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Illustrator CS2 Essential Training

with Jeff Van West

Video: Welcome

Master Illustrator CS2, from the basics of drawing to advanced workflow and special effects.
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  1. 22m 31s
    1. Welcome
      2m 6s
    2. What's New in CS2
      6m 19s
    3. Using Help
      2m 8s
    4. Vectors vs. Rasters
      11m 58s
  2. 28m 54s
    1. Creating New Files
      7m 57s
    2. Opening Files
      7m 47s
    3. Working with Palettes
      4m 48s
    4. Workspaces
      2m 54s
    5. Key Preferences
      5m 28s
  3. 54m 4s
    1. Selecting Objects
      10m 44s
    2. Grouping
      9m 2s
    3. The Bounding Box
      7m 54s
    4. Rulers and Guides
      7m 7s
    5. Arranging and Distributing
      9m 55s
    6. Stacking and Arranging
      5m 27s
    7. Outline View
      3m 55s
  4. 1h 21m
    1. Rectangles
      12m 43s
    2. Ellipses and Rounded Rectangles
      11m 36s
    3. Polygons and Stars
      9m 36s
    4. Editing Points
      10m 56s
    5. Editing Direction Handles
      12m 32s
    6. Lines and Arcs
      10m 27s
    7. Spirals
      6m 50s
    8. Grids
      6m 59s
  5. 1h 54m
    1. Adding Color
      16m 57s
    2. Color Picker
      5m 26s
    3. Using Swatches
      7m 1s
    4. Spot Colors
      4m 59s
    5. Strokes
      14m 35s
    6. Patterns
      10m 28s
    7. Linear Gradients
      10m 20s
    8. Radial Gradients
      3m 44s
    9. Transparency
      6m 18s
    10. Blending Modes
      7m 44s
    11. Multiple Strokes and Fills
      8m 17s
    12. Live Paint
      14m 58s
    13. Live Paint Tips
      3m 26s
  6. 48m 32s
    1. Layers and Groups
      7m 22s
    2. Isolating Groups
      2m 23s
    3. Hiding and Locking
      1m 44s
    4. Organizing Layers
      8m 17s
    5. Merging and Flattening
      4m 17s
    6. Pasting between Layers
      4m 57s
    7. Eyedropper and Appearances
      7m 46s
    8. Magic Wand and Appearances
      6m 49s
    9. Template Layers
      4m 57s
  7. 35m 21s
    1. Rotating and Scaling
      9m 34s
    2. Reflection
      4m 13s
    3. Shearing
      2m 38s
    4. Transforming Patterns and Strokes
      8m 58s
    5. Transforming Each
      4m 35s
    6. Free Transform
      5m 23s
  8. 1h 7m
    1. Type Containers
      6m 43s
    2. Point Type
      6m 44s
    3. Path Type
      7m 23s
    4. Area Type and Threading
      7m 17s
    5. Paragraph Control
      6m 55s
    6. Character Control
      18m 27s
    7. Kerning and Tracking
      14m 7s
  9. 46m 25s
    1. Paragraph Styles
      10m 43s
    2. Character Styles
      7m 4s
    3. Open Type and Glyphs
      8m 18s
    4. Missing Fonts
      2m 46s
    5. Legacy Files
      5m 49s
    6. Type and Appearances
      8m 56s
    7. Creating Outlines
      2m 49s
  10. 50m 49s
    1. Drawing with the Pen
      10m 25s
    2. Converting Points
      8m 22s
    3. Tracing with the Pen
      13m 11s
    4. Drawing with the Pencil
      11m 19s
    5. Smoothing and Erasing
      4m 18s
    6. Tracing Trick
      3m 14s
  11. 58m 27s
    1. Calligraphic Brushes
      9m 2s
    2. Art Brushes
      11m 12s
    3. Scatter Brushes
      6m 56s
    4. Pattern Brushes
      5m 43s
    5. Custom Patterns
      15m 39s
    6. Colorization
      9m 55s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. Cutting and Joining Paths
      11m 51s
    2. Compound Paths
      7m 56s
    3. Shape Modes
      11m 35s
    4. Pathfinders
      7m 4s
    5. Comparing Shape Modes and Pathfinders
      8m 14s
    6. Winding Rule
      12m 30s
    7. Live Trace
      9m 35s
    8. Better Tracing
      9m 53s
  13. 23m 15s
    1. Clipping Masks
      7m 47s
    2. Opacity Masks
      6m 31s
    3. Clipping with Type
      6m 37s
    4. Crop Marks
      2m 20s
  14. 43m 57s
    1. Warp Distortion
      7m 18s
    2. Top Object Distortion
      4m 19s
    3. Envelope Trick
      3m 43s
    4. Mesh Distortion
      6m 41s
    5. Gradient Mesh
      12m 23s
    6. Blends
      9m 33s
  15. 34m 1s
    1. Using Symbols
      7m 51s
    2. Creating Symbols
      5m 26s
    3. Symbol Sets
      20m 44s
  16. 56m 21s
    1. Filters vs. Effects
      14m 17s
    2. Illustrator Filters
      3m 34s
    3. Illustrator Effects
      8m 27s
    4. Photoshop Effects
      14m 35s
    5. Transform Effect
      8m 4s
    6. Dynamic Art
      7m 24s
  17. 21m 38s
    1. Graphic Styles
      9m 23s
    2. Creating Graphic Styles
      4m 5s
    3. Merging Graphic Styles
      3m 10s
    4. Editing Graphic Styles
      5m 0s
  18. 51m 49s
    1. Extruding
      13m 55s
    2. Beveling
      7m 38s
    3. Light and Shading
      6m 46s
    4. Rotating
      2m 37s
    5. Revolving
      6m 37s
    6. Partial Revolve
      4m 16s
    7. Mapped Art
      8m 31s
    8. Custom Bevels
      1m 29s
  19. 37m 21s
    1. Using Templates
      4m 6s
    2. Custom Templates
      4m 39s
    3. Dynamic Content
      11m 34s
    4. Dynamic Visibility
      4m 16s
    5. Actions
      7m 31s
    6. Batch Processing
      5m 15s
  20. 27m 46s
    1. Saving for the Web
      4m 52s
    2. Slices
      8m 3s
    3. Image Maps
      4m 32s
    4. SVG
      2m 9s
    5. Flash
      5m 13s
    6. Scale Trick
      2m 57s
  21. 43m 24s
    1. Photoshop CS2
      15m 16s
    2. GoLive CS2
      6m 37s
    3. Acrobat 7.0
      5m 49s
    4. InDesign CS2
      8m 4s
    5. Quark 6.5
      5m 42s
    6. Flash
      1m 56s
  22. 14m 49s
    1. Printing
      4m 50s
    2. Libraries
      6m 39s
    3. Startup
      2m 54s
    4. Goodbye

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Illustrator CS2 Essential Training
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Illustrator artwork appears everywhere. Magazine ads, cereal boxes, maps, scientific diagrams, children's book illustrations, and even fine art are often created using Illustrator. And yet, for all its power and complexity, anyone can master Illustrator by learning a few key concepts. Illustrator CS2 Essential Training with Jeff Van West shows new and intermediate users how these simple concepts work together and relate to the complete suite of Illustrator tools. Training begins with basic drawing, coloring, and editing, then advances to transparency, type, advanced path tools, special effects, and much more. Tips and specific examples that teach users how to improve workflows and maximize productivity are also included. This training is flexible, so experienced Illustrator artists can go directly to the movies on features new to CS2, while beginning students can watch all of the movies in progression. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.



>>Hi. I'm Jeff Van West, and thanks for your interest in Adobe Illustrator CS2. Illustrator is an amazing application capable of taking images from your mind's eye and bringing them to life on the page or on the screen, but it is also huge. We couldn't cover every single feature in depth, in even a dozen hour's of movies. So instead, what we'll do is we'll look at every major feature, how it operates, and make sure you understand both the how and the why. With that logic in hand, you can then go on to figure out quite a few of the details on your own, or with the help of other Illustrator professionals in the incredible Adobe Illustrator online community- definitely a resource worth checking out.

A couple tidbits to help you get the most out of these movies as you're viewing them and working with them- they are individual movies, so you can skip around and go directly to a movie that has the content you're interested in, but be aware, they do build concepts from the beginning of the chapter towards the end. So if there's something that's unclear, go back and see whether it was covered in an earlier movie. If you do choose to work with the exercise files, they are divided into chapters as well, but some of the files are used in subsequent movies.

So you may start a movie and see something on the screen that doesn't match exactly what you have in your exercise file. It might have happened in an earlier movie. To help with the exercise files, there are labels at the beginning of each movie, telling you the directory, the path to where that exercise file is found. It is possible that some of those files won't have exactly the same file name that you see in the movie. If you follow the label, though, you should do just fine, and then finally, remember that they're movies.

So if you want to, you can stop, pause, rewind, and play it again any time something isn't clear right off the bat. Go back, listen to it a second time at your own pace, and it'll probably make sense. All right, that's enough preamble. Let's get going and see what's new in Illustrator CS2.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS2 Essential Training .

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Q: While following the exercises in Illustrator CS2 Essential Training, the arrow keys are not functioning as the instructor describes for spirals and grids in Chapter 4, "Basic Shapes." Why is Illustrator CS2 not responding like it should?
A: If the steps are being followed correctly, the arrow keys should respond as shown. Make sure to use the keys exactly as instructed in the video. With the Spiral tool selected, click and hold where you want to place the spiral and press the up arrow to create more curves, down arrow to create less. With the Grid tool selected, click and hold where you want to place the grid and use the left and right arrow keys to create increase or reduce the number of columns and the up and down arrows to change the numbers of rows.
Another possible explanation is a known issue with CS2 and Snow Leopard. Adobe CS2 is not fully functional when used in the Snow Leopard operating system on a Mac.





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