IN THIS CHAPTER
Create a new file in Illustrator
Drawing in Illustrator
Organize artwork on layers
Add text to your designs
Best practices when designing a Catalyst comp in Illustrator
For many designers, Flash Catalyst workflows begin in Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator provides a powerful set of drawing tools. These tools allow you to create a comp of your application design that you can later pull into Catalyst and convert into an RIA.
Like other Creative Suite tools, Illustrator displays a Start Screen when first launched (see Figure 5.1). The right side of this screen provides a set of options for new documents. The options provide default settings for your artwork.
For obvious reasons, designers creating work for Catalyst will usually want to select the Flash Catalyst Document option. There are no significant differences in the initial setup between a Web document and Flash Catalyst document.
You need to establish several basic parameters for your Illustrator document, discussed in the following sections, before you begin. All of these settings will be translated directly into Catalyst, so you need to think about what you want your final application to look like, even at this very early stage of development.
Figure 5.1. The Start Screen in Illustrator CS5