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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.
By themselves paths are just outlines, boundaries that surround meaningless region, perimeters of nothingness. There are paths to nowhere. To give your paths purpose, you must instill them with attributes, fill their interiors, stroke their outlines, saturate them with color, which is what this chapter is about. 18 exercises on things like the Appearance palette, the Transparency Grid, Industry Standard Color Libraries, RGB versus CMYK, drag and drop swatches, Stacking Order, paste in front, paste in back, Groups, Joints, Caps, Dashes, the Isolation Mode; all ending in Pattern Fills. Fill, stroke, and color are the food, water, and air of Illustrator. They give your artwork life.
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