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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.
The Pen tool offers such extreme control that it's possible to position all points and handles exactly where they need to be, so you never need touch them again. Well, 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. Which is why Illustrator lets you select and enhance your artwork.
On the selection front, we will 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 you have selected precisely those parts or those paths that you want to select, you can enhance them by adding center points, copying colors independently of their fill and stroke attributes, transforming paths from independent origin points, scaling and sculpting 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. You and the Pen tool, you will sometimes make mistakes. You and the White Arrow, you will always make it right.
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