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Illustrator Foundations

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Whether you are creating a catchy and fun cartoon, designing a print banner advertisement, or developing content for a mobile game, save time and money with expert techniques, trips and tricks from by Adobe Certified Expert, Rafiq Elmansy with Illustrator Foundations. With practical applications and step by step tutorials, solve problems quickly to develop creative projects on time and to budget. Want to hone your Illustrator skills so you can remain competitive in a diverse market while concentrating on your vector graphics projects? Then Illustrator Foundations is for you! With real-world professional projects you'll discover how to: develop mobile applications, work with layers, masks, vector images and many more tips and tricks not found anywhere else! Harness the full Creative Suite software package with tips on how to integrate Illustrator with Photoshop and After Effects. This book is a goldmine of artistic inspiration, timesaving practical tips, tricks and step-by-step walkthroughs; you'll wonder how you survived this long without it. Put the Adobe Illustrator CS6 techniques to the test with the fully updated companion website with downloadable Illustrator source files, examples and video tutorials.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover 
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents 
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Chapter 1: Introducing Adobe Illustrator CS6
    1. Scope of the Book
    2. Is This Book for You?
    3. How This Book Is Organized
    4. What’s New in Illustrator CS6
      1. New Modern User Interface
      2. 64-bit Support
      3. Pattern Creation
      4. Gradient on Stroke
      5. Image Trace
    5. Illustrator CS6 Workspace
      1. Managing Panel
      2. Customize Your Own Workspace
    6. Illustrator Preferences
      1. Plug-ins and Scratch Disks
      2. User Interface
    7. Illustrator Shortcuts
    8. Managing Resources with Adobe Bridge
      1. Top Menus and Panel
      2. Folders and Favorites Panels
      3. Filters Panel
      4. Collections Panel
      5. Export Panel
      6. Content Panel
      7. Metadata and Keywords Panels
      8. Compact Mode
      9. Batch Rename
      10. Output Images as PDF and Web Gallery
  7. Chapter 2: Managing Documents in Adobe Illustrator
    1. Working with New Documents
    2. Working with Templates
    3. Working with Artboards
      1. Artboard Panel
      2. Saving Artboards
    4. Saving Illustrator Documents
    5. Working with Rulers
      1. Ruler Measurements
      2. Video Rulers
    6. Working with Guides
      1. Convert Path to a Guide
      2. Smart Guides
    7. Grids
    8. Guides and Grid Preferences
    9. Working with XMP Metadata
  8. Chapter 3: Drawing in Illustrator
    1. Drawing with the Pen Tool
    2. Free Drawing with the Pencil Tool
    3. Closed Path Primitives
      1. Rectangle Tool
      2. Rounded Rectangle Tool
      3. Ellipse Tool
      4. Polygon Tool
      5. Star Tool
      6. Flare Tool
    4. Open Paths Primitives
      1. Line Segment Tool
      2. Arc Tool
      3. Spiral Tool
      4. Rectangular Grid Tool
      5. Polar Grid Tool
    5. Modifying Paths
      1. Path Eraser Tool
      2. Eraser Tool
      3. Join and Average Points
      4. Simplify Paths
      5. Clean Up
  9. Chapter 4: Working with Color
    1. Changing Artwork Colors
      1. Color Panel
      2. Control Panel
      3. Color Swatches
    2. Color Guide
  10. Chapter 5: Working with the Gradient Tool
    1. Gradient Panel
      1. How to Create Gradient
    2. Applying Gradient to Stroke
    3. Gradient Tool
      1. Linear Gradient
      2. Radial Gradient
    4. Working with Meshes
  11. Chapter 6: Working with Patterns
    1. Understanding Pattern Design
    2. Converting Artwork into a Pattern
    3. Working with the Pattern Options Panel
  12. Chapter 7: Editing Artwork
    1. Working with Compound Paths
    2. Working with Pathfinder
    3. Shape Builder Tool
    4. Splitting Objects into Grids
    5. Transform Artwork
      1. Move Objects
      2. Rotate Objects
      3. Reflect Objects
      4. Scale Objects
      5. Shear Objects
      6. Free Transform
  13. Chapter 8: Brushes
    1. Brushes Panel
    2. Brush Types
      1. Calligraphic Brush
      2. Scatter Brush
      3. Art Brush
      4. Bristle Brush
      5. Pattern Brushes
    3. Blob Brush
  14. Chapter 9: Working with Type
    1. Placing Text into an Illustrator File
    2. Text Properties
      1. Make with Warp
      2. Make with Mesh
    3. Working with Paragraph
    4. Area Text Options
    5. Text Area Threading
    6. Working with Text and Paths
    7. Convert Text into Path
  15. Chapter 10: Masks, Blends, and Blending Modes
    1. Working with Masks
      1. The Mask Concept
      2. Applying Mask to Artwork
      3. Applying Mask to Images
      4. Working with Opacity Mask
    2. Blends
  16. Chapter 11: Working with Images and Image Trace
    1. Links Panel
    2. Image Trace
      1. Image Trace Panel
  17. Chapter 12: Symbols and Graphs
    1. Working with Symbols
      1. Converting Artwork to Symbols
      2. Modifying Symbols
    2. Working with Graphs
      1. Switching between Graph Types
      2. Changing the Color of the Graph
      3. Add Artwork to Graph
  18. Chapter 13: 3D and Drawing in Perspective
    1. 3D Perspective Grid
    2. 3D Effects
    3. 3D Extrude & Bevel
      1. Position
      2. Extrude and Bevel
      3. Surface
      4. 3D Revolve
      5. 3D Rotation
  19. Chapter 14: Working with Effects
    1. Appearance Panel
    2. Live Effect
    3. Illustrator Effects
      1. 3D Effects
      2. Convert to Shape
      3. Crop Marks
      4. Distort and Transform
      5. Path and Pathfinder Effects
      6. Rasterize
      7. Stylize
      8. SVG Filters
      9. Warp
    4. Photoshop Effects
    5. Object Distortion Tools
    6. Blending Modes
  20. Chapter 15: Arranging and Saving Artwork
    1. Working with Groups
    2. Lock Artwork
    3. Hide Artwork
    4. Arranging Objects
    5. Working with Layers
    6. Saving an Illustrator Document
      1. Save Document as Template
      2. Save Document as PDF
      3. Save Document as JPG
      4. Save Document as PNG
      5. Save Documents as Photoshop PSD
  21. Chapter 16: Illustrator for Web
    1. Preparing Illustrator Documents for Web
    2. Anti-aliasing
    3. Optimizing Web Graphics
      1. Saving for Web as GIF
      2. Saving for Web as JPG
      3. Saving for Web as PNG
    4. Using Web Slices
  22. Chapter 17: Printing
    1. New Document Settings
    2. Converting Text to Outline
    3. Working with Bleeds
    4. Setting Up Trim Marks
    5. Working with Colors
      1. Separations Preview
    6. Printing Options
      1. General Settings
      2. Marks and Bleeds
      3. Output
      4. Graphics
      5. Color Management
      6. Advanced and Summary
  23. Chapter 18: Integration with Adobe CS6 Applications
    1. Integration with Photoshop
      1. Export Artwork as Flattened Image
      2. Export Artwork as Photoshop PSD Format
      3. Copy and Paste
    2. Integration with Flash
    3. Integration with After Effects
  24. Index