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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.
(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.
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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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