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Draw Better and Faster with Illustrator CC
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Draw Better and Faster with Illustrator CC

with Deke McClelland

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Draw Better and Faster with Illustrator CC
1h 52m Appropriate for all Apr 02, 2014

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Illustrator CC does something that few updates to the program have done: It promises to change the fundamental way that you draw. Yes, there was the Pen tool in Illustrator 1, Pathfinder operations in Illustrator 5, and dynamic effects in Illustrator 9. But Illustrator CC changes the entire nature of the game. Deke's not exaggerating; the things he's about to show you are that big. Learn about the "new" Pencil tool, on-the-fly corner rounding, and freeform curve bending. 3 features in 3 short chapters that will change the way you see Illustrator. Then Deke shows how to combine them all in a real-world Illustrator project that proves his thesis: drawing has never been faster, better, or easier than this.

Topics include:
  • Drawing effortless arcs, paths, and lines with the Pen tool
  • Selectively and dynamically rounding corners
  • Drawing complex shapes with round corners
  • Bending segments with the Pen tool
  • Beveling and enhancing artwork
  • Drawing multiple lines at the same time
Subjects:
Design Illustration Drawing
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Deke McClelland

Welcome

Hey gang this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to this brief, but I hope insightful course, in which I show you how to draw not only better, but also faster in Illustrator CC. Up until now your primary method for drawing in Illustrator has been the pen tool. So you're routinely faced with the proposition of drawing thousands of points one careful anchor point at a time. Now we have Illustrator CC, which reduces your dependence on the pen tool in three important ways.

First, you can draw freeform outlines with the pencil tool. Not only can you draw fluid arcs with next to no effort, but you can trust the pencil to render results that are every bit as smooth as those that you're used to achieving with the pen. Second are the dynamic round corner controls. These permit you to round one or more corners anytime and to any degree you like. And because they work on a corner by corner basis, you can draw with them.

Third, Illustrator CC provides new ways to bend segments. The anchor point tool lets you bend straight segments thereby inventing control handles on the fly. Illustrator CC has changed the fundamental way that you draw. Give me a few minutes of your time and let me show you exactly how it works.

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