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Adobe Illustrator CS3 Tutorial


Adobe® Illustrator® CS3 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 Professional Illustrator, Dwayne Ferguson, will introduce users to the tools and operations available in Illustrator CS3. User will then practice what they have learned by creating two exciting projects. Work Files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the movie links.

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Introduction

Workflow Demonstration
New in Illustrator CS3
System Requirements
Peripheral Devices

Interface

The Welcome Screen
Document Window
Document Profiles
The Tools Panel
Menus and Panels
The Control Panel
Navigation
Workspaces
Libraries
Shortcuts
Help

Selections

Selections
Group and Ungroup
Stacking Order
Crop
Isolation Mode

Drawing

Drawing Tools
Raster vs. Vector
Shapes
Polygons
View Modes
The Pen and Paths
Pencil and Eraser
Live Trace

Path Editing

Anchor Points
Handles
Pathfinder
Compound Shapes
Preferences

Color

Swatches
Stroke and Fill
Swatch Libraries
Dots and Dashes
Color Palettes
Create Swatches
Sample Color
Live Paint
Gradients
Kuler
Live Color

Measurements

Rulers
Grids
Smart Guides
Lasso Tools
Graphs

Type

Point and Area Type
Fonts and Colors
Type on a Path
Glyphs
Outlines
Editing Tools
Spell Check

Layers

Understand Layers
Add and Delete
Layer Options
Transparency
Blend Modes
Templates

Blends and Meshes

Create a Blend
Gradient Mesh

Masks

Opacity Masks
Clipping Masks

Brushes

Art Brushes
Scatter Brushes
Pattern Brushes
Calligraphic Brushes

Filters and Effects

Filter Types
3D
Distort
Stylize
Warp
Photoshop Filters
Blurs
Effect Gallery
Envelope Distort

Transformation Tools

Transform Panel
Free Transform
Alignment Tools
Distribution Tools
Repeat Transform

Symbols

Symbol Library
Edit Symbols
Create Symbols

Work with CS3 Applications

Work with Flash
Work with Photoshop
Work with InDesign

Appearances

Attributes
Styles
Live Effects

Saving and Exporting

Save Documents
Export to Photoshop
File Formats
PDF

Scanning

Scan in Artwork Pt 1
Scan in Artwork Pt 2

Output

Printing

Resources

Magazines
Websites

Project: Tutankamon Exhibit

Project Overview
Art Cleanup
Import Art
Tracing the Art Pt 1
Tracing the Art Pt 2
Clipping Mask
Applying Colors
Adding Type
Opacity Mask
Blend Mode Highlights
Adding Effects
Finished Poster

Project: Excalibur

Project Overview
Construct the Sword Pt 1
Construct the Sword Pt 2
Construct the Sword Pt 3
Construct the Sword Pt 4
Construct the Sword Pt 5
Construct the Sword Pt 6
Construct the Sword Pt 7
Detailing Pt 1
Detailing Pt 2

Wrap Up

Review

Credits

About the Author


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