Illustrator CS6: Essentials

Illustrator CS6: Essentials

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Total Run Time: 6.75 hrs

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.

Highlights

  1. Text Refinements
  2. Gradient Paths
  3. Interface Improvements
  4. Pattern creation

 

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Description

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.

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Course outline

ILLUSTRATOR INTERFACE & SETUP (38 min)

  1. Opening Documents
  2. Working with Multiple Documents
  3. Zooming & Panning
  4. Exploring the Menus & the Toolbar
  5. Exploring the Panels
  6. Vector vs. Raster & Working with Different File Types
  7. Setting UI Brightness
DOCUMENT SETUP & ARTBOARDS (30 min)

  1. Creating a New Document & Setting Preferences
  2. Introducing the Artboard Tool
  3. Working in a Video Preset
  4. Setting Up Multiple Artboards
  5. Using Multiple Artboards
  6. Overlapping Artboards
CREATING OBJECTS (34 min)

  1. Locking a Selection, Enabling Smart Guides & Setting Up the Ruler
  2. Drawing a Rectangle & Using Keyboard Shortcuts
  3. Drawing a Rounded Rectangle & an Ellipse
  4. Drawing a Polygon, a Star & a Flare
  5. Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
  6. Editing Shapes with the Direct Selection Tool
THE ADOBE PEN TOOL (36 min)

  1. The Pen Tool Explained
  2. Pen Tool Basics
  3. Drawing Shapes with Bezier Points
  4. Adding, Deleting & Converting Anchor Points
  5. Using Bezier Controls to Draw a Heart Shape
  6. Tracing an Image with the Pen Tool
GROUPS, LAYERS & TRANSFORMATIONS (43 min)

  1. Understanding Object Hierarchy
  2. Changing Object Stacking Order
  3. Grouping Objects
  4. Performing Basic Transformations
  5. Transform Strokes, the Transform Panel & Transform Multiple Objects
  6. Using the Transform Each Command & Isolation Mode
  7. Using the Transform Tools & Resizing the Artboard & Its Content
COLORS & COLOR SPACES (29 min)

  1. Basic Fills & Strokes
  2. The Color Panel & the Eyedropper Tool
  3. RGB vs. CMYK
  4. Color Spaces & Adjusting the Appearance of Black
SWATCHES, GRADIENTS & PATTERNS (38 min)

  1. The Swatches Panel
  2. Loading a Swatch Library
  3. The Basics of Gradients
  4. Saving & Editing Gradients
  5. Gradient Recommendations
  6. Creating & Working with Patterns
STROKES, EFFECTS & APPEARANCE (39 min)

  1. Stroking a Path via the Control Panel
  2. Using the Stroke Panel
  3. Modifying Corner Type, Stroke Alignment & Corner Limit
  4. Using the Appearance Panel & the Offset Path Command
  5. Using the Appearance Panel to Recreate Artwork
  6. Applying a Gradient Stroke, Editing Effects, Saving & Applying Graphic Styles
AUTOMATING SHAPES & COLORS (37 min)

  1. Using the Shape Builder Tool
  2. Recoloring Artwork Automatically
  3. Aligning, Distributing & Averaging Shapes
  4. Using the Blend Tool
  5. Using the Transform Again Command
  6. The Pathfinder Panel
  7. Creating a Gear
THE ADOBE TYPE ENGINE (55:49 min)

  1. Working with Point Text
  2. Area Text vs. Point Text
  3. Using the Character Panel
  4. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in the Character Panel
  5. Styling Document Text
  6. Adjusting Leading with Keyboard Shortcuts
  7. Fine Text Adjustments & Placing Area Text
  8. Flowing & Formatting Area Text
  9. Type on a Path & the Glyphs Panel
SAVING & SHARING YOUR WORK (22:57 min)

  1. Saving Your Files
  2. Exporting & Creating PDFs for Print
  3. Setting Basic Printing Options
  4. Using the Save for Web Command & Making Art Pixel-Perfect

Presenter Info

Brian MaffittBrian 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.