USING GRIDS AND GUIDES
You may have set the way grids and guides display in your Preferences window; now let's look at displaying those grids and guides.
When you create objects on your page, grids can be helpful because they show exact placement of objects in relation to one another. The settings that determine the
To display the grid, choose View, Show Grid.
If you want the objects you create on the page to snap to the grid automatically, choose View, Snap to Grid.
There are two kinds of guidelines in Illustrator. The first are ruler guides, which are vertical and horizontal lines. These are dragged out of the rulers at the top and side of your
You can also create guides from vector objects. Create the object you want to use as a guide and select View, Guides, Make Guides (see Figure 13.19). To
Figure 13.19. In this example, the two diagonal lines have been transformed into guides to help align a specific polygon shape.
To hide any guides you temporarily place on the page, select View, Guides, Hide Guides. Bring the guides back by choosing View, Guides, Show Guides. To delete all guides, choose View, Guides, Clear Guides.
Lock guides on your page so they cannot be moved or deleted by selecting View, Guides, Lock Guides. Unlock them by reselecting that same menu command.
As long as guides are unlocked, you can move them
Smart Guides are temporary guides that appear when you move objects around on the page (see Figure 13.20). Remember that you can set your preferences for how Smart Guides appear by choosing Edit, Preferences, Smart Guides & Slices in Windows or by choosing the Apple menu, Preferences, Smart Guides & Slices on the Mac.
Figure 13.20. Smart Guides give you information about your selection and how it aligns with other guides.
Turn Smart Guides on and off by choosing View, Smart Guides. As you move objects around on the page, you'll see the Smart Guides, which can be used to help you line up objects.
Smart Guides are not available if you have the Snap to Grid option, found under the View menu, turned on.
UNDERSTANDING FILE FORMATS
Illustrator enables you to import, export, and save files of nearly every graphic type. This section lists those formats and gives more explanation when necessary. Again, the Adobe Help Center is a great source of information for specific file formats and some of the options it offers.
Import files into Illustrator by selecting File, Place. If you have the Link option selected in the Place dialog, it creates a linked fileone that is not stored inside the document but is merely referenced in it. This creates smaller files. If you do not select Link, the file is embedded in the document, creating a larger document.
Following are the file types that can be imported into Illustrator. Different file types give you different import options in the case of PDFs and Photoshop files (PSDs). See Chapter 21, "Importing, Exporting, and Saving in Illustrator," for more specific information on Import options:
Exporting Illustrator Files
You can export Illustrator files to various file formats. Following is a list of those formats. See Chapter 21 for more specific information about each format and the options it has:
The options available when you save your Illustrator file are
In general, the differences between saving documents and exporting them is in the amount of control you have over the output after it's done. Saving a file
More information about the various options can be found in Chapter 21.
Saving for Microsoft Office
The Save for Microsoft Office option, found under the File menu, saves the file as a PNG, as is. If you want to set options in the PNG, export the file instead of choosing this option.
Saving for the Web
Selecting the File, Save for Web command opens a dialog that gives you the following file format options:
See Chapter 21 for a complete explanation of these file formats.