Illustrator CC – Getting Started

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Basics, the environment, advanced techniques…learn it all with this Illustrator CC – Getting Started training course! This course is perfect for beginners wanting to get acquainted with Adobe's flagship vector graphics editor. Learn key concepts such as navigating the workspace, creating selections, drawing shapes and paths, alignment, adding strokes and fills, typing on a path, and so much more!

Length: 6 hrs

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In this Illustrator CC – Getting Started online course, award-winning veteran trainer Geoff Blake walks you through the fundamentals of Adobe’s flagship vector graphics editor.

You’ll start with the basics: Understanding vector artwork and how it differs from raster images, and how to navigate through and customize Illustrator’s interface. Then, it’s on to making precise, masterful selections with Illustrator’s variety of commands and tools. Next, you’ll create and manage your own vector artwork, and learn how to scale, align, and adjust your objects with ease. Typography, including handling text objects and creating text along a path, comes next, followed by more advanced Illustrator techniques like special effects, Pathfinders, and exporting your work into a variety of file formats.

All this and more awaits in Illustrator CC – Getting Started

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Getting Started with Illustrator CC

1. Getting Started
Understanding Raster & Vector Graphics (3:08)
A Crash Course In Graphic File Formats (4:30)

2. Getting Comfortable in the Illustrator Environment
Opening, Creating & Working With Multiple Documents (10:11)
A Tour Of The Illustrator Interface (9:45)
Customizing The Illustrator Environment (9:27)
Saving Interface Workspaces (2:47)
Zooming and Navigation Techniques (11:28)
Using Illustrator’s Outline Mode (1:40)

3. Working With Selections
Using the Selection Tool (5:11)
Using the Direct Selection Tool (5:43)
Free-Handing Selections With The Lasso Tool (3:50)
Selecting Objects Based On Color (4:39)
Advanced Selection Techniques (5:21)
Saving & Reloading Selections (3:53)

4. Drawing Shapes & Paths
Drawing Rectangles & Squares (8:12)
Drawing Ovals & Circles (2:21)
Drawing Rounded Rectangles, Polygons & Stars (7:13)
Drawing Lines, Arcs & Grids (4:46)
Drawing With The Pencil Tool (And Erasing Mistakes) (6:11)
Understanding Vector Paths (3:12)
Introducing Illustrator Brushes (9:11)
Using The Blob Brush (5:46)

5. Managing Objects
Moving And Duplicating Objects (4:19)
Aligning And Spacing Objects Apart (5:46)
Grouping And Ungrouping Objects (7:22)
Locking And Hiding (2:55)
Controlling Stacking Order (5:58)
Rotating, Reflecting, And Transforming Shapes (13:55)
Precise Positioning Using The Transform Panel (7:39)
Precisely Transforming And Positioning Objects (6:59)
Automatically Calculating In The Transform Panel (3:49)
Aligning To A Key Object (2:26)

6. Working With Color
Methods For Applying Fills And Strokes (12:53)
Setting Stroke Options (7:32)
Creating A Dashed Outline Effect (3:52)
Exploring Illustrator’s Swatch Libraries (5:58)
Mixing And Saving Custom Colors (7:48)
Creating, Saving, And Using Custom Gradients (11:26)
Filling Objects With Patterns (3:33)
Copying Fills And Strokes (4:58)

7. Working With Type
Creating Point And Area Type (6:13)
Importing Large Amounts Of Text (7:15)
Formatting Text (11:05)
Area Type Options (3:44)
Creating Type on a Path (5:52)
Converting Text To Shapes (2:58)

8. Going Further With Illustrator
Introducing Layers (8:34)
Using Illustrator’s Pathfinders (6:17)
Applying Special Effects (11:30)
Exploring The Appearance Panel (7:00)

9. Saving & Exporting Your Work
Saving Your Work In Different File Formats (7:36)
Saving Your Work For The Web (7:34)

Geoff BlakeGeoff Blake is an award-winning instructor with nearly 20 years of experience creating online video courses. His goal is to help people gain serious web skills, helping them to expand their business, develop their projects, and yeah – make more money!

Geoff is a published author, having written ‘Ten Ton Dreamweaver’ with Peachpit Press. He also held a professorship at Seneca college, and ran graphics workshops at George Brown and Humber colleges in Toronto.

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