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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.
In addition to solid colors and gradients Illustrator offers a third fill option, tile patterns. A tile pattern is a rectangular container that repeats over and over again across the course of a shape. And unlike gradients, tiles are applicable to fills and strokes. Technically they're not hard to make. But making them repeat seamlessly, that's another matter. It takes a reasoned and deliberate approach to ensure that each and every aspect of the tile blends seamlessly into the next tile. Which is why I offer this chapter.
We'll create a classic Arabian hook and star pattern from scratch, one segment at a time. If you groove on structure and symmetry, you're going to love these movies. They go from the sublime to the ridiculous, right back to the sublime. Oh wait, all my stuff does that.
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