Illustrator CS3: Essentials

Illustrator CS3: Essentials


Total Run Time: 6 hrs

These easy to follow, in-depth lessons show you how to create top quality artwork using Adobe Illustrator CS3.


  1. Examine professionally-prepared, real-world Illustrator files to understand clearly what makes Illustrator the best tool for the job of creating top-quality line-based artwork.
  2. Learn the essentials of Illustrator with clear, simple instructions that make this powerful application easy to understand and use.
  3. Create a library of shapes, patterns and more for use in your own projects.
  4. Prepare your artwork for print or export it for use in websites or other online output.

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This Illustrator CS3: Essentials series focuses on best practices for producing better images more efficiently – ensuring the most unique and professional work for print or the web. Get up to speed on the unique capabilities of Adobe Illustrator CS3 today!

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Course outline

Disc 1 – Illustrator Basics

Chapter 1: WELCOME TO ILLUSTRATOR CS3 (19 min)

  1. Vectors vs. Pixels
  2. Understanding Points, Paths, Fills & Strokes
  3. Exploring the New Welcome Screen
  4. Opening an Existing Document
  5. Saving & Closing Documents

  1. Using the Menu Bar & Status Bar
  2. Working with the Tool Box
  3. Using the Control Palette
  4. Using the Palette Dock
  5. Saving & Loading Workspaces
  6. Setting Preferences
  7. Zooming & Panning a Document
  8. Working with the Layers Palette

  1. Working with Rulers, Guides & Grids
  2. Drawing Rectangles & Ovals
  3. Selecting & Deleting Objects
  4. Duplicating Objects
  5. Dividing an Object
  6. Drawing Polygons & Stars
  7. Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
  8. Changing Fills & Strokes
  9. Changing Opacity & Using the Eyedropper Tool
  10. Using the Color Palette
  11. Understanding Live Color
Chapter 4: MANIPULATING OBJECTS (26 min)

  1. Using Simple Transformations
  2. Rotating Objects
  3. Using the Transform Menu
  4. Shearing & Reflecting Objects
  5. Using the Transform Each Command
  6. Aligning & Distributing Objects
  7. Distorting Objects
Chapter 5: DRAWING IN ILLUSTRATOR (19 min)

  1. Freeform Drawing with the Pencil Tool
  2. Drawing with Brushes
  3. Tracing a Template
  4. Using Live Trace
Chapter 6: USING THE PEN TOOL (18 min)

  1. Understanding Anchor Points
  2. Drawing Straight Lines
  3. Drawing Curves
  4. Working with Curved Corner Points
  5. Working with Combination Corner Points
  6. Converting Anchor Points
Chapter 7: WORKING WITH POINTS & PATHS (27 min)

  1. Using the Direct Selection Tool
  2. Transforming Points & Path Segments
  3. Splitting & Joining Paths
  4. Aligning Points
  5. Adding & Removing Points
  6. Using the Pathfinder Palette
  7. Final Comments & Credits

Disc 2 – Images, Type, Effects & Publishing


  1. Placing Images
  2. Replacing & Linking Files
  3. Managing Links
  4. Masking Images
  5. Modifying Images
Chapter 2: CREATING TYPE (34 min)

  1. Using the Type Tool
  2. Placing Type
  3. Applying Character & Paragraph Formatting
  4. Using Character & Paragraph Styles
  5. Adding Type to a Shape
  6. Creating Type on a Path
  7. Enveloping Type

  1. Applying Filters
  2. Applying Graphic Styles
  3. Creating New Graphic Styles
  4. Modifying Existing Graphic Styles
  5. Working with the Appearance Palette
  6. Understanding Effects
  7. Applying Multiple Effects
  8. Applying Photoshop® Effects
  9. Applying 3D Effects
Chapter 4: EXPORTING ARTWORK (17 min)

  1. Viewing Pixel Preview & Converting the Color Space
  2. Optimizing for the Web
  3. Slicing an Image
  4. Preparing a Document for Rollovers
Chapter 5: PRINTING DOCUMENTS (11 min)

  1. Setting the Crop Area
  2. Preparing for Printing
  3. Printing the Document
Chapter 6: TIPS & TRICKS (33 min)

  1. Saving Views
  2. Creating Patterns
  3. Transforming Patterns
  4. Creating Global Colors
  5. Working with Symbols
  6. Using Actions
  7. Creating Dynamic Text Background
  8. Final Comments & Credits

Presenter Info

Steve SampsonSteve has almost 20 years of experience teaching software applications, and has spent the past 10 years specializing in Adobe applications. In that time he’s taught hundreds of classes and seminars on Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat, as well as Microsoft Office applications and other productivity software. Past clients include Adobe Systems, Bank of America, McDonnell-Douglas, Aetna and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Steve has also served as a consultant and presentation coach for Adobe Systems’ annual Tech Summit, a gathering of engineers and other technical personnel from all over the world.

Before returning to teaching and writing independently, Steve worked at Adobe as a Senior Technical Writer and Senior Training Specialist for Adobe Systems, a Senior Instructor for Catapult Software Training, and a Manager of Technical Documentation for MetaTools (a developer of plug-ins for Photoshop and other Adobe applications).

Steve is also the author or co-author of many books on a wide variety of software applications, including Teach Yourself Adobe Creative Suite All-in-One (Sams Publishing); PhotoDeluxe 2 Visual QuickStart Guide, ACT! 2.0 Visual QuickStart Guide and The Macintosh Bible, Fifth Edition (Peachpit Press); Illustrator 7 Complete and Photoshop 4 Complete (Hayden Books); and Kai’s Power Tools Studio Secrets (IDG Books). He was the technical editor of the Illustrator 8 Bible (IDG Books), and a writer and editor for Acrobat Messenger online help, the Photoshop 5.5 software manual and Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book (Adobe Press).

Steve is currently a software trainer and public speaking coach based in the San Jose, California area. For more information about Steve, please visit