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April 30, 2009

Meet Adobe Illustrator 88 (1987) - History lessons

I finally got my hands on the video of which I talk so much about in my presentations: John Warnock in person, presenting Adobe Illustrator 88 back in 1987 [thanks to Terry Hemphill for sending it to me]. For our "younger" users, John Warnock, together with Chuck Geschke, was one of the founders of Adobe Systems.

The concept behind Illustrator 88 was so new that it needed a video tape to explain what it did and how to use it. For example, how would you have known how to use the Pen Tool, had you never seen one before? How would you have known about direction lines and anchor points? The Pen Tool is now available in most graphics applications, and we almost take it for granted.
Check out the computer he is using, and how he talks about a "scanner hooked to the Macintosh"; it's a real treat and a lot of memories for me. This was the beginning people! John Warnock wanted a way to draw PostScript, and Illustrator was his answer. And look at where we are now as far as vector graphics are concerned.
The "Tutorial" part of the video is extremely interesting as John Warnock takes us through operations such as opening the application itself, and shows all of the available tools and how they work.

This is the full 34 minute version of it (divided into five parts). You can find the whole series on my YouTube Channel, or click on the links below to access individual parts directly.

Meet Adobe Illustrator 88

  • Part 1/5 - Introduction and Demo on how to create art using a scanned drawing as a template. [00:06:20]
  • Part 2/5 - Demo on how to create a drawing from scratch without scanned template. [00:07:27]
  • Part 3/5 - The Adobe Illustrator Tutorial. John Warnock starts with: "Now is the time for you to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator". [00:07:25]
  • Part 4/5 - The Adobe Illustrator Tutorial (continued). [00:05:47]
  • Part 5/5 - The Adobe Illustrator Tutorial (continued). [00:06:36]
Note: I have corrected the audio with Adobe Soundbooth CS4, to remove the hiss and make it slightly louder.

If you want to know more about the history of Adobe Systems, the book "Inside the Publishing Revolution: The Adobe Story" by Pamela Pfiffner is a great read. When I got it back in 2003, I read it all in one go. Go figure...

Enjoy and make sure to comment. Anyone among those who actually watched the original tape?

April 24, 2009

CSInsider | Design - The Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator

In this the second episode of CSInsider|Design, I cover the new Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator CS4, and how it can dramatically increase the speed and efficiency of your workflow. As I always say, the thing that bugs me most, is that the Appearance panel, along with Effects, Graphic Styles, and a many other features first appeared in Illustrator version 9, nine! That was back in 2000... Nine years ago. 'Nuff said! It's time to start using it, would you not say?

Also be sure to check out Terry Hemphill's entry on "Keeping up Appearances" on the Inside Adobe Illustrator Blog, and this article [Why the Appearance Panel Rocks] by Patrick Devine, over at Creative Pro.


April 22, 2009

Adobe TV - Brand New Season of CS4 Shows

A few weeks back, I blogged about a brand new episode of my show CSInsider|Design. However, there is something for everyone on Adobe TV, whether you are into print, web, or video. Please do check out this free resource and let us know what you think about.

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Follow AdobeTV on Twitter: @AdobeTV.
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April 10, 2009

Use ICE to ease the pain of Clients needing "urgent" updates to their Web sites.

Adobe InContext Editing (ICE)Oh I remember it so vividly… Back in the days when I had my own media agency, I did many websites for various Clients. And, the activity, which was probably most time consuming, was to correct or add content to their sites on a very regular basis. And these changes were also of the type which had to be done “right now”. Some of my Clients decided to get equipped with their own copy of GoLive, or Dreamweaver, but that meant additional software and training. This also meant that Clients had control over the design (and we all know how much Clients love large text, blinking GIFs, or have a weird and very personal color taste).
Well, InContext Editing (ICE) is a new online service that makes web content maintenance easy for both web designers, and content editors. We can now create editable pages very quickly with Dreamweaver CS4, and preserve their design integrity by controlling the areas that can be edited. Content editors can easily update their web pages, with no software installation or training required.

InContext Editing is ideal for:

  • Freelance Web Designers
  • Web Designers who work in small design shops
  • Clients in small businesses or organizations
I am saying that because, larger web sites tend to be database driven, and allow their users to modify or add content in a variety of different ways. So basically, ICE is great for those of us who do not have the possibility, or the necessity, do work with more complex systems.

InContext Editing solves many problems by:

  • Letting you define what parts of the pages can be edited, preserving integrity of your design.
  • Enabling control over the level of edits, such as font styles or being able to upload images in a certain area.
  • Creating a simple workflow with different client roles (Editor and Publisher)
  • Eliminating the need for clients to install software, since all edits can be made directly from their browser.
  • Dramatically reducing training time because of its common web based interface.

Besides helping you save time and money, InContext Editing could benefit your business by:
  • Adding more value to your client solutions and offerings
  • Not acting as a “bottleneck” when you can’t respond to urgent client requests immediately, right now, yesterday, …Reconnecting with past clients for older work that can now be easily updated

For more information:
Enjoy! And let me know what you think.

April 7, 2009

Everyday Time Saver #6 with CS4 Design Premium

This short clip is about the new user interface in Adobe Creative Suite 4 - Design Premium. The new interface (with the Application frame and the Tabbed Document Panels) in CS4 Design Premium lets you streamline your workflow and get your projects done faster than ever. Let me show you some time saving features that come with this new way of viewing multiple open documents.

You can also find this, and more, on Adobe TV, or on my YouTube Channel.

This clip is the last of a series created to illustrate the time saving features of Adobe Creative Suite 4. The other 5 clips can be found here:

And here are the links to other short clips showcasing time saving features in CS4 on Adobe TV:

For data about time saving features in Adobe Creative Suite 4, see "And now the hard facts: the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Benchmark Project".

Hi! This is Rufus Deuchler, Worldwide Design Evangelist at Adobe Systems. In the next few minutes I will be showing you how you can save yourself a lot of time by using Adobe Creative Suite 4.
In this clip, I will be showing you how the brand new user interface in Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium will make you work faster.
Let me begin by showing you the new Application Frame, which allows you to move the entire application, including the Tool Box, the document window, and all the panels as one entity.
Remember the times when you were clicking on your screen to access another window and clicked on a window that belonged to another application by accident? Well those times are over because with the Application frame we now have one frame that hides whatever is below.
With the Application Frame comes a whole new way of managing multiple open documents, we call this the tabbed interface. Basically this really speeds up the way that you move from one document to the other simply by clicking on tabs. You can also move those tabs around to reorder the sequence.
In Illustrator CS4 for example, you can select an element, drag it to the tab of another document and place it there [demonstrated on screen].
An independent research has shown that moving elements between two documents in Illustrator CS4 is 200% faster with previous versions.
In InDesign, you can now have one tab with your document and another with the Story Editor for example. You can then arrange the documents in any way I wish to work on them. Side by side, or laid out horizontally, to then very quickly come back to a single view.
Working with the new Application Frame and the Tabbed Document Windows in Creative Suite 4 will make it so much faster for you to work with multiple open documents.
And, if time is money, as they say, this has never been more important than in a design workflow, where every minute of production has a fixed cost.
This is Rufus Deuchler, Worldwide Design Evangelist at Adobe Systems.
See you soon, and make good use of your time with Adobe Creative Suite 4!

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Sample Art - Wow!

Many of us, and that includes me (mea maxima culpa...), never really look into the Application folders of our Creative Suite Applications... That is unfortunate because there are some really beautiful illustrations there. Check out what's in Adobe Illustrator CS4 > Cool Extras; you'll find a wealth of Sample Art, Charting and Graph Designs, and a bunch of Templates for your inspiration needs

Adobe Illustrator CS4 Sample Art

Click on the following links to view larger images:

  1. In the Cradle of the Deep by Jory Dayne [FollowTwitter].
  2. Living on a Heart Grunge by Dhanank Pambayun
  3. Local Fare by Nick Zegel [Follow on Twitter].
  4. Loyal Order of Wormwood by Von Glitschka (Glitschka Studios) [Follow on Twitter].
  5. Magic Paintbrush by William Chua Tiong Keng.
  6. Shell City by Matt Huynh.

Furthermore, for each of these illustrations, there is a PDF in which these top designers explain how they created the artwork (in the "How Did They Do That!" folder). Enjoy!

April 2, 2009

CSInsider | Design - Now premiering on Adobe TV

A few weeks ago I was in San Francisco to record 12 episodes of CSInsider for Adobe TV. This is the first episode of the series in which I go over Multiple Artboards and the use of Symbols in Adobe Illustrator CS4.

Let me know what you think. Don't hold back your comments!