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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
The Pen Tool offers such extreme control that it's possible to position every anchor point and every control handle exactly where it needs to be, so you never need touch them again. But while it's possible you won't need to edit your artwork, it's highly improbable. The addition of a new path often forces you to reassess another one. You may decide to construct a complex path in pieces and then join them together. And there are things you can do after drawing a path that are simply easier and more fun when applied with tools other than the pen. Lots of things, which is why Illustrator lets you select and enhance your artwork.
On the selection front we'll see how to select through one shape to another, how to select a range of points with the Lasso tool, how to select related objects with the Magic Wand, how to select all segments in a path independently of their anchor points, and how to save selections for later use. Once we've selected precisely those parts of those paths we want to select, we can enhance them by adding center points, copying colors independently of their fill and stroke attributes, transforming paths from independent origin points, scaling and filtering individual segments, and merging a single stroke across multiple paths Illustrator's white arrow tool gives you a surgical level of control over the nipping, tucking, trimming and ultimate reconstruction of any path in your illustration, an illustration barely alive. You can rebuild it.
You have the technology. You have the capability to make it better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. That's right, your illustration will actually run and beat up criminals. Okay. That's just silly. Here let me show you.
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