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Illustrator CC does something that few updates to the program have done: It promises to change the fundamental way that you draw. Yes, there was the Pen tool in Illustrator 1, Pathfinder operations in Illustrator 5, and dynamic effects in Illustrator 9. But Illustrator CC changes the entire nature of the game. Deke's not exaggerating; the things he's about to show you are that big. Learn about the "new" Pencil tool, on-the-fly corner rounding, and freeform curve bending. 3 features in 3 short chapters that will change the way you see Illustrator. Then Deke shows how to combine them all in a real-world Illustrator project that proves his thesis: drawing has never been faster, better, or easier than this.
There you have it folks, a truly transformative Illustrator experience. Try these various techniques on your own projects, and see if they don't improve the quality of your artwork as well as your overall creative moral. If this whets your appetite for more Illustrator training, check out my One-on-One series for Illustrator CC. It consists of four courses, Fundamentals, Intermediate, Advanced, and Mastery, in that order. My advice, watch some of the Fundamentals course, and then jump in on the later courses where they best fit your needs.
And remember, both my weekly series Deke's Techniques, and my bi-monthly Designs dekeConstructed, often employed Illustrator in the service of actual hands on design. Meanwhile, until next we meet, on behalf of Lynda.com, this is Deke McClelland saying, see you.
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