This chapter will help you become more intimately acquainted with the Illustrator interface features that you will be using continually as you work: the panels. In the preceding chapter, you learned how to arrange them onscreen. Here, you will see what the individual panels look like and be introduced to the specific function of each one—from choosing color swatches (Swatches panel) to styling type (Character and Paragraph panels, among others), to editing layers (the Layers panel). Note: In-depth instructions for using specific panels are amply provided throughout this book.
You can read through this chapter with or without glancing at or fiddling with the panels onscreen, and then use it as a reference guide as you work. The panel icons are shown on the next page to help you identify them quickly. After that, you’ll find instructions for using the Tools panel and a brief description of each tool, an introduction to the Control panel, then information about the other panels, in alphabetical order.
The Illustrator panel icons
Identifying the panel icons
Each panel in Photoshop has a unique icon.A Try to memorize the icons—at least the ones for the panels you use most often—so you’ll be able to identify and access them quickly as you work.