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In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques , author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches users how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS3. He demonstrates how to apply these effects to live, editable text to create custom logos and headlines. The training also covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, printing, exporting, and working with Adobe Flash files.
Hi, I am Deke McClelland, graphics expert and vector-based audio animatronic here to welcome you to part three of my epic, 24-chapter doctoral treatise on Adobe Illustrator, known to goth girls and beat boys the world around as Illustrator CS3 one-on-one. If there is a theme that binds part three, beyond advanced techniques, of course, it's live. In this chapter, we'll look at how you can combine live effects with live type to create that most impermanent of all creatures in Illustrator, the multilayer text effect that can be modified in a moment's noticed with the modest Type tool.
But that's just the beginning. Chapters 18, 19 and 20 assail us with vector land's immortal trilogy, Live Trace, Live Paint and Live Color. Chapter 21 goes by the unassuming name Using Symbols. But given that a single symbol may control an entire army of instances, it's hard to characterize the function of static. If not live, then what with all those instances roaming your artwork, perhaps undead. Next comes 3D, itself a live effect. See what I mean? It's all live, all the time.
In any case, welcome to the hard stuff in Illustrator. When you finish with these chapters, you'll fully deserve to stick a gold star on your monitor, but make sure that gold star has plenty of food and water and some air holes too, because it's alive.
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