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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Hello! My name is Mordy Golding and welcome to Illustrator CS5 Essential Training! Having once been the Product Manager for Illustrator over at Adobe and having used and taught Illustrator for over 20 years, I've learned that there are so many ways to use Adobe Illustrator. So, in this title, I'll focus on teaching you how to understand how Illustrator works and how it thinks, providing you with the knowledge that you'll need to get started creating artwork with Illustrator CS5.
I'll begin with basic concepts like creating and working with documents. Then I'll teach you how to draw and build shapes, covering things like use of color and special effects along the way. I'll show you how you can work with images alongside of your vector artwork and how you can apply useful distortion like blends and perspective. I'll also spend time sharing tips and tricks that the pros use, things like keyboard shortcuts and production secrets, so that you can increase your efficiency and become more comfortable with this powerful graphics application.
By the time we're done, you'll have all the skills that you'll need to perform virtually any task with Illustrator CS5. So, what are we waiting for? Let's get started!
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