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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.
In this chapter, I'll show you how to establish some performance-enhancing preferences, upgrade the Color Settings across the entire Creative Suite, customize the interface and save your workspace. I'll also show you how to zoom in on key details, zoom out to take in the entire illustration and pan from one area to another using a variety of hidden techniques. It's all about coming to terms with Illustrator, so that you can work inside the program with maximum efficiency and minimum frustration. Here is how to make Illustrator do what you want it to do.
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