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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
If you're a Premium subscriber to the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this course on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files that I'll be using throughout the course. I've organized these files into a folder called Exercise Files, and you'll also see a breakdown by chapter. In order to access these files, simply open up the folder and then find the chapter we're working on, and then open up the file that I'm using during the movie. You also have access to a folder called Extras which includes a PDF called ai_cheats. If you're not a Premium member, you also have access to the ai_cheats file inside of a folder called Free Exercise Files.
Opening up this PDF will give you access to several different things that I find useful for new Illustrator users, including a breakdown of the Illustrator Tools panel, an explanation of the Layers panel and several keyboard shortcuts including basic keyboard shortcuts, document shortcuts, type shortcuts and then of course, we also have the ability to change the way Illustrator looks and feels. After all, CS6 all this new dark interface introduced, so if you're confused on how to get it back or to make it look like the other Creative Suite applications this will get you there.
If you're not a Premium subscriber, and you don't have access to the exercise files, that's okay, you can still follow along with everything I do utilizing your own files. So if you're ready, let's get started.
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