Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding
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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 10h 37m Beginner


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 they 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 distortions 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.

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