Adobe Illustrator CS6

Video description

In this Adobe Illustrator CS6 training course, expert author and trainer Andy Anderson guides you through the tools and techniques that are available to you in this vector graphics editor from Adobe Systems. Used by professionals around the world, Illustrator can be a mystifying program, but Andy breaks it down into easy-to-understand sections that even an absolute beginner with Illustrator can understand.
This tutorial starts out with a tour of the Illustrator interface, and an explanation of vector art. Once you have a grounding in the basic navigation, Andy quickly takes you into applying Illustrator tools for selections, color management, shapes, fills, strokes, as well as anchors and paths. You will learn about creating and managing vector based shapes, using the pen tool, working with effects and layers, working with masks and images, and much, much more.
By the completion of this video based tutorial for Adobe Illustrator CS6, you will fully understand the difference between vector and raster art, and how to create high-quality vector images using the variety of tools provided to you in Illustrator CS6. Working files are included to allow you to work with the same files that the author uses throughout this video training course.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction To Adobe Illustrator
    2. Working With The Exercise Files
  2. The First Step
    1. Introduction - Chapter 2
    2. Vector Versus Raster
    3. Working Smart With Illustrator Preferences
    4. A Peek At The Illustrator Interface
    5. Working With Illustrator Panels
    6. The Amazing Control Panel
    7. Creating Saving Workspaces
  3. Controlling What You Do
    1. Introduction - Chapter 3
    2. Intent To Print
    3. Intent To Web
    4. Working With Multiple Documents
    5. Working With View And Navigation
    6. Creative Uses Of Grids And Guides
    7. You Are What You Measure
    8. Preview Modes
    9. Controlling The Illustrator Views
    10. Hiding And Locking Illustrator Objects
    11. Illustrator Artboards
  4. Selecting And Working With Illustrator Objects
    1. Introduction - Chapter 4
    2. Fine-Tuning Selection
    3. Group Direct Selection Techniques
    4. The Magical Magic Wand
    5. The Lasso Tool
    6. Attribute Selection Techniques
    7. Isolation Mode Group Selection
    8. Size Matters
    9. Rotating Illustrator Objects
    10. Using The Distort Tools
    11. Making A Kansas Sun Flower
  5. Illustrator CS6 And Color Management
    1. Introduction - Chapter 5
    2. Designing With Intent
    3. Colorsync Management
    4. The Global Color Swatch Option
    5. The World Of Spot Colors
    6. Gaining Control With Color Groups
    7. Finding Inspiration With Color Libraries
    8. Working With ASE And AI Color Files
    9. Maintaining Harmony With Color Guide, And Kuler
  6. Working With Shapes, Fills, And Strokes
    1. Introduction - Chapter 6
    2. Basic Shapes - Part 1
    3. Basic Shapes - Part 2
    4. It's All In The Math
    5. Working With Fills
    6. Strokes 101
    7. Adding Dash Lines Arrows
    8. Varying The Width Of A Stroke
    9. Converting Strokes To Illustrator Objects
    10. The World Of Illustrator Gradients
    11. Working With The New Patterns Panel
  7. Understand Anchors And Paths
    1. Introduction - Chapter 7
    2. Paths 101
    3. Anchors 101
    4. Working With Open Closed Paths
    5. Utilizing The Join Average Commands
    6. The Scissors Knife Tools
  8. Creating And Managing Vector-Based Shapes
    1. Introduction - Chapter 8
    2. Controlling Object Stacking Order
    3. The Pathfinder Panel - Part 1
    4. The Pathfinder Panel - Part 2
    5. Going Beyond The Pathfinder Panel
    6. The Symbol Sprayer Tool
    7. Creating Custom Symbols
    8. Painting In A Vector Application
  9. The Ubiquitous Pen Tool
    1. Introduction - Chapter 9
    2. Pen Tool 101
    3. Generating Paths With The Pen Tool
    4. Adding, Deleting Converting Anchor Points
    5. It's All About Control
    6. Working With Smart Guides The Pen Tool
  10. The Illustrator Type Connection
    1. Introduction - Chapter 10
    2. Point Type Vs. Container Type
    3. Converting Objects To Type Containers
    4. Adding Type To A Straight Or Curved Path
    5. Working With The Character And Paragraph Panels
    6. Working With Character And Paragraph Styles
    7. Threading Text Between Paths And Containers
    8. Controlling Text With The Eyedropper
    9. Adding Complex Text To A Circle
    10. Converting Text Into An Outline
  11. Working With Effects Options And The Appearance Panel
    1. Introduction - Chapter 11
    2. Setting Effects Options
    3. Effects Manipulation
    4. The Amazing Appearance Panel
    5. Converting Vector To Raster
    6. Working With 3D Effects
    7. Creating Faux Neon With The Appearance Panel
  12. Working With The Illustrator Panel
    1. Introduction - Chapter 12
    2. Layers 101
    3. Creating Layers And Moving Objects
    4. Controlling Layer Options
    5. Managing Layer Panel Options
    6. Opacity And Blending Modes
  13. Working With Images And Masks
    1. Introduction - Chapter 13
    2. Importing Images Into Adobe Illustrator
    3. Modifying Images In Adobe Illustrator
    4. Defining A Clipping Path
    5. Importing A Clipping Path
    6. Creating A Clipping Path From Text
    7. Generating An Opacity Mask
    8. Creating Masks With Compound Paths
  14. Down And Dirty Illustrator Tricks
    1. Introduction - Chapter 14
    2. Using Illustrators Improved Tracing Features
    3. Working With Live Paint
    4. Understanding Envelope Distort
    5. Illustrator And Flash Animation
    6. Creating Custom Illustrator Brushes
    7. Cool Blending Option Tricks
    8. The Amazing Mesh Tool
  15. Beginning With The End In Mind
    1. Introduction - Chapter 15
    2. From Adobe Illustrator To The Web
    3. The World Of Portable Document Files
    4. From Computer To Paper
    5. Tips And Tricks On Saving

Product information

  • Title: Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: July 2012
  • Publisher(s): Infinite Skills
  • ISBN: 9781771370141