These easy to follow, in-depth lessons show you how to create top quality artwork using Adobe Illustrator CS3.
This Illustrator CS3: Essentials series focuses on best practices for producing better images more efficiently – ensuring the most unique and professional work for print or the web. Get up to speed on the unique capabilities of Adobe Illustrator CS3 today!
Examine professionally-prepared, real-world Illustrator files to understand clearly what makes Illustrator the best tool for the job of creating top-quality line-based artwork.
Learn the essentials of Illustrator with clear, simple instructions that make this powerful application easy to understand and use.
Create a library of shapes, patterns and more for use in your own projects.
Prepare your artwork for print or export it for use in websites or other online output.
Disc I – Illustrator Basics
Chapter I: WELCOME TO ILLUSTRATOR CS3 (19 min)
Vectors vs. Pixels
Understanding Points, Paths, Fills & Strokes
Exploring the New Welcome Screen
Opening an Existing Document
Saving & Closing Documents
Chapter II: THE ILLUSTRATOR INTERFACE (37 min)
Using the Menu Bar & Status Bar
Working with the Tool Box
Using the Control Palette
Using the Palette Dock
Saving & Loading Workspaces
Zooming & Panning a Document
Working with the Layers Palette
Chapter III: CREATING & COLORING OBJECTS (46 min)
Working with Rulers, Guides & Grids
Drawing Rectangles & Ovals
Selecting & Deleting Objects
Dividing an Object
Drawing Polygons & Stars
Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
Changing Fills & Strokes
Changing Opacity & Using the Eyedropper Tool
Using the Color Palette
Understanding Live Color
Chapter IV: MANIPULATING OBJECTS (26 min)
Using Simple Transformations
Using the Transform Menu
Shearing & Reflecting Objects
Using the Transform Each Command
Aligning & Distributing Objects
Chapter V: DRAWING IN ILLUSTRATOR (19 min)
Freeform Drawing with the Pencil Tool
Drawing with Brushes
Tracing a Template
Using Live Trace
Chapter VI: USING THE PEN TOOL (18 min)
Understanding Anchor Points
Drawing Straight Lines
Working with Curved Corner Points
Working with Combination Corner Points
Converting Anchor Points
Chapter VII: WORKING WITH POINTS & PATHS (27 min)
Using the Direct Selection Tool
Transforming Points & Path Segments
Splitting & Joining Paths
Adding & Removing Points
Using the Pathfinder Palette
Final Comments & Credits
Disc II – Images, Type, Effects & Publishing
Chapter I: WORKING WITH PIXEL-BASED IMAGES (18 min)
Replacing & Linking Files
Chapter II: CREATING TYPE (34 min)
Using the Type Tool
Applying Character & Paragraph Formatting
Using Character & Paragraph Styles
Adding Type to a Shape
Creating Type on a Path
Chapter III: THE APPEARANCE PALETTE & LIVE EFFECTS (42 min)
Applying Graphic Styles
Creating New Graphic Styles
Modifying Existing Graphic Styles
Working with the Appearance Palette
Applying Multiple Effects
Applying Photoshop® Effects
Applying 3D Effects
Chapter IV: EXPORTING ARTWORK (17 min)
Viewing Pixel Preview & Converting the Color Space
Optimizing for the Web
Slicing an Image
Preparing a Document for Rollovers
Chapter V: PRINTING DOCUMENTS (11 min)
Setting the Crop Area
Preparing for Printing
Printing the Document
Chapter VI: TIPS & TRICKS (33 min)
Creating Global Colors
Working with Symbols
Creating Dynamic Text Background
Final Comments & Credits
Total Run Time: 6 hrs
Steve has almost 20 years of experience teaching software applications, and has spent the past 10 years specializing in Adobe applications. In that time he’s taught hundreds of classes and seminars on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat, as well as Microsoft Office applications and other productivity software. Past clients include Adobe Systems, Bank of America, McDonnell-Douglas, Aetna and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Steve has also served as a consultant and presentation coach for Adobe Systems’ annual Tech Summit, a gathering of engineers and other technical personnel from all over the world.
Before returning to teaching and writing independently, Steve worked at Adobe as a Senior Technical Writer and Senior Training Specialist for Adobe Systems, a Senior Instructor for Catapult Software Training, and a Manager of Technical Documentation for MetaTools (a developer of plug-ins for Photoshop and other Adobe applications).
Steve is also the author or co-author of many books on a wide variety of software applications, including Teach Yourself Adobe Creative Suite All-in-One (Sams Publishing); PhotoDeluxe 2 Visual QuickStart Guide, ACT! 2.0 Visual QuickStart Guide and The Macintosh Bible, Fifth Edition (Peachpit Press); Illustrator 7 Complete and Photoshop 4 Complete (Hayden Books); and Kai’s Power Tools Studio Secrets (IDG Books). He was the technical editor of the Illustrator 8 Bible (IDG Books), and a writer and editor for Acrobat Messenger online help, the Photoshop 5.5 software manual and Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book (Adobe Press).
Steve is currently a software trainer and public speaking coach based in the San Jose, California area.
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