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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive Illustrator One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland shows how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS5. Deke explores Illustrator’s powerful Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects. He also covers graphic styles, the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, the new Bristle Brushes, 3D text, and perspective drawing. Exercise files accompany the course.
Once upon a time Illustrator was all about three things, the vector-based path outline, the fill and the stroke. That was it. Oh sure there were the Type and Transform tools, but seriously if I had to document Illustrator 1.0 on a dare, I can do it in 10 movies, easy. Now look at the program. It's like Gulliver with a million lilliputians trying to nail it down. Remember with the strings in the stuff, only now we're the lilliputians, the little people and we are trying to rein Illustrator in and you know what, I think we did it.
I think we managed to relegate this monster. It's peaceful, it's happy, it's ready to help out which is great because once you tame a monster, it's all yours. It's still a monster mind you, out there raging in stuff, but it's your monster against the world. So here's hoping you feel like Illustrator is your personal 120 foot bodyguard. After several hundred movies, I reckon you deserve the 24-hour of vector-based surveillance that this powerhouse program provides. And incidentally, if you enjoyed the perspective in 3D chapters, you're going to be all over my Photoshop CS5 Extended 3D courses, four of them in all and if you want to keep up on the latest tips and tricks, tune in to Deke's Techniques, my once a week videos on Illustrator, Photoshop and more.
In the meantime, on behalf of lynda.com, this is Deke McClelland saying you rock my friend and hopefully, sometime very soon, I'll see ya.
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