Beginners Adobe Illustrator CS5 Tutorial

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Beginners Adobe Illustrator CS5 Tutorial

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Published 10/2011 English

Course Description

A Verifiable Certificate of Completion is presented to all students who undertake this course.

Along with Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator is one of the most important graphic design tools in the world, and absolutely the best choice if you want to create vector graphics that can be endlessly resized without degradation. Andy Anderson’s Illustrator CS5 for Beginners video course can help you quickly become proficient with Illustrator’s¬†cutting edge tools and functionality.

This Adobe Illustrator video tutorial teaches you to work confidently with vector graphics no matter what your focus. 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 go-to choice in virtually any workflow. Andy thoroughly demonstrates vector graphic design techniques that can be used to create logos, business cards and enormous posters, and also 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 includes working files that allow you to work alongside the author.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.
  • Geometric shapes, fills, strokes and even gradients to incorporate more complexity into your projects.
  • How to work with text, transform objects, manipulate layers, utilize brush and pen tools, and modify your compositions through warping, meshes, masks and more.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone wanting to learn to design with vector graphics, whether for logos, business cards or Flash-style animation.
  • People who are wanting to move from HTML or CSS to full-on programming.
  • Photoshop users wanting to expand their knowledge to another key component of the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Users interested in creating digital art with pen tablet devices.

Curriculum

Section 1: Living In A Resolution-Independent World
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Article
Introduction
01:43
Illustrator CS5 Seeing Is Believing
01:55
The Anatomy Of A Vector Illustration
03:23
Vector Versus Raster
01:57
Section 2: Working With Illustrator Workspaces And Preferences
Introduction
01:59
Creating A New Illustrator Document
04:35
Setting Up The Illustrator Workspace
02:41
Creating Custom Workspaces
02:08
Timesaving Shortcuts
02:54
Working Smart With Preferences
03:40
Section 3: How Illustrator Selects And Aligns Objects
Introduction
01:07
Three Ways To Select – It’s Black And White
09:41
Working With The Wand And Lasso Tools
03:46
Aligning Manually And With The Align Panel
06:26
Using Smart Guides
02:54
Section 4: Back To The Basics: Generating Geometric Shapes
Introduction
01:08
Creating Rectangles
07:23
Working With Ellipses And Polygons
04:10
Tricks With Stars And Flares
03:38
Additional Geometric Shapes
08:02
Illustrator’s Hidden Math Feature
02:29
QuickTip: Tricks With The Tilde Key
01:04
QuickTip: Creating Rounded Corners
01:00
Section 5: Generating Fills, Strokes, Patterns, And Gradients
Introduction
01:04
Working With The Illustrator Swatches Panel
05:48
Adding Solid-Color Fills To An Object
02:33
Cool Color With Kuler
05:31
Working With Illustrator Patterns
04:25
Creating Custom Patterns
07:23
Modifying Existing Patterns
02:07
Fun With Illustrator Strokes
08:20
Tricks With Illustrator Gradients
05:51
Adding Custom Colors To The Swatches Panel
04:23
Using Global Colors
02:49
Section 6: Transforming An Illustrator Object
Introduction
00:58
Transform With Rotate And Scale
07:49
Working With The Transform Panel
08:34
Understanding The Transform Each Command
04:10
Creating A Reflection
04:45
Using The Free Transform Tool
05:10
Section 7: Working With The Layers Panel
Introduction
01:45
The Illustrator Layers Panel
02:56
Organizing A Complex Project
04:23
Layer Options
02:14
Layer Panel Options
06:31
Copying Using The Layers Panel
02:17
Opacity And Blending Modes
02:05
Merging And Flattening Layers
01:57
Section 8: Working With Adobe Illustrator Text
Introduction
01:30
Creating A Type Container
04:43
Working With Point Type
03:58
Converting Objects To Type Containers
02:57
Creating Type On A Path
04:14
Utilizing The Character Panel
06:47
Formatting Text With The Paragraph Panel
04:24
Getting Efficient With With Styles
05:23
Working With Threaded Text
03:50
Section 9: More On Text
Introduction
01:02
The Magical Eyedropper Tool And Type
05:03
Placing Text On A Circle
07:22
Working With Tabs And Glyphs
04:09
Converting Type To Outlines
04:25
Section 10: Working With Pen And Point
Introduction
01:09
Pen Tool Fundamentals
06:10
Manipulating Pen Objects
08:52
Combining Paths To Create Objects
06:15
Creating A Mask
05:54
Section 11: Working With Illustrators Pencil And Brush Tools
Introduction
00:53
The Illustrator Pencil Tool
05:55
Using A Calligraphic Brush
04:04
Creating A Calligraphic Brush
01:21
The Amazing Symbol Sprayer Tool
06:55
Illustrator’s Scatter Brush
02:43
Tricks With Illustrator Brushes
02:11
Section 12: Find Your Own Path With Pathfinder
Introduction
01:00
Unite And Minus Front
06:41
Intersect And Exclude
03:15
Divide And Trim
03:13
Merge And Crop
03:11
Outline And Minus Back
02:33
Section 13: Getting Creative With Masks
Introduction
01:10
Basics Of Clipping Masks
03:03
Clipping Masks And Text
01:55
Clipping Masks And Compound Paths
03:49
Opacity Masks And Gradients
04:18
More On Opacity Masks
02:34
QuickTip: Adjusting An Opacity Mask
00:45
Section 14: Working With Warps, Envelopes, And Meshes
Introduction
00:56
Working With The Width And Warp Tools
09:15
Twirl Pucker And Bloat Tools
05:41
Scallop Crystalize And Wrinkle Tools
03:13
The Envelope Distort Features
07:23
The Amazing Mesh Tool
04:19
Controlling A Mesh With Global Swatches
02:29
QuickTip: Fine Tuning The Width Tool
00:40
Section 15: Getting Creative With Illustrator Effects
Introduction
01:20
Setting Effects Options
04:59
Controlling And Moving Effects
04:00
Controlling Effects With The Appearance Panel
03:43
Converting Effects To Pixels
03:35
Svg Effects, And The Effects Gallery
03:32
Section 16: Working With Graphic Styles
Introduction
01:35
Graphic Styles 101
03:27
Applying Graphic Styles
01:51
Merging Graphic Styles
02:51
Creating Custom Graphic Styles
05:39
Saving Graphic Style Libraries
02:49
Section 17: Moving Into The Third Dimension
Introduction
00:55
Working With Extrude And Bevel
05:07
Generating Chrome Text
03:28
Working With Revolve
04:23
Creating A Revolve Bottle
05:21
Generating A 3D Ribbon
05:50
Using The Rotate Option
03:48
Section 18: Adobe Illustrator And Animation
Introduction
01:07
Frame-By-Frame Animation
04:31
Animation With The Blend Tool
04:21
Animations On A Path
05:07
Fading Text Animation
03:51
Pulsing Text Animation
03:31
Creating An Animated GIF
03:02
Section 19: Working With Templates And Actions
Introduction
01:22
Working With Illustrator Templates
03:17
Creating An Action
04:11
Saving Time With Batch Processing
02:49
Section 20: Heading Out To The World Wide Web
Introduction
00:55
Web Format Basics
04:47
Modifying Color For The Web
04:23
Slicing Images For Efficiency And Beyond
06:07
Creating A Navigation Bar
05:29
Moving From Illustrator To Flash
04:20
Section 21: From Raster To Vector With The Amazing Live Trace
Introduction
01:14
Working With Livetrace
05:37
Livetrace Features
03:23
Editing Livetrace Objects
04:05
Creating Custom Presets
06:52
Generating Custom Swatch Libraries
02:30
A Peek Into The Future
03:36
Section 22: Live Paint, And The Shape Builder Tool
Introduction
01:06
Working Through Live Paint
05:30
The Shape Builder Tool
08:12
Live Trace And Live Paint
02:06
Live Paint And Gap Detection
03:10
Working With Kuler Color
05:19
Modifying A Color Set Using Live Color
04:04
Section 23: Illustrator Integration And Export Options
Introduction
00:56
Saving An Illustrator Document
05:13
Converting Illustrator To Photoshop
02:16
Working With InDesign And The TIF Format
02:36
The Universal Portable Document File
02:38
Moving Beyond Illustrator With EPS
03:32
Section 24: Printing, Exporting, And Saving Your Illustrator Artwork
Introduction
01:02
Working With Bleeds
04:38
Text To Outlines, And Other Print Options
02:58
Working With Multiple Art Boards
03:21
Transparency Flattener Preset Options
04:49
Moving To Powerpoint And The WWW
01:42
Using Save And Save As
03:35
Goodbye
01:59

Instructor Biography

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Infinite Skills is a Canadian based company who offer a huge and ever growing range of high quality eLearning solutions that teach using studio quality narrated videos backed-up with practical hands-on examples and comprehensive working files. All courses are created by trained educators and experts in video based education.

The emphasis is on teaching real life skills that are essential for progressing in today’s commercial environment.

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