Adobe Illustrator Terms – Computer Skills
This chapter covers Illustrator Terms – Computer Skills.
Printable portion of the work area, where illustrations can be finalized.
properties of an object that change its appearance without changing its underlying structure.
a mathematically generated curve that has two endpoints and control points to specify curve direction.
Images created using a grid of small squares called pixels. Also called raster images or pixel images.
A temporary frame around a selected object that shows the object’s outer dimensions. Eight hollow white squares that show an object is selected.
a collection of brushes related to a particular theme or type of brush that you can add to the default Brushes panel.
The color model used for printed output. Cyan (C), magenta (M), yellow (Y) and black (K) inks are combined to create the desired colors.
Determines the color model used to display and print the Illustrator file.
To force an object to take a certain form. Use modifier keys to constrain objects.
A menu that displays when you right-click the screen, displaying commands that relate to your current task.
An anchor point where a path changes direction in an angle rather than smoothly.
can change size width, height page orientation and unit of measure color.
Direct selection tool
selects individual anchor points or single paths of an object.
line extending from anchor point that shows the direction of a curve.
Space objects evenly, either vertically or horizontally.
A location in the application window where a panel or panels are secured so they do not float.
allows you to arrange multiple panels or panel groups verticalluy.
an object, filter, or effect that creates a shadow behind an image
the tool for drawing oval or circle shapes or paths.
place a file or object in a file so that it becomes part of the file.
Characteristics of the inner area of an object, such as the color, pattern, style, etc., inside an object.
A design of type.
Appearance changes to a font such as bold or italic.
objects allows you to move many objects as 1 to group go to object.
Nonprinting lines that can be used to create boundries or guidelines in a drawing. They help you work with precision
allows you to move art board.
allows you to move art board.
a view mode that allows you to focus on a group or sublayer by locking and dimming other objects.
a single level in the stacking order that can hold any number of objects.
Rectangle drawn around an object with a tool, to select an area.
includes all of the illustrator menus.
shows the skeleton of your work lines and curves.
windows containing features for modifying and manipulation illustrator objects arranged in groups or A group of related commands and options.
layer in which one or more sublayers are stored.
The line that forms the shape of an object.
Measurement system frequently used in graphic design. There are six picas to an inch and is usually 12 points.
Term that stands for picture element, a single point on a computer monitor screen.
is 1/72 of a inch.
Point of Origin
The point on which an object rotates or transforms. The point of origin may be within the object or outside it.
Measurement system frequently used in graphic design. A point is 1/72nd of an inch.
Any object with three or more straight sides.
is a key to good design can get better precision using points and picas.
use to set units of measure in edit menu.
shows complete work ctrl Y toggle key.
to flip an object over an imaginary axis.
The number of dots or pixels per linear unit of output. For example 72 dots per inch.
pixels must be small enough to create an image with the illusion of continous tone.
Regardless of how much the image is enlarged or reduced, the image definition and quality remain the same.
The color model used for illustrations to be viewed on computer monitors. Red (R), green (G), and blue (B) values are combined to create the final color.
resizing an object horizontally, vertiaclly, or proportionally in both directions to a percentage of its original size.
area outside the artboard where you can store objects before placing them on artboard will not print.
temporary guides that can be turned on and off in view menu and help you to align objects do not print.
An anchor point that connects path segments in a smooth curve.
An open shape that consists of a number of winds around a central point.
contains a list arrow menu from which you can choose a status line with info about current tools.
Characteristics of the outline of an object, such as its weight, color, style, etc.
a layer within a layer that can have its own name and its own settings
hides and shows panels.
object that is dimmed and unavailable for modification but can be used as a guide for creating objects.
a small illustration in a dialog box or panel displayed to help you choose an option.
an object containing a pattern that can be arranged to fill an object or applied to a brush path
Tiny black triangle
indicates hidden tools behind that tool
contains the name of your document, magnification level and color mode.
contains tools that let you create, selct, and manipulate objects.
scale rotate and reflect tools are the fundamental.
Drawing created from mathematical equations to create lines and curvesthat are defined by vectors. Are often used to create logos or line art.
Complete revolutions around the center point in a spiral. Each wind consists of four segments.
A saved set of panel arrangements and tool settings.
switches between fill and stroke mode.
zoom text box
displays current magnification level.