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Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Lesson 48 of 56

Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator


Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Lesson 48 of 56

Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator


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Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator

One thing I really wanted to have in this, I guess this time together is the ability to show you some of the new things that are happening in Illustrator because there's always things going on and a lot of new features that are going on. And there's some that just are, I guess you could say a little bit hidden that we don't see kind of in the, on the front of things. So the first couple that I want to talk about are a little, you're not really gonna care about them until it happens to you. Okay? So we now have what's called Crash Recovery or Auto Recovery in Illustrator. We also have what's called Safe Mode in Illustrator. Has anybody ever crashed a program before? Okay. I've crashed Illustrator a bunch. I don't think you're working hard enough if you haven't. But if we want to, I'm gonna show you how to, well I'm gonna show you how to crash it first. But I'm gonna actually crash it and I'm gonna show you what happens when it crashes. Okay? If we're working along in something, let me g...

o to a file that I've got here. I'm actually gonna create a new file. That's fine. And I want to keep it simple because I just wanna kind of explain how this works. If you're working in here and you crash after a certain amount of time it is gonna auto recover all the files that were open. And it's gonna try to auto recover the last things you did too. Which is crazy because Illustrator never did that before. It would crash, you'd be burned. Okay? That was kind of the idea. If I come under Illustrator. I want to show you this. I'm gonna go to Preferences. How many of you have been in the preferences for Illustrator? You got to dig around a little bit. If you start getting into Illustrator you got to start poking around. There's a bunch of things in here. I'm not gonna go crazy with this but if you want to you can actually go in here and set how your anchor points look and different things like that. There's a lot of settings in here. If I go to File Handling & Clipboard you're gonna see right here. It's gonna say Automatically Save Recovery Data Every. And it puts it in a folder that's kind of hidden in your user folder type thing. And you can say if you want, I think by default it's two minutes or something like that. Every two minutes by default, if you crash, it's gonna recover that data. If you, let's say are working and it just did an auto recover. Behind the scenes it does it. You do a bunch of stuff and then it crashes at a minute and 59 seconds, you won't have the things you just did the last minute 59. Okay? So what you could do is you could take this and bring it down a little bit if you want or bring it up. What it actually does is it creates this little file. This little file, like I said, sits somewhere. When I first thought of this I was like, whoa wait a minute. It's like saving my file every so many seconds off over here and this huge file I'm working on is gonna get saved. No. The date recovery file is basically just one single file and it actually disappears when you're all done. It's actually only saving the information that's different. Let's just say that. Okay? So it's kind of, it does it magically. But it's only saving a small file. If I had like say a 10 Meg Illustrator file, which is kind of smallish, it would actually probably save like a 300k file for something like that. Okay? Or something similar. So I can give it a, you know, this kind of thing. I can also, if you take a look right here. By default, Turn off Data Recovery for complex documents is turned on. That basically means that if you have a complex document it will not auto recover it. That kind of drives me crazy because I've got a machine that can handle it and has a lot of memory, RAM, and all this stuff. So I actually turn that off most of the time. That way I can recover the really crazy files. Okay? You got to be careful because if you don't have a lot of RAM and a lot of room and memory, it's not really gonna work very well. But let me show you how it works. So it's gonna say every 30 seconds. Now we're gonna have to be patient here. But I'm gonna save this to my desktop. And I'm gonna call it mine. Because it is actually mine. And I'll save it out there. Notice how I just blew right by that last dialog box like everybody does. I'm gonna go draw a box and get a color in there. And we're gonna talk for about 30 seconds. Okay? So that's the thing, you got to wait. So I just created this thing. I put it out there. I'm doing my thing. I'm gonna start adding some more content. I'll do a little brush work. This is looking really good. There we go. I'll erase some of it. That is awesome. There we go. All right, we did about 30 seconds. Now, I'm gonna crash. I'm gonna pretend that I crashed. You can do this at home too. Don't do this. So what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna force quit it. Okay? So I'm gonna force quit Illustrator. Bam. Bam. Does anybody close their programs that way normally? That's how I usually close my programs. Anyway. Kidding. Okay, so I just crashed and I'm like, oh no. I'm gonna lose it. So what I'm gonna do now is I'm gonna launch Illustrator. Get it open. We'll take a look at what it does. Here we go. So it's gonna say, oh, if anything was open we're gonna try and save. Now if you had 15 documents open it's gonna try and save all of them too. It's just gonna take more time, more memory. I'll click OK. And you're gonna see that it missed the last thing, right. The erase thing I did. Okay. But if you look right up here you're gonna see that the name itself actually has Recovered in it. So it's actually, I think it's saving it, I think it's saving it in the same place. If you hit Save right now it'll save it in the same place. You can overwrite the old one if you want and just get rid of the word recovered. But that's what it's gonna do. Okay? So that's it. It's a really good thing. It's actually very very helpful, so. The other thing, let me close this up. The other thing we can do is we have what's called Safe Mode. And I can not believe I'm about to dig into my applications in front of you. I'm gonna dig into my applications here and I'm gonna go to my, okay. So I'm gonna click OK. If you're working in Illustrator. I don't know how many of you use plug-ins for Illustrator or have used plug-ins. I know a lot of people that do use plug-ins. Or if you have specific fonts in your machine that you use. Certain things can actually trigger Illustrator to crash. And you just, you won't have any idea why it crashed. You'll just crash. So I'm gonna quit it again. And then start it up. And what I just did was I just put a plug-in up there that forces it to crash because the plug-in is highly suspect. Okay? Oh, it just quit. Something happened at start up. Okay? So companies that use a lot of plug-ins, fonts, different things like that. I'm gonna try and Reopen it right now. I'm gonna say, all right go ahead and reopen. This is, not that. This is newish. Okay? So it's gonna say, all right, we can Run Diagnostics to see what's going on. So if you ever have a crash, you can do this. It's gonna say, Run Diagnostics. It's gonna launch it. It's gonna crash again. I'm gonna reopen it. And suddenly, when it reopens here, hopefully it's gonna come up with a dialog that says, well we just ran it, there we go, and here's what's wrong. That's the plug-in right there. So it's gonna deactivate it by default and let me continue in what's called Safe Mode. So it's just gonna keep going. If there were any fonts or anything that it just found suspect and was like, no we can't run that. It's gonna disable it automatically. You could if you wanted to follow these directions. I'm just gonna close this. It's gonna go ahead and relaunch it. It's gonna work. Everything's gonna work for you except for that plug-in or those things that are breaking it. If you look right up here as a matter of fact, it's gonna say Safe Mode. So, that freaks me out every time I see that. So what you could do is you could just basically close and start it again and it should open in regular. So, let me actually do that. And hopefully, I think it did disable the plug-in for me so hopefully it stays disabled. Okay, so we got it. Now, let's take a look at some other things that we have available to us which I think are pretty great. One of the things in the start screen. This is brand new and there's a lot of testing going on as far as Illustrator's concerned. Trying to figure out, all of the applications matter of fact. InDesign, Photoshop. Trying to figure out what users, new users, all of us are using more of. I happen to like this. This whole thing right here. I didn't like it at first. I got really mad and I said, no this is not right. But it lets me open recent files. I can work with, now that libraries make sense hopefully, we can access our libraries right from here. Which is really cool. We can go into presets and they have a whole bunch of preset sizes that we can jump right into and just start from. You just click and go. And down here, if you go for this sort of thing, there's a little thing that says Show All. You have a whole bunch of tutorials and different things you can look at and it pretty much takes you out to the learn website. If you've heard of Adobe Learn they've got a lot of like focused content specific for like new features. Let's just say that. That kind of thing. But there's little things in there that you can do to kind of see. But this is kind of a great way just to be able to get a quick look at maybe something that's new or a feature that you don't know about like Adobe Stock for instance.

Class Description

The world’s top designers use Adobe® Illustrator® for its powerful, vector-based drawing environment – and now you can gain fluency in it, as well! Join Brian Wood for a dynamic course on everything you need to know about Adobe Illustrator.

By walking you through a series of projects on Adobe Illustrator, Brian will give you a comprehensive toolkit that will answer any need, including:

  • Getting started in Adobe Illustrator and familiarizing yourself with its workspace
  • Creating color using a variety of methods
  • Creating and transforming artwork, working with text, and importing images
  • Tricks and techniques for drawing: selecting and editing, and working with layers
  • Creating custom patterns, brushes, and symbols
  • Exploring built-in visual effects libraries
You’ll also tackle more advanced Adobe Illustrator topics, like the perspective grid, Creative Cloud libraries, effects, live paint groups and selection, blends, and the shape builder tool.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. What is Adobe Illustrator?
  3. Explore the Interface
  4. Create and Save New Documents
  5. Zoom and Navigate
  6. Working with Artboards
  7. Introduction to Layers
  8. Rulers and Guides
  9. Shapes and Drawing
  10. Aligning and Combining Shapes
  11. Pen Tool
  12. Manipulating Stroke and Fill
  13. Creating and Editing with Color
  14. Painting with Gradients
  15. Getting Started with Patterns
  16. Adding Text To Your Document
  17. Formatting Text
  18. Strokes and Variable Strokes in Adobe Illustrator
  19. Rotating Objects in Adobe Illustrator
  20. Effects and the Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator
  21. Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator
  22. Working with Linked Content in Adobe Illustrator
  23. Packaging your Project for Handoff in Adobe Illustrator
  24. Best Formats to Save Your Files
  25. Select Like a Pro: Layers, Groups, & Other Unique Tools
  26. Edit Paths Like a Pro in Adobe Illustrator
  27. Editing Paths: Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  28. Creating & Applying Brushes to Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  29. Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  30. Editing Paths: Join Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  31. Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®
  32. Pen Tool Shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator
  33. Other Drawing Tools & Methods in Adobe Illustrator
  34. Transforming Techniques in Adobe Illustrator
  35. Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  36. Get to Know Your Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator
  37. Exploring Effects in Adobe Illustrator
  38. Work Smarter with Graphic Styles in Adobe Illustrator
  39. Color Inspiration in Adobe Illustrator
  40. Type Effects in Adobe Illustrator
  41. Masking Your Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  42. Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®
  43. Capture Artwork with Creative Cloud Apps & Adobe Illustrator
  44. Tracing Raster Images in Adobe Illustrator
  45. Blending Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
  46. Using Symbols in Adobe Illustrator
  47. Using a Perspective Grid in Adobe Illustrator
  48. Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator
  49. GPU Performance in Adobe Illustrator
  50. Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  51. App Integration in Adobe Illustrator
  52. Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App
  53. Shaper Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  54. Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator
  55. Text Enhancements in Adobe Illustrator
  56. SVG Export in Adobe Illustrator



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.