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Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book© (2017 release)

Book Description

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Illustrator CC (2017 release) choose Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release) from the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks from Adobe Press. The 15 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in Illustrator. Build a strong foundation for working with Adobe Illustrator CC by following hands-on projects for creating logos, illustrations, and posters. Learn how to use the Shaper tool and Live Shapes along with dynamic symbols to streamline graphics creation. Create website assets and export them in multiple formats to support modern responsive web designs. From exacting illustration to more free-form painting, you’ll gain vital Illustrator skills as you progress through the lessons.

The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each chapter as well as ebook updates when Adobe releases new features for Creative Cloud customers. All buyers of the book get full access to the Web Edition: a Web-based version of the complete ebook enhanced with video and interactive multiple-choice quizzes. As always with the Classroom in a Book, Instructor Notes are available for teachers to download.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. GETTING STARTED
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the program
    4. Fonts used in this book
    5. Online Content
      1. Lesson Files
      2. Web Edition
      3. Accessing the Lesson Files and Web Edition
      4. Restoring default preferences
      5. To delete or save the current Illustrator preferences file
      6. To restore saved preferences after completing the lessons
    6. Additional resources
    7. Adobe Authorized Training Centers
  6. WHAT’S NEW IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CC (2017 RELEASE)
    1. New, Modern UI
    2. Adobe Stock In-App Purchase
    3. Text Improvements
    4. Live Shape Improvements
    5. Improved Export of Assets and Artboards
    6. Pixel-Perfect Drawing
    7. Other enhancements
  7. A QUICK TOUR OF ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CC (2017 RELEASE)
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a new document
    3. Drawing a shape
    4. Rounding the corners of a shape
    5. Applying color
    6. Editing color
    7. Editing strokes
    8. Working with layers
    9. Drawing with the Pencil tool
    10. Creating shapes using the Shape Builder tool
    11. Creating a blend
    12. Transforming artwork
    13. Drawing with the Shaper tool
    14. Sampling formatting with the Eyedropper tool
    15. Placing an image in Illustrator
    16. Using Image Trace
    17. Creating and editing gradients
    18. Working with type
    19. Aligning artwork
    20. Working with brushes
    21. Working with symbols
    22. Creating a clipping mask
    23. Working with effects
  8. 1 GETTING TO KNOW THE WORK AREA
    1. Introducing Adobe Illustrator
    2. Starting Illustrator and opening a file
    3. Exploring the workspace
      1. Getting to know the Tools panel
      2. Working with the Control panel
      3. Working with panels
      4. Working with panel groups
    4. Resetting and saving your workspace
    5. Using panel menus
    6. Changing the view of artwork
      1. Using view commands
    7. Using the Zoom tool
      1. Scrolling through a document
      2. Viewing artwork
    8. Navigating artboards
      1. Using the Artboards panel
    9. Arranging multiple documents
      1. Finding resources for using Illustrator
  9. 2 TECHNIQUES FOR SELECTING ARTWORK
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Selecting objects
      1. Using the Selection tool
      2. Using the Direct Selection tool
      3. Creating selections with a marquee
      4. Hiding and locking objects
      5. Selecting similar objects
      6. Selecting in Outline mode
    3. Aligning objects
      1. Aligning objects to each other
      2. Aligning to a key object
      3. Aligning anchor points
      4. Distributing objects
      5. Aligning to the artboard
    4. Working with groups
      1. Grouping items
      2. Editing a group in Isolation mode
      3. Creating a nested group
    5. Exploring object arrangement
      1. Arranging objects
      2. Selecting objects behind
  10. 3 USING SHAPES TO CREATE ARTWORK FOR A POSTCARD
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Creating a new document
    3. Working with basic shapes
      1. Creating and editing rectangles
      2. Rounding corners
      3. Working with the Rounded Rectangle tool
      4. Creating and editing an ellipse
      5. Creating and editing a circle
      6. Creating a polygon
      7. Editing a polygon
      8. Changing stroke width and alignment
      9. Drawing lines
      10. Creating a star
    4. Working with the Shaper tool
      1. Drawing shapes with the Shaper tool
      2. Editing shapes with the Shaper tool
      3. Punching shapes with the Shaper tool
      4. Combining shapes with the Shaper tool
    5. Working with drawing modes
    6. Working with Draw Behind mode
      1. Using the Draw Inside mode
    7. Using Image Trace
  11. 4 EDITING AND COMBINING SHAPES AND PATHS
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Editing paths and shapes
      1. Cutting with the Scissors tool
      2. Joining paths
      3. Cutting with the Knife tool
      4. Using the Eraser tool
    3. Combining shapes
      1. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      2. Working with the Pathfinder panel
      3. Creating a compound path
    4. Using the Width tool
      1. Outlining strokes
    5. Finishing up the illustration
  12. 5 TRANSFORMING ARTWORK
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with artboards
      1. Adding artboards to the document
      2. Editing artboards
      3. Renaming artboards
      4. Reordering artboards
    3. Working with rulers and guides
      1. Creating guides
      2. Editing the ruler origin
    4. Transforming content
      1. Positioning artwork using the Transform panel
      2. Positioning artwork using Smart Guides
      3. Scaling objects
      4. Reflecting objects
      5. Rotating objects
      6. Distorting objects with effects
      7. Shearing objects
      8. Transforming with the Free Transform tool
    5. Creating a PDF
  13. 6 CREATING AN ILLUSTRATION WITH THE DRAWING TOOLS
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. An intro to drawing with the Pen tool
      1. Selecting paths
      2. Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
      3. Introducing curved paths
      4. Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
      5. Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
      6. Converting smooth points to corner points
      7. Combining curves and straight lines
    3. Creating artwork with the Pen tool
      1. Drawing a coffee cup
    4. Drawing with the Curvature tool
    5. Editing curves
      1. Reflecting the spoon shape
      2. Rounding corner points
      3. Editing paths and points
      4. Deleting and adding anchor points
      5. Converting between smooth points and corner points
      6. Working with the Anchor Point tool
    6. Creating a dashed line
    7. Adding arrowheads to a path
    8. Working with the Pencil tool
      1. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      2. Drawing straight segments with the Pencil tool
    9. Joining with the Join tool
  14. 7 USING COLOR TO ENHANCE SIGNAGE
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Exploring color modes
    3. Working with color
      1. Applying an existing color
      2. Creating a custom color using the Color panel
      3. Saving a color as a swatch
      4. Creating a copy of a swatch
      5. Editing a swatch
      6. Creating and editing a global swatch
      7. Using the Color Picker to create color
      8. Using Illustrator swatch libraries
      9. Adding a spot color
      10. Creating and saving a tint of a color
      11. Converting colors
      12. Copying appearance attributes
      13. Creating a color group
      14. Creative inspiration with the Color Guide panel
      15. Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box
      16. Editing colors in artwork
      17. Assigning colors to your artwork
    4. Working with Live Paint
      1. Creating a Live Paint group
      2. Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
      3. Modifying a Live Paint group
  15. 8 ADDING TYPE TO A POSTER
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Adding type to the poster
      1. Adding text at a point
      2. Adding area type
      3. Working with Auto Sizing
      4. Converting between area and point type
      5. Importing a plain-text file
    3. Threading text
    4. Formatting type
      1. Changing font family and font style
      2. Fixing missing fonts
      3. Changing font size
      4. Changing font color
      5. Changing additional character formatting
      6. Working with Glyphs
      7. Changing paragraph formatting
      8. Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
    5. Resizing and reshaping type objects
      1. Creating columns of text
    6. Creating and applying text styles
      1. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      2. Editing a paragraph style
      3. Creating and applying a character style
      4. Editing a character style
      5. Sampling text formatting
    7. Wrapping text
    8. Warping text
      1. Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
      2. Editing the envelope warp
    9. Working with type on a path
      1. Creating type on a path
      2. Creating type on a closed path
    10. Creating text outlines
  16. 9 ORGANIZING YOUR ARTWORK WITH LAYERS
    1. Starting the lesson
      1. Understanding layers
    2. Creating layers and sublayers
      1. Creating new layers
      2. Creating sublayers
    3. Editing layers and objects
      1. Locating layers
      2. Moving content between layers
      3. Viewing layers
      4. Reordering layers
      5. Collecting into a new layer
      6. Duplicating layer content
      7. Pasting layers
      8. Changing layer order
      9. Applying appearance attributes to layers
    4. Creating a clipping mask
  17. 10 GRADIENTS, BLENDS, AND PATTERNS
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with gradients
      1. Applying a linear gradient to a fill
      2. Editing a gradient
      3. Saving a gradient
      4. Adjusting a linear gradient fill
      5. Applying a linear gradient to a stroke
      6. Editing a gradient on a stroke
      7. Applying a radial gradient to artwork
      8. Editing the colors in the radial gradient
      9. Adjusting the radial gradient
      10. Applying gradients to multiple objects
      11. Adding transparency to gradients
    3. Working with blended objects
      1. Creating a blend with specified steps
      2. Modifying a blend
      3. Creating and editing a smooth color blend
    4. Painting with patterns
      1. Applying an existing pattern
      2. Creating your own pattern
      3. Applying your pattern
      4. Editing your pattern
  18. 11 USING BRUSHES TO CREATE A POSTER
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with brushes
    3. Using Calligraphic brushes
      1. Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork
      2. Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
      3. Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
      4. Editing a brush
      5. Removing a brush stroke
    4. Using Art brushes
      1. Applying an existing Art brush
      2. Creating an Art brush using a raster image
      3. Editing an Art brush
    5. Using Bristle brushes
      1. Changing Bristle brush options
      2. Painting with a Bristle brush
    6. Using Pattern brushes
      1. Creating a Pattern brush
      2. Applying a Pattern brush
      3. Editing the Pattern brush
    7. Working with the Blob Brush tool
      1. Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
      2. Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
      3. Editing with the Eraser tool
  19. 12 EXPLORING CREATIVE USES OF EFFECTS AND GRAPHIC STYLES
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Using the Appearance panel
      1. Editing appearance attributes
      2. Adding another stroke and fill to artwork
      3. Adding another stroke and fill to text
      4. Reordering appearance attributes
    3. Using live effects
      1. Applying an effect
      2. Editing an effect
      3. Styling text with a Warp effect
      4. Editing text with a Warp effect
      5. Applying the Offset Path effect
    4. Applying a Photoshop Effect
      1. Working with 3D effects
    5. Using graphic styles
      1. Applying an existing graphic style
      2. Creating and applying a graphic style
      3. Updating a graphic style
      4. Applying a graphic style to a layer
      5. Scaling strokes and effects
  20. 13 CREATING ARTWORK FOR A T-SHIRT
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with symbols
      1. Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
      2. Editing a symbol
      3. Working with dynamic symbols
      4. Creating a symbol
      5. Duplicating symbols
      6. Replacing symbols
      7. Breaking a link to a symbol
    3. Working with Creative Cloud Libraries
      1. Adding assets to CC Libraries
      2. Using Library assets
      3. Updating a Library asset
    4. Working with the perspective grid
      1. Using a preset grid
      2. Adjusting the perspective grid
      3. Drawing artwork in perspective
      4. Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
      5. Moving planes and objects together
      6. Drawing artwork with no active grid
      7. Adding and editing text in perspective
      8. Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
      9. Moving a plane to match an object
      10. Bringing content into perspective
      11. Editing symbols in perspective
      12. Releasing objects with perspective
      13. Finishing up
  21. 14 USING ILLUSTRATOR CC WITH OTHER ADOBE APPLICATIONS
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Combining artwork
    3. Placing image files
      1. Placing an image
      2. Scaling a placed image
      3. Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options
      4. Placing multiple images
      5. Applying color edits to an image
    4. Masking images
      1. Applying a simple mask to an image
      2. Editing a clipping path (mask)
      3. Masking an object with text
      4. Creating an opacity mask
      5. Editing an opacity mask
    5. Sampling colors in placed images
    6. Working with image links
      1. Finding link information
      2. Embedding and unembedding images
      3. Replacing a linked image
    7. Packaging a file
  22. 15 EXPORTING ASSETS
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Creating Pixel-Perfect Drawings
      1. Aligning new artwork to the pixel grid
      2. Aligning existing artwork to the pixel grid
    3. Exporting artboards and assets
      1. Exporting artboards
      2. Exporting individual assets
    4. Creating CSS from your design
      1. Setting up your design for generating CSS
      2. Working with character styles and CSS code
      3. Working with graphic styles and CSS code
      4. Copying CSS
      5. Exporting CSS
  23. INDEX