How many times have you heard the rant that Illustrator lacks the feature to have multiple pages? Well, actually it doesn't. It does have an option for pseudo multiple pages built right into the application.
I seem to be finding a lot of useful(for my style of working anyway) little options for AI lately...
This one is a quick object lock. A speedhack if you are setting up a template with a lot of objects, you would probably know how annoying it is to break your flow of work by having to search and lock layers you are selecting/creating. Well here is the solution: CMD+2
Just a quick AI tip that I stumbled upon today, most might know it but I didn't so why not pass it on?
Everything within a layer is its own object, and if say, you have an outline shadow of text that is two layers down that a customer just wants to make a quick color change to....You don't want to have to dig through ALL the objects in said layer. Just select any object within that layer (the one closest to the object you are trying to get to would be best.) and use CMD+OPT+[ or ] to scroll quickly through them.
When you work on a document in Illustrator, you may have many different elements around your page that you may not want to include in the final jpeg that you save for client. But when you select File /Save for web unfortunately all of those bleeding images and other elements will be included in the image. Also, if part of your page is empty it will not be included. Not ideal. So what do we do about it?
Once you carefully crafted a particular font style in Illustrator with a certain color, size, font, stroke, effect, etc. you wouldn't want to go through all these settings once again if you need to use the same style for another text element in your design.
In all my years using Illustrator I never had a need to use the brush pallet. Lately I have had a need for it while making calligraphy style icons.
When I sent the artwork to the printer I did not want to leave the Illustrator brush strokes applied to a single stroke. In my experience this was a nightmare for the pre press operators. I knew I needed to convert them to an outline. I first tried the Object >> Path >> Outline Stroke however that only outlines the stroke without the brush applied.
By default when you copy a path from Illustrator to PhotoShop it gets rasterized.
If you want to paste the path into PS as a working path, you need to open Illustrator /Preferences /Files and Clipboard... and set the Clipboard to Copy As: AICB /Preserve Paths. Next time you copy a path from Illustrator to PS you will be given an option in PS if you want your clipboard content as Pixels, Path or Shape layer.