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Adobe Illustrator CS2 Tutorial


Adobe® Illustrator® CS2 is the premiere illustration and design tool for graphic artists. Its tight integration with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and even Adobe After Effects facilitates easier and faster workflows in print, the web and even video and film. This tutorial, by author and Illustrator expert, Nathan Dickson, will introduce you to many of the tools and operations available in Adobe Illustrator CS2. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the movie links.

Introduction

What is Illustrator?
What is New in CS2?
What are Vector Graphics?
A Tour of the Interface
Managing Palettes
Getting Assistance
Resetting Preferences

Working with Documents

Creating a New Document
Using Document Setup
Saving Native Format
Saving EPS and Templates
Exporting
Saving for Web
Printing Fundamentals

Drawing Fundamentals

Drawing/Selecting/Scaling
Stroke/Fill/Color Basics
Stacking Order and Layers

Visual Attributes

Colors & Swatches Pt. 1
Colors & Swatches Pt. 2
Stroke Options
Gradients
Patterns
Transparency & Blending Modes
Appearance Palette

Selecting Things

Magnifying Glass and Hand Tools
Selector Tools
Magic Wand and Lasso Tools
Select Menu

Drawing Paths

Drawing Lines and Curves
How Bezier Curves Work
Smooth vs. Corner Points
Editing Paths
Compound Paths

Type

Point Type and Area Type
Character Palette
Paragraph Palette
Type on a Path
Coloring and Outlining Type

Productivity

Setting Preferences
Grids
Guides
Smart Guides
Align Palette
Tool Potpourri

Graphical Primitives

Line Segments and Arcs
Polygons and Stars
Lens Flares
Spirals
Rectangular and Polar Grids
Pencil and Eraser Tools

Transform and Distort

Grouping/Hiding/Locking
Scale and Rotate Tools
Reflect and Shear Tools
Transform Palette
Move and Transform Each
Free Transform Tool
Reshape Tool
Liquification Tools

Layers

Clipping Masks
Layers Palette Basics
Layer Clipping Masks
Targeting and Rearranging
Layer Options
Layer Potpourri

Special Tools

Pathfinder Palette
Path Menu
Brushes
Eyedropper Tool
Symbolism
Blends
Live Paint Bucket
Scissors and Knife Tools

External Graphics

Embedding vs. Linking
Link Management
Live Trace

Effects vs. Filters

Filters
Effects
Document Raster Effects Settings
My Favorite Effects

Wrap-up

Wrapping it Up

Author

About Nathan Dickson


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