Illustrator CC 2013 One-on-One: Intermediate
Learn how to take advantage of the next level of dynamic features in Adobe Illustrator CC. This installment of industry expert Deke McClelland's Illustrator One-on-One series starts by showing you how to effectively manage layers, clipping groups, and swatches, so that you can easily swap out colors and content. Deke then explains how to create customized strokes and patterns and build complex gradients with transparency and dynamic effects, and then apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. He also highlights some of the most popular features in Illustrator: Live Paint and all ten of its Pathfinder operations. The final chapters show how to prepare your projects for print and save them for distribution on the web.
- Creating layers, sublayers, and groups
- Lifting a color and creating a swatch
- Assigning colors to paths inside groups
- Adjusting the stacking order
- Using the Width tool to adjust line weight
- Masking a pattern inside a background
- Assigning and modifying a gradient fill
- Creating a radial gradient
- Drawing a linear spiral with the Polar Grid tool
- Adding a credible 3D cast shadow
- Contouring with the Blob Brush and Eraser
- Creating and painting an overlapping path
- Placing Photoshop images in Illustrator files
- Previewing and printing documents
- Optimizing documents for the web
Welcome to One-on-One
- Hello, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Illustrator One-on-One Intermediate, part two 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'll 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 assign strokes to your path outlines, complete with dashes, custom arrowheads, and variable line weights. We'll explore how to modify gradients directly inside of path outlines, as well as apply gradients to a stroke. You'll see how to create seamlessly repeating tile patterns using the pattern generator, which is a dream to work with. You'll learn how to combine simple shapes to create more complex ones using pathfinder operations.
You'll see how to create interlocking paths using the amazing Live Paint feature. And I'll show you how to place and modify photographic images. The result is a contextualized learning program. Illustrator's features make sense because you apply them, sometimes independently, other times in concert, 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. As you know, Illustrator is now part of the Creative Cloud, which makes it a fluid application that may update to any extent, at any time. And just as Illustrator is fluid, so is this course. Check back every so often, because I'll be updating and adding movies whenever they need attention. In any given movie, you may see the occasional command or widget on your screen, that doesn't appear on mine. But, rest assured, everything I'll be showing you, works as advertised.
Now, without further ado, let's get to work.
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