Chapter 17. Customizing and Automating Illustrator


  • Customizing Illustrator

  • Altering preferences

  • Creating actions

  • Customizing actions

You know that you can use Illustrator to do all types of incredible artwork, but you should also see the practical, real-world side of Illustrator where deadlines must be met and there's little or no time for play. This chapter focuses on the real-world applications of Illustrator and how to get the most out of the software.

Who's Responsible for Illustrator?

Under the Help menu (Illustrator menu on a Mac), you find some useful information about the creators of Illustrator and its plug-ins.

About Illustrator displays a dialog box, as shown in Figure 17.1, with the user information and credits for the Illustrator team (click Credits to see the list). The Credits box lists everyone who ever helped with getting Illustrator updated and created, and makes you aware of the large number of people who are involved in creating, maintaining, and updating the software.

Customization Options

No two illustrators work the same. To accommodate the vast differences among styles, techniques, and habits, Illustrator provides many settings that each user can modify to personalize the software.

Illustrator provides four major ways to change preferences:

  • Control how Illustrator works. Access the Preferences submenu by choosing Edit

    Customization Options
  • Change preferences relative to each ...

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