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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland

Video: Welcome

Teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS4, including Live Paint, Live Trace, and actions.
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  1. 28m 33s
    1. Welcome
    2. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 59s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      4m 47s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 20s
    5. Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
      6m 3s
    6. Loading the CS4 color settings in Bridge
      3m 25s
  2. 1h 25m
    1. Converting pixels to vectors
    2. Tracing an imported image
      4m 43s
    3. Three other ways to trace
      5m 45s
    4. Repeating a Pathfinder operation
      1m 55s
    5. Raster and vector previews
      5m 53s
    6. Adjusting Threshold and Min Area
      6m 32s
    7. Tracing options: The raster functions
      6m 25s
    8. Using the Ignore White option
      4m 50s
    9. Tracing options: The vector functions
      7m 54s
    10. Expanding and editing traced artwork
      3m 38s
    11. Converting color to black-and-white
      4m 48s
    12. Tracing full-color artwork
      7m 10s
    13. Editing Live Trace-captured color swatches
      5m 58s
    14. Recoloring traced details in Live Paint
      4m 36s
    15. Tracing portrait photography
      5m 35s
    16. Preparing a Live Trace color palette
      5m 0s
    17. Saving a palette for use with Live Trace
      3m 58s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Another way to fill, stroke, and color
      1m 38s
    2. Creating interactions with blend modes
      4m 15s
    3. Creating interactions with Live Paint
      4m 10s
    4. Stroking with the Live Paint bucket
      5m 2s
    5. Using the Live Paint selection tool
      5m 29s
    6. Adding a path to a Live Paint group
      4m 41s
    7. Drawing inside a Live Paint group
      3m 28s
    8. The occasional advantage of conventional editing
      3m 44s
    9. Combining Live Paint with a dynamic effect
      6m 1s
    10. Fun with dynamic effects
      4m 30s
    11. Simulating interlocking objects
      4m 4s
    12. The jaw-dropping flexibility of Live Paint
      3m 37s
    13. Addressing differently colored strokes
      4m 50s
    14. Repairing improperly overlapping strokes
      5m 9s
  4. 1h 23m
    1. Bending and otherwise distorting
      1m 28s
    2. Tracing a translucent image
      5m 53s
    3. Live Type and dynamic effects
      4m 18s
    4. Using the Warp tool
      3m 15s
    5. Changing the Liquify Brush settings
      4m 58s
    6. Liquify tool overview
      6m 17s
    7. Creating a crystallized starburst
      5m 14s
    8. Liquifying outlined type
      8m 0s
    9. Applying an envelope-style distortion
      7m 24s
    10. Editing enveloped text
      6m 41s
    11. Customizing an envelope mesh
      4m 39s
    12. Distorting a traced object
      11m 5s
    13. Releasing and applying a mesh
      4m 22s
    14. Stretching an embedded photo
      9m 41s
  5. 2h 17m
    1. Commands to inspire pandemonium
      1m 39s
    2. Introducing dynamic effects
      5m 4s
    3. Applying and editing dynamic effects
      4m 57s
    4. Applying and previewing a graphic style
      6m 19s
    5. Merging graphic styles
      3m 35s
    6. Riffing on predefined styles
      5m 42s
    7. Saving your own graphic style
      5m 57s
    8. Redefining a graphic style
      6m 12s
    9. The transformative power of dynamic effects
      10m 25s
    10. Pixel-based Photoshop effects
      7m 24s
    11. Adjusting an effect's resolution
      8m 34s
    12. Attributes of the Dynamic Appearance palette
      7m 26s
    13. Introducing the Transform effect
      7m 29s
    14. Wrapping one effect inside another
      6m 14s
    15. Importing a custom shape from Photoshop
      4m 28s
    16. Establishing reflective symmetry
      4m 17s
    17. Exploiting the power of reflective symmetry
      5m 47s
    18. Making spatial modifications
      6m 51s
    19. Troubleshooting problem effects
      4m 19s
    20. Creating a beveled stroke effect
      5m 52s
    21. Adding the Pucker & Bloat effect
      8m 12s
    22. Taking on a complex project
      3m 54s
    23. Employing a Transform "guide" object
      7m 21s
  6. 1h 39m
    1. The best new feature since transparency
      1m 50s
    2. Introducing Adobe kuler
      8m 8s
    3. Using kuler inside Illustrator
      7m 11s
    4. Importing color groups from libraries
      3m 50s
    5. Creating color groups from libraries
      2m 44s
    6. Using the Color Guide palette
      7m 45s
    7. Creating a custom harmony rule
      3m 23s
    8. Adding and deleting swatches in a group
      4m 22s
    9. The Color Guide Variations options
      5m 58s
    10. Introducing the weighted Lab color wheel
      5m 35s
    11. Using the Edit Colors dialog box
      8m 23s
    12. Limiting a color group to spot colors
      3m 43s
    13. Transferring groups from one illustration to another
      3m 47s
    14. Recoloring selected artwork
      11m 8s
    15. Using groups as color swapping tools
      5m 21s
    16. Reassigning colors in an illustration
      8m 40s
    17. Distilling the perfect two-color print job
      8m 11s
  7. 1h 15m
    1. Repeat, amend, amass
      1m 22s
    2. The power of symbols
      5m 58s
    3. Acquiring and previewing symbols
      5m 14s
    4. Replicating a symbol and breaking the link
      8m 35s
    5. Warping, recoloring, and updating a symbol
      7m 6s
    6. Replacing instances with a different symbol
      2m 56s
    7. Exporting custom shapes from Photoshop
      9m 47s
    8. Mass-producing symbols
      6m 32s
    9. Loading an illustration as a symbol library
      4m 13s
    10. Selecting all instances of a symbol
      4m 49s
    11. Laying down a symbol set
      6m 14s
    12. Symbolism tool overview
      4m 41s
    13. Painting with the symbolism tools
      4m 41s
    14. Editing selected instances
      2m 57s
  8. 1h 2m
    1. The king of charting programs
    2. Illustrator's nine types of graphs
      6m 14s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      3m 54s
    4. Correcting and editing data
      4m 11s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      6m 20s
    6. Changing font and color in a graph
      5m 18s
    7. Applying dynamic effects
      4m 50s
    8. The downside of manual adjustments
      3m 1s
    9. Defining a graph design
      3m 46s
    10. Creating a pictograph
      6m 45s
    11. Removing an irremovable element
      4m 47s
    12. Creating a symbol-based pictograph
      6m 45s
    13. Mixing and matching graph types
      5m 52s
  9. 1h 37m
    1. Probing the depths of 3D
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing 3D in Illustrator
      7m 6s
    3. Creating 3D type
      7m 29s
    4. Customizing 3D type
      8m 24s
    5. Bending 3D type with a dynamic Warp effect
      4m 49s
    6. Adjusting angle and light
      6m 17s
    7. Editing words of 3D type
      3m 23s
    8. Extrude, perspective, depth, and bevel
      8m 10s
    9. Adjusting lighting and shading
      7m 53s
    10. Creating symbols for mapped art
      6m 9s
    11. Mapping symbols onto a 3D object
      9m 49s
    12. Editing symbols and nested symbols
      7m 44s
    13. Establishing base objects for 3D Revolve
      4m 48s
    14. Applying the 3D Revolve effect
      7m 10s
    15. Roughing up your 3D art in Photoshop
      6m 56s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
    2. Introducing actions in Illustrator
      3m 13s
    3. Creating a new action
      4m 30s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 40s
    5. The many ways to play an action
      3m 54s
    6. Turning off dialog boxes
      3m 11s
    7. Tweaking an action in a text editor
      10m 41s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 32s
    9. Recording a creative action
      7m 15s
    10. Testing that your action works
      4m 53s
    11. Fixing a broken action
      6m 28s
    12. Inserting stops in a complex action
      8m 45s
  11. 23s
    1. See ya

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Mastery
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In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS4. Deke explores Live Trace, which converts imported images into vectors, and Live Paint, which defines interlocking shapes. Deke also covers the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, Kuler and Live Color, symbols, and 3D effects. And for the first time, Deke addresses two of Illustrator's least-known features, pictographs and actions. Exercise files accompany the course.

Recommended prerequisites: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Re-coloring traced details in Live Paint
  • Liquifying outlined type
  • Creating custom color harmony rules
  • Warping, re-coloring, and updating symbols
  • Building graphs in Illustrator
  • Mapping symbols onto a 3D object
  • Recording and deploying actions


(Music playing.) Hi! I'm Deke McClelland. Hello and welcome to Illustrator CS4 One-on-One, my in-depth master's level series on Adobe Illustrator. In this part, Part 3, Mastery, we'll take on Illustrator's most rarified and powerful features. We'll start things off with Live Trace and Live Paint, which automate the process of tracing imported images and coloring overlapping shapes.

Then we'll see Liquify, Envelope and Dynamic Effects, which can transform humdrum base objects into absolutely fantastic ones. And before we're done, you'll experience the wonders of 3D, which lets you extract or revolve a handful of paths to create the appearance of depth. Learn these features and you'll be the most proficient vector artist you know. Come on! It's time to master Adobe Illustrator.

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