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Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book® (2015 release)

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The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Illustrator CC (2015 release)

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) contains 15 lessons that cover the basics and beyond, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you.

Purchasing this book includes valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book’s “Getting Started” section to unlock access to:

  • downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book

  • Web Edition containing the complete text of the book, interactive quizzes, videos that walk you through the lessons step by step, and updated material covering new feature releases from Adobe

  • What you need to use this book: Adobe Illustrator CC (2015 release) software, for either Windows or Mac OS. (Software not included.)

    Note: Classroom in a Book does not replace the documentation, support, updates, or any other benefits of being a registered owner of Adobe Illustrator CC software.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. How to Get Your Lesson Files
      1. What to do with the Lesson files once you’ve downloaded them
      2. Important!
    4. Contents
    5. Getting Started
      1. About Classroom in a Book
      2. Prerequisites
      3. Installing the program
      4. Fonts used in this book
      5. Accessing the Classroom in a Book files
        1. Web Edition
      6. Restoring default preferences
        1. To delete or save the current Illustrator preferences file
        2. To restore saved preferences after completing the lessons
      7. Additional resources
      8. Adobe Authorized Training Centers
    6. What’s New in Adobe Illustrator CC (2015 Release)
      1. CC Libraries enhancements
      2. Shaper tool
      3. Dynamic Symbols
      4. New SVG Export
      5. Live Shapes
      6. Smarter Guides and Spacing
      7. Other enhancements
    7. A Quick Tour of Adobe Illustrator CC (2015 release)
      1. Getting started
        1. Creating a new document
        2. Drawing a shape
        3. Rounding the corners of a shape
        4. Applying color
        5. Editing color
        6. Editing strokes
        7. Working with layers
        8. Drawing with the Pencil tool
        9. Creating shapes using the Shape Builder tool
        10. Creating a blend
        11. Transforming artwork
        12. Drawing with the Shaper tool
        13. Sampling formatting with the Eyedropper tool
        14. Placing an image in Illustrator
        15. Using Image Trace
        16. Creating and editing gradients
        17. Working with type
        18. Aligning artwork
        19. Working with brushes
        20. Working with symbols
        21. Creating a clipping mask
        22. Working with effects
    8. 1. Getting to Know the Work Area
      1. Introducing Adobe Illustrator
      2. Starting Illustrator and opening a file
      3. Exploring the workspace
        1. Getting to know the Tools panel
        2. Working with the Control panel
        3. Working with panels
        4. Working with panel groups
        5. Resetting and saving your workspace
        6. Using panel menus
      4. Changing the view of artwork
        1. Using view commands
        2. Using the Zoom tool
        3. Scrolling through a document
        4. Viewing artwork
      5. Navigating artboards
        1. Using the Artboards panel
      6. Arranging multiple documents
        1. Finding resources for using Illustrator
      7. Review questions
      8. Review answers
    9. 2. Techniques for Selecting Artwork
      1. Getting started
      2. Selecting objects
        1. Using the Selection tool
        2. Using the Direct Selection tool
        3. Creating selections with a marquee
        4. Selecting artwork with the Magic Wand tool
        5. Selecting similar objects
        6. Selecting in Outline mode
      3. Aligning objects
        1. Aligning objects to each other
        2. Aligning to a key object
        3. Aligning anchor points
        4. Distributing objects
        5. Aligning to the artboard
      4. Working with groups
        1. Grouping items
        2. Working in Isolation mode
        3. Creating a nested group
        4. Selecting using the Group Selection tool
      5. Exploring object arrangement
        1. Arranging objects
        2. Selecting objects behind
      6. Hiding and locking objects
      7. Review questions
      8. Review answers
    10. 3. Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard
      1. Getting started
      2. Creating a new document
      3. Working with basic shapes
        1. Creating and editing rectangles
        2. Rounding corners
        3. Creating a rounded rectangle
        4. Creating and editing an ellipse
        5. Creating and editing a circle
        6. Creating and editing a polygon
        7. Changing stroke width and alignment
        8. Drawing lines
        9. Creating a star
      4. Working with the Shaper tool
        1. Drawing shapes
        2. Editing shapes with the Shaper tool
        3. Combining shapes with the Shaper tool
      5. Working with drawing modes
        1. Working with Draw Behind mode
        2. Using the Draw Inside mode
        3. Editing content drawn inside
      6. Using Image Trace
      7. Review questions
      8. Review answers
    11. 4. Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths
      1. Getting started
      2. Editing paths and shapes
        1. Cutting with the Scissors tool
        2. Joining paths
        3. Cutting with the Knife tool
        4. Using the Eraser tool
        5. Combining shapes
        6. Working with the Shape Builder tool
        7. Working with the Pathfinder panel
        8. Creating a compound path
      3. Using the Width tool
        1. Outlining strokes
      4. Finishing up the illustration
      5. Review questions
      6. Review answers
    12. 5. Transforming Artwork
      1. Getting started
      2. Working with artboards
        1. Adding artboards to the document
        2. Editing artboards
        3. Renaming artboards
        4. Reordering artboards
      3. Transforming content
        1. Working with rulers and guides
        2. Positioning objects precisely
        3. Scaling objects
        4. Reflecting objects
        5. Distorting objects with effects
        6. Rotating objects
        7. Shearing objects
        8. Transforming with the Free Transform tool
      4. Creating a PDF
      5. Review questions
      6. Review answers
    13. 6. Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools
      1. Getting started
      2. An intro to drawing with the Pen tool
        1. Selecting paths
        2. Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
        3. Introducing curved paths
        4. Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
        5. Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
        6. Converting smooth points to corner points
        7. Combining curves and straight lines
      3. Creating artwork with the Pen tool
        1. Drawing a coffee cup
      4. Drawing with the Curvature tool
      5. Editing curves
        1. Reflecting the spoon shape
        2. Rounding corner points
        3. Editing paths and points
        4. Deleting and adding anchor points
        5. Converting between smooth points and corner points
        6. Working with the Anchor Point tool
      6. Creating a dashed line
      7. Adding arrowheads to a path
      8. Working with the Pencil tool
        1. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
        2. Drawing straight segments with the Pencil tool
      9. Joining with the Join tool
      10. Review questions
      11. Review answers
    14. 7. Using Color to Enhance Signage
      1. Getting started
      2. Exploring color modes
      3. Working with color
        1. Applying an existing color
        2. Creating a custom color using the Color panel
        3. Saving a color as a swatch
        4. Creating a copy of a swatch
        5. Editing a swatch
        6. Creating and editing a global swatch
        7. Using the Color Picker to create color
        8. Using Illustrator swatch libraries
        9. Adding a spot color
        10. Creating and saving a tint of a color
        11. Adjusting colors
        12. Copying appearance attributes
        13. Creating a color group
        14. Creative inspiration with the Color Guide panel
        15. Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box
        16. Editing colors in artwork
        17. Assigning colors to your artwork
      4. Working with Live Paint
        1. Creating a Live Paint group
        2. Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
        3. Modifying a Live Paint group
      5. Review questions
      6. Review answers
    15. 8. Adding Type to a Poster
      1. Getting started
      2. Adding type to the poster
        1. Adding text at a point
        2. Adding area type
        3. Working with Auto Sizing
        4. Converting between area and point type
        5. Importing a plain-text file
      3. Threading text
      4. Formatting type
        1. Changing font family and font style
        2. Changing font size
        3. Changing font color
        4. Changing additional character formatting
        5. Changing paragraph formatting
      5. Resizing and reshaping type objects
        1. Creating columns of text
        2. Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
      6. Creating and applying text styles
        1. Creating and applying a paragraph style
        2. Editing a paragraph style
        3. Creating and applying a character style
        4. Editing a character style
        5. Sampling text formatting
      7. Wrapping text
      8. Warping text
        1. Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
        2. Editing the envelope warp
      9. Working with type on a path
        1. Creating type on a path
        2. Creating type on a closed path
      10. Creating text outlines
      11. Review questions
      12. Review answers
    16. 9. Organizing Your Artwork with Layers
      1. Getting started
        1. Understanding layers
      2. Creating layers and sublayers
      3. Editing layers and objects
        1. Locating layers
        2. Moving layers and content between layers
        3. Duplicating layer content
        4. Merging layers
      4. Pasting layers
        1. Changing layer order
      5. Viewing layers
      6. Applying appearance attributes to layers
      7. Creating a clipping mask
      8. Review questions
      9. Review answers
    17. 10. Gradients, Blends, and Patterns
      1. Getting started
      2. Working with gradients
        1. Applying a linear gradient to a fill
        2. Editing a gradient
        3. Saving a gradient
        4. Adjusting a linear gradient fill
        5. Applying a linear gradient to a stroke
        6. Edit a gradient on a stroke
        7. Applying a radial gradient to artwork
        8. Editing the colors in the radial gradient
        9. Adjusting the radial gradient
        10. Applying gradients to multiple objects
        11. Adding transparency to gradients
      3. Working with blended objects
        1. Creating a blend with specified steps
        2. Modifying a blend
        3. Creating and editing a smooth color blend
      4. Painting with patterns
        1. Applying an existing pattern
        2. Creating your own pattern
        3. Applying your pattern
        4. Editing your pattern
      5. Review questions
      6. Review answers
    18. 11. Using Brushes to Create a Poster
      1. Getting started
      2. Working with brushes
      3. Using Calligraphic brushes
        1. Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork
        2. Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
        3. Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
        4. Editing a brush
        5. Removing a brush stroke
      4. Using Art brushes
        1. Applying an existing Art brush
        2. Creating an Art brush using a raster image
        3. Editing an Art brush
      5. Using Bristle brushes
        1. Changing Bristle brush options
        2. Painting with a Bristle brush
      6. Using Pattern brushes
        1. Creating a Pattern brush
        2. Applying a Pattern brush
        3. Editing the Pattern brush
      7. Working with the Blob Brush tool
        1. Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
        2. Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
        3. Editing with the Eraser tool
      8. Review questions
      9. Review answers
    19. 12. Exploring Creative Uses of Effects and Graphic Styles
      1. Getting started
      2. Using the Appearance panel
        1. Editing appearance attributes
        2. Adding another stroke and fill
        3. Reordering appearance attributes
      3. Using live effects
        1. Applying an effect
        2. Editing an effect
        3. Styling text with a Warp effect
        4. Applying the Offset Path effect
      4. Applying a Photoshop Effect
        1. Working with 3D effects
        2. Applying a 3D Rotate effect
      5. Using graphic styles
        1. Applying an existing graphic style
        2. Creating and applying a graphic style
        3. Updating a graphic style
        4. Applying a graphic style to a layer
        5. Scaling strokes and effects
      6. Review questions
      7. Review answers
    20. 13. Creating Artwork for a T-Shirt
      1. Getting started
      2. Working with symbols
        1. Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
        2. Editing a symbol
        3. Working with dynamic symbols
        4. Creating a symbol
        5. Duplicating symbols
        6. Replacing symbols
        7. Breaking a link to a symbol
      3. Working with Creative Cloud Libraries
        1. Adding assets to CC Libraries
        2. Using Library assets
        3. Updating a Library asset
      4. Working with the perspective grid
        1. Using a preset grid
        2. Adjusting the perspective grid
        3. Drawing artwork in perspective
        4. Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
        5. Moving planes and objects together
        6. Drawing artwork with no active grid
        7. Adding and editing text in perspective
        8. Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
        9. Moving a plane to match an object
        10. Bringing content into perspective
        11. Editing symbols in perspective
        12. Finishing Up
      5. Review questions
      6. Review answers
    21. 14. Using Illustrator CC with Other Adobe Applications
      1. Getting started
      2. Combining artwork
      3. Placing image files
        1. Placing an image
        2. Scaling a placed image
        3. Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options
        4. Placing multiple images
        5. Applying color edits to an image
      4. Masking images
        1. Applying a simple mask to an image
        2. Editing a clipping path (mask)
        3. Masking an object with text
        4. Creating an opacity mask
        5. Editing an opacity mask
      5. Sampling colors in placed images
      6. Working with image links
        1. Finding link information
        2. Embedding and unembedding images
        3. Replacing a linked image
      7. Packaging a file
      8. Review questions
      9. Review answers
    22. 15. Preparing Content for the Web
      1. Getting started
      2. Saving content for the web
        1. Aligning content to the pixel grid
        2. Slicing content
        3. Selecting and editing slices
        4. Using the Save For Web command
      3. Creating CSS code
        1. Setting up your design for generating CSS
        2. Working with character styles and CSS code
        3. Working with graphic styles and CSS code
        4. Copying CSS
        5. Exporting CSS
      4. Saving artwork as SVG
      5. Review questions
      6. Review answers
    23. Index
    24. Contributors
    25. Production Notes
      1. Images
      2. Typefaces used
      3. Team credits
      4. Lesson project credits