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Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen Tool
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Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen Tool

with Mordy Golding

Video: Welcome

Hi there! I am Mordy Golding and welcome to Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen tool. Illustrator has plenty of other drawing tools and functions that can help you draw artwork more quickly, more efficiently and more precisely, and that's what this course is all about. I'll begin by showing you how to think about artwork before you start drawing it. This advanced planning will give you a better idea about the tools that you'll use and the approach that you'll take to complete a drawing. Then you'll learn how to draw basic shapes and paths, the basis for just about any artwork.
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  1. 7m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. The evolution of vector drawing
      3m 46s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      27s
  2. 39m 2s
    1. Plotting points vs. drawing paths
      5m 36s
    2. Drawing artwork vs. building artwork
      7m 59s
    3. The keyboard shortcuts you HAVE to know
      8m 52s
    4. Groups and layers really do matter
      3m 11s
    5. Taming Smart Guides and the Bounding Box
      10m 53s
    6. Do you need a drawing tablet?
      2m 31s
  3. 47m 51s
    1. To sketch or not to sketch?
      2m 32s
    2. Setting up a template layer for your sketch
      3m 37s
    3. Optimizing default settings for drawing
      5m 27s
    4. Using the primitive shapes tools
      5m 7s
    5. Mastering the modifier keys
      2m 8s
    6. Mastering the transform tools
      6m 37s
    7. Creating curves with the Reshape tool
      6m 44s
    8. Using the Smooth tool
      3m 35s
    9. Using Simplify to create smooth paths
      3m 2s
    10. Recording an action for the Simplify command
      5m 2s
    11. Mirroring art for speed and accuracy
      4m 0s
  4. 50m 18s
    1. Deconstructing the Pathfinder panel
      1m 56s
    2. Using the Shape Modes functions
      12m 4s
    3. Using the Pathfinder functions
      13m 4s
    4. Understanding how compound shapes work
      11m 45s
    5. Understanding why compound shapes exist
      7m 32s
    6. Exploring additional Pathfinder options
      3m 57s
  5. 52m 51s
    1. Why Live Paint was created
      10m 45s
    2. Creating a Live Paint group
      4m 21s
    3. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      7m 8s
    4. Using Live Paint with open paths
      5m 6s
    5. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      3m 42s
    6. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      5m 34s
    7. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      6m 28s
    8. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 59s
    9. Understanding how Live Paint works
      6m 48s
  6. 27m 37s
    1. Why the Shape Builder tool was created
      4m 18s
    2. Focusing on the big three: Add, Subtract, and Divide
      2m 27s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool to add and subtract artwork
      9m 50s
    4. Using the Shape Builder to divide artwork
      3m 48s
    5. Building and coloring artwork at the same time
      3m 50s
    6. Using Gap Detection with the Shape Builder tool
      3m 24s
  7. 23m 2s
    1. Understanding how variable widths work
      8m 25s
    2. Modifying width points along a path
      7m 9s
    3. Saving time with width profiles
      5m 14s
    4. Turning variable width strokes into filled paths
      2m 14s
  8. 28m 21s
    1. Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ
      4m 41s
    2. Adjusting the behavior of the Pencil tool
      7m 5s
    3. Using the Path Eraser tool
      1m 17s
    4. Drawing with the Calligraphic Brush tool
      5m 43s
    5. Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
      5m 53s
    6. Using the Eraser tool
      3m 42s
  9. 3m 44s
    1. Looking at the VectorScribe plug-in
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 28s

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Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen Tool
4h 39m Intermediate Oct 06, 2011

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In this installment of the Illustrator Insider Training series, Mordy Golding shows how to draw vector artwork quickly, precisely, and efficiently—without having to think about technical concepts like anchor points or control handles. The course highlights intuitive drawing techniques using the Pathfinder functions, Live Paint groups, Shape Builder tool, and variable-width strokes. It also describes the sketching workflow and features in Illustrator that use pressure-sensitive drawing tablets, allowing designers to focus more on their creativity.

Topics include:
  • Drawing artwork versus building artwork
  • Sketching ideas on paper
  • Creating curves with the Reshape tool
  • Recording actions for speed and accuracy
  • Working with the Pathfinder functions
  • Understanding how Live Paint works
  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • Building and coloring artwork at the same time
  • Turning variable-width strokes into filled paths
  • Adjusting the behavior of the Pencil tool
  • Drawing with the Calligraphic brush
Subjects:
Design Illustration Drawing
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Welcome

Hi there! I am Mordy Golding and welcome to Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen tool. Illustrator has plenty of other drawing tools and functions that can help you draw artwork more quickly, more efficiently and more precisely, and that's what this course is all about. I'll begin by showing you how to think about artwork before you start drawing it. This advanced planning will give you a better idea about the tools that you'll use and the approach that you'll take to complete a drawing. Then you'll learn how to draw basic shapes and paths, the basis for just about any artwork.

Next, you'll explore the many ways to assemble artwork, turning basic shapes into more complex ones, using features like Pathfinder and the new Shape Builder tool that was added in Illustrator CS5. You'll also explore a powerful and often misunderstood feature called Live Paint. In addition you'll learn new ways for adding expressions to the paths that you create by modifying strokes with variable weights and thickness. Along the way I'll share tips, insights, and advice and how to get the most out of using Adobe Illustrator, just as I always do in the Illustrator Insider Training series.

So if you're ready to spend more time expressing creative ideas. join me and learn how to draw in Illustrator without using the Pen tool.

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