Illustrator CC 2013 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland
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Illustrator CC 2013 One-on-One: Advanced
Video duration: 0s 11h 35m Advanced Updated Sep 26, 2014


This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator CC, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.

Topics include:
  • Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Understanding the color-managed workflow
  • Creating a multicolor blend
  • Establishing a clipping mask
  • Blending different levels of opacity
  • Combining a letterform with a path outline
  • Warping logo type around a circle
  • Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
  • Mixing and matching color harmonies
  • Recoloring artwork
  • Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
  • Creating translucency
  • Editing attributes in the Appearance panel
  • Adjusting and updating dynamic effects

Welcome to One-on-One

- Hello, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Illustrator One-on-One advanced. Part three in a series of four video courses devoted to your ultimate mastery of the world's most powerful vector-based drawing software. One-on-One is all about project-based learning. You experience Illustrator by rolling up your sleeves and creating compelling projects for yourself. That way, you'll be better-prepared to create your own projects in the future. In this course, I'll show you how to create custom gradients and color fountains using blends and masks.

You'll see how to create custom logos, wrap type around a circle and even make photo-realistic neon text. I'll show you how to re-color your artwork in a matter of minutes using one of the most powerful features in Illustrator, Recolor Artwork. I'll teach you everything you need to know about transparency and blend modes, you'll find out how to combine multiple fills and strokes to create extraordinary effects in the appearance panel. And I'll introduce you to the breathtaking world of dynamic effects.

The result is a contextualized learning program. Illustrator's features make sense because you apply them to a clearly defined task, and you leave each chapter with a sense of accomplishment. I really hope there are moments where you feel, "I rule, I did this, and I can do more." One last item, Illustrator is part of the creative cloud, which makes it a fluid application that may update to any extent at any time. The same goes for this course, so check back every once in a while because I'll be updating and adding movies whenever they need attention.

Now, let's focus our energies and get to work.

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