Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

with Mordy Golding
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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics
Video duration: 0s 9h 42m Intermediate


Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing artwork both automatically and manually
  • Mapping artwork to complex 3D surfaces
  • Using pressure-sensitive distortion tools
  • Recoloring artwork across a document
  • Using Excel data to create charts and graphs
  • Understanding how transparency really works
  • Creating high-quality, press-ready PDFs
  • Building efficient files with graphic styles


Whether you are a graphic designer, an illustrator, or an animator, an interface or web designer, a fashion or a motion graphics designer, or any of the millions of creative professionals who use Illustrator every single day, I can help you become more efficient at what you do and have fun in the process. (Music playing.) My name is Mordy Golding and I'm the author of the book Real World Illustrator and I also work at Adobe as the Product Manager for Illustrator. I'm here to take you on an in-depth tour of the features found in Adobe Illustrator with this course Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics. This deeper look into the how's and why's of Illustrator compliments some of my other titles here at including Illustrator CS4 Essential Training and Illustrator CS4 for the Web.

My goal is to give you the skills to use Illustrator on a whole new level. So I'll be introducing some useful and dynamic features of the program. You'll learn about a whole new vector drawing paradigm with the Live Paint feature and you will discover how to harness the real power of Live Trace. You will also explore world of 3D and fun to use Distortion tools. Along the way, you will learn how transparency really works and how to make sure that that project on your computer screen comes out picture perfect in print.

More importantly, you will empower yourself by learning to be smarter about how to build your files using effects, masks, and graphic styles. I can't wait to help you build easy to update Illustrator files more efficiently. To help with that, I'll be offering additional insight from the recording booth at the start of every chapter. So let's get started.

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