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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
All right in this chapter I'm going to show you how to fill paths and stroke paths and color paths, by which I mean: fill, that's the inside of the path; stroke; that's the outline; and color, that's color. There's some pretty amazing, really essential stuff here, Color theory, RGB versus CMYK, drag-and-drop swatches, paste in back, paste in front, groups inside groups, joins, caps, dashes and pattern fills. Here's how it all works.
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