Illustrator defaults to the settings last entered in the dialog box when you create a new file. This is useful, but invest a little time to make templates for yourself.

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In each template create a rectangle and make crop marks. Place guides at 10 percent and 20 percent for Action safe and Title safe areas.

In Illustrator CS you can save a file as a template automatically.

  • In Illustrator CS, go to File>Save As Template.

  • Navigate to your Applications folder and select the AI program folder. Inside you'll find a templates folder, open it. Create a New Folder and call it Video.

  • Name the file with it's pixel dimensions and make sure it has the .ait extension. Save it to the Video folder.

  • To use a template, go to File>New from Template>Video Folder and choose one of your templates. You can also jump right to the templates folder by pressing Shift+Cmd+N (Shift+Ctrl+N).

It's not quite as easy in Illustrator 10 (or earlier) as you have to manage your own templates.

  • Create a folder on your hard-drive for Illustrator Video Templates.

  • In Illustrator, go to File>Save and navigate to your Illustrator templates folder

  • Save the file with dimensions in the title.

  • When you need to use the template open it, start designing, and go to File>Save As. Rename it and save it to your project folder.

After Effects On the Spot[c] Time-Saving Tips and Shortcuts from the Pros
After Effects On the Spot[c] Time-Saving Tips and Shortcuts from the Pros
ISBN: 1578202396
Year: 2006
Pages: 447

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