Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate

with Deke McClelland
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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate
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Join author and industry expert Deke McClelland as he teaches you how to take advantage of the next level of dynamic features in Adobe Illustrator CS6. This installment of his Illustrator CS6 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.

Topics include:
  • 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! I am Deke McClelland. Welcome to Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate. Part 2 in a series of four courses devoted to your ultimate mastery of the world's most powerful vector-based drawing program. This course and the larger one-on-one series is all about project-based learning. That is to say, you learn by doing. And by actually experiencing Illustrator firsthand, you'll be better equipped to create your own artwork 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 outline, as well as apply gradients to a stroke. You'll see how to create seamlessly repeating tile patterns using the new 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 to a clearly defined task, and you leave each chapter with a real sense of accomplishment. I hope there are moments where you feel "I rule! I did it, and I can do more!" In this first chapter, I'll show you how to work with Illustrator's primary containers, layers, and groups. I know, it doesn't sound terribly exciting, but I assure you it is, and it goes to the heart of how Illustrator works.

Here, let me show you.

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