Viewers: in countries Watching now:
Knowing the fundamentals of drawing and reshaping paths is only part of the story. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second of the popular One-on-One series, computer graphics expert Deke McClelland covers some of Illustrator's most powerful and least understood features. He shows how to merge simple shapes to create complex ones with the Pathfinder palette, as well as align paths to create schematic illustrations. Deke explains how to paint fluid, multicolor fills with blends, and the new and improved gradient tool. He explores seamlessly repeating tile patterns, blobs and brushes, and imported images. He also dives into one of the deepest features in all of Illustrator, transparency. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Recommended prerequisite: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.
Always smooth, forever precise, never varying in width, the PostScript stroke is a draftsman's dream. But if your goal is to create traditional style artwork , the uniform weight of the stroke is downright inhuman. Like a key on an old-fashioned synthesizer it produces a steady tone utterly immune to artistic expression. Adobe invented the fixed width stroke, so it's only fitting that Illustrator provides a way to escape it. The program's Brushes palette lets you apply a calligraphic stroke that fluctuates in response to such variables as stylus pressure and path direcction.
Then there's the pressure insensitive Art Brush, which stretches a collection of shapes along the length of a path. The result is an entirely new class of graphics that you can bend and distort merely by manipulating a central spine. Then there's the new Blob Brush, which doesn't draw strokes at all. It draws filled paths that glom together based on their shared attributes. Combine it with Illustrator's erase and you have everything you need to sketch out your ideas without the hassle of laying down anchor points and control handles.
Calligraphic strokes, blobs, and art brushes. They're Illustrator's way of simulating natural media in a vector-based environment.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced .
Here are the FAQs that matched your search "" :
Sorry, there are no matches for your search "" —to search again, type in another word or phrase and click search.
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.