- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hello. My name is Mordy Golding, and welcome to Illustrator CS5 New Features. You know, Illustrator is one of those applications that can help you do so many different kinds of things. And with Illustrator CS5, Adobe has added some great new features, and a wealth of enhancements. In this title, you'll learn how to use the new perspective grid feature to define vanishing points, to map two demensional artwork directly onto perspective planes, and also to adjust the thickness of stroke attributes along a path.
The artist in you will be inspired with an incredible new feature, bristle brush. It turns your pressure sensitive tablet and pen, like this Wacom Intuos 460 art pen, into a full range of responsive and realistic artist brushes. Perhaps most significantly, you'll learn about the small things in Illustrator CS5 that really make this upgrade worthwile. Enhancements like a new artboards panel, dash strokes that always line up correctly, better control over symbols, and a join command that actually lets you connect more than one path at a time.
These are the kinds of things that will make you wonder how you ever got by without that. So, join me in an in depth look at everything that's new about Illustrator CS5.
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.