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Illustrator CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide -- Panels

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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.
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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 their specific functions—from choosing color swatches (Swatches panel) to switching among artboards (Artboards panel) to editing layers (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 also 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, a brief description of each tool, an introduction to the Control panel, then finally a description and illustration of the other Illustrator panels and their features (in alphabetical order). The panels open from the Window menu.

The Illustrator panel icons

Identifying the panel icons

Each panel in Illustrator has a unique icon.A If you keep the panels collapsed to conserve screen space, you can identify them by their icons. To identify a panel icon, use the tool tip.

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