Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Illustrator CS6 Essential Training.
If you're a Premium subscriber to the lynda.com Online Training Library, or if you're watching this course on a DVD, you have access to the exercise files that I'll be using throughout the course. I've organized these files into a folder called Exercise Files, and you'll also see a breakdown by chapter. In order to access these files, simply open up the folder and then find the chapter we're working on, and then open up the file that I'm using during the movie. You also have access to a folder called Extras which includes a PDF called ai_cheats. If you're not a Premium member, you also have access to the ai_cheats file inside of a folder called Free Exercise Files.
Opening up this PDF will give you access to several different things that I find useful for new Illustrator users, including a breakdown of the Illustrator Tools panel, an explanation of the Layers panel and several keyboard shortcuts including basic keyboard shortcuts, document shortcuts, type shortcuts and then of course, we also have the ability to change the way Illustrator looks and feels. After all, CS6 all this new dark interface introduced, so if you're confused on how to get it back or to make it look like the other Creative Suite applications this will get you there.
If you're not a Premium subscriber, and you don't have access to the exercise files, that's okay, you can still follow along with everything I do utilizing your own files. So if you're ready, let's get started.
- Understanding vector graphics
- Creating and setting up files for print or web destinations
- Selecting and transforming objects on the page
- Creating spot colors
- Applying fills, strokes, and gradients to artwork
- Adjusting appearances and effects
- Working with anchor points and paths
- Drawing with the Pen tool
- Creating text
- Managing layers
- Creating and using symbols
- Printing, saving, and exporting artwork
Skill Level Beginner
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What is Illustrator?1m 15s
1. Getting Started
2. Working with Documents
3. Selecting and Transforming Objects
4. Working with Color
5. Working with Fills and Strokes
6. Working with Paths
7. Creating Shapes
8. Don't Be Afraid of the Pen Tool
9. Using Type in Illustrator
10. Adjusting Appearance
11. Working with Layers
12. Working with Images
13. Creating and Using Symbols
14. Drawing in Perspective
15. Printing, Saving, and Exporting
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