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In this installment of the Illustrator Insider Training series, Mordy Golding shows how to draw vector artwork quickly, precisely, and efficiently—without having to think about technical concepts like anchor points or control handles. The course highlights intuitive drawing techniques using the Pathfinder functions, Live Paint groups, Shape Builder tool, and variable-width strokes. It also describes the sketching workflow and features in Illustrator that use pressure-sensitive drawing tablets, allowing designers to focus more on their creativity.
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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