Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding
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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training
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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of the Illustrator drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a new document based on the output destination
  • Using rules, guides, and grids
  • Making detailed selections
  • Drawing and editing paths with the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Creating compound vector shapes
  • Understanding the difference between point and area text
  • Applying live effects
  • Creating color swatches
  • Transforming artwork with Rotation, Scale, and Transform effects
  • Placing images
  • Working with masks
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork


Hello! My name is Mordy Golding and welcome to Illustrator CS5 Essential Training! Having once been the Product Manager for Illustrator over at Adobe and having used and taught Illustrator for over 20 years, I've learned that there are so many ways to use Adobe Illustrator. So, in this title, I'll focus on teaching you how to understand how Illustrator works and how it thinks, providing you with the knowledge that you'll need to get started creating artwork with Illustrator CS5.

I'll begin with basic concepts like creating and working with documents. Then I'll teach you how to draw and build shapes, covering things like use of color and special effects along the way. I'll show you how you can work with images alongside of your vector artwork and how you can apply useful distortion like blends and perspective. I'll also spend time sharing tips and tricks that the pros use, things like keyboard shortcuts and production secrets, so that you can increase your efficiency and become more comfortable with this powerful graphics application.

By the time we're done, you'll have all the skills that you'll need to perform virtually any task with Illustrator CS5. So, what are we waiting for? Let's get started!

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS5 Essential Training .

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Q: Despite clicking the rectangle icon on the toolbar, as shown in the video, the other tool shapes are not accessible in Illustrator. The rectangle is usable, but the star, ellipse, etc. are not, and do not appear anywhere in the toolbar. What is causing this problem?
A: These tools are grouped together, so to access them, click and hold the mouse for a second until the other tools appear. If that isn't happening, reset the Illustrator preferences file. To do so, quit Illustrator and then relaunch the application while pressing and holding the Ctrl+Alt+Shift keys. Once the Illustrator splash screen appears, release the keys and that will reset the preferences file.
Q: In the video “What are vector graphics,” the author states that if he creates a 1 inch x 1 inch Photoshop file at 300ppi image, there are 300 pixels in that image. Is that correct?
A: This statement is by the author was not totally correct. If the resolution is 300ppi, it means that there are 300 pixels across one inch, both vertically and horizontally. That would mean you'd have 90,000 pixels in a 1 inch x 1 inch image at 300 ppi.
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