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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
By now you have undoubtedly come to the realization that Illustrator has got a whole lot of tools. Well nothing to be scared about, but in reality those who have been using Illustrator for a long time, those power users, know that using keyboard shortcuts can dramatically enhance your workflow when using Illustrator. Specifically I'm referring to keys known as the Modifier keys. Now in Mac OS these keys are the Shift, Option, Command and Spacebar keys. On Windows, those keys are Shift, Ctrl, Alt and Space. These keys all appear at the lower left hand corner of the keyboard. And as you are working, it makes sense to have your right hand on the mouse and your left hand on that part of the keyboard. The goal of course so that you can actually apply or use those keys without thinking about them.
Unfortunately, the positioning of these keys does make it somewhat challenging for left handed users. Although some keyboards do have these exact same duplicate keys on the right side of the keyboard. As we move forward with using Illustrators, specifically with enjoying inside of Illustrator, it's going to be important to utilize these commands. So might take a few moments to get your fingers comfortable on the keyboard near these keys. Think you are ready? Let's draw some shapes.
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