Adobe Illustrator CS5

Video description

This Adobe Illustrator CS5 training video by instructor Andy Anderson teaches you to work confidently with vector graphics no matter what your focus is. You will get a thorough introduction to the individual tools Illustrator offers and also gain a better understanding of how the program can be used as a creative option in practically any workflow.
First, Andy covers the basics of the Illustrator interface, giving you a solid understanding of workspaces, shortcuts, and object alignment before moving into the program's core design tools. Starting with geometric shapes, you'll learn to work with elements that form the basis of almost any drawing project, and then learn how to use fills, strokes and gradients to incorporate more complexity into your projects. The Illustrator lessons show you how to work with text, transform objects, manipulate layers, utilize brush and pen tools, and modify your compositions through warping, meshes, masks and more. Andy covers 3D, animation, file conversion and printing, too.
By the completion of this computer software training course, you will be completely competent in the use of Illustrator, creating your own masterpieces of vector art. This course does include working files that allow you to work along side the author.

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Table of contents

  1. Living In A Resolution-Independent World
    1. Introduction
    2. Illustrator CS5 Seeing Is Believing
    3. The Anatomy Of A Vector Illustration
    4. Vector Versus Raster
  2. Working With Illustrator Workspaces And Preferences
    1. Introduction
    2. Creating A New Illustrator Document
    3. Setting Up The Illustrator Workspace
    4. Creating Custom Workspaces
    5. Timesaving Shortcuts
    6. Working Smart With Preferences
  3. How Illustrator Selects And Aligns Objects
    1. Introduction
    2. Three Ways To Select - It's Black And White
    3. Working With The Wand And Lasso Tools
    4. Aligning Manually And With The Align Panel
    5. Using Smart Guides
  4. Back To The Basics: Generating Geometric Shapes
    1. Introduction
    2. Creating Rectangles
    3. Working With Ellipses And Polygons
    4. Tricks With Stars And Flares
    5. Additional Geometric Shapes
    6. Illustrator's Hidden Math Feature
    7. QuickTip: Tricks With The Tilde Key
    8. QuickTip: Creating Rounded Corners
  5. Generating Fills, Strokes, Patterns, And Gradients
    1. Introduction
    2. Working With The Illustrator Swatches Panel
    3. Adding Solid-Color Fills To An Object
    4. Cool Color With Kuler
    5. Working With Illustrator Patterns
    6. Creating Custom Patterns
    7. Modifying Existing Patterns
    8. Fun With Illustrator Strokes
    9. Tricks With Illustrator Gradients
    10. Adding Custom Colors To The Swatches Panel
    11. Using Global Colors
  6. Transforming An Illustrator Object
    1. Introduction
    2. Transform With Rotate And Scale
    3. Working With The Transform Panel
    4. Understanding The Transform Each Command
    5. Creating A Reflection
    6. Using The Free Transform Tool
  7. Working With The Layers Panel
    1. Introduction
    2. The Illustrator Layers Panel
    3. Organizing A Complex Project
    4. Layer Options
    5. Layer Panel Options
    6. Copying Using The Layers Panel
    7. Opacity And Blending Modes
    8. Merging And Flattening Layers
  8. Working With Adobe Illustrator Text
    1. Introduction
    2. Creating A Type Container
    3. Working With Point Type
    4. Converting Objects To Type Containers
    5. Creating Type On A Path
    6. Utilizing The Character Panel
    7. Formatting Text With The Paragraph Panel
    8. Getting Efficient With With Styles
    9. Working With Threaded Text
  9. More On Text
    1. Introduction
    2. The Magical Eyedropper Tool And Type
    3. Placing Text On A Circle
    4. Working With Tabs And Glyphs
    5. Converting Type To Outlines
  10. Working With Pen And Point
    1. Introduction
    2. Pen Tool Fundamentals
    3. Manipulating Pen Objects
    4. Combining Paths To Create Objects
    5. Creating A Mask
  11. Working With Illustrators Pencil And Brush Tools
    1. Introduction
    2. The Illustrator Pencil Tool
    3. Using A Calligraphic Brush
    4. Creating A Calligraphic Brush
    5. The Amazing Symbol Sprayer Tool
    6. Illustrator's Scatter Brush
    7. Tricks With Illustrator Brushes
  12. Find Your Own Path With Pathfinder
    1. Introduction
    2. Unite And Minus Front
    3. Intersect And Exclude
    4. Divide And Trim
    5. Merge And Crop
    6. Outline And Minus Back
  13. Getting Creative With Masks
    1. Introduction
    2. Basics Of Clipping Masks
    3. Clipping Masks And Text
    4. Clipping Masks And Compound Paths
    5. Opacity Masks And Gradients
    6. More On Opacity Masks
    7. QuickTip: Adjusting An Opacity Mask
  14. Working With Warps, Envelopes, And Meshes
    1. Introduction
    2. Working With The Width And Warp Tools
    3. Twirl Pucker And Bloat Tools
    4. Scallop Crystalize And Wrinkle Tools
    5. The Envelope Distort Features
    6. The Amazing Mesh Tool
    7. Controlling A Mesh With Global Swatches
    8. QuickTip: Fine Tuning The Width Tool
  15. Getting Creative With Illustrator Effects
    1. Introduction
    2. Setting Effects Options
    3. Controlling And Moving Effects
    4. Controlling Effects With The Appearance Panel
    5. Converting Effects To Pixels
    6. Svg Effects, And The Effects Gallery
  16. Working With Graphic Styles
    1. Introduction
    2. Graphic Styles 101
    3. Applying Graphic Styles
    4. Merging Graphic Styles
    5. Creating Custom Graphic Styles
    6. Saving Graphic Style Libraries
  17. Moving Into The Third Dimension
    1. Introduction
    2. Working With Extrude And Bevel
    3. Generating Chrome Text
    4. Working With Revolve
    5. Creating A Revolve Bottle
    6. Generating A 3D Ribbon
    7. Using The Rotate Option
  18. Adobe Illustrator And Animation
    1. Introduction
    2. Frame-By-Frame Animation
    3. Animation With The Blend Tool
    4. Animations On A Path
    5. Fading Text Animation
    6. Pulsing Text Animation
    7. Creating An Animated GIF
  19. Working With Templates And Actions
    1. Introduction
    2. Working With Illustrator Templates
    3. Creating An Action
    4. Saving Time With Batch Processing
  20. Heading Out To The World Wide Web
    1. Introduction
    2. Web Format Basics
    3. Modifying Color For The Web
    4. Slicing Images For Efficiency And Beyond
    5. Creating A Navigation Bar
    6. Moving From Illustrator To Flash
  21. From Raster To Vector With The Amazing Live Trace
    1. Introduction
    2. Working With Livetrace
    3. Livetrace Features
    4. Editing Livetrace Objects
    5. Creating Custom Presets
    6. Generating Custom Swatch Libraries
    7. A Peek Into The Future
  22. Live Paint, And The Shape Builder Tool
    1. Introduction
    2. Working Through Live Paint
    3. The Shape Builder Tool
    4. Live Trace And Live Paint
    5. Live Paint And Gap Detection
    6. Working With Kuler Color
    7. Modifying A Color Set Using Live Color
  23. Illustrator Integration And Export Options
    1. Introduction
    2. Saving An Illustrator Document
    3. Converting Illustrator To Photoshop
    4. Working With InDesign And The TIF Format
    5. The Universal Portable Document File
    6. Moving Beyond Illustrator With EPS
  24. Printing, Exporting, And Saving Your Illustrator Artwork
    1. Introduction
    2. Working With Bleeds
    3. Text To Outlines, And Other Print Options
    4. Working With Multiple Art Boards
    5. Transparency Flattener Preset Options
    6. Moving To Powerpoint And The WWW
    7. Using Save And Save As
    8. Goodbye

Product information

  • Title: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: September 2010
  • Publisher(s): Infinite Skills
  • ISBN: 9781926873152