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Illustrator CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Welcome to One-on-One

Introduces the basic features of Illustrator CC: sizing and arranging artboards; accessing panels, menus, and tools; and creating your first illustrations with line art, shapes, and type.
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  1. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 38s
  2. 45m 15s
    1. A quick tour of using Illustrator
    2. Opening from the Windows 8 desktop (CC 2014)
      3m 23s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)
      3m 53s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      4m 27s
    5. Creating a new document
      5m 35s
    6. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    7. Modifying your document
      5m 40s
    8. Saving changes
      5m 27s
    9. Closing all open documents in Windows
      3m 46s
    10. Closing all open documents on the Mac
      4m 43s
    11. Using and hiding the Welcome screen (CC 2014)
      2m 52s
  3. 29m 35s
    1. Pages of any size, at any angle
    2. Moving and modifying artboards
      4m 33s
    3. Changing the size and shape of artboards
      3m 54s
    4. Creating and copying artboards
      5m 2s
    5. Introducing the Artboard panel
      7m 10s
    6. Autoarranging artboards
      3m 24s
    7. Artboards and rulers
      4m 35s
  4. 55m 15s
    1. Navigating your artwork
    2. The basics of the Illustrator interface
      4m 6s
    3. Macintosh interface differences
      3m 7s
    4. Zooming a document and its artboards
      5m 23s
    5. Honing in on a specific detail
      4m 40s
    6. Continuous animated zooming (Windows only) (CC 2014)
      5m 10s
    7. Scrolling (or panning) a document
      4m 28s
    8. Using the Page Up and Page Down keys
      2m 26s
    9. Navigating numerically and from a panel
      4m 32s
    10. Working with multiple open documents
      6m 7s
    11. Panels and workspaces
      8m 38s
    12. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 2s
  5. 53m 47s
    1. Now, we draw
    2. Meet the line tools
      2m 8s
    3. Creating basic ruler guides
      7m 44s
    4. Creating custom guidelines
      4m 15s
    5. Drawing a heart with the Arc tool
      4m 6s
    6. Adjusting control handles
      4m 35s
    7. Reflecting and completing a shape
      3m 13s
    8. Drawing a target with the Polar Grid tool
      4m 44s
    9. Pasting one shape inside another
      3m 57s
    10. Drawing an arrow with the Line tool
      6m 18s
    11. Rotating, filling, and stacking
      3m 37s
    12. Using the Spiral tool
      3m 29s
    13. Try your hand at tracing existing spirals
      5m 2s
  6. 1h 25m
    1. And now, we draw better
    2. Meet the shape tools
      2m 8s
    3. Using the Ellipse tool
      6m 33s
    4. Creating compound paths
      7m 5s
    5. Drawing a multipoint star
      7m 28s
    6. Adding and aligning a center point
      6m 58s
    7. Drawing rounded rectangles
      8m 14s
    8. Everything about dynamic round corners (CC 2014)
      9m 24s
    9. Aligning to a "split location"
      5m 27s
    10. Reflecting across an axis
      5m 29s
    11. Modifying the constraint axes
      6m 34s
    12. Turning a triangle into an arrowhead
      8m 28s
    13. Using the Flare tool
      6m 25s
    14. The top-secret tilde key trick
      4m 11s
  7. 45m 5s
    1. Autotracing in Illustrator
    2. Open an image to embed it
      3m 49s
    3. Place an image to create a dynamic link
      3m 45s
    4. Autotracing and resolution
      5m 44s
    5. Adjusting layer previews
      3m 3s
    6. Cleaning up with the Threshold option
      6m 43s
    7. More cleanup with the Noise option
      3m 34s
    8. Expanding and simplifying traced paths (CC 2014)
      6m 37s
    9. Flipping and fusing shapes
      5m 54s
    10. Scaling resolution-independent vectors
      5m 9s
  8. 45m 38s
    1. The realm of transformations
      1m 24s
    2. Creating a tracing template
      4m 50s
    3. Drawing a diamond with the Polygon tool
      3m 51s
    4. Dragging and duplicating
      2m 55s
    5. Using the Scale tool
      6m 50s
    6. Scaling along a constraint axis
      6m 11s
    7. Using the Rotate tool
      5m 6s
    8. Rotating and duplicating
      5m 52s
    9. Group, stack, and organize
      4m 6s
    10. Scaling with Scale Rectangle Corners, Scale Strokes & Effects, and Transform Each
      4m 33s
  9. 1h 36m
    1. The best tools for painting
      1m 12s
    2. Painting closed path outlines
      5m 49s
    3. Erasing and painting selected paths
      7m 8s
    4. Reassigning keyboard shortcuts
      4m 24s
    5. Painting in the Outline mode
      6m 5s
    6. Using the Shape Builder tool
      6m 16s
    7. Subtracting with the Shape Builder
      7m 7s
    8. Assigning colors with the Shape Builder
      7m 29s
    9. Reflecting across an angled axis
      6m 22s
    10. Cleaning up Shape Builder leftovers
      8m 34s
    11. Working in the Group Isolation mode
      9m 29s
    12. Establishing hierarchy with groups
      4m 44s
    13. Simulating beveled edges
      7m 34s
    14. Creating a network of interlocking paths
      6m 24s
    15. The new and vastly improved Pencil tool (CC 2014)
      8m 11s
  10. 1h 22m
    1. Text formatting at its best
    2. Creating page margins
      6m 1s
    3. Placing and flowing text
      5m 45s
    4. Selecting words and lines of type
      5m 34s
    5. Working with point text
      4m 53s
    6. Previewing and assigning fonts
      6m 2s
    7. Incrementally adjusting type size
      4m 8s
    8. Leading and paragraph indent
      6m 3s
    9. Pair kerning and tracking
      8m 1s
    10. Hanging indents and paragraph spacing
      4m 42s
    11. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      5m 11s
    12. Redefining paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    13. Using the Glyphs panel
      8m 34s
    14. Spell-checking your text
      4m 41s
    15. Converting point type to area and back
      5m 38s
  11. 1h 43m
    1. The tool that can draw anything
      1m 26s
    2. Drawing straight-sided paths
      6m 8s
    3. Activating and connecting open paths
      5m 7s
    4. Editing a path as you draw it
      4m 8s
    5. Inserting and removing anchor points
      5m 8s
    6. Faking simple spline curves
      6m 50s
    7. Adding curvature with Round Corners
      7m 23s
    8. Introducing control handles
      6m 5s
    9. Drawing a perfectly smooth outline
      8m 44s
    10. Path direction and Rubber Band preview
      6m 11s
    11. Tracing a free-form, curving path
      8m 18s
    12. Three ways to make a cusp point
      8m 40s
    13. Converting an existing anchor point
      5m 24s
    14. Drawing inside and behind other paths
      8m 2s
    15. Copying and repurposing segments
      8m 14s
    16. Copying and transforming entire layers
      7m 35s
  12. 49s
    1. Until next time

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Illustrator CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
Video Duration: 0s 10h 45m Beginner Updated Sep 24, 2014


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Learn to create elegant, optimized graphics with Adobe Illustrator and industry-pro Deke McClelland's patented One-on-One path to mastery—now updated for Illustrator Creative Cloud. This installment introduces the basic features of Illustrator CC: sizing and arranging artboards; accessing panels, menus, and tools; and creating your first illustrations with line art, shapes, and type. This includes manipulating paths with the Pen tool; painting, grouping, and coloring objects; and placing and adjusting text. Deke shows you how to select fonts, create hanging indents, and tweak the kerning and leading of your text. You'll also learn to trace images you've imported into Illustrator and scale, rotate, and duplicate artwork.

Deke will add new videos as new features for Illustrator CC are revealed, ensuring you'll always be up to date on the latest tools.

Topics include:
  • Creating new documents
  • Moving, modifying, and resizing artboards
  • Drawing with the line tools
  • Drawing geometric shapes
  • Auto-tracing an image
  • Rotating and duplicating objects
  • Grouping and stacking
  • Erasing and painting selected paths
  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • Reflecting across an angled axis
  • Placing and flowing text
  • Previewing and assigning fonts
  • Adjusting type size
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Using the Glyphs panel
  • Inserting and removing anchor points with the Pen tool

Welcome to One-on-One

(SOUND). Hi, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Illustrator One-on-One Fundamentals. Part one in a series of four video courses devoted to your ultimate mastery of the world's most powerful vector-based drawing software. Adobe Illustrator recently turned 25 years old. I began using the program when it first came out, back when I was 25 years old. I like to joke, that makes Illustrator and I about the same age.

But the truth is, I'm been using program, writing books about it and recording videos about it for more than half my life. Which is why I feel uniquely suited to make you this promise, give me your time and attention. And I'll mentor you through every facet of the software you need to know in the order you need to know it. No crowded classroom, and no scheduling conflicts. It's just you and me, one on one. Any time that is convenient for you to learn.

This course is devoted to project based learning, meaning you're going to make stuff. You'll create professional quality artwork from scratch using nothing more than a line and shape tools. You'll trace a piece of skin line arc and scale it to any size you like. You'll paint an elaborate mosaic design, again from scratch, using some of illustrator's simplest tools. You'll create a beautifully formatted text document, and you'll experience the unbridled power of the pen tool. The result is a contextualized learning program.

Illustrator's features will make sense because you'll apply them to a clearly defined task. And you'll leave each chapter with a sense of accomplishment. I really hope there are moments when you feel, I rule, I did this, and I can do more.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CC One-on-One: Fundamentals .

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Q: This course was updated on 09/24/2014. What changed?

A: 16 movies were updated to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Illustrator CC. Deke covers everything from rounding corners to using new scaling tools and working with the updated Pencil and Pen tools. Make sure to watch the revised movies (marked "UPDATED") to stay up to date.






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