Illustrator CS5: Essentials

Illustrator CS5: Essentials

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Total Run Time: 7 hrs

Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS5: Essentials will teach you all you need to know to get up to speed quickly and easily with this powerful vector design tool. Join award-wining designer Steve Holmes as he shows you how to wield the sheer power of this incredible design and artwork program.

Highlights

  1. Creating, Using & Updating Graphic Styles
  2. Building Intricate Logos with the new Shape Builder Tool
  3. Making Artwork Pixel-Perfect for Web Export
  4. Insanely Accurate Layout Techniques—no excuses!
  5. Live Trace & Pantone Colors for T-Shirt Design

 

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Description

With Illustrator CS5: Essentials, you will learn real-world techniques and solid processes for creating stunning artwork and layouts for print and digital media, utilizing the biggest and best tools Illustrator has to offer.

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Course outline

Chapter 1: ILLUSTRATOR INTERFACE & SETUP (32 min)

  1. Opening & Arranging Multiple Documents
  2. The Interface
  3. Customizing & Saving Workspaces
  4. Setting Preferences
  5. Navigation
  6. Zooming & Panning
  7. Editing Keyboard Shortcuts
Chapter 2: DOCUMENT SETUP, TEMPLATES & ARTBOARDS (37 min)

  1. Creating a New Document
  2. Editing Existing Documents
  3. Editing Document Size via Artboards
  4. Setting Up Multiple Artboards
  5. Editing Multiple Artboards
  6. Artboard Ruler Origins
  7. The Artboards Panel
  8. Creating & Saving Templates
Chapter 3: CREATING OBJECTS, GUIDES &LAYERS (35 min)

  1. Rulers, Guides & Grids
  2. Points, Paths, Fills & Strokes
  3. Outline & Preview Modes
  4. Default Fill & Stroke
  5. Creating Shapes of a Specific Size
  6. Creating Circles from the Center Point
  7. Drawing with the Star Tool
  8. Using the Split Into Grid Command
  9. Using the Paste Remembers Layers Command
Chapter 4: OBJECT EDITING ESSENTIALS (26 min)

  1. Utilizing the Selection Tools
  2. Free Transforming
  3. Stroke Scaling
  4. Using the Transform Panel & Nudging
  5. Grouping
  6. Working in Isolation Mode
  7. Changing Object Stacking Order
Chapter 5: TRANSFORMATION, DUPLICATION & ALIGNMENT (29 min)

  1. Rotating
  2. Reflecting
  3. Scaling
  4. Progressive Scaling
  5. Alignment
  6. Power Duplication
Chapter 6: COLOR, GRADIENTS & PATTERNS (29 min)

  1. Creating Dense Black
  2. Creating & Using Global Swatches
  3. Applying Pantone® Spot Colors
  4. Creating Gradients & the Gradient Annotator
  5. Creating Basic Pattern Swatches
  6. Fine-Tuning & Scaling Patterns
  7. Updating & Replacing Patterns
Chapter 7: DIFFERENT STROKES (18 min)

  1. Adding & Distributing Lines
  2. Adding Strokes
  3. Working with Stroke Alignment & Dashed Lines
  4. Applying Arcs & Arrowheads
Chapter 8: SHAPE BUILDER & PATHFINDER (21 min)

  1. Exploring Drawing Modes
  2. Using Select Same & Pathfinder Options
  3. Combining with the Shape Builder Tool
  4. Trimming with the Shape Builder Tool
  5. Using Transform Each
Chapter 9: CUSTOM SHAPE CREATION & EDITING (16 min)

  1. Cutting & Joining Paths
  2. Applying a Stroke Profile & Merging Swatches
  3. Using Pathfinder to Create a Custom Shape
  4. Utilizing Points & Segments to Create a Custom Shape
Chapter 10: DRAWING & REFINING PATHS (23 min)

  1. Freeform Drawing with the Pencil Tool
  2. Refining a Shape with the Warp Tool & Pathfinder
  3. Drawing Corners & Bezier Curves with the Pen Tool
  4. Constructing More Intricate Shapes
  5. Adding the Finished Shapes to the Main Artwork
Chapter 11: TYPE, STYLES & TYPOGRAPHY (37 min)

  1. Creating Single-Line Type
  2. Kerning & Styling Type
  3. Grouping & Scaling the Logo Type
  4. Working with Area Type
  5. Placing Type
  6. Creating & Applying Paragraph Styles
  7. Flowing Text between Custom Frames
  8. Adding Type around a Circle
  9. Adding Baseline Shift to the Type around a Circle
Chapter 12: WORKING WITH IMAGES & MASKS (29 min)

  1. Placing Images & the Links Panel
  2. Using Edit Original
  3. Creating a Clipping Mask to Mask an Image
  4. Continuing with Clipping Masks to Mask Artwork
  5. Working with Layered Photoshop® Files
  6. Applying Effects & the Appearance Panel
Chapter 13: LIVE TRACE TIPS & TRICKS (14 min)

  1. Live Tracing an Image
  2. Outputting Live Trace Spot Colors to Swatches
  3. Merging Live Swatches with Pantone® Swatches
Chapter 14: THE POWER OF APPEARANCE (27 min)

  1. Using Transparency & Blend Modes
  2. Saving & Using Graphic Styles
  3. Editing & Auto-Updating Graphic Styles
  4. Creating Compound Paths
  5. Applying Strokes with the Appearance Panel
  6. Adding & Editing a Drop Shadow Effect
Chapter 15: ADDING SOME POLISH (15 min)

  1. Designing an HD Interstitial Graphic
  2. Creating a Reflection
  3. Creating a Transparent Gradient
Chapter 16: PRINTING, EXPORTING & PDF FILES (15 min)

  1. Setting the Print Area with the Print Tiling Tool
  2. Adjusting Basic Print Options
  3. Format Options for Exporting
  4. Exporting a PDF for Print
Chapter 17: WEB PREPARATION & EXPORT (16 min)

  1. Using Pixel Preview & Align to Pixel Grid
  2. Adjusting Anti-Aliasing on Type
  3. Creating & Naming Slices
  4. Saving for the Web
  5. Credits

Presenter Info

Steve HolmesSteve Holmes is the creative director of the award-winning Energi Design, in San Francisco, California. With a history rich in design and typography for motion, broadcast and web design, Steve’s experience and the Energi portfolio are highly regarded in the design industry both in Europe and the US.

For over a decade, he has spoken at major design and animation conferences worldwide, and has a long-standing history as one of Total Training’s top presenters, sharing his knowledge of After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop with the world.