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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this chapter I'm going to show you how to open and organize your illustrations inside not one, but two programs. One is Illustrator CS4 of course; the other is the Adobe Bridge. Included with every copy of Illustrator, whether you buy it alone or as a part of the Creative Suite, the Bridge is a full-blown digital asset manager. By which I mean it allows you to preview an illustration, page through its artboards, and collect files from different folders. Plus you can ensure proper file type associations so that illustrations open in Illustrator, photos open in Photoshop and so on.
It's like your computer desktop. It's a more visual, more powerful, and once you get to know it, easier to use. The Bridge is an amazing tool for art directors. But I consider just as essential for artists and designers of all stripes, by which I mean you.
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