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Illustrator ACA Study Guide
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The entire Illustrator interface is housed within the:
From where can you access and manage workspaces?
Workspace switcher menu
When an object is selected with the Selection tool, the Recolor Artwork button is located in the:
Where should you go to rename, duplicate, or delete a custom tools panel?
Window > Tools
You can use the Swatches panel to store and apply what objects in your Illustrator document?
Colors, Patterns, and Gradients
How many predefined workspaces does Illustrator come with?
To expand a panel that's displaying only as an icon in a dock or to collapse an expanded panel back to an icon, click:
To create a new vertical dock for panels, where should you drag a panel tab or icon?
Over the vertical left edge of the dock
Illustrator documents display within the ___________________ as tabbed windows, and the document name is listed in its tab.
Bleed values for your artboard can be entered in the:
1) New Document dialog box
2) Document Setup dialog box
3) Print dialog box
Because any objects placed on it will output to your chosen device or be exported with your final file, the artboard is called the:
When you use the Artboards panel to duplicate an artboard, where is the duplicate artboard added in relation to the existing artboards?
To the right of the existing artboards
When you plan to print your file directly from Illustrator, what format should you use?
How do you zoom out using the Zoom tool?
Option-click (Mac OS) or Alt-click (Windows)
Which tool can you select and drag to pan across a document to bring a different document area or artboard into view?
A shape is a path that consists of straight and/or curved line segments connected by:
To make the arms of a star longer while drawing it, ____________ away from the center of the star.
Command-drag (Mac OS) or Ctrl-drag (Windows)
You can apply the Live Shapes feature for a rounded rectangle when ___________ of the points on the object are selected.
Pressing which key changes the number of sides of a polygon while you are drawing the shape by clicking and dragging with the Polygon tool?
The up or down arrow keys
What will dragging an anchor point of a rectangle object disable?
The Live Shapes feature only
What is the term used for the inside color of an object?
Which swatch would you click to apply a transparent fill or stroke?
The None swatch
You can only see the stroke of a path if it:
has a weight applied
Where can you position a stroke?
1) Inside of the path
2) Outside of the path
3) Center of the path
Which corner style would you choose to create a pointed corner?
What should you do to create solid lines if the black lines connecting the markers on the Edit color wheel are dashed?
Click the Link Harmony Colors icon
To duplicate an object, select the object with the Selection tool and hold the ______________, then drag a copy and release the mouse.
What controls the shape of the curve on a curved path segment?
What is the best way to change one end of an ellipse shape so that it becomes pointed?
Select an anchor point and click Convert selected anchor points to corner
Which tool is the Scale tool grouped with?
In Illustrator, it's often easier to:
reshape a basic object than to draw the same shape from scratch
When you create a new object, which layer is it placed on by default?
The currently selected layer
How can you restack objects without selecting them?
By moving layer listings on the Layers panel
Before you can use guides, you'll need to make sure which of these menu items is enabled?
View > Rulers > Show Rulers
When do Smart guides appear when you are in Artboard mode?
1) When you create a new artboard
2) When you resize an artboard
3) When you reposition an artboard
What is the keyboard shortcut to display the rulers?
Command + R (Mac OS) or Ctrl + R (Windows)
What happens when you Option-Shift-drag (Mac OS) or Alt-Shift-drag (Windows) with the Ellipse tool selected?
Draw a circle from its center
What temporarily previews the united shape as you drag with the Shape Builder tool?
A red border
What are two selection options in the Shape Builder Tool Options dialog box?
Straight Line and Freeform
What is the keyboard shortcut to repeat transforming objects in perspective?
Ctrl + D (Windows) or Command + D (Mac OS)
Which Shape Mode icon options are in the upper portion of the Pathfinder panel?
Unite, Minus Front, Intersect, Exclude
How do you create a compound shape rather than a single path?
Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Unite icon
What does clicking on the Expand button on the Pathfinder panel do?
Converts any selected compound shape into a single path or a compound path
What Shape Mode option hides all non-overlapping areas of selected objects?
What does the Pathfinder Divide command do?
Converts overlapping areas into separate, non-overlapping objects
By default, an effect is applied to:
an entire object
Where would you go to save an Effect as a Style for repeated use?
The Graphic Style panel
Which tool is the Twirl tool located under in the Tools panel?
Why are the Warp, Twirl, Pucker and Bloat tools used more frequently than the other Liquify tools?
They make it easier to control the applied distortion
How can you modify just one side of the variable width of an object with the Width tool?
Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) a width handle
To create a custom width profile preset, select the object and click:
Add To Profiles in the Control panel
To group objects together, select two or more objects that are being used to create an element or shape and then:
1) Press Ctrl+G (Windows) or Cmd+G (Mac OS)
2) Choose Object > Group
When working with objects in isolation mode, use the Direct Selection tool to do what?
To select and edit a point or segment on an isolated object
When using the Select > Same options, what will Fill Color search for?
One attribute only
To start working with Live Paint, you first need to create some _____ lines using the Pencil, Pen, or Line Segment tool.
In what scenario would you select the Live Paint Bucket tool and click the Gap Options icon on the Control panel?
To correct small gaps where lines appear to intersect
What is the keyboard shortcut for the Live Paint Bucket tool?
How do you activate a temporary Eyedropper tool to sample a color anywhere in your artwork?
Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click
To merge objects into an existing Live Paint group, after selecting the new object and the Live Paint group, what should you do?
On the Control panel, click the Merge Live Paint button
What is the result when selecting a path with the Direct Selection tool and dragging to move anchor points or to reshape segments?
Modify a single line
How can you modify the stroke width and stroke color for an entire Live Paint group?
Select the group, change the Weight value on the Stroke panel, and apply a new stroke color
Name one difference between Expanding versus Releasing a Live Paint group into standard Illustrator objects.
The Expand option converts the separate paths in the Live Paint group into two nested groups of paths
How do you draw a straight line with the Knife tool?
Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS)
What is a gradual blend between two or more solid colors called?
To reorient a gradient to follow along or across the shape of the stroke, what should you do first?
Make sure Align Stroke to Center is selected on the Stroke panel
Which kinds of colors can a custom gradient be composed of?
1) CMYK colors
2) RGB process colors
3) Color tints of a spot color
What will modifying a gradient and updating an existing swatch in the Gradient panel do?
Automatically update any objects that contain the original gradient
What happens when you move a midpoint marker above the gradient annotator bar?
You adjust the distribution of two adjacent colors
When modifying a linear gradient via the Annotator, how can you change the angle of the gradient?
Position the pointer just outside the square endpoint and drag the rotation pointer in a circular direction
If you apply a new radial gradient to a selected object, what will happen?
Any changes to the position, length, ratio, or angle of the annotator will be preserved
What is the difference between using the Blend tool and the Make Blend command?
With the Blend tool, you merely click on two or more unselected objects to generate the blend
If the start or end object is a shape made from several objects, what should you do before you create a blend?
Group objects together
Selecting Smooth Color from the Spacing menu will have Illustrator auto-calculate what?
The necessary number of blend steps to produce nonbanding color transitions
What tool should you use to curve a path when reshaping the blend path?
Anchor Point tool
If you have a color blend with a limited number of steps, what would choosing Object > Expand allow you to do?
Convert the blend objects and transition steps into separate objects
To group objects together, first select them using the Selection tool and choose:
Object > Group
To add color shading, what should you do after creating a shape and applying a fill and stroke color?
Copy and paste a new shape directly in front of the original shape
To create more elaborate shading in a blend, create dark, light, and midtone color shapes and then stack them how?
Dark object on top, light object in the middle, and midtone object on the bottom
What is the function of the Symbol Sprayer tool?
Creates multiple instances of a symbol and creates a symbol set
How do you select a symbol to use from the Symbols Libraries?
Drag a symbol from a library onto an artboard, which will also make the symbol appear on the Symbols panel
How do you replace a symbol on the Symbols panel?
Click a replacement symbol and choose Replace Symbol from the panel menu
If you are creating a symbol and your file will be exported to Adobe Flash, what should you select from the Export Type menu?
Movie Clip or Graphic
How can you increase brush size interactively in a document window?
By pressing the Right Bracket (]) key
Which tool affects the distance between instances?
Symbol Scruncher tool
Which symbolism tool should be avoided if your artwork will be exported for web output?
Symbol Styler tool
What will selecting the Object > Expand command do?
Break a symbol set into separate instances that are still linked to the original symbol
When you are using the pen tool and want to leave a path open, you can:
Ctrl-click Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS)
What is created when you click and drag with the Pen tool selected?
Smooth points and curved segments
To produce smooth, symmetrical curves, where should you place the points?
At the beginning and end of each arc
At what point can a corner point on a path be converted to a curved point?
At any time
To add a point to a selected path, roll the Pen tool over a segment and:
click when the plus sign (+) indicator appears
Once you have drawn a line using the pencil tool, it:
lays the Anchor points
In the Pencil Tool Options dialog box, drag the Fidelity slider toward Smooth when you want to:
loosely follow the mouse movements and decrease the number of points on the path
What are the 5 specific brush categories in Illustrator
Artistic, Calligraphic, Bristle, Scatter, Pattern
To remove a brush stroke, select an object that has a brush applied to its stroke and:
There are three different ways:
1) click the Remove Brush Stroke icon
2) select the Basic Brush option on the Brushes panel
3) select the Basic Brush option on the Brush Definition menu
Which Brush Scale option should you select to define parts of an art object that Illustrator can stretch, and parts that will be preserved?
Stretch Between Guides
What is true about the Blob brush?
It makes only one outline around the outside of the shape
By default, which of these is created by the Blob Brush tool?
A filled object
How can you resize type in proportion using the Selection tool?
Hold down the Shift key while you click and drag on a corner of the bounding box
Does type remain editable after applying different styles, color, or effects using the Character, Color, or Appearance panels?
Yes, type remains editable after any of these types of edits
How do you select text flow around an object that is placed on top of the text in a text box?
Choose Object > Text Wrap > Make
What indicates that a text rectangle has more text in it than can be displayed?
A small square with a red plus sign in it appears on the lower-right
When you place type on a path, what happens to the text if you then reshape the path?
The text will automatically conform to the new shape
When placing upward-reading type on the top and bottom of a circular path, it's best to:
cut the circular path into upper and lower semi-circles
What happens when you embed a Photoshop file with a layer effect into an Illustrator document?
All layers below the layer effect will be converted into one object in Illustrator
To create a clipping mask, choose:
Object > Clipping Mask > Make
What image types can you apply Image Trace to when placed in an Illustrator document?
Either a linked or embedded image
What is the keyboard shortcut to hide the perspective grid?
Shift + Ctrl + I
What is the native working file type for Adobe Illustrator?
Which color mode should you use if you are planning to send your document to a commercial press for printing?
What is true about Raster effects?
They are applied as pixels and not as vector shapes
Which color mode is automatically selected when you choose Web from the Profile menu in the New Document dialog box?
Which of these file formats is gaining in popularity because it preserves vector paths and shapes in the exported graphics file?
Any vector art placed as a Smart Object will be converted on output to the resolution of:
the output device
What should be your guiding principle when answering design questions about a particular project?
Understand your client's needs
How can you develop a target demographic for your client's project?
1) Identify the common characteristics of the target audience
2) Create an image of the typical customer
3) Think of yourself as a matchmaker
When does something original you've created become copyrighted?
As soon as it's recorded in a fixed form
How can you add copyright information to digital content without having a visually distracting copyright notice on the artwork?
By adding metadata into your digital files
Issues a court would likely consider when making a decision about fair use include Purpose, Nature, Amount, and:
Which type of Creative Commons license requires that you not change the material when you incorporate it into your own work?
Two critical points that must be a part of every project plan are:
the Project Scope and the Project Deadline
What is Project Creep?
When a project becomes unfocused and out of control
What's the best way to avoid project creep without jeopardizing the professional relationship?
Make sure the project's scope is clearly stated
What is an important part of a feedback loop?
The first step of the problem-solving process is to:
According to the Design Hierarchy, what should you start with when creating your design?
The Focal Point
What element of art is particularly important for graphic designers?
Which of these most accurately describes the Rule of Thirds?
Invisible tic-tac-toe pattern with design elements falling on line intersections
For additive colors, the primary colors are:
Red, Blue, and Green
What media type is typically associated with serif fonts?
Which term describes the overall space between all the letters in a block of text?
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