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Adobe Illustrator CS6

Video Description

In this Adobe Illustrator CS6 training course, expert author and trainer Andy Anderson guides you through the tools and techniques that are available to you in this vector graphics editor from Adobe Systems. Used by professionals around the world, Illustrator can be a mystifying program, but Andy breaks it down into easy-to-understand sections that even an absolute beginner with Illustrator can understand.
This tutorial starts out with a tour of the Illustrator interface, and an explanation of vector art. Once you have a grounding in the basic navigation, Andy quickly takes you into applying Illustrator tools for selections, color management, shapes, fills, strokes, as well as anchors and paths. You will learn about creating and managing vector based shapes, using the pen tool, working with effects and layers, working with masks and images, and much, much more.
By the completion of this video based tutorial for Adobe Illustrator CS6, you will fully understand the difference between vector and raster art, and how to create high-quality vector images using the variety of tools provided to you in Illustrator CS6. Working files are included to allow you to work with the same files that the author uses throughout this video training course.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction To Adobe Illustrator 00:03:53
    2. Working With The Exercise Files 00:01:56
  2. The First Step
    1. Introduction - Chapter 2 00:01:28
    2. Vector Versus Raster 00:04:20
    3. Working Smart With Illustrator Preferences 00:06:25
    4. A Peek At The Illustrator Interface 00:05:28
    5. Working With Illustrator Panels 00:04:59
    6. The Amazing Control Panel 00:03:31
    7. Creating & Saving Workspaces 00:04:40
  3. Controlling What You Do
    1. Introduction - Chapter 3 00:02:40
    2. Intent To Print 00:04:35
    3. Intent To Web 00:03:58
    4. Working With Multiple Documents 00:02:49
    5. Working With View And Navigation 00:05:37
    6. Creative Uses Of Grids And Guides 00:09:02
    7. You Are What You Measure 00:03:34
    8. Preview Modes 00:04:00
    9. Controlling The Illustrator Views 00:02:30
    10. Hiding And Locking Illustrator Objects 00:03:28
    11. Illustrator Artboards 00:04:31
  4. Selecting And Working With Illustrator Objects
    1. Introduction - Chapter 4 00:01:24
    2. Fine-Tuning Selection 00:04:58
    3. Group & Direct Selection Techniques 00:06:23
    4. The Magical Magic Wand 00:04:09
    5. The Lasso Tool 00:02:31
    6. Attribute Selection Techniques 00:05:14
    7. Isolation Mode & Group Selection 00:04:46
    8. Size Matters 00:05:17
    9. Rotating Illustrator Objects 00:03:56
    10. Using The Distort Tools 00:07:00
    11. Making A Kansas Sun Flower 00:04:39
  5. Illustrator CS6 And Color Management
    1. Introduction - Chapter 5 00:01:28
    2. Designing With Intent 00:03:20
    3. Colorsync Management 00:04:29
    4. The Global Color Swatch Option 00:06:18
    5. The World Of Spot Colors 00:03:35
    6. Gaining Control With Color Groups 00:02:04
    7. Finding Inspiration With Color Libraries 00:02:55
    8. Working With ASE And AI Color Files 00:03:29
    9. Maintaining Harmony With Color Guide, And Kuler 00:03:55
  6. Working With Shapes, Fills, And Strokes
    1. Introduction - Chapter 6 00:01:11
    2. Basic Shapes - Part 1 00:10:35
    3. Basic Shapes - Part 2 00:05:52
    4. It's All In The Math 00:03:31
    5. Working With Fills 00:05:55
    6. Strokes 101 00:06:58
    7. Adding Dash Lines & Arrows 00:07:32
    8. Varying The Width Of A Stroke 00:07:02
    9. Converting Strokes To Illustrator Objects 00:03:28
    10. The World Of Illustrator Gradients 00:07:06
    11. Working With The New Patterns Panel 00:06:35
  7. Understand Anchors And Paths
    1. Introduction - Chapter 7 00:01:09
    2. Paths 101 00:03:43
    3. Anchors 101 00:06:20
    4. Working With Open & Closed Paths 00:03:17
    5. Utilizing The Join & Average Commands 00:03:40
    6. The Scissors & Knife Tools 00:05:29
  8. Creating And Managing Vector-Based Shapes
    1. Introduction - Chapter 8 00:01:06
    2. Controlling Object Stacking Order 00:05:51
    3. The Pathfinder Panel - Part 1 00:10:40
    4. The Pathfinder Panel - Part 2 00:05:11
    5. Going Beyond The Pathfinder Panel 00:05:18
    6. The Symbol Sprayer Tool 00:07:16
    7. Creating Custom Symbols 00:05:25
    8. Painting In A Vector Application 00:06:33
  9. The Ubiquitous Pen Tool
    1. Introduction - Chapter 9 00:01:36
    2. Pen Tool 101 00:04:30
    3. Generating Paths With The Pen Tool 00:06:12
    4. Adding, Deleting & Converting Anchor Points 00:04:03
    5. It's All About Control 00:04:35
    6. Working With Smart Guides & The Pen Tool 00:07:22
  10. The Illustrator Type Connection
    1. Introduction - Chapter 10 00:01:00
    2. Point Type Vs. Container Type 00:09:02
    3. Converting Objects To Type Containers 00:06:34
    4. Adding Type To A Straight Or Curved Path 00:05:41
    5. Working With The Character And Paragraph Panels 00:13:39
    6. Working With Character And Paragraph Styles 00:06:12
    7. Threading Text Between Paths And Containers 00:03:54
    8. Controlling Text With The Eyedropper 00:06:37
    9. Adding Complex Text To A Circle 00:07:05
    10. Converting Text Into An Outline 00:04:24
  11. Working With Effects Options And The Appearance Panel
    1. Introduction - Chapter 11 00:01:10
    2. Setting Effects Options 00:04:22
    3. Effects Manipulation 00:05:35
    4. The Amazing Appearance Panel 00:04:32
    5. Converting Vector To Raster 00:05:29
    6. Working With 3D Effects 00:07:49
    7. Creating Faux Neon With The Appearance Panel 00:08:37
  12. Working With The Illustrator Panel
    1. Introduction - Chapter 12 00:01:03
    2. Layers 101 00:03:54
    3. Creating Layers And Moving Objects 00:04:52
    4. Controlling Layer Options 00:02:37
    5. Managing Layer Panel Options 00:09:44
    6. Opacity And Blending Modes 00:03:57
  13. Working With Images And Masks
    1. Introduction - Chapter 13 00:01:15
    2. Importing Images Into Adobe Illustrator 00:05:05
    3. Modifying Images In Adobe Illustrator 00:03:06
    4. Defining A Clipping Path 00:03:45
    5. Importing A Clipping Path 00:06:57
    6. Creating A Clipping Path From Text 00:03:13
    7. Generating An Opacity Mask 00:08:26
    8. Creating Masks With Compound Paths 00:04:23
  14. Down And Dirty Illustrator Tricks
    1. Introduction - Chapter 14 00:01:29
    2. Using Illustrators Improved Tracing Features 00:09:18
    3. Working With Live Paint 00:06:55
    4. Understanding Envelope Distort 00:08:09
    5. Illustrator And Flash Animation 00:06:36
    6. Creating Custom Illustrator Brushes 00:10:03
    7. Cool Blending Option Tricks 00:05:42
    8. The Amazing Mesh Tool 00:05:12
  15. Beginning With The End In Mind
    1. Introduction - Chapter 15 00:01:25
    2. From Adobe Illustrator To The Web 00:12:03
    3. The World Of Portable Document Files 00:05:12
    4. From Computer To Paper 00:08:27
    5. Tips And Tricks On Saving 00:04:02