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Adobe Illustrator CS4 Tutorial


Create illustrations on multiple art boards, experience a new way of working with the Blob Brush and take even greater control of your gradients with the revamped Gradient Tool. Adobe Illustrator CS4’s improved interface and tools help you take your creativity to the next level. Professional illustrator, television animation art director and writer Dwayne Ferguson takes you on an in-depth look at Illustrator CS4. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Introduction

New in Illustrator CS4
System Requirements

Interface

Document Window
Document Profiles
Multiple Artboards
The Tools Panel
Menus & Panels
Navigation
Workspaces
Libraries
Shortcuts
He|p

Selections

Selections
Group & Ungroup
Stacking Order
Artboard Tool
Isolation Mode

Drawing

Raster vs. Vector
Shapes
Polygons
Pencil & Eraser
Tracing

Pen & Paths

Anchor Points
Handles
Pathfinder
Compound Shapes
Preferences

Color

Swatches
Stroke & Fill
Swatch Libraries
Dots & Dashes
Color Palettes
Create Swatches
Sample Color
Live Paint
Live Color

Gradients

Gradient Tool pt. 1
Gradient Tool pt. 2

Measurements

Rulers
Grids
Smart Guides
Lasso Tools
Graphs

Type

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

Layers

Understand Layers
Add & Delete
Layer Options
Transparency
Blend Modes
Templates

Blends & Meshes

Create a Blend
Gradient Mesh

Masks

Opacity Masks
Clipping Masks

Brushes

Blob Brush pt. 1
Blob Brush pt. 2
Art Brushes
Scatter Brushes
Pattern Brushes
Calligraphic Brushes

Filters & 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

CS4 Applications Integration

Work with Flash
Work with Photoshop
Work with InDesign

Appearances

Attributes
Styles
Live Effects

Saving & Exporting

Save Documents
Export to Photoshop
File Formats

Output

Printing
PDF

Project: Hot Air Balloon Race

Project Overview
Scan Sketch
Place Sketch
Sky & Clouds
Trees & Hills
Arranging Layers
Balloons
Basket & Ropes
Details pt. 1
Details pt. 2
Details pt. 3

Project: Go! Detergent Logo

Project Overview
Research
Brainstorm
Sketch
Stroke
Trace
Letters
Colors
Details

Project: Go 3d

Project Overview
Go 3D pt. 1
Go 3D pt. 2

Wrap Up

Review / Final Thoughts

Credits

About the Author


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