Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Mastery

with Deke McClelland
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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Mastery
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In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final part of the comprehensive One-on-One series, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic effects in Illustrator CS4. Deke explores Live Trace, which converts imported images into vectors, and Live Paint, which defines interlocking shapes. Deke also covers the liquify tools, envelope-style distortions, Kuler and Live Color, symbols, and 3D effects. And for the first time, Deke addresses two of Illustrator's least-known features, pictographs and actions. Exercise files accompany the course.

Recommended prerequisites: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Re-coloring traced details in Live Paint
  • Liquifying outlined type
  • Creating custom color harmony rules
  • Warping, re-coloring, and updating symbols
  • Building graphs in Illustrator
  • Mapping symbols onto a 3D object
  • Recording and deploying actions


(Music playing.) Hi! I'm Deke McClelland. Hello and welcome to Illustrator CS4 One-on-One, my in-depth master's level series on Adobe Illustrator. In this part, Part 3, Mastery, we'll take on Illustrator's most rarified and powerful features. We'll start things off with Live Trace and Live Paint, which automate the process of tracing imported images and coloring overlapping shapes.

Then we'll see Liquify, Envelope and Dynamic Effects, which can transform humdrum base objects into absolutely fantastic ones. And before we're done, you'll experience the wonders of 3D, which lets you extract or revolve a handful of paths to create the appearance of depth. Learn these features and you'll be the most proficient vector artist you know. Come on! It's time to master Adobe Illustrator.

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