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Learning Illustrator CS5

Video Description

Learning Illustrator CS5

This Adobe Illustrator CS5 training video by instructor Andy Anderson teaches you to work confidently with vector graphics no matter what your focus is. You will get a thorough introduction to the individual tools Illustrator offers and also gain a better understanding of how the program can be used as a creative option in practically any workflow.

First, Andy covers the basics of the Illustrator interface, giving you a solid understanding of workspaces, shortcuts, and object alignment before moving into the program's core design tools. Starting with geometric shapes, you'll learn to work with elements that form the basis of almost any drawing project, and then learn how to use fills, strokes and gradients to incorporate more complexity into your projects. The Illustrator lessons show you how to work with text, transform objects, manipulate layers, utilize brush and pen tools, and modify your compositions through warping, meshes, masks and more. Andy covers 3D, animation, file conversion and printing, too.

By the completion of this computer software training course, you will be completely competent in the use of Illustrator, creating your own masterpieces of vector art. This course does include working files that allow you to work along side the author.

Download the working files for this course at: http://www.infiniteskills.com/01604

Table of Contents

  1. Living In A Resolution-Independent World
    1. Introduction 00:01:43
    2. Illustrator CS5 Seeing Is Believing 00:01:56
    3. The Anatomy Of A Vector Illustration 00:03:23
    4. Vector Versus Raster 00:01:57
  2. Working With Illustrator Workspaces And Preferences
    1. Introduction 00:02:00
    2. Creating A New Illustrator Document 00:04:35
    3. Setting Up The Illustrator Workspace 00:02:42
    4. Creating Custom Workspaces 00:02:08
    5. Timesaving Shortcuts 00:02:55
    6. Working Smart With Preferences 00:03:40
  3. How Illustrator Selects And Aligns Objects
    1. Introduction 00:01:07
    2. Three Ways To Select - It's Black And White 00:09:42
    3. Working With The Wand And Lasso Tools 00:03:47
    4. Aligning Manually And With The Align Panel 00:06:27
    5. Using Smart Guides 00:02:54
  4. Back To The Basics: Generating Geometric Shapes
    1. Introduction 00:01:08
    2. Creating Rectangles 00:07:24
    3. Working With Ellipses And Polygons 00:04:10
    4. Tricks With Stars And Flares 00:03:39
    5. Additional Geometric Shapes 00:08:02
    6. Illustrator's Hidden Math Feature 00:02:29
    7. QuickTip: Tricks With The Tilde Key 00:01:04
    8. QuickTip: Creating Rounded Corners 00:01:01
  5. Generating Fills, Strokes, Patterns, And Gradients
    1. Introduction 00:01:04
    2. Working With The Illustrator Swatches Panel 00:05:48
    3. Adding Solid-Color Fills To An Object 00:02:34
    4. Cool Color With Kuler 00:05:32
    5. Working With Illustrator Patterns 00:04:25
    6. Creating Custom Patterns 00:07:24
    7. Modifying Existing Patterns 00:02:07
    8. Fun With Illustrator Strokes 00:08:20
    9. Tricks With Illustrator Gradients 00:05:51
    10. Adding Custom Colors To The Swatches Panel 00:04:24
    11. Using Global Colors 00:02:49
  6. Transforming An Illustrator Object
    1. Introduction 00:00:58
    2. Transform With Rotate And Scale 00:07:49
    3. Working With The Transform Panel 00:08:35
    4. Understanding The Transform Each Command 00:04:10
    5. Creating A Reflection 00:04:45
    6. Using The Free Transform Tool 00:05:11
  7. Working With The Layers Panel
    1. Introduction 00:01:45
    2. The Illustrator Layers Panel 00:02:56
    3. Organizing A Complex Project 00:04:24
    4. Layer Options 00:02:14
    5. Layer Panel Options 00:06:31
    6. Copying Using The Layers Panel 00:02:18
    7. Opacity And Blending Modes 00:02:06
    8. Merging And Flattening Layers 00:01:57
  8. Working With Adobe Illustrator Text
    1. Introduction 00:01:30
    2. Creating A Type Container 00:04:43
    3. Working With Point Type 00:03:58
    4. Converting Objects To Type Containers 00:02:58
    5. Creating Type On A Path 00:04:14
    6. Utilizing The Character Panel 00:06:48
    7. Formatting Text With The Paragraph Panel 00:04:25
    8. Getting Efficient With With Styles 00:05:23
    9. Working With Threaded Text 00:03:50
  9. More On Text
    1. Introduction 00:01:02
    2. The Magical Eyedropper Tool And Type 00:05:04
    3. Placing Text On A Circle 00:07:22
    4. Working With Tabs And Glyphs 00:04:10
    5. Converting Type To Outlines 00:04:26
  10. Working With Pen And Point
    1. Introduction 00:01:09
    2. Pen Tool Fundamentals 00:06:11
    3. Manipulating Pen Objects 00:08:52
    4. Combining Paths To Create Objects 00:06:16
    5. Creating A Mask 00:05:54
  11. Working With Illustrators Pencil And Brush Tools
    1. Introduction 00:00:54
    2. The Illustrator Pencil Tool 00:05:55
    3. Using A Calligraphic Brush 00:04:04
    4. Creating A Calligraphic Brush 00:01:22
    5. The Amazing Symbol Sprayer Tool 00:06:56
    6. Illustrator's Scatter Brush 00:02:43
    7. Tricks With Illustrator Brushes 00:02:12
  12. Find Your Own Path With Pathfinder
    1. Introduction 00:01:01
    2. Unite And Minus Front 00:06:41
    3. Intersect And Exclude 00:03:16
    4. Divide And Trim 00:03:13
    5. Merge And Crop 00:03:11
    6. Outline And Minus Back 00:02:34
  13. Getting Creative With Masks
    1. Introduction 00:01:10
    2. Basics Of Clipping Masks 00:03:04
    3. Clipping Masks And Text 00:01:56
    4. Clipping Masks And Compound Paths 00:03:49
    5. Opacity Masks And Gradients 00:04:18
    6. More On Opacity Masks 00:02:35
    7. QuickTip: Adjusting An Opacity Mask 00:00:45
  14. Working With Warps, Envelopes, And Meshes
    1. Introduction 00:00:56
    2. Working With The Width And Warp Tools 00:09:16
    3. Twirl Pucker And Bloat Tools 00:05:41
    4. Scallop Crystalize And Wrinkle Tools 00:03:13
    5. The Envelope Distort Features 00:07:23
    6. The Amazing Mesh Tool 00:04:19
    7. Controlling A Mesh With Global Swatches 00:02:30
    8. QuickTip: Fine Tuning The Width Tool 00:00:40
  15. Getting Creative With Illustrator Effects
    1. Introduction 00:01:21
    2. Setting Effects Options 00:04:59
    3. Controlling And Moving Effects 00:04:00
    4. Controlling Effects With The Appearance Panel 00:03:43
    5. Converting Effects To Pixels 00:03:36
    6. Svg Effects, And The Effects Gallery 00:03:32
  16. Working With Graphic Styles
    1. Introduction 00:01:36
    2. Graphic Styles 101 00:03:28
    3. Applying Graphic Styles 00:01:51
    4. Merging Graphic Styles 00:02:52
    5. Creating Custom Graphic Styles 00:05:40
    6. Saving Graphic Style Libraries 00:02:49
  17. Moving Into The Third Dimension
    1. Introduction 00:00:55
    2. Working With Extrude And Bevel 00:05:07
    3. Generating Chrome Text 00:03:28
    4. Working With Revolve 00:04:23
    5. Creating A Revolve Bottle 00:05:21
    6. Generating A 3D Ribbon 00:05:50
    7. Using The Rotate Option 00:03:48
  18. Adobe Illustrator And Animation
    1. Introduction 00:01:08
    2. Frame-By-Frame Animation 00:04:32
    3. Animation With The Blend Tool 00:04:22
    4. Animations On A Path 00:05:07
    5. Fading Text Animation 00:03:52
    6. Pulsing Text Animation 00:03:32
    7. Creating An Animated GIF 00:03:03
  19. Working With Templates And Actions
    1. Introduction 00:01:22
    2. Working With Illustrator Templates 00:03:18
    3. Creating An Action 00:04:12
    4. Saving Time With Batch Processing 00:02:50
  20. Heading Out To The World Wide Web
    1. Introduction 00:00:55
    2. Web Format Basics 00:04:48
    3. Modifying Color For The Web 00:04:24
    4. Slicing Images For Efficiency And Beyond 00:06:07
    5. Creating A Navigation Bar 00:05:29
    6. Moving From Illustrator To Flash 00:04:20
  21. From Raster To Vector With The Amazing Live Trace
    1. Introduction 00:01:14
    2. Working With Livetrace 00:05:37
    3. Livetrace Features 00:03:24
    4. Editing Livetrace Objects 00:04:05
    5. Creating Custom Presets 00:06:52
    6. Generating Custom Swatch Libraries 00:02:31
    7. A Peek Into The Future 00:03:36
  22. Live Paint, And The Shape Builder Tool
    1. Introduction 00:01:07
    2. Working Through Live Paint 00:05:30
    3. The Shape Builder Tool 00:08:12
    4. Live Trace And Live Paint 00:02:06
    5. Live Paint And Gap Detection 00:03:11
    6. Working With Kuler Color 00:05:19
    7. Modifying A Color Set Using Live Color 00:04:04
  23. Illustrator Integration And Export Options
    1. Introduction 00:00:57
    2. Saving An Illustrator Document 00:05:14
    3. Converting Illustrator To Photoshop 00:02:16
    4. Working With InDesign And The TIF Format 00:02:36
    5. The Universal Portable Document File 00:02:38
    6. Moving Beyond Illustrator With EPS 00:03:33
  24. Printing, Exporting, And Saving Your Illustrator Artwork
    1. Introduction 00:01:02
    2. Working With Bleeds 00:04:38
    3. Text To Outlines, And Other Print Options 00:02:58
    4. Working With Multiple Art Boards 00:03:22
    5. Transparency Flattener Preset Options 00:04:49
    6. Moving To Powerpoint And The WWW 00:01:42
    7. Using Save And Save As 00:03:36
    8. Goodbye 00:02:00