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Chapter 2. The Illustrator Interface and... > A Quick Tour of the Illustrator Work...

A Quick Tour of the Illustrator Workplace

Illustrator 10 uses the industry-standard tabbed-palette interface. Floating windows hold tools and palettes that can control virtually every aspect of the creation process. Keyboard shortcuts streamline the process of using most menu commands. Users of earlier versions of Illustrator will be very comfortable, as will those familiar with Adobe Photoshop.

Learning Illustrator is far easier when you can use certain terms comfortably, with no miscommunication. A large number of basic terms will be quite familiar to anyone who has worked with personal computers, whether Windows or Macintosh. Files are files, save is save, open and close are pretty much the same from program to program. Other terms, explained as they appear throughout the book, are more specialized within the fields of graphics and design (punk & bloat, leading, pointillize). A number of terms may be familiar only to those designers who have worked with computers (Gaussian blur, pixel preview, rasterize). Some terms may even be considered Illustrator-specific (such as SVG Interactivity palette).


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