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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of the Illustrator drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Illustrator is an essential application to a broad range of professionals and hobbyists and it has an incredible number of uses. Illustrator is pretty much a universal graphics translator. Now, what do I mean by graphics specifically? I refer to all kinds of graphics with Illustrator. The two most important attributes of vector graphics are that your artwork is always editable, meaning you can always make changes to it at any time, and your artwork is also scalable. That means that no matter what size you need your artwork for, be it something as small as a business card or as large as the side of a building, vector graphics will always look clean and sharp without any loss in detail.
Illustrator can both import and export a wide variety of graphics file formats for so many different uses. For example, you can open up PDF files, EPS or PostScript files, allowing you to easily repurpose graphics for almost any need. Speaking of creating graphics for any need, the other main attribute of Illustrator is the ability to create cross-media design. When I refer to cross-media, I'm talking about how you deliver your artwork, be that in a print-based format or in a digital-based format, and even for display on handheld devices, for example like phones.
If you need to design something, Illustrator can play a big part in that. Of course, at the core of Illustrator are graphics creation tools like Pencil tools and Pen tools and Paintbrushes that allow fine artists to create wonderful works of art using Illustrator. In fact, there are many people who are not even designers at all who also use Illustrator. If you have some creativity inside of you and you want to put that creativity to use, working with Illustrator is a great way to make that happen.
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