Rotating Objects in Adobe Illustrator


Effects and the Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator


Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator


Working with Linked Content in Adobe Illustrator


Packaging your Project for Handoff in Adobe Illustrator


Best Formats to Save Your Files


Select Like a Pro: Layers, Groups, & Other Unique Tools


Edit Paths Like a Pro in Adobe Illustrator


Editing Paths: Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator


Creating & Applying Brushes to Artwork in Adobe Illustrator


Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator


Editing Paths: Join Tool in Adobe Illustrator


Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®


Pen Tool Shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator


Other Drawing Tools & Methods in Adobe Illustrator


Transforming Techniques in Adobe Illustrator


Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator


Get to Know Your Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator


Exploring Effects in Adobe Illustrator


Work Smarter with Graphic Styles in Adobe Illustrator


Color Inspiration in Adobe Illustrator


Type Effects in Adobe Illustrator


Masking Your Artwork in Adobe Illustrator


Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®


Capture Artwork with Creative Cloud Apps & Adobe Illustrator


Tracing Raster Images in Adobe Illustrator


Blending Artwork in Adobe Illustrator


Using Symbols in Adobe Illustrator


Using a Perspective Grid in Adobe Illustrator


Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator


GPU Performance in Adobe Illustrator


Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator


App Integration in Adobe Illustrator


Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App


Shaper Tool in Adobe Illustrator


Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator


Text Enhancements in Adobe Illustrator


SVG Export in Adobe Illustrator


Lesson Info

Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator

Now we're gonna place our first image. (coughs) Excuse me. Now in Illustrator, if you wanna place an image, we can do it by using one of the commands, we can also drag images in, there's a lot of ways to get pictures in here. The thing about Illustrator, just like InDesign, garbage in, garbage out. If you throw a bad picture in here, it's gonna look like garbage when you print it, or whatever you do with it, okay? You don't, you wanna try not to scale images in here, okay? At least not making them bigger. If you want to go smaller, you can do it a little bit. But not bigger, okay? We're gonna use Photoshop and other programs to get that kind of stuff done. To get a picture out here, what I want you to do is come under file, and you're gonna see that we have a place command, very similar to, well, Photoshop, and InDesign, but check out the shortcut right there. Not even close to those programs, okay? So, there is a big argument and fight about that, but we'll leave it alone. So go ahead...

and choose file + place. We can place Photoshop files, we can place JPEGs, GIFs, PNGs, SVG, just about anything you can think of on the planet you can place, okay? It doesn't mean you should, but it means you can, okay? If you look in that, go into that Segment Four folder for Day1, hopefully you're all still in there. You'll see that I got some images in here. Why don't you click on the, let's say, the Desolation Wilderness image here, this is a pretty cool shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a JPEG file. JPEGs you gotta watch out for, because if they're really compressed and look nasty, they're gonna look nasty in here, you're not gonna be able to do much with them, okay? Why don't you click on the second image here, which is a PSD. I know it's kinda hard to tell 'cause it's kinda crunched in here, but there's a PSD in there. What I did was I went into Photoshop, and I just added a few layers. And what I wanna do is I want to show you guys that real quick. You don't have to do this, okay? So let me just bounce over. I'm gonna go to Photoshop, and I'm gonna open up that image just so you can see it. Get an idea for it. Now I kinda quickly went in. I added maybe three or four layers to this thing. If you go into Photoshop, for instance, and you do some work to the image, it's only three layers, you can actually pull all of those layers in and keep the layers in Illustrator, which is pretty neat. So a lot of times what I'm doing is if I'm creating something like a comp and I've got a couple options and I don't know which one to use, you can actually go into Illustrator and turn on and off these layers, while it's in Illustrator, okay? We can also, if we take a JPEG, a GIF, or anything like that, if you place it in Illustrator, you can take that image right back out to Photoshop, or whatever you're using, make an edit, and go right back, and round trip it's called, and update the image in Illustrator. So we have a whole linking thing going on, okay? So it links to the original image. So what we're gonna do, is we're gonna place this Photoshop file, and you're gonna see these layers in there, okay? All right, so make sure the Photoshop file is selected. This is a little particular to get this to work, okay? Yeah? Does it have to be a PSD file? Can you use the mike? Oh sorry. Does it have to be a PSD file in order to have the linking work? Or if you go and edit a JPEG will it update as well? That's a really good question. Yeah it can work with any image, well, almost any image you have, so if you choose, for instance, if I select a JPEG here, the key is gonna be that link option right there. So if we have that selected by default, that means if somebody updates the JPEG in, say Photoshop, it'll update it in here for us, okay? Yeah. All right, with the PSD selected, here's the catch to all this. If we want to make it to where somebody edits this Photoshop file back in Photoshop, and it updates in Illustrator, it will warn you guys, it'll say, "It's been updated, do you want to update it," it won't just (snaps fingers) do it. But if we want that link to happen with a PSD file, Photoshop file, we cannot mess with the layers in it. It's basically flattened, okay? If you want to be able to place a Photoshop file and pick the layers you want, like I just said about Photoshop, you have to what's called embed the file. So why don't you deselect link here. Embedding, essentially what that means, it's gonna take the whole Photoshop file, stick it in the Illustrator file, and that's it. I mean we can pull it out of there if we need to but there's no link to the original PSD. It's gonna copy it into the Illustrator file. That's kind of dangerous, you gotta be careful about embedding images because if you take a, I don't know, a 10 meg, 10 meg, how small is that now? If you take like a 100 meg Photoshop file, and you embed it in here, your Illustrator file is gonna be a hundred megs plus whatever else you do in Illustrator, so just think of that. Okay, so we're embedding this one, you're gonna see an option here, this is very InDesign, turn on show import options, and that's where it's gonna give us the option to pick layers and do different things. You can actually do this with a JPEG too, it just doesn't give you a lot. Go ahead and place it. So link off, show import options on, place, and you get this. So with the Photoshop import options dialogue box, you can actually, if you look right here, let's see, you can show a preview of it if you want. Has anybody ever worked with layer comps in Photoshop? Okay. I'm not going there, but a layer comp, instead of you, I love this, you're working in Photoshop, and your boss comes over your shoulder and you're like "Hey, lemme show you "the next version of this." You're like "Turn around." So you go and turn off and on a bunch of layers, different things like that, you can actually save those states, as what are called "layer comps." So, in here, we can actually pull in a layer comp we want to use and it just means turn all the layers we want on, and all the layers we want off, and different things like that. Down here, you're gonna see, okay, let's take all the layers that were in Photoshop, and let's make them, basically, layers in Illustrator. We're gonna see that in a minute here. You're also gonna see you can flatten it if you want, make this one big picture, that's it. If you say make all the layers into objects here, you can also import hidden layers that were turned off in Photoshop. So you could turn them on in here if you want to do that. So go ahead and select that, just, we don't have any hidden, but we can do that. (coughs) Excuse me. All right, and then click okay. With Illustrator, very much like InDesign, you gotta tell it where to put it. So we have this place gun right here, this thing we're gonna use, what we can do is we could actually place more than one file, so you could select a whole bunch in that place dialogue, and it would say, three of three or four of four, or something like that. If you come up here to the corner, what we're gonna do is we're gonna get the image out here, and we're gonna put it right up over here. Okay, so kinda get it to the corner of the art board, and you might see the word intersect, I don't know. And go ahead and click, okay. This happens all the time in Illustrator. You look at the file and you're like, "Oh, okay, I'm gonna take this image "and stick it in here." And you don't realize it's like, you know, 40 feet wide, that type of thing. So, I've actually worked on logos, and different things like that, and you kind of lose sight of scaling, and you place an image, and it's suddenly just that much of this much image shows up so, we right now, we either need to scale this ourselves, or we can place it, and you can actually draw it as you place it. We're just gonna scale it, okay? Keep it simple. We need to zoom out, we gotta see the whole image, okay? So what you can do, easy, come under view, and just choose zoom out a couple times, if you want to do that, that's one way to do it. View + zoom out. You can also, if you want to, we have our zoom down here, the actual zoom size down here, you can zoom out that way too, anyway you want. And you're gonna see it's really kinda interesting but, it actually has each separate layer, each separate object that was in Photoshop, as a separate object in here with it's own little box around it. But it's all kind of grouped together. As a matter of fact, if you look up here, it should say group. It's telling you it's a big group of stuff. Let's just resize this, okay? I said we can go smaller, just not really bigger. Go ahead and hold down the shift key, you gotta do this, otherwise you're gonna mess up the proportions. And drag to scale, and let's make it so it just kind of fits on the document. Release the mouse button, then the shift key. Go ahead and fit the art board in the window, so we can see it. There are just a few key shortcuts you wanna learn in here, and this is one of them, I think. It's on top of that black box we made, right? So we need to get it behind it. So we need to either arrange it, or we can work with our layers. Let's just use arrange. Come up to object, come to arrange, send to back. We're gonna put it behind everything, I'm not gonna fiddle you know with getting it in there, just send to back. And it should put it right behind. All right, so this is a group of objects, what I really wanna do, I wanna show you what it looks like in the layers panel, cause that's the cool part, okay? Come over to the right, hopefully everybody's got that placed in there and looking good. You should see the layers panel on the right over here. Hopefully you're gonna see Layer 1. There's only one single layer in this panel, lemme zoom in so you can see this. There's only one layer in here. If it's closed, if you see an arrow like that, go ahead and click on the arrow to the left and toggle it open, so you can see all the content. And you should hopefully see the image in there. Everybody see that? Okay, now, it's kinda hard to read, so what we're gonna do, I do this all the time, we're gonna make the layers panel wider. So come to the left edge of the layers panel, and any panel you want, most any panel you can drag to make larger, so just drag the left edge. We can kinda see what's going on here a little bit better. And come to that arrow there and let's open up, this is a group of objects, so a group is kind of like another layer in here. Click on the arrow to the left of the name of the object, the name of the image, and scroll down, and you're gonna see all the layers right there. So we could if we wanted to, turn on and off, we've got the little eye icons over here, we can turn on and off, like the blue color, if we want to have the original image for instance. Turn off the text, we can do, you know, anything we want we can do right now, as far as the image is concerned. All right, so what I'd like to do, is I wanna take that text and move it down onto the black box, we got it why not use it, just sit it right on the black box. What's one of the problems that we have here though? If I try and click on that text and move it, what happens? It's behind the box. It is behind the box, you're totally right, right? It's grouped, it's moving everything right? Here let me, I just moved it, I'm gonna edit + undo the move here. So what we need to do is we need to get at that object, and ungroup these objects, okay? Sometimes you need groups, sometimes you don't. So what I'd like to do is just come up to object, and choose ungroup. Now what you can do is you can click somewhere where there's nothing, to deselect, click on the text, and you should be able to just drag it, kind of in place right over here somewhere. And of course, this is what we always work with, it's behind the black box, so we need to bring it in front of the black box. And just to let you guys know, you can if you want to, if you look at your layers panel down here. The layers panel, there's so much we can do in here. We've been using those arrange commands so far, bring to front, send to back, that kinda thing. That's exactly the same thing as moving layers around down here. That's exactly what it's doing. So if we take, there's the Golden Gate Bridge text right there, I could actually just take that layer, and like Photoshop or InDesign, I could just drag it above the rectangle. I see a line right there. And it just changes the ordering out there. It's the same thing as the arrange commands, okay? If you don't feel comfortable, I know some people don't feel comfortable messing with the layers, cause they drop em somewhere and they disappear and things happen, you can always just come under object + arrange, and say bring to front.

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Ratings and Reviews


I am a pretty computer literate person but an Ai beginner i.e. I am completely new to the Creative Cloud/Adobe Illustrator. (This is also the first time I've used CreativeLive.) I think this course it is fantastic. The pace is good as is the content which progressed logically and covers all the basics you'd hope it would. The course is 2 full days' worth of material but it is broken down into segments so you can revisit or skip through as you need to. The presenter is really personable and easy to watch (even for me, a Londoner!). I would also say I think it is pretty good value for money -- I am currently enrolled on a part time course, basically doing the same sort of stuff, and I have to say this is better and a bit cheaper! I definitely recommend it to you!


A brilliantly designed course. it's almost magic. It's everything you hope for in a follow-along software class. Brian Wood has engineered it so that you start on a project that just needs basics, and then you move on to more & more complicated projects, and almost without realizing it you've learned Illustrator. This doesn't just happen -- Wood has clearly put a LOT of effort into creating this course. Here's one trivial example: he doesn't overload you with a lot of keyboard shortcuts right at the beginning -- you start with the actions themselves, using the (admittedly tedious but easy) pulldown menus, and then after you're comfortable with what you're doing, he'll throw in the shortcut. It may seem obvious, but so many instructors feel they have to give you an extensive foundation of definitions, shortcuts, interfaces, etc., before you ever do anything. Good stuff to know, but you'll never remember it. Wood has you up and working almost immediately. And he's a joy to listen to, at a perfect pace. Highly recommended.

Philippe LIENARD

Top course. Very well explained, clear, good examples, pleasant teacher. I like it and recommend it. One suggestion, it would be nice to have a detailed table of content of the course in the material. For instance, it took me quite a while to find back the part of the course where how to make a gear was explained.

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