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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Welcome to Illustrator CS5 One-on-One

An exploration of Adobe’s vector graphics program.
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  1. 39m 18s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS5 One-on-One
      2m 27s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 48s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. Embedded Profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Managing artboards
      1m 20s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 49s
    3. Creating a new document
      7m 13s
    4. Advanced document controls
      6m 52s
    5. Saving a custom New Document profile
      8m 20s
    6. Modifying a document and its setup
      5m 5s
    7. Changing the size and shape of an artboard
      5m 39s
    8. Hidden artboard editing techniques
      6m 12s
    9. Exiting and entering the Artboard mode
      3m 33s
    10. Using the new Artboards panel
      5m 20s
    11. Auto-arranging artboards
      3m 42s
    12. Rulers and artboards
      6m 40s
    13. Saving a native AI document
      7m 25s
    14. Closing all open documents
      2m 46s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Getting around artwork
    2. Zooming a document and its artboards
      7m 14s
    3. Using tools to zoom and pan
      5m 56s
    4. Navigating numerically and from a panel
      7m 27s
    5. Using the Page Up and Page Down keys
      3m 19s
    6. Scroll wheel tricks
      2m 13s
    7. The tabbed-window interface
      6m 17s
    8. Closing all but one document
      3m 30s
    9. Displaying and organizing panels
      5m 50s
    10. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 57s
    11. Hiding the bounding box
      4m 27s
    12. Keyboard increments
      7m 15s
    13. Type, units, and scratch disks
      6m 28s
    14. User interface and "rich black"
      4m 31s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 21s
  4. 1h 4m
    1. Illustrator's partner, Adobe Bridge
    2. Opening a document
      5m 2s
    3. Adding copyright and metadata information
      5m 10s
    4. Scaling your artwork for Bridge
      6m 20s
    5. Aligning artwork to the artboards
      5m 21s
    6. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      6m 6s
    7. File-type associations
      4m 3s
    8. Navigating folders and using the Path bar
      5m 55s
    9. Previewing and collecting
      8m 17s
    10. Customizing the Bridge workspace
      5m 22s
    11. Thumbnails and star ratings
      6m 2s
    12. Filtering images and the Compact view
      5m 53s
  5. 1h 47m
    1. Everything is anything
      1m 14s
    2. Meet the line tools
      3m 30s
    3. Introducing the Layers panel
      7m 3s
    4. Saving large layer previews
      5m 50s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 31s
    6. Duplicating and positioning guides
      7m 35s
    7. Creating a heart using arcs
      3m 51s
    8. Adjusting control handles
      4m 13s
    9. Joining multiple paths at once
      3m 34s
    10. Reflecting across a vertical axis
      5m 4s
    11. Drawing a target with the Polar Grid tool
      6m 11s
    12. Pasting one drawing inside another
      5m 4s
    13. Drawing a line segment
      4m 51s
    14. Constrain, Clone, and Distribute
      5m 34s
    15. Reflecting across a horizontal axis
      5m 13s
    16. Rotate, Fill, and Stack
      4m 37s
    17. Using the Artboard Options dialog box
      5m 2s
    18. Drawing a looping spiral
      4m 41s
    19. Establishing a set of tracing objects
      3m 24s
    20. Tracing a template layer
      5m 1s
    21. Converting a curved path into a guide
      6m 50s
    22. Selecting similar objects
      3m 32s
  6. 1h 29m
    1. The anatomy of a path
      1m 42s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 32s
    3. Creating a full-blown tracing layer
      5m 23s
    4. Using the Ellipse and Scale tools
      7m 8s
    5. The Preview and Outline modes
      3m 20s
    6. Creating a compound path
      4m 29s
    7. Drawing a multi-point star
      5m 7s
    8. Creating and previewing a sublayer
      4m 1s
    9. Adding and using a center point
      5m 33s
    10. Drawing rounded rectangles
      3m 28s
    11. Using Move to "split the difference"
      6m 17s
    12. Aligning to a key object
      3m 48s
    13. The constraint axes
      4m 11s
    14. The Polygon tool and the Add Anchor Points command
      4m 42s
    15. Positioning points with the Scale tool
      4m 12s
    16. Previewing artwork on a non-white page
      4m 10s
    17. Solving strange blending problems
      4m 2s
    18. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 19s
    19. Using the Flare tool
      5m 33s
    20. The top-secret tilde key trick
      3m 46s
  7. 1h 48m
    1. Painting artwork from life
      1m 21s
    2. Tracing a photograph
      2m 41s
    3. Placing a photographic template
      6m 28s
    4. Draw, Move, and Duplicate
      5m 27s
    5. Scaling along the constraint axes
      5m 8s
    6. Rotating and duplicating
      6m 1s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      5m 7s
    8. Pressure-sensitive input
      4m 24s
    9. Alternating Blob Brush and Eraser
      6m 7s
    10. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 57s
    11. Cleaning up Shape Builder leftovers
      7m 8s
    12. Subtracting with the Shape Builder
      6m 28s
    13. Coloring with the Shape Builder
      5m 52s
    14. Reflecting across an angled axis
      8m 26s
    15. Finishing a symmetrical design
      6m 52s
    16. Establishing design groups
      5m 54s
    17. When to rotate vs. reflect
      4m 55s
    18. Simulating beveled edges
      6m 46s
    19. Removing overlapping segments
      8m 23s
  8. 2h 33m
    1. The Three S's of Illustrator
      1m 6s
    2. Making a new window into a document
      4m 56s
    3. Assigning colors to fill and stroke
      6m 29s
    4. The Document Color mode
      6m 20s
    5. The Hide and Show commands
      3m 9s
    6. Introducing the Stroke panel
      4m 46s
    7. Cap, Join, and Miter Limit
      6m 42s
    8. Saving and reverting multiple views
      4m 5s
    9. Filling open paths, None, and Swap
      6m 30s
    10. Lifting a color and creating a swatch
      5m 30s
    11. Managing color swatches
      4m 55s
    12. Assigning a swatch with the Eyedropper
      6m 12s
    13. Filling paths inside groups
      6m 24s
    14. Adjusting the stacking order
      7m 44s
    15. Paste in Front and Paste in Back
      3m 54s
    16. Working in the Group Isolation mode
      7m 29s
    17. Trapping colors with rich blacks
      7m 32s
    18. Combining multiple fills
      5m 29s
    19. Creating a tile pattern
      9m 2s
    20. Aligning dashes to endpoints and corners
      6m 22s
    21. Defining a two-stroke dot pattern
      3m 26s
    22. The new CS5 arrowheads
      5m 44s
    23. Creating a callout line
      7m 1s
    24. Varying line weight with the Width tool
      7m 36s
    25. Width tool tips and tricks
      8m 47s
    26. Saving a variable-width profile
      6m 23s
  9. 2h 27m
    1. Next-generation text
      1m 19s
    2. Making a margin guide
      5m 7s
    3. Offsetting flush-left text
      4m 47s
    4. Moving and duplicating guides
      6m 23s
    5. Placing and threading text
      6m 19s
    6. Selecting words and lines of text
      6m 35s
    7. Working with point text
      7m 10s
    8. Tips for previewing and assigning fonts
      4m 7s
    9. Incrementally adjusting type size
      5m 49s
    10. Leading a paragraph indent
      5m 6s
    11. Pair kerning and tracking
      7m 2s
    12. Laying down base formatting attributes
      4m 59s
    13. Hanging indent and paragraph spacing
      3m 52s
    14. Creating a paragraph style
      5m 8s
    15. Redefining paragraph styles
      6m 42s
    16. Using the Glyphs panel
      6m 41s
    17. Spell-checking text
      4m 24s
    18. The stuff Check Spelling doesn't catch
      3m 24s
    19. Copying and applying a graphic style
      4m 42s
    20. Selecting through text objects
      6m 59s
    21. Offset Path and Scribble effects
      5m 46s
    22. Updating a graphic style
      5m 43s
    23. Creating type on a path
      7m 26s
    24. Attaching type to a closed path
      6m 5s
    25. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 19s
    26. Tracking and kerning border elements
      8m 21s
    27. Filling and duplicating a border
      3m 28s
  10. 2h 44m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 0s
    2. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 53s
    3. Moving and deleting points
      7m 46s
    4. Editing a path as you go
      7m 5s
    5. Switching arrow tools on the fly
      4m 27s
    6. Dragging, nudging, and marqueeing
      4m 28s
    7. Faking a spline curve
      5m 54s
    8. Adding corners to a spline
      7m 15s
    9. Introducing Bézier curves
      8m 9s
    10. Drawing perfect smooth points
      9m 24s
    11. How control handles work
      10m 17s
    12. Tracing a smooth path outline
      9m 52s
    13. Connecting smooth and cusp points
      5m 22s
    14. Combining different varieties of points
      9m 14s
    15. Finessing points and segments
      5m 32s
    16. Aligning open paths
      5m 38s
    17. Splitting and joining paths
      8m 51s
    18. Converting a spline curve to Bézier
      10m 9s
    19. Cusp points and miter limits
      6m 45s
    20. Using the Convert Point tool
      4m 42s
    21. Drawing one path inside another
      4m 20s
    22. Stacking clipped paths
      4m 28s
    23. Copying and repurposing segments
      9m 57s
    24. Grabbing and transforming a whole layer
      7m 14s
  11. 2h 11m
    1. Building art upon art upon art
      1m 34s
    2. Introducing Pathfinder operations
      6m 35s
    3. Unite closed, join open
      4m 46s
    4. Creating a dynamic compound shape
      4m 50s
    5. Switching shape modes
      4m 43s
    6. Adding to a compound shape
      5m 32s
    7. Creating a static compound path
      4m 14s
    8. Comparing compound shapes with compound paths
      5m 3s
    9. Drawing limbs with the Line tool
      6m 20s
    10. Establishing hierarchical strokes
      5m 24s
    11. Filling "elbow gaps" and tapering limbs
      7m 17s
    12. Outline Stroke and Unite
      3m 37s
    13. Making a guide in the shape of a tree
      6m 16s
    14. The Blob Brush goes organic
      7m 5s
    15. Painting in the foliage
      5m 23s
    16. Filling in and erasing away
      6m 31s
    17. Painting more precise holes
      5m 17s
    18. Adding in rough edges
      7m 54s
    19. Contouring roots and limbs
      8m 56s
    20. Filling in the limbs
      4m 19s
    21. Uniting a compound silhouette
      6m 55s
    22. Using the Divide operation
      5m 46s
    23. Creating nested compound shapes
      7m 22s
  12. 2h 3m
    1. The pleasures of printing
    2. Working with specialty fonts and effects
      6m 54s
    3. Converting type to outlines
      8m 55s
    4. Linking and embedding images
      8m 6s
    5. Setting trim size and bleed
      6m 22s
    6. Stroking a placed image
      4m 54s
    7. Filling in your bleeds
      5m 34s
    8. Assigning automatic crop marks
      8m 32s
    9. Spot color and Separation Preview
      5m 7s
    10. Troubleshooting weak blacks
      6m 36s
    11. The General Print options
      5m 20s
    12. Placement, scale, and tiling
      6m 39s
    13. Trim and printer marks
      6m 23s
    14. PostScript-only output options
      6m 43s
    15. The obscure Graphics options
      6m 2s
    16. Managing the CMYK conversion process
      8m 16s
    17. Predicting how colors will print
      2m 48s
    18. Managing the RGB conversion process
      6m 10s
    19. Overprint and Transparency Flattener
      7m 35s
    20. Warnings and document raster
      5m 21s
  13. 1h 51m
    1. Illustrator goes international
      1m 2s
    2. Saving a PDF-compatible AI file
      6m 52s
    3. Saving a PDF file with printer marks
      6m 49s
    4. Saving an illustration for the web
      8m 31s
    5. Aligning paths to the pixel grid
      5m 55s
    6. Making better type for the web
      8m 23s
    7. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      7m 41s
    8. The artwork anti-aliasing options
      6m 32s
    9. Optimizing a low-color graphic
      6m 11s
    10. Saving a high-contrast GIF
      7m 18s
    11. The versatile PNG format
      6m 33s
    12. Saving a full-color PNG
      4m 47s
    13. Saving a scalable SWF graphic
      5m 40s
    14. Rasterizing AI files in Photoshop
      6m 46s
    15. Placing an AI Smart Object
      7m 38s
    16. Exporting to Photoshop layers
      7m 35s
    17. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 19s
  14. 1m 33s
    1. Until next time
      1m 33s

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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Illustrator is the gold-standard vector graphics program that is deep and complex. Fortunately, nobody knows the software like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable features as artboards, layers, line art, transformations, and the Pen tool. Gain expertise with real-world projects that makes sense. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating great art using basic tools
  • Brushing and building organic artwork
  • Scaling and rotating path outlines
  • Creating and formatting text
  • Drawing articulated paths with the Pen tool
  • Combining paths with Pathfinder operations
  • Printing and exporting to the web

Welcome to Illustrator CS5 One-on-One

I am Deke McClelland. Hello and welcome to Illustrator CS5 One-on-One. My cradle to grave, everything you need to know, series on Adobe Illustrator, including all new project files and exercises. As the name One-on-One implies, I walk you through Illustrator as if I were teaching it to you in a classroom or corporate consulting environment, except that instead of getting lost in a crowd of students, you will receive my individualized attention. It's just you and me, One-on-One.

Illustrator is an enormous, endlessly powerful application and there's a lot to know. Fortunately, it's all infinitely knowable stuff, as long as you learn it in a right order and at the right pace, which is why I've broken Illustrator CS5 One-on-One into three parts. In this, Part 1, Fundamentals, I'll introduce you to the essential topics, the stuff that everyone needs to know. I'll start by showing you how to make a new document and work with multiple artboards. You'll see how to manage your illustrations and other assets in the Adobe Bridge.

I'll show you how to draw line art and work with the Geometric Shape tools, which make quick work of creating simple, but elegant designs. In Chapter 6, Paint, Build, and Transform, we'll create a photo accurate piece of artwork from scratch. Then I'll demonstrate Illustrator CS5's new stroking options. I'll show you the drawing feature that first put Illustrator on the map - the Pen tool. We'll see how to combine simple paths to create more complex ones, using Pathfinder operations.

And we'll wrap things up with a look at printing and exporting graphics to the Web. If that sounds like a lot, it is, but it's just the first blossom of Illustrator's captivating garden of features. In later parts, I'll lead you into the advanced topics, the ones that are most likely to expand your creative range in the shortest amount of time. By the end, you'll have seen everything Illustrator has to offer. This is no tips-and-tricks course. I'm going to make sure you understand how Illustrator works and how you work with it.

One-on-One is your chance to go from 0 to 60 in one big overarching and consistently presented series, one easy to ingest movie at a time. This is Adobe Illustrator at its best!

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals .

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Q: I was not able to locate my saved shortcuts and cannot locate the folder I created to place the preferences into. The Illustrator steps are clear and using the search function I should be able to find the folder, but it cannot be located. How can I find the shortcuts file on a Mac?
A: To search for the shortcuts file on a Mac, press Cmd+F. Then change the option that says "Kind" in the top-left corner to System Files by choosing "Other" and selecting "System Files" from the menu.

Then change the next option to "Are Included." Search for "KYS." The search should find any files that were installed.

Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/en_US

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."





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