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Mordy Golding demonstrates how to be more productive, efficient, and creative by taking advantage of Adobe Illustrator to create pixel-perfect web graphics and interactive Flash content. Illustrator CS4 for the Web investigates the pros and cons of pixel- and vector-based web graphics, demonstrates efficient workflows, and explores the creative options available in Illustrator. Mordy also covers design techniques, such as creating typography that works well on screen, adding reflections, and making Flash animations. He discusses new Illustrator CS4 features, including using multiple artboards, bringing art into Dreamweaver, and utilizing Flash Catalyst. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you are looking for inspiration about what colors to use for your web graphics, you might look towards Kuler. If you are not familiar with Kuler already, it's an online community that Adobe created to allow designers to share inspiration around color, and with Illustrator CS4 you can access Kuler directly from the application. Go over to your Window menu, choose Extensions, and then choose Kuler. That brings up the Kuler panel. Immediately, you will see a list here of the highest rated colors that are now currently existing inside of the Kuler website. By clicking on this bar over here, you can browse through Most Popular colors and the Newest colors that are now added to Kuler as well.
You can also perform specific searches for colors. For example, let's say you are doing some kind of piece of artwork around football. You could simply come over here to the Search area, type in football, and any color themes that are created inside of Kuler around that particular theme are returned to you in this list. Now, here's the great thing about working with colors that you find inside of Kuler. For example, let's say I really like this one here called Steelers. If I now want to use that inside of Illustrator, take a look at my Swatches panel, I could simply click on this button right down here called Add Selected Theme to Swatches. With one click of a button I now see that that particular collection of colors have been added to my Swatches panel inside of Illustrator.
For even more functionality around Kuler you might want to check out the Kuler website, which is available at kuler. adobe.com. In fact, one of the things that I love most about Kuler is the ability to go to the Create Tab here and click on From an Image. This allows you pull out a palette of colors directly from any image that you upload. For more information and instruction about all the wonderful things that you can do inside of Kuler, check out one of my other titles here at lynda.com called Kuler Essential Training. Not only will you come up with some great colors to work with, you will also have a really fun time doing it.
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