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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
The Appearance panel works a lot like the Layers panel, except instead of stacking objects on top of each other, you stack Dynamic Attributes, starting with fills and strokes, and as many fills and strokes as you like. The fills may include solid colors, gradients, or tile patterns set to different Opacity values, or Blend modes, which is true for the strokes as well. But, the strokes may also include brushes, dashes, and arrowheads.
This train track isn't a bunch of path outlines; it's a single path with a bunch of dashed strokes heaped on top of it. This bedrock and grass are tile patterns stacked below the other attributes, and this top view of the locomotive is nothing more than a collection of strokes--including an arrowhead for the cowcatcher--applied to a single straight line. Edit that one path outline, and all its fills and strokes move along with it. This is Illustrator at its dynamic best.
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