Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Making efficient use of the Illustrator interface
Creating text on a path
Using the Magic Wand and Lasso selection tools
Working with a pressure-sensitive tablet
Applying 3D extrusions and resolves
Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
Exporting files for use in Photoshop, Flash, and other applications