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Getting the most out of this training

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Seeing Through Transparency

Video: Getting the most out of this training

I've structured this series of courses based on years of teaching Illustrator to many different kinds of people, from newcomers to experts. The topics aren't haphazardly grouped together. Rather each lesson and each chapter builds on the previous one. The best way to follow this course is to watch the movies in order chapter by chapter. Try to resist jumping around from movie to movie. Although you may pick up a few useful tips and tricks if you do jump around, you'll ultimately miss out on what this training aims to give you: a total understanding of how and why the tips and tricks work.

Getting the most out of this training

I've structured this series of courses based on years of teaching Illustrator to many different kinds of people, from newcomers to experts. The topics aren't haphazardly grouped together. Rather each lesson and each chapter builds on the previous one. The best way to follow this course is to watch the movies in order chapter by chapter. Try to resist jumping around from movie to movie. Although you may pick up a few useful tips and tricks if you do jump around, you'll ultimately miss out on what this training aims to give you: a total understanding of how and why the tips and tricks work.

Now, the goal of this training is not to teach you how to add glows or drop shadows or create shiny buttons with reflections. Instead it's my hope that you'll come to understand the concepts behind the techniques so that you can come up with your own solution to the creative issues that you face everyday. Oh and one more thing. To help reinforce your learning throughout the course and to also help you focus on the important concepts that you've been learning, I've created a simple worksheet which you can download as a free Exercise File. You can either print out the worksheet or fill it out on your computer.

Now, keep the worksheet handy as you watch each video and as you learn new concepts, fill in the answers. Throughout the training, these important concepts will be highlighted on the screen to help you out. There is also plenty of space on the worksheet where you can take your own notes or jot down questions that you might have. So if you haven't already done so, go ahead and download the worksheet now.

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  1. 7m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. The history of vector transparency
      4m 2s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      26s
  2. 6m 21s
    1. Transparency living in a world of PostScript
      2m 56s
    2. Transparency...it's everywhere
      2m 13s
    3. Transparency across Adobe applications
      1m 12s
  3. 42m 20s
    1. Deconstructing the Transparency panel
      7m 48s
    2. Adding transparency to gradients
      4m 59s
    3. Using the Isolate Blending setting
      5m 20s
    4. Understanding how overprints and knockouts work
      6m 26s
    5. Using the Knockout Group setting
      6m 47s
    6. Using the Knockout Group setting without a group
      6m 2s
    7. Understanding the Opacity & Mask Define Knockout Shape setting
      4m 58s
  4. 36m 26s
    1. What is an opacity mask?
      3m 37s
    2. Learning from channels in Photoshop
      7m 20s
    3. Creating an opacity mask
      6m 44s
    4. Editing an opacity mask
      5m 31s
    5. Using a gradient as an opacity mask
      4m 44s
    6. Using image pixels as an opacity mask
      4m 4s
    7. Using a complex appearance as an opacity mask
      4m 26s
  5. 53m 30s
    1. Understanding transparency flattening
      5m 58s
    2. Learning the two rules of flattening
      8m 1s
    3. Understanding the concept of complex regions
      7m 47s
    4. Exploring the Transparency Flattener options
      11m 44s
    5. The relationship between flattening and stacking order
      8m 22s
    6. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      8m 3s
    7. Creating and sharing flattener presets
      3m 35s
  6. 24m 37s
    1. Working with PostScript (EPS) files
      7m 22s
    2. Placing Illustrator files into InDesign layouts
      3m 59s
    3. Copying graphics from Illustrator
      2m 41s
    4. Saving PDF files
      4m 41s
    5. Using the PDF/X standards
      4m 36s
    6. Printing files from Illustrator
      1m 18s
  7. 34s
    1. Next steps
      34s

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