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Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®

Lesson 42 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®

Lesson 42 from: Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

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42. Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®


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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

Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®

We're gonna go through and look at hidden features in Illustrator. This is something that... These aren't necessarily hidden, but they're something that I don't think a lot of us are gonna be using or have used in the past, and that I just wanted to bring to light. We're gonna take a look at a lot of different things including capturing artwork with CC apps. I'm not gonna spend oodles of time on this 'cause there's a lot of ways to learn this, but we're gonna talk about how to do that and bring that content into Illustrator. We're gonna talk about how to trace a raster image, which is really useful. Something that can be great. We're gonna create our own brushes, and we're gonna create the perspective grid or work on the perspective grid to be able to take something and put the artwork in perspective, which is pretty neat. And we've got some other things to cover as well. So I'm gonna go back over to Illustrator, and make sure everybody, you are there in Illustrator, and we're gonna op...

en up a new file, and then I'm gonna kinda have you sit tight a little bit, and I'm gonna talk about some other things, so come under File and come to Open, and let's go to this segment three folder in Day2, and let's open up You can fit all art boards in the window if you want to right now. You can go under View and choose Fit All in Window, so we can see everything. It's kinda the, sorta the final version of what we're gonna create. We can of course, create it any way we want with colors et cetera, but we're gonna wind up doing tracing. I've actually drawn some drawings, and I'd like to be able to capture that content. Now, if I am let's say, I like to draw. I like to doodle, like to sketch, or I see something out in the world that really captures my eye, I wanna be able to grab that. I want to be able to use it, and actually have it be vector content and maybe even bring it to Illustrator and start using it within, I don't know, a logo, a brochure, or anything that we're creating. We can use the Adobe apps to be able to do this, an that's what I'd like to switch over and show you right now. The Adobe apps are available on a series of devices, Mostly IOS, or mostly on Mac. We do have a whole bunch of them. I'm not gonna cover them all today, just cause I wanna hit maybe one, maybe two. I'll just kind of talk about them. The two that I want to talk about are Adobe Capture and Adobe Comp. You can see them right there in the upper left corner. I just wanna briefly mention Adobe Comp because it's, it's pretty awesome. It really is. I wanna tap on it real quick and open it up. If you, if you do layout, and you do layout for print, for web, for just about anything. You can actually use your iPad and I believe it's available for iPhone as well now, and you can design using your finger, which is kinda insane. So let me just show you really quick. I've got some dummy compositions in here, but I actually have, if you look right here, this is a web design. It was created in here. You can use type kit fonts. You can use imagery that you pull off the Creative Cloud. You can use your own images. You can use styles, all kinds of things that we can work with in here. Now just to be able to, to do this, to show this, I'll show you real quick. On the left here I'm gonna tap the plus, and say let's create a new composition. We pick what we want to create. I'm gonna say iPhone 6 for instance. I'm doing maybe a web design. We then go out here and we start to draw and we start to create, and what it's gonna do, is it's gonna create and add and edit all these shapes for us if we want to. So I can start to work a little bit. If I wanna add some text, I can do that, but it's all gesture based, so we can go in and start to do this really quickly. Why am I showing you this? Simply because if you look right up here, it's powerful. There's a lot of things we can do. If I tap right up here in the upper right hand corner, I will actually see, we can send this directly to InDesign, PhotoShop, and Illustrator. The cool thing about that. This is actually, if we send it to Illustrator, it's gonna become and ai file. A native Illustrator file. So you can start working on it right away. So, anything that is text is gonna be text, anything that's vectors, it's gonna be vector, which is great. All right, I'm gonna pop outta this one real quick. I'm just gonna exit this one, so we can see something else. And we're gonna take a look at Adobe Capture. Adobe Capture is something that came out around Adobe Max, which was in the Fall, and it's a big show that Adobe puts on, and the idea behind this is that we can go in and take our device and we can capture different things. Now if you look up top, you'll see that we can capture colors, we can capture shapes. Oop, I'm choosing a library. Capture shapes. We can create brushes in here, which is kinda crazy. You see that? That's a brush I created right there, you can see it. We can also create what are called looks. These are typically for, for video files, so if you wanna be able to colorize a video, you can do that in here, or at least create the look for it. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna capture a shape, 'cause when we go to create artwork in Illustrator, sometimes we draw, sometime we see something and we want to be able to grab it and use it. By capturing shapes in here, what we're actually doing is we're taking a picture of it with our device, and it's converting it to vector for us, which is awesome. So that's what I'm gonna do. Now the first thing we need to do, is we need to go in and we need to actually create a library, okay? And that's what I wanna talk to you about a little bit. So the introduction here, we kinda get started with this. I wanna switch back over to Illustrator and talk a little bit about libraries, just because that's the connection that's used between the iPad, or the device, and your Illustrator, okay, or your other files here. Lemme switch back over to Illustrator. All right, what I'd like you to do is in Illustrator, and in Indesign, and in Photoshop, you can find a panel called libraries. Why don't you come under Window up here, and you will see the Libraries panel. Now you won't find this in... I think this has been in Illustrator for two or three versions now roughly, I can't remember exactly. But if you have an older like CS6, early CC, you won't find this. Go ahead and choose Libraries, and you'll see it over on the right. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna make it look sort of like yours is, so I'll go to my library. Does yours, yours probably looks something like this, I would imagine. When you first start working in libraries, it's completely blank. The idea behind a library is that you're gonna take content that you may reuse. You're gonna take things like graphic content. You're gonna take styling, maybe paragraph style and character styling you want to reuse, or even colors that you want to reuse. You're gonna place them in here, save them in here, and what it's gonna do is what's called the Creative Sync, it's gonna sync it with all your other applications. So if I put in, let's say I'm workin' on a logo and I grab this little backpack right here. I can take that thing and drag it into the libraries. I can then find it immediately in PhotoShop and InDesign, and start to work with it. It's also linked to the library, so if I used that backpack, I can drag it out into other files in Illustrator or in PhotoShop or InDesign. It's linked to the original. So if I update that original backpack in the library, it'll update in that file, which is pretty powerful. Pretty crazy. So I'll show ya, let's, let's try it out. You all have Backpack-final open, right? So what we can do, why don't you actually come to this little like, yeah, let's do a backpack, whatever. Come to this backpack down here, one of the backpacks at the bottom down there. To save it or capture it, simple drag it to the right, drop it right into the library. When you see a plus, let go. You just captured it. So what's happening now, is it's actually syncing with your Creative Cloud account to get this to work. As a Creative Cloud subscriber, we get access to this. This is one of the key features of being a Creative Cloud subscriber. Now that it's there, I can jump over to InDesign, Illustrator, I'm already in Illustrator. InDesign and PhotoShop. They actually have the same Libraries panel. I open it up, it's gonna show up in there, I can start to work with it. Now if we wanna capture things like, let's say color, or type, why don't you come to, let's see, right here, the Backpacks $29. Go ahead and click on that. You can select it with the selection tool. We don't want to select the text if we capture this way, okay? It will not work. If you come to the Libraries panel, and come down towards the bottom, you're gonna see that we can capture both character styling and paragraph styling. Go ahead and click on character styling. So Add Character Style right down there. It's gonna basically capture the styling or the formatting, off of that object and save it for us. The greatest thing about this, I think, is right now, you stay where you're at. I just wanna show you this, but if I go create a new document real quick, I can take that object and just start using it. It's basically in here. If I drag it from the Libraries panel, there is a link. You can tell because there's an X across it. It's actually linked. I can then update the original backpack and it'll update in here. If I have any text in the file, for instance, I go out and just add a little bit of text, I can go click on this styling for instance, and apply it, and there we go. What's amazing about this, I think. I know I just went through this really fast. That part really quickly, but the amazing part about this is it, it's actually creating what's called a character style, or a paragraph style in this document. So you can reuse it within the document, which is great. So it's capturing that formatting for us. I love that. So why don't you try this. Just come to that back pack right there. If we want another one, for instance, out in our document, just drag the backpack out, drop it out there, and you should see that it is ready to go. It's all set. All the artwork is there. So it remains vector, but like I said, it is linked. It's linked to the original. If you come over here to the actual Libraries panel, I just wanna show you this. If you come down to the bottom, you're gonna see, of that little thumbnail, you're gonna see Artwork 1. You can double click on the Artwork 1 right there. Not on the thumbnail itself, but on the text, and rename it. I can call it backpack or something. Or not. There we go. And then hit return if you wanna accept it. You can do that. If you come to the backpack thumbnail, double click on it. You're gonna be able to open the original backpack artwork separately, edit it, and it's gonna automatically update in the library. Let's, let's just try and change a color real quick. It's a group of objects, right? If you click on it. So, why don't you go to the direct selection tool, and click on one of the red panels or something like that, and we can just change the color. Do something different. I'll maybe go and do a blue or purple or something like that, it's fine. Just go ahead and save the file and close it. I'll save it. File, Save, and then close it up, and if you go back, you should now see it's updated automatically in my file. And if you also look in the Libraries panel, it should be updated in there as well. These are amazing. They really, really really are. And I hate to go back to the book, but while I'm writing this book... I already shared with you yesterday in the, the beginner's class, where I said... I already shared with you yesterday in the beginner's class, where I said if I go out here and there is vector artwork, I will actually go, and what I'll do it, I'll draw some of this. I'll actually have it hand drawn so it's still vector, right? If you look at almost every one of these screen captures out here, these little figures in here. They have a little arrow for the pointer, pointing to something maybe. Those are all Illustrator icons that I've created. So I have to put those in, 'cause trying to tell you where to click basically. Now just to show you, what I used to do in the past, is pull my hair out, 'cause I would copy from one document to the other, and get it done. I'll show you my library now. So I go to Libraries. You can create as many libraries as you want. I've, I call them all time. I get rid of them over time, but you can see I've got a few in here that I use. I have one called AI-Book. So if I click on that, I'll just show you my, my dirty secrets here. But these are all the icons that I use in the book that have been saved in here and captured, and every time I wanna use one, I'm just draggin' it out in there. I've got it, I position it, and I'm done, so pretty simple, and the great thing is, they're all linked. If I edit one of these, which I know they may change or not, but if I edit one, they'll ripple. Now this is the crazy part. If I edit one of these library items, it's gonna change in every Illustrator file that uses it. Not just the one that's open, okay? That can be good. And that can be bad, okay? So I'm gonna show you a trick, a tip. Why don't you click back, make sure you have the selection tool selected. Click back on that backpack that we dragged in, that we had pulled over from the Library panel. You'll see that there's an X. It is linked, okay? We can't really edit it in here now because it is linked. If you look up top, you're gonna see Embed. If you want to have the vector artwork in the document and not update, you can embed it. So if you click on Embed up here, it will embed the file for you. You can now edit it if you really want to, and it will not update if the other updates, so that's actually a great thing to be able to do. Now the thing that, I guess I'm not super happy about when you do that, is a lot of times, it's actually gonna create what's called a clip group and it's gonna create some extra things that weren't in the original artwork, so if you try and edit it right now, you're gonna be clicking, clicking, clicking and try and get to the actual artwork. This is one of the easier ways to do this. Why don't you go ahead and delete that one. Just hit delete to delete it off your art board there. If you ever want to take an image or graphic or something that you saved in the Libraries panel, these could actually be raster images too, that you pull from PhotoShop for instance. If you drag one of these out of here, you can actually hold down the option key, and if you drop it out here, it's gonna automatically embed it, and nothing extra is there. It's the original artwork. So that's a way to unlink it as you're dragging it in. It's option, drag across to the, from the Libraries panel, so it's a good thing. All right. So the Libraries panel, we can also capture color if we want to. We have a couple options down there. I already said that you can, if you want to, create more than one library, and I do. I actually create libraries based on projects. I create libraries based on just random stuff I'm workin' on. Whatever it happens to be that I'm working on. If you come to this menu, why don't you come up to the menu, where you see My Library right there. Click on that menu. You will see Create New Library, and this is one way we can do this. So clicking on Create New Library will create it. It'll let you name it. You can save it in here. And then we can just keep working. I actually have created this tutorial for Illustrator for Adobe rather, recently. And I had this little library filled with colors and filled with artwork and different things, and what I love about libraries too is suppose that, suppose you create the perfect library. You're pulling it all this artwork, all these colors, all these different things, and you want to be able to share that with somebody you're working with. We can do that really easily. In the Libraries panel, you're gonna see that every panel in Illustrator, lemme zoom in here. Every panel in Illustrator has this weird little panel menu widget thingy. If you click on this arrow thing right here, you're gonna see a whole bunch of things you can do, that you could not do out in the Libraries panel. You're gonna see right here, that we have the ability to share a link with people if you want to. They can download your library or use your library if they are a Creative Cloud subscriber, and it's not gonna affect your library. You can also collaborate on a library and have three or four people using this same library, and if somebody changes one of the items or adds an item, everybody else will have it ripple through, so there's some really amazing, powerful things you could do with this. To be able to work with them, but... All right so, libraries, I just, I kinda wanted to give you an idea. Hopefully that makes sense as far as how they work, right? 'Cause it makes sense where this stuff lives. It's, it's a little isosteric, it's a little out there, but this is actually living up in the Creative Cloud, and technically you could go up there and look at it, so if you go to the Adobe website and log in, you could see all this content up there. If you are offline, if you don't have an internet connection, like I'm on Airplay and I don't. This stuff's still here, 'cause it's actually technically also stored in your machine sort of. So you can use it while you're offline if you need to. That's great.

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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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