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- Using symbols to streamline changes or simulate master pages
- Creating shadows, depth, and volume with gradient meshes
- Controlling transparency and visibility with opacity masks
- Warping and distorting artwork with Liquify and Envelope Distort
- Assembling a seamless pattern brush for repeated elements
- Making charts and graphs from imported data
- Creating dynamic 3D effects
Skill Level Advanced
- Hello, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Illustrator One on One Mastery, the final course in my four part video series devoted to your ultimate mastery of the world's most powerful vector-based drawing software. As you know by now, One on One is all about project-based learning. You experience Illustrator by rolling up your sleeves, just as I have, and creating compelling projects for yourself. That way you'll be better prepared to create your own projects in the future.
I'll start things off by demonstrating the hidden power of smart guides, which let you create precise logos and schematic artwork. Then I'll show you how to use symbols, which let you replicate commonly used elements and take advantage of nine slice scaling. We'll take a look at how you can create custom color contours using gradient mesh. I'll show you how to mask entire layers using opacity masks. You'll apply custom distortions using the liquefy tools and envelope commands.
I'll teach you how to assemble a seamless multi-part pattern brush. You'll learn how to create a custom pictograph from a spreadsheet of numerical data. And finally, you'll see how you can apply 3D effects to path outlines and live editable text. 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. 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.
As will be the case for this course. So check back every so often, because I'll be updating and adding movies whenever they need attention. Now have a seat, get in the zone, and let's get to work.