With Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS6 Essentials, host Brian Maffitt delivers a definitive introduction to Adobe’s venerable graphics workhorse. Discover the essential tools and powerful features that make Illustrator a favorite among design professionals.
You’ll learn essential keyboard shortcuts, techniques for streamlining your workflow, and tips that Brian has learned after decades of working with the program.
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By the time you are done watching this Illustrator CS6: Essentials series, you will have a deep understanding of the fundamental functionality of Illustrator, especially with features (such as the pen tool and Adobe’s Type Engine) that are universal to other Adobe applications. In addition, you will understand WHY you would use Illustrator, instead of Photoshop or InDesign, to solve specific design problems.
ILLUSTRATOR INTERFACE & SETUP (38 min)
Working with Multiple Documents
Zooming & Panning
Exploring the Menus & the Toolbar
Exploring the Panels
Vector vs. Raster & Working with Different File Types
Setting UI Brightness
DOCUMENT SETUP & ARTBOARDS (30 min)
Creating a New Document & Setting Preferences
Introducing the Artboard Tool
Working in a Video Preset
Setting Up Multiple Artboards
Using Multiple Artboards
CREATING OBJECTS (34 min)
Locking a Selection, Enabling Smart Guides & Setting Up the Ruler
Drawing a Rectangle & Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Drawing a Rounded Rectangle & an Ellipse
Drawing a Polygon, a Star & a Flare
Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
Editing Shapes with the Direct Selection Tool
THE ADOBE PEN TOOL (36 min)
The Pen Tool Explained
Pen Tool Basics
Drawing Shapes with Bezier Points
Adding, Deleting & Converting Anchor Points
Using Bezier Controls to Draw a Heart Shape
Tracing an Image with the Pen Tool
GROUPS, LAYERS & TRANSFORMATIONS (43 min)
Understanding Object Hierarchy
Changing Object Stacking Order
Performing Basic Transformations
Transform Strokes, the Transform Panel & Transform Multiple Objects
Using the Transform Each Command & Isolation Mode
Using the Transform Tools & Resizing the Artboard & Its Content
Using the Save for Web Command & Making Art Pixel-Perfect
Brian Maffitt brings a singularly diverse background to presenting and directing. As a former professional actor, photographer, carpenter, and Graceland Tour Guide, he jumped on board the computer graphic revolution in the late 1980s. He founded MAFF/x in 1993 and won several awards for video production, interactive design, and animation. Brian also co-founded Atomic Power Corporation and released two award-winning sets of software plugins for After Effects, “Psunami”, and “Evolution”. The latter was acquired by Adobe in 2001 and is now included with every copy of After Effects sold, and has been featured prominently in untold commercials and films,including Pixar’s Academy Award-winning “The Incredibles”.
A combination of communication skills and computer proficiency made video training a natural progression. As Total Training’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, he is devoted to great training, crafted by an extraordinary creative team, for exceptional customers. And if he can occasionally make you smile (or roll your eyes) along the way, so much the better.