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Getting the most out of this training

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen Tool

Video: Getting the most out of this training

I have 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 have 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 every day. Oh, and one more thing. To help reinforce your learning throughout the course, and to so also help you focus on the important concepts that you'll be 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 in 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 are 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 21s
    2. The evolution of vector drawing
      3m 46s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      27s
  2. 39m 2s
    1. Plotting points vs. drawing paths
      5m 36s
    2. Drawing artwork vs. building artwork
      7m 59s
    3. The keyboard shortcuts you HAVE to know
      8m 52s
    4. Groups and layers really do matter
      3m 11s
    5. Taming Smart Guides and the Bounding Box
      10m 53s
    6. Do you need a drawing tablet?
      2m 31s
  3. 47m 51s
    1. To sketch or not to sketch?
      2m 32s
    2. Setting up a template layer for your sketch
      3m 37s
    3. Optimizing default settings for drawing
      5m 27s
    4. Using the primitive shapes tools
      5m 7s
    5. Mastering the modifier keys
      2m 8s
    6. Mastering the transform tools
      6m 37s
    7. Creating curves with the Reshape tool
      6m 44s
    8. Using the Smooth tool
      3m 35s
    9. Using Simplify to create smooth paths
      3m 2s
    10. Recording an action for the Simplify command
      5m 2s
    11. Mirroring art for speed and accuracy
      4m 0s
  4. 50m 18s
    1. Deconstructing the Pathfinder panel
      1m 56s
    2. Using the Shape Modes functions
      12m 4s
    3. Using the Pathfinder functions
      13m 4s
    4. Understanding how compound shapes work
      11m 45s
    5. Understanding why compound shapes exist
      7m 32s
    6. Exploring additional Pathfinder options
      3m 57s
  5. 52m 51s
    1. Why Live Paint was created
      10m 45s
    2. Creating a Live Paint group
      4m 21s
    3. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      7m 8s
    4. Using Live Paint with open paths
      5m 6s
    5. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      3m 42s
    6. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      5m 34s
    7. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      6m 28s
    8. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 59s
    9. Understanding how Live Paint works
      6m 48s
  6. 27m 37s
    1. Why the Shape Builder tool was created
      4m 18s
    2. Focusing on the big three: Add, Subtract, and Divide
      2m 27s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool to add and subtract artwork
      9m 50s
    4. Using the Shape Builder to divide artwork
      3m 48s
    5. Building and coloring artwork at the same time
      3m 50s
    6. Using Gap Detection with the Shape Builder tool
      3m 24s
  7. 23m 2s
    1. Understanding how variable widths work
      8m 25s
    2. Modifying width points along a path
      7m 9s
    3. Saving time with width profiles
      5m 14s
    4. Turning variable width strokes into filled paths
      2m 14s
  8. 28m 21s
    1. Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ
      4m 41s
    2. Adjusting the behavior of the Pencil tool
      7m 5s
    3. Using the Path Eraser tool
      1m 17s
    4. Drawing with the Calligraphic Brush tool
      5m 43s
    5. Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
      5m 53s
    6. Using the Eraser tool
      3m 42s
  9. 3m 44s
    1. Looking at the VectorScribe plug-in
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 28s

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