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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now is the point at which we stop looking at other people's artwork and we create some of our own. To start things off, I'll introduce you to the Line tools, take you on a tour of the Layers palette and show you how to make guides, which are non-printing lines that help establish order and alignment. Then we will draw a few segments, add an arc or two, and even create a spiral. What I love about this chapter is that the tools themselves are simple, comically simple, but the results are amazing. By the time we are done, you will have created an actual piece of compelling artwork, none other than the famed symbol of Egyptian royalty, the Wedjat or Eye of Horus. I can't swear that the eye will protect you in the afterlife, as the ancient Egyptian believed.
But I think its 10 paths will go a long way to dispel your fears of vector-based drawing once and forever more.
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