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This course is the first in a four-part series by industry-pro Deke McClelland on creating elegant, optimized graphics with the tools in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and Deke's special, branded techniques.
This installment covers subjects such as working with shapes and closed paths, including painting, grouping, and coloring, and placing and adjusting type. Deke shows you how to select fonts, create hanging indents, and tweak the kerning and leading of your text. Additional chapters cover drawing and editing paths (and their points) and moving and transforming objects in your artwork.
Hi! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Illustrator CS6 One-on-One Fundamentals. Part one in a series of four video courses devoted to your ultimate mastery of the world's most powerful vector-based drawing software. Adobe Illustrator recently turned 25 years old. I began using the program when it first came out back when I was 25 years old. I like to joke that makes Illustrator and I about the same age. But the truth is I've been using a program writing books about it and recording videos about it for more than half of my life, which is why I feel uniquely suited to make you this promise: Give me your time and attention, and I will mentor you through every facet of the software you need to know in the order you need to know it.
No crowded classroom and no scheduling conflicts. It's just you and me one on one any time that is convenient for you to learn. This course is devoted to project-based learning, meaning you're going to make stuff, you'll create professional quality artwork from scratch using nothing more than Line and Shape tools. You'll trace a piece of scan line art and scale it to any size you like, you will paint an elaborate mosaic design again from scratch using some of Illustrator's simplest tools.
You'll create a beautifully- formatted text document. And you'll experience the unbridled power of the Pen tool. The result is a contextualized learning program. Illustrator's features will make sense because you'll apply them to a clearly defined task. And you will leave each chapter with a sense of accomplishment. I really hope there are moments where you feel, "I rule, I did this, and I can do more." I will start by showing you how to open a file in Illustrator by double-clicking on it, first in Windows and then on the Mac.
Then I will show you how to make a new document, add a few text elements, and save your changes. This may not be the most exciting stuff we will do, but it's stuff that you have to know. And it's how you get to work in Illustrator immediately.
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