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Chapter 2. The Interface > Accommodating Your Personal Style

Accommodating Your Personal Style

No two folks draw alike. It's a cliché, but it happens to be true (except in the case of very close twins). For those who draw to a different drummer—in other words, all of us—Illustrator provides the Edit » Preferences submenu (or the Illustrator » Preferences submenu in Mac OS X), which provides nine commands that allow you to edit a variety of attributes controlling Illustrator's performance. All of these commands affect Illustrator's global preferences—that is, preferences that affect every single illustration you create or edit in the future. (In the next chapter, I discuss Document Setup and other commands that affect one illustration at a time.)

Choosing any of the commands in the Preferences submenu displays the corresponding dialog box; all of these dialog boxes share a few identical elements. A pop-up menu appears at the top, and four buttons line the right side of each Preferences dialog box. The pop-up menu allows you to switch quickly to any of the other Preferences dialog boxes. The four buttons include both the standard OK and Cancel, which implement or ignore your changes while also closing the dialog box, and Previous and Next. As you have probably surmised, clicking on Previous takes you to the previous Preferences dialog box, and clicking on Next advances you to the next one.


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