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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

with Deke McClelland

Video: Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

Deke McClelland explores some of Illustrator's most powerful and least known features.
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  1. 1h 36m
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
      2m 7s
    2. The Pathfinder palette
      3m 22s
    3. Editing a compound shape
      3m 43s
    4. Adding a subpath to a compound shape
      4m 16s
    5. Expanding a compound shape
      5m 3s
    6. Assembling your primitives
      5m 18s
    7. Uniting paths permanently
      4m 42s
    8. Subtract vs. Minus Back
      1m 49s
    9. Working with compound paths
      5m 33s
    10. When in doubt, divide
      5m 3s
    11. Divide and Unite
      3m 29s
    12. Open path pitfalls
      7m 38s
    13. Strokes bad. Fills good
      4m 8s
    14. Advanced Divide and Unite
      8m 49s
    15. Using the Crop op
      6m 38s
    16. Expert Divide and Unite
      8m 56s
    17. ''Ghosting'' shapes with Fill Opacity
      6m 14s
    18. Exclude, Intersect, and the rest
      9m 33s
  2. 1h 8m
    1. To bend and otherwise distort
      1m 31s
    2. And now, a public service announcement
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Warp tool
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the Liquify brush settings
      5m 10s
    5. Liquify tool overview
      4m 27s
    6. Creating a crystallized starburst
      6m 57s
    7. Liquifying text
      5m 0s
    8. Applying an envelope-style distortion
      5m 22s
    9. Editing an envelope
      5m 11s
    10. Editing envelope-distorted text
      7m 30s
    11. Copying a distortion to another object
      7m 11s
    12. Liquifying a Live Trace object
      7m 9s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Next-generation text handling
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 6s
    3. Creating a new text block
      5m 57s
    4. Working with point text
      4m 17s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      4m 12s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      6m 6s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 13s
    8. Eyedropping and optical kerning
      5m 54s
    9. Flowing text from one block to another
      2m 50s
    10. Rendering text in graphite
      5m 30s
    11. Advanced formatting and bullets
      5m 0s
    12. Setting Area Type options
      3m 2s
    13. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      3m 48s
    14. OpenType and ligatures
      6m 37s
    15. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      5m 30s
    16. Swashes and small caps
      5m 25s
    17. The fantastic Glyphs palette
      5m 15s
  4. 1h 18m
    1. Continuously flowing colors
      1m 14s
    2. Applying a gradient
      4m 12s
    3. Dragging and dropping color swatches
      1m 50s
    4. Using the Gradient palette
      3m 21s
    5. Adding and editing color stops
      6m 9s
    6. The amazing Gradient tool
      2m 51s
    7. Working with a radial gradient
      3m 55s
    8. Replacing color stops with the Eyedropper
      3m 18s
    9. Gradient strokes (a workaround)
      5m 47s
    10. Gradient text (another workaround)
      5m 2s
    11. Creating a Gradient Mesh
      4m 20s
    12. Expanding a gradient to a Gradient Mesh
      8m 44s
    13. Editing a Gradient Mesh
      6m 4s
    14. Coloring points and patches with the Eyedropper
      5m 42s
    15. A cool mesh editing technique
      5m 9s
    16. Lassoing points and warping the mesh
      7m 25s
    17. Blending paths with a Gradient Mesh
      2m 59s
  5. 53m 55s
    1. The first of the dynamic functions
      1m 42s
    2. Introducing blends
      2m 37s
    3. Making a blend
      4m 35s
    4. Fixing problem blends
      5m 26s
    5. Cloning and coloring a blended path
      3m 49s
    6. Creating a mask
      3m 41s
    7. Blending between translucent shapes
      5m 0s
    8. Blending along a curve
      5m 21s
    9. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      1m 36s
    10. Filling and stroking a mask
      4m 22s
    11. Creating a compound clipping mask
      6m 51s
    12. Nesting one clipping mask inside another
      5m 56s
    13. Ghosting nested masks and blends
      2m 59s
  6. 1h 36m
    1. Graphics along a path
      1m 57s
    2. The Paintbrush tool and the Brushes palette
      3m 58s
    3. Pressure sensitivity
      4m 40s
    4. Editing a calligraphic brush
      5m 55s
    5. Repainting and smoothing paths
      4m 8s
    6. Making the paintbrush behave
      2m 49s
    7. Illustrator's two eraser tools
      5m 23s
    8. Editing your vector painting
      4m 39s
    9. Sizing an art brush to fit a path
      6m 34s
    10. Snipping a brushed path with the scissors
      5m 20s
    11. Colorizing an art brush
      4m 38s
    12. Applying a live art brush effect
      5m 22s
    13. Creating a custom art brush
      6m 57s
    14. Creating type on a path
      6m 24s
    15. Adjusting type on a path
      5m 56s
    16. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      6m 22s
    17. Creating a text art brush
      6m 27s
    18. Applying text art brushes
      3m 32s
    19. Using the Hue Shift option
      5m 8s
  7. 1h 16m
    1. Transparency is your extremely powerful friend
      1m 47s
    2. Assembling a photo illustration
      6m 57s
    3. Assigning opacity to an Appearance attribute
      5m 19s
    4. Creating a knockout group
      4m 8s
    5. Applying an opacity mask
      7m 19s
    6. Opacity mask tips and tricks
      3m 24s
    7. Blending between groups
      7m 5s
    8. Editing an existing opacity mask
      3m 34s
    9. Creating a gradient opacity mask
      2m 55s
    10. The Multiply blend mode
      5m 4s
    11. The Screen blend mode
      2m 4s
    12. The Color and Luminosity modes
      5m 56s
    13. Screen and super-rich black
      4m 41s
    14. Masking an entire layer
      3m 18s
    15. Becoming a transparency detective
      3m 11s
    16. Working with the Flattener Preview
      10m 0s
  8. 1h 35m
    1. Commands inspire pandemonium
      1m 33s
    2. Introducing Live Effects
      5m 28s
    3. Assigning predefined graphic styles
      5m 9s
    4. Riffing on a graphic style
      3m 18s
    5. Effects vs. filters
      4m 18s
    6. Stripping and adding attributes
      4m 44s
    7. Applying the Scribble effect
      4m 42s
    8. Duplicating and editing an effect
      3m 57s
    9. Moving an effect in the Appearance palette
      4m 18s
    10. Saving your own custom graphic style
      5m 9s
    11. Using the live Transform effect
      5m 10s
    12. Applying a second instance of Transform
      4m 15s
    13. Adding and adjusting Transform effects
      4m 45s
    14. Registering one stroke around another
      2m 36s
    15. Working with closely knit lines
      4m 34s
    16. Varying the transformation origin
      6m 58s
    17. Applying a Feather effect
      3m 30s
    18. Adding a soft microfill
      3m 5s
    19. Copying and pasting a graphic style
      5m 16s
    20. Making the frame: ZigZag and Pucker
      6m 41s
    21. ZigZag, Tweak, and Bloat
      5m 43s
  9. 1m 43s
    1. Goodbye for now
      1m 43s

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
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After learning the essentials of how to draw and reshape paths in Adobe Illustrator CS3, the fun really begins. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, computer graphics expert Deke McClelland explores some of Illustrator's most powerful and least known features. He covers merging simple shapes to create complex ones with the Pathfinder palette and distorting shapes to create eye-catching effects using envelopes and the Liquify tool. Deke also teaches users how to paint fluid, multicolor fills with gradient mesh, blends, and masks, as well as how to create versatile type effects using the Type tool and the vector-based brushes. The training ends with two of the deepest and most useful features in all of Illustrator--transparency and live effects. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.


Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

Hi, this is Deke McClelland, here to welcome you to Part 2 of my in-depth look at Adobe Illustrator, which I call Illustrator CS3 One-on-One. It's our chance to spend some quality time together, discussing one of the most amazing vector-based drawing programs on the planet. Have you ever spent an evening with a really great friend wrapped up in a passionate discussion about Dostoevsky or Proust or such recent thought innovators as Ludacris? It's just like that. Except in place of those legendary philosophers, substituted Adobe Illustrator CS3, and in place of that really great friend, substitute me, and it ain't no evening baby.

It's 28 solid hours of intense video training. As Dostoevsky himself would have said, it's time to shake, shake, shake your Illustrator. The Chapters in Part 2 of this series cover some of Illustrators most exciting features. The features that I find even long time users of the program often don't know about. Things like Envelop Style Distortions, Gradient Mesh, Natural Media Art brushes, Knockout Groups, Opacity Mask, the Flattener Preview pallet and Live Effects, tough and old but still very relevant standard, such as Blends, Masks and Text, and you have a solid body of knowledge that will increase the quality and quantity of your art work.

Learn this stuff and you will know more about Illustrator than anybody else around you, I guarantee it. The topic of this chapter, Chapter 09 in the grand order of things is Pathfinder Operations. Pathfinders allow you to combine simple objects to create more complex ones. A line and plus in the lips is a musical note. Two circles next to each other in a triangle underneath becomes a Valentine. A circle minus a smaller off set circle becomes a crescent moon. A door, some dry wall and a couple of windows, not to mention some electrical pluming, heating, AC, roofing, and a really big loan makes a house.

These are all Pathfinder Operations, and they are amazing time savers one in all. To get a sense of how they work, keep watching.

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