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Knowing the fundamentals of drawing and reshaping paths is only part of the story. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second of the popular One-on-One series, computer graphics expert Deke McClelland covers some of Illustrator's most powerful and least understood features. He shows how to merge simple shapes to create complex ones with the Pathfinder palette, as well as align paths to create schematic illustrations. Deke explains how to paint fluid, multicolor fills with blends, and the new and improved gradient tool. He explores seamlessly repeating tile patterns, blobs and brushes, and imported images. He also dives into one of the deepest features in all of Illustrator, transparency. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Recommended prerequisite: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.
What you just saw in the last nine chapters is what makes Illustrator Illustrator. No other vector drawing program provides so many Pathfinder operations or gradient options or masking solutions or natural media tools or transparency settings, or any of that. Seriously, if there was any doubt that Illustrator is unequivocally the absolute frontrunner among modern vector graphics applications, these chapters have put such doubts to rest. But it's not over. You still have nine chapters left. Live Trace, Live Paint, Liquefy and Envelope, symbols, 3-D effects.
I'm not going to list it all. It's too much stuff. Just suffice it to say by the time this series is over, you'll know Illustrator inside out and back inside again. Until next we tear Illustrator apart and stitch it back together, on behalf of lynda.com, this is Deke McClellan saying, see ya!
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