GPU Performance in Adobe® Illustrator®

 

Adobe® Illustrator® Creative Cloud®: Essentials for Creating Projects

 

Lesson Info

GPU Performance in Adobe® Illustrator®

We can now, if your machine supports it, on Mac and Windows, we have GPU Preview to be able to work with. Now, it's an acceleration. It's using the GPU to be able to do things like zoom, and preview, and move around, and things like that. I don't really care what that means. It just means that it's cooler. So when we zoom and do things, it's actually faster and smoother. When you first launch Illustrator, like the first time, it's actually gonna come up with a message up here usually that's quick. And it says like GPU was enabled or detected, you're good to go type of thing. Okay? If you look right up here, you're gonna see a rocket ship. If that rocket ship looks like a rocket ship, you're good to go. You get all this extra feature. If that rocket ship has a little like zero slashy thing through it, you don't have that. Okay? If I click on that little rocket ship right there, you're gonna see GPU performance. So it's gotta detect a compatible GPU. It just means does your machine suppo...

rt it basically. If it is compatible, it's gonna say, here's mine down here. You can see all this stuff. It's gonna turn on what's called GPU Performance. And we also have what's called Animated Zoom. Now the Animated Zoom, even if you use this stuff, you can turn Animated Zoom off if you don't like it. I'll show you what that is. We kinda went through it before, but, I'll click OK. And I'm gonna zoom in here. So, I'm gonna go to my zoom tool. Let me just go to the zoom tool. And I'm gonna zoom in a bit. And you're gonna see this is the animated zoom. This is pretty darn complex artwork if you look at this thing. And it's doing it pretty smoothly. Okay? The GPU performance is pretty amazing. The other thing that's kind of amazing is that we can now zoom, like I said in the beginning, towards the beginning, of the class, we can now instead of just doing 6400% which was what we could do before, we can do 64000%. So, I love this file because it's got a little bit of hidden stuff in here. If you focus, look right down here, you're gonna see, I'm gonna zoom into this guy. There's also a little guy down here, which if I go to 64000% percent, you can see. So we can zoom in pretty closely. And it does a really good job of keeping all the paths, and the stroke weights, and all that kinda stuff. The other thing too is that if we do, let me zoom out just a little bit here, we have a smoother panning. So if I go to my hand tool or if I use that, which is the space bar, I can actually do a lot smoother. In previous versions of Illustrator, it would kinda stutter-step a little bit as you dragged it, but now it's actually really, really smooth, which is nice. Once again, that's part of the GPU kinda using that to be able to get it done. So we've got zooming. We've got animated zooming. The other thing we can do, let me zoom out, is I can actually click and hold down, and you can animate zoom in just like this. Sometimes this is really helpful, just because you wanna kinda get into a certain area. And if I zoom out, I'm using the Option key. It does the same thing. So doing an animated zoom. Kinda cool. All right. I mean that's pretty much working with GPU performance. If you decide that your machine, maybe it decides, it determines that your machine can handle it, but you don't wanna use it. Just turn it off. You can come right up here to the little rocket ship. Click on it. Just turn of GPU Performance. And if you do turn this off, I'll click OK, the next time you go to zoom, you're gonna get this. It's gonna be a zoom box it's called. The old school. And if I let go, it'll zoom in. It's kind of a let down. Once you got to the animated zoom, you don't go back. I find that that's just the case. I think it also, if you take a look, you can still do the 64000% percent. It still lets you do that, but it's kinda rough. So, there we go.

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.

Lessons

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