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Description: These easy to follow, in-depth lessons show you how to create top quality artwork using Adobe Illustrator CS3. Our lessons focus on best practices for producing better images easier and faster – ensuring the most unique and professional work for print or the web. Get up to speed on the unique capabilities of Adobe Illustrator CS3 today!
Highlights • Examine professionally-prepared, real-world Illustrator files to understand clearly what makes Illustrator the best tool for the job of creating top-quality line-based artwork. • Learn the essentials of Illustrator with clear, simple instructions that make this powerful application easy to understand and use. • Create a library of shapes, patterns and more for use in your own projects. • Prepare your artwork for print or export it for use in websites or other online output.
Disc 1 - Illustrator Basics
Chapter 1: WELCOME TO ILLUSTRATOR CS3 (19 min) • Vectors vs. Pixels • Understanding Points, Paths, Fills & Strokes • Exploring the New Welcome Screen • Opening an Existing Document • Saving & Closing Documents
Chapter 2: THE ILLUSTRATOR INTERFACE (37 min) • Using the Menu Bar & Status Bar • Working with the Tool Box • Using the Control Palette • Using the Palette Dock • Saving & Loading Workspaces • Setting Preferences • Zooming & Panning a Document • Working with the Layers Palette
Chapter 3: CREATING & COLORING OBJECTS (46 min) • Working with Rulers, Guides & Grids • Drawing Rectangles & Ovals • Selecting & Deleting Objects • Duplicating Objects • Dividing an Object • Drawing Polygons & Stars • Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids • Changing Fills & Strokes • Changing Opacity & Using the Eyedropper Tool • Using the Color Palette • Understanding Live Color
Chapter 4: MANIPULATING OBJECTS (26 min) • Using Simple Transformations • Rotating Objects • Using the Transform Menu • Shearing & Reflecting Objects • Using the Transform Each Command • Aligning & Distributing Objects • Distorting Objects
Chapter 5: DRAWING IN ILLUSTRATOR (19 min) • Freeform Drawing with the Pencil Tool • Drawing with Brushes • Tracing a Template • Using Live Trace
Chapter 6: USING THE PEN TOOL (18 min) • Understanding Anchor Points • Drawing Straight Lines • Drawing Curves • Working with Curved Corner Points • Working with Combination Corner Points • Converting Anchor Points
Chapter 7: WORKING WITH POINTS & PATHS (27 min) • Using the Direct Selection Tool • Transforming Points & Path Segments • Splitting & Joining Paths • Aligning Points • Adding & Removing Points • Using the Pathfinder Palette • Final Comments & Credits
Chapter 2: CREATING TYPE (34 min) • Using the Type Tool • Placing Type • Applying Character & Paragraph Formatting • Using Character & Paragraph Styles • Adding Type to a Shape • Creating Type on a Path • Enveloping Type
Chapter 3: THE APPEARANCE PALETTE & LIVE EFFECTS (42 min) • Applying Filters • Applying Graphic Styles • Creating New Graphic Styles • Modifying Existing Graphic Styles • Working with the Appearance Palette • Understanding Effects • Applying Multiple Effects • Applying Photoshop® Effects • Applying 3D Effects
Chapter 4: EXPORTING ARTWORK (17 min) • Viewing Pixel Preview & Converting the Color Space • Optimizing for the Web • Slicing an Image • Preparing a Document for Rollovers
Chapter 5: PRINTING DOCUMENTS (11 min) • Setting the Crop Area • Preparing for Printing • Printing the Document
Chapter 6: TIPS & TRICKS (33 min) • Saving Views • Creating Patterns • Transforming Patterns • Creating Global Colors • Working with Symbols • Using Actions • Creating Dynamic Text Background • Final Comments & Credits