Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland
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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
Video duration: 0s 14h 53m Intermediate


In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tracing a pixel-based image
  • Sketching and drawing for Illustrator
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Creating multi-colored blends
  • Creating seamlessly repeating tile patterns
  • Creating interlocking artwork with Live Paint
  • Designing advanced type effects
  • Recoloring artwork with color harmonies
  • Making the most of symbols
  • Integrating Illustrator with Photoshop
  • Using transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks


- Hi, I'm Deke McClelland. Hello, and welcome to Illustrator CS5 One-On-One Advanced, the second installment in my cradle-to-grave, everything-you-need-to-know series on Adobe Illustrator. And, it's all new. Every single bit of it. If you enjoyed the exhaustive fundamentals portion of the series, and I hope you did, then you're gonna like this course even better. First of all, it's shorter. 95 movies shorter, to be exact. It's like a novella; you're gonna fly through it. Second, this is where Illustrator really comes alive.

In chapter 13, live trace, we build a real-world project from sketch to execution. Then I show you how to use gradients to turn a basic line drawing into a teeming, dare I say, lustrous, illustration. If the gradient tool doesn't do it for you, you can create custom gradients in path sequences, using blends and masks. In chapter 16, I show you how to build a mind-bending M.C. Escher effect using tile patterns. Then we create a Celtic knot that weaves in and out of itself with live paint.

If you're interested in advanced type effects and recoloring your artwork with the help of automated color harmonies, which you are, spend some time with chapters 18 and 19. I devote an entire chapter to combining the powers of Illustrator and Photoshop to do things neither program can do on its own, and I wrap things up with a look at transparency, blend modes, and opacity masks. These first few movies are set up so you and I are on the same page. If you already performed these steps back in the fundamentals course, you can skip to chapter 13, and get started on live trace.

And now, go ahead and brace yourself to learn.

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