Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland
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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating continuous arcs and looping spirals
  • Building with geometric shapes
  • Selecting, placing, and scaling type
  • Creating spine curves with round corners
  • Using the new Blob brush to quickly draw and merge paths
  • Working with flattener and raster effects
  • Saving illustrations for the web

Welcome to One-on-One

Hi! I'm Deke McClelland. Hello and welcome to Illustrator CS4 One-on-One. My in-depth, master's level series on Adobe Illustrator. As the name One-on-One implies, I walk you through Illustrator as if I were teaching you in a classroom or corporate consulting environment. Except that instead of getting lost in a crowd of students, you receive my individualized attention. It's just you and me one-on-one. Illustrator is an enormous application, much deeper than most people imagine.

If you are new to the program, I don't want that to dissuade you. Deep is a good thing. Deep means capable, powerful, deep has you covered. In my experience even seasoned users have no idea just how much this program can do. Illustrator offers surprises at every turn, which is why I have broken Illustrator CS4 One-on-One into three parts. In part one, Fundamentals, I'll introduce you to the essential topics. The stuff that every one needs to know in the order you need to know it.

We'll start with making a document. Then we'll check out the Adobe Bridge, learn how to navigate in Illustrator, see how to draw line art, color your shapes, apply common transformations like scale and rotate, create and format text, use the Pen tool, and finally, print an illustration and save it for the web. In later parts, I'll lead you into the advanced topics, the ones that are most likely to expand your creative range in the shortest amount of time. By the end, you will have seen everything Illustrator has to offer. This is no tips & tricks course. I'm going to make sure you understand how Illustrator works and how you work with it.

One-on-One is your chance to go from novice to a depth expert, one straightforward movie at a time.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals .

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Q: Adobe Bridge CS4 is not previewing files in the same way for me as it is in the tutorial. All I am seeing is a low-quality thumbnail of the image, not previews of each artboard.  Why is there a difference between the tutorial and what I am seeing?
A: There is a different view in the tutorial because the author used a beta version of Bridge during the recording. The final release of Bridge CS4 displays thumbnails as you describe.
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