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Adobe Illustrator CC Digital Classroom

Book Description

A complete training package lets you learn Adobe Illustrator CC at your own speed

Adobe Illustrator is the leading drawing and illustration software used to create artwork for a variety of media. This book-and-DVD package provides 13 self-paced lessons that get you up to speed on the latest version of Illustrator (Creative Cloud). Step-by-step instructions in the full-color book are supported by video tutorials on the DVD. Together, these tools will help you learn Adobe Illustrator basics, essential skills, and all the new capabilities in Illustrator CC—in no time.

  • Includes step-by-step instructions in a book-and-DVD training package

  • Features expert instructors who guide you through 13 lessons that prepare you to create fabulous artwork with Illustrator

  • Covers beginning through intermediate-level skills

  • Illustrator CC Digital Classroom is like having your own personal tutor to help you learn the latest version of Illustrator.

  • Note: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

    Table of Contents

    1. Contents
    2. Starting up
      1. About Illustrator Digital Classroom
      2. Prerequisites
        1. System requirements
      3. Starting Adobe Illustrator CC
        1. Windows
        2. Mac OS
      4. Access lesson files and videos any time
      5. Resetting Adobe Illustrator CC preferences
        1. Steps to resetting Windows preferences
        2. Steps to resetting Mac OS preferences
      6. Loading lesson files
      7. Working with the video tutorials
      8. Additional resources
        1. On-demand video training from the authors
        2. Training from the Authors
        3. Additional Adobe Creative Cloud Books
        4. Seminars and conferences
        5. Resources for educators
    3. Lesson 1: Adobe Illustrator CC Jumpstart
      1. Starting up
      2. The project
      3. Setting up the Artboard
      4. Creating the background shape
        1. Combining shapes
      5. Using the new Kuler panel
        1. Applying a fill and stroke
        2. Creating the smaller combined shape
        3. Applying color and effects
        4. Cloning the small shape
        5. Aligning and distributing the shapes
        6. Adding text
        7. Applying the Warp effect
        8. Adding text to the small shape areas
      6. Distorting a shape
      7. Importing an image
        1. Adding lines of text
      8. Using the new Touch Type tool
      9. Self study
      10. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    4. Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace
      1. Starting up
      2. Opening Illustrator
        1. Exploring the Illustrator CC interface
      3. Choosing a workspace
      4. Opening a file
      5. The document window
      6. Using Artboards
        1. Navigating multiple Artboards
        2. Using the Artboards panel
        3. Creating new Artboards
        4. Switching screen modes
      7. Changing your view
        1. Preview versus Outlines
        2. Zooming and scrolling
        3. Scrolling with the Hand tool
        4. Changing views with the Navigator panel
      8. The Tools panel
      9. Using tools and panels
        1. The Control panel
        2. Moving the Control panel
        3. Panel groups and the dock
      10. Custom workspaces
        1. Saving workspaces
        2. Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box
      11. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
        1. Default shortcuts
        2. Custom shortcuts
        3. Saving shortcut sets
        4. Deleting shortcut sets
      12. Self study
      13. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    5. Lesson 3: Illustrator CC Essentials
      1. Starting up
      2. Using the shape tools
        1. Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle
        2. Finding or changing the shape’s dimensions using the Transform panel
        3. Rotating and shearing using the Transform panel
      3. Constraining a shape
        1. Entering exact dimensions
      4. Selecting artwork
        1. Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selectionsFunctionWindowsMac OSSwitch to last-used selection tool CtrlCommandSwitch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection toolAltOptionAdd to a selectionShift+clickShift+clickSubtract from a selectionShift+clickShift+clickChange pointer to cross hair for selected toolsCaps LockCaps Lock
        2. Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections
        3. The selection tools
      5. Using shape and transform tools to create artwork
        1. Using the transform tools
        2. Adding a fill color
        3. Entering a shape size in the Transform panel
        4. Viewing in Outline view
        5. Rotating the shape
        6. Changing the color of the triangles
      6. Using layers when building an illustration
        1. Creating a new blank layer
      7. Cutting and pasting objects
        1. Creating bubbles
        2. Cloning the bubble group
      8. Repeating a resize transform
        1. Moving objects from one layer to another
      9. Self study
      10. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    6. Lesson 4: Adding Color
      1. Starting up
      2. Basics of the Appearance panel
        1. Changing colors
        2. Adding effects
      3. Creating a colorful illustration
      4. Using Live Paint
        1. Converting the artwork to a Live Paint group
        2. Applying Live Paint to the group
      5. Adding a symbol to your artwork
        1. Expanding the symbol
      6. Saving swatches
        1. What is a Global Color?
        2. Selecting the Same color
        3. Saving a set of colors as a group
        4. Creating a color group from selected colors
      7. Using the Color panel
        1. Adding Pantone (Spot) Colors
      8. Adding Pantone colors
      9. Taking advantage of the new and improved Kuler panel
      10. Self study
      11. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    7. Lesson 5: Working with the Drawing Tools
      1. Starting up
      2. Working with the Pen tool
        1. Drawing straight lines
        2. Drawing curved lines
        3. Drawing hinged curves
        4. Drawing curved lines to straight lines
        5. Drawing straight lines to curved lines
      3. Tracing images
        1. Placing an image as a template
        2. Placing an image using Image Trace
        3. Working with the new Image Trace Method option
      4. Other drawing tools
        1. Using the Line Segment and Arc tools
        2. Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools
        3. Using the Eraser tool
      5. Editing existing paths
        1. Adding and removing points
        2. Refining a curve
        3. Cutting and joining paths
      6. Combining shapes using the Shape Builder tool
        1. Combining the shapes
        2. Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool
        3. Creating the fish eyes
      7. Self study
      8. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    8. Lesson 6: Exploring Additional Color Options
      1. Starting up
      2. Taking a look at the finished illustration
      3. Adding tonal values with gradients
        1. Customizing an existing gradient
        2. Saving the gradient
        3. Applying a second instance of the gradient
        4. Using the Gradient panel
        5. Updating a gradient
      4. Creating and using patterns
        1. Creating a bounding box
        2. Applying the pattern
        3. Editing a pattern fill
        4. Locating existing patterns
      5. Finishing up the illustration
      6. Creating a color group
      7. Using the Color Guide
      8. Self study
      9. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    9. Lesson 7: Using Patterns
      1. Starting up
        1. The Pattern Options panel makes creating patterns more manageable
        2. Creating a pattern
        3. Applying a pattern
        4. Editing a pattern swatch
        5. Editing a pattern in an object
        6. Editing a pattern's application visually
      2. Self study
      3. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    10. Lesson 8: Working with and Formatting Text
      1. Starting up
      2. Formatting type
        1. Paragraph formatting
        2. Formatting imported type
        3. Paragraph and character styles
        4. Editing styles
      3. Advanced techniques with text
        1. Text on a path
        2. Warping text
        3. Text in a shape
        4. Creating outlines
        5. Check spelling
        6. Find and Replace
      4. Self study
      5. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    11. Lesson 9: Organizing your Illustrations with Layers
      1. Starting up
        1. Getting to know the Layers panel
      2. Using layers to organize your illustrations
        1. Using the Layers panel to make selections
        2. Creating new layers and moving items between layers
      3. Paste remembers layers
      4. Template layers
      5. Self study
      6. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    12. Lesson 10: Working with Symbols
      1. Starting up
      2. Cleaning out the symbol library
      3. Creating symbols
      4. Editing symbols
      5. Importing a symbol library
      6. Using the symbolism tools
      7. Editing nested symbols
      8. Replacing symbols
      9. Saving symbol libraries
      10. Self study
      11. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    13. Lesson 11: Using Effects and Transparency
      1. Starting up
      2. Working with the Appearance panel and effects
        1. Applying effects
        2. Editing effects
        3. Using graphic styles
        4. Creating and saving graphic styles
        5. Applying and modifying graphic styles
      3. Working with object transparency
        1. Working with multiple opacities
      4. Working with blending modes
      5. Saving and importing graphic styles
        1. Applying graphic styles to layers and symbols
      6. Self study
      7. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    14. Lesson 12: Exporting and Saving Files
      1. Starting up
      2. Saving using the AI file format
      3. Saving an illustration with layers
        1. Making a template layer
        2. Using the Transform Effect
        3. Duplicating a Stroke
      4. Saving different versions of the logo onto separate layers
        1. Expanding appearance
        2. Saving the first version
        3. Using Live Paint
        4. Using the Color Guide panel
        5. Saving the third version
        6. Using Recolor Artwork
      5. Saving a layered PDF
      6. Integration with other applications
        1. Exporting for Photoshop
        2. Integrating with InDesign
        3. Integrating with Flash
        4. Integrating with Microsoft Expression Blend (XAML)
        5. Integrating with Premiere and After Effects
      7. Saving as EPS
      8. Saving for the Web
        1. Making a Flash animation
        2. Exporting a Flash animation
      9. Self study
      10. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    15. Lesson 13: Advanced Blending Techniques
      1. Starting up
      2. Using the Blend tool
      3. Applying a gradient
      4. Applying radial gradients
      5. Applying gradients using Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh options
        1. Adjusting the Mesh
        2. Revisiting Blend options
      6. More mesh work
      7. Overlapping images
        1. Applying a gradient mesh using the Mesh tool
        2. Finishing up with the Mesh tool and automatically adding a Highlight
        3. Using the Symbol tools
      8. Creating a symbol
        1. Modifying a symbol’s appearance
      9. Self study
      10. Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    16. Lesson 14: Adobe Illustrator CC New Features
      1. Starting up
      2. What makes Adobe Illustrator CC so great?
        1. Opening the finished file
      3. Creating the luggage tag
      4. Punching out the strap holder
      5. Cloning the tag
      6. Placing multiple images
      7. Converting an image to vector art
      8. Investigating the improved Links panel
      9. Adding text
      10. Using the new Touch Type tool
      11. Embedding an image
      12. Creating an image brush
      13. Applying the image brush to a stroke
      14. Packaging a file
    17. About the Authors
    18. Acknowledgments
      1. Adobe® Illustrator® CC Digital Classroom®
    19. Credits