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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
Working with type is a basic concept, which is why I covered it in the Fundamentals part of this series. But basic does not mean base. As with everything, Illustrator approaches type not so much as letters that make up words but as characters and ornaments that make up finished pieces of artwork. You can create single lines of point text and flow text from frame to another, but in addition to the usual formatting attributes, Illustrator gives you such exacting controls as optical kerning, global OpenType support and the extraordinarily useful Glyphs palette.
I do not think there is anything more satisfying than typing one slash three and watching it turn into the built fraction 1/3. I know, I need to get out more. And when you are finished with this chapter, you will too. Whether text is a support element in your document or the main ingredient, Illustrator knows your type.
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