A complete training package lets you learn Adobe Illustrator CC at your own speed Adobe Illustrator is the leading drawing and illustration software used to create artwork for a variety of media. This book-and-DVD package provides 13 self-paced lessons that get you up to speed on the latest version of Illustrator (Creative Cloud). Step-by-step instructions in the full-color book are supported by video tutorials on the DVD. Together, these tools will help you learn Adobe Illustrator basics, essential skills, and all the new capabilities in Illustrator CC in no time. Includes step-by-step instructions in a book-and-DVD training package Features expert instructors who guide you through 13 lessons that prepare you to create fabulous artwork with Illustrator Covers beginning through intermediate-level skills Illustrator CC Digital Classroom is like having your own personal tutor to help you learn the latest version of Illustrator. Note: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
Jennifer Smith is Vice President of American Graphics Institute and the author of numerous books on Adobe products. She is a member of the AGI Creative Team, which develops and delivers training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals through the American Graphics Institute.
Starting Up About Illustrator Digital Classroom 1 Prerequisites 1 System requirements 1 Starting Adobe Illustrator CC 2 Loading lesson files 5 Working with the video tutorials 6 Setting up for viewing the video tutorials 6 Viewing the video tutorials with the Adobe Flash Player 6 Additional resources 7 Lesson 1: Adobe Illustrator CC Jumpstart Starting up 9 The project 10 Setting up the Artboard 12 Creating the background shape 13 Combining shapes 14 Using the new Kuler panel 15 Applying a fill and stroke 16 Creating the smaller combined shape 17 Applying color and effects 18 Cloning the small shape 20 Aligning and distributing the shapes 22 Adding text 23 Applying the Warp effect 24 Adding text to the small shape areas 25 Distorting a shape 27 Importing an image 29 Adding lines of text 30 Using the new Touch Type tool 35 Self study 36 Review 36 Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace Starting up 37 Opening Illustrator 38 Exploring the Illustrator CC interface 39 Choosing a workspace 40 Opening a file 41 The document window 43 Using Artboards 43 Navigating multiple Artboards 43 Using the Artboards panel 44 Creating new Artboards 46 Switching screen modes 47 Changing your view 48 Preview versus Outlines 48 Zooming and scrolling 49 Scrolling with the Hand tool 53 Changing views with the Navigator panel 54 The Tools panel 55 Using tools and panels 56 The Control panel 60 Moving the Control panel 61 Panel groups and the dock 62 Custom workspaces 65 Saving workspaces 65 Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box 66 Customizing keyboard shortcuts 67 Default shortcuts 67 Custom shortcuts 68 Saving shortcut sets 70 Deleting shortcut sets 71 Self study 71 Review 72 Lesson 3: Illustrator CC Essentials Starting up 73 Using the shape tools 74 Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle 76 Finding or changing the shape s dimensions using the Transform panel 77 Rotating and shearing using the Transform panel 78 Constraining a shape 79 Entering exact dimensions 80 Selecting artwork 82 Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections 82 The selection tools 82 Using shape and transform tools to create artwork 87 Using the transform tools 87 Adding a fill color 89 Entering a shape size in the Transform panel 90 Viewing in Outline view 91 Rotating the shape 91 Changing the color of the triangles 93 Using layers when building an illustration 94 Creating a new blank layer 95 Cutting and pasting objects 95 Creating bubbles 97 Cloning the bubble group 98 Repeating a resize transform 99 Moving objects from one layer to another 101 Self study 102 Review 102 Lesson 4: Adding Color Starting up 103 Basics of the Appearance panel 104 Changing colors 105 Adding effects 106 Creating a colorful illustration 108 Using Live Paint 108 Converting the artwork to a Live Paint group 111 Applying Live Paint to the group 111 Adding a symbol to your artwork 112 Expanding the symbol 115 Saving swatches 115 What is a Global Color? 117 Selecting the Same color 117 Saving a set of colors as a group 119 Creating a color group from selected colors 119 Using the Color panel 120 Adding Pantone (Spot) Colors 122 Adding Pantone colors 123 Taking advantage of the new and improved Kuler panel 125 Review 128 Lesson 5: Working with the Drawing Tools Starting up 129 Working with the Pen tool 130 Drawing straight lines 131 Drawing curved lines 133 Drawing hinged curves 134 Drawing curved lines to straight lines 136 Drawing straight lines to curved lines 138 Tracing images 139 Placing an image as a template 139 Placing an image using Image Trace 142 Working with the new Image Trace Method option 147 Other drawing tools 150 Using the Line Segment and Arc tools 150 Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools 152 Using the Eraser tool 154 Editing existing paths 154 Adding and removing points 154 Refining a curve 156 Cutting and joining paths 157 Combining shapes using the Shape Builder tool 159 Combining the shapes 162 Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool 162 Creating the fish eyes 164 Self study 166 Review 166 Lesson 6: Exploring Additional Color Options Starting up 167 Taking a look at the finished illustration 168 Adding tonal values with gradients 170 Customizing an existing gradient 172 Saving the gradient 173 Applying a second instance of the gradient 174 Using the Gradient panel 175 Updating a gradient 179 Creating and using patterns 180 Creating a bounding box 181 Applying the pattern 182 Editing a pattern fill 183 Locating existing patterns 187 Finishing up the illustration 190 Creating a color group 193 Using the Color Guide 194 Self study 198 Review 198 Lesson 7: Using Patterns Starting up 199 The Pattern Options panel makes creating patterns more manageable 200 Creating a pattern 200 Applying a pattern 201 Editing a pattern swatch 203 Editing a pattern in an object 204 Editing a pattern s application visually 205 Self study 206 Review 206 Answers 206 Lesson 8: Working with and Formatting Text Starting up 207 Formatting type 208 Paragraph formatting 211 Formatting imported type 213 Paragraph and character styles 216 Editing styles 219 Advanced techniques with text 222 Text on a path 222 Warping text 223 Text in a shape 225 Creating outlines 227 Check spelling 229 Find and Replace 231 Self study 231 Review 232 Lesson 9: Organizing your Illustrations with Layers Starting up 233 Getting to know the Layers panel 234 Using layers to organize your illustrations 236 Using the Layers panel to make selections 237 Creating new layers and moving items between layers 238 Paste remembers layers 241 Template layers 243 Self study 244 Review 244 Lesson 10: Working with Symbols Starting up 245 Cleaning out the symbol library 246 Creating symbols 247 Editing symbols 248 Importing a symbol library 251 Using the symbolism tools 252 Editing nested symbols 259 Replacing symbols 260 Saving symbol libraries 261 Self study 262 Review 262 Lesson 11: Using Effects and Transparency Starting up 263 Working with the Appearance panel and effects 264 Applying effects 265 Editing effects 267 Using graphic styles 269 Creating and saving graphic styles 270 Applying and modifying graphic styles 272 Working with object transparency 272 Working with multiple opacities 273 Working with blending modes 274 Saving and importing graphic styles 276 Applying graphic styles to layers and symbols 277 Self study 279 Review 279 Answers 279 Lesson 12: Exporting and Saving Files Starting up 281 Saving using the AI file format 282 Saving an illustration with layers 283 Making a template layer 283 Using the Transform Effect 284 Duplicating a Stroke 285 Saving different versions of the logo onto separate layers 287 Expanding appearance 287 Saving the first version 288 Using Live Paint 288 Using the Color Guide panel 289 Saving the third version 289 Using Recolor Artwork 290 Saving a layered PDF 291 Integration with other applications 293 Exporting for Photoshop 293 Integrating with InDesign 293 Integrating with Flash 293 Integrating with Microsoft Expression Blend (XAML) 293 Integrating with Premiere and After Effects 293 Saving as EPS 293 Saving for the Web 295 Making a Flash animation 297 Exporting a Flash animation 300 Self study 304 Review 304 Lesson 13: Advanced Blending Techniques Starting up 305 Using the Blend tool 306 Applying a gradient 310 Applying radial gradients 312 Applying gradients using Illustrator s Gradient Mesh options 314 Adjusting the Mesh 317 Revisiting Blend options 318 More mesh work 321 Overlapping images 323 Applying a gradient mesh using the Mesh tool 326 Finishing up with the Mesh tool and automatically adding a Highlight 330 Using the Symbol tools 332 Creating a symbol 336 Modifying a symbol s appearance 338 Self study 342 Review 342 Lesson 14: Adobe Illustrator CC New Features Starting up 343 What makes Adobe Illustrator CC so great? 344 Opening the finished file 344 Creating the luggage tag 344 Punching out the strap holder 348 Cloning the tag 349 Placing multiple images 350 Converting an image to vector art 351 Investigating the improved Links panel 352 Adding text 355 Using the new Touch Type tool 356 Embedding an image 357 Creating an image brush 358 Applying the image brush to a stroke 360 Packaging a file 361
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