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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.
By now you realize that Illustrator's lifeblood is the vectors. Anchor points, control handles, and connected segments are what make this program go, as opposed to pixels. Illustrator does not excel at pixels. If you want pixels, you want Photoshop. Now in digital parlance an image is a photograph or piece of artwork that's made of pixels. This chapter is about images. Do given what I've told you so far, this chapter must be about Photoshop. Which is half true.
in the following movies will be spending fully half our time in Photoshop, preparing an image for the handoff to Illustrator. Then we'll see how Illustrator works with that image, not on a pixel by pixel level , Illustrator's awful at that. but it's as a linked graphic. If you own one of the many versions of the Creative S unite then you own both Illustrator and Photoshop. But if you don't own Photoshop, you just own Illustrator, don't worry. You'll still be able the watch me work and even follow along. And regardless you'll see how very well these two incredibly powerful programs work together.
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