It might seem counterintuitive to consider using Illustrator, the preeminent vector-based print design tool, for creating pixel-based graphics, but that's exactly what Mordy Golding does in Illustrator CS3 for the Web. He focuses on Illustrator's strengths alongside other tools in the web design workflow, exploring unique features such as object-based editing, and the ease of repurposing art for print and Flash use. This course requires familiarity with Illustrator CS3, and while it provides an introduction to Flash integration, the focus is on effectively turning vectors into pixels, whether for the web, mobile devices, or video. Exercise files accompany the course.
Managing anti-aliasing and color
Working with the layout grid, text, and reflections
Slicing images and defining image maps
Optimizing graphics for the web and devices
Creating simple animations and exporting to SWF
Moving content to Photoshop, Acrobat, Flash, and Dreamweaver