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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Learning Adobe Illustrator is a constant on going process. Hey, I have been using Illustrator for many, many years, and I'm still learning new things everyday. If you want additional resources, if you have to learn more about Illustrator, here are a few suggestions. First of all, head over to the Online Training Library at lynda.com. There are new titles coming up all the time from myself, Deke McClelland and others. I also have a blog where I cover lots of tips and tricks about Illustrator. Go to your Web browser and type in rwillustrator.blogspot.com. There you will find lots of great information and if you look on the right side here, there are popup menus that bring you to some other posts that I have created. In fact, there's even an Ask Mordy section where if you have some questions, please feel free to contact me. Again, the address here is rwIllustrator.blogspot.com. In fact, rw stands for real world.
I'm currently the author of the Real World Illustrator book, published by Peachpit Press. So you can look for that title in your favorite bookstore. Going back into Illustrator itself though, Adobe has added a really cool new feature inside of Illustrator CS4 called Adobe Community Help. If you look at the application bar right over here next to the workspace switcher is a little field here. It's a search field and you can actually type in information, something that you would like find about Illustrator. For example, let's say you want to know how to create graphs. So I type in here graphs, when I hit Return, Illustrator actually goes out on to the Web and performs a search.
What's great about this search functionality is that Adobe will point you not only to Adobe content, but also to content that has been created by the overall Adobe Illustrator community. What's great about Community Help though is that it's not only on Illustrator, you can also search on other Adobe products. For example, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash and so on. Finally, Adobe maintains a great user to user forum on their website. You can access it directly by going to adobeforums.com or just clicking over here, Communities and then where it says By Resource, choose Forums. Scroll down to where it says Illustrator and then choose Macintosh or Windows, whatever your preference is. While these forums aren't really moderated, you can still get great information from other people who use Illustrator.
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