Adobe Illustrator

Course Content:

Overview of illustration basics:
Graphics Overview
Raster graphics
Vector graphics
Printing graphics
Creating new drawings and opening old ones
Page set up
Rulers, grids and guidelines
Smart Guides
Smart guide preferences
One last guide to set
Selecting an object
Templates
Viewing your work
Document info
Annotating an object
Illustrator's Design Tools
Grid
Artboard/Workspace
Bounding Box
Setting preferences/customizing
Keyboard Shortcuts
Saving your work
Exporting your work as a bitmap
Adobe Bridge
Special Focus Lecture
Navigation or"Where the heck did that drawing go?"
Tutorial
Offsetting an object


 

Tools:
Toolbars
Default toolbar
Let's Play
Drawing, selecting/deselecting, moving objects and manipulating object center points
Shapes
Drawing lines, curves, arcs
Pen Tool Paths
Straight segments
Smooth points
Non-continuous curve
Working with Anchor Points
Adjusting as you draw
Setting Line Measurements and Validating for Errors
Setting line measurements
Attributes Palette
Manipulating lines - Direct Select Tool
Manipulating lines - Width Tool
Filling and outlining
The Pencil Tool Set
Pencil Tool
Smooth Tool
Erase Tool
The Brush Tool
Brush options
Brush types - art, calligraphic, pattern, scatter, blob bristle
Working with symbol libraries
Undo the deed
Get me outta this!
Special Focus Lectures
Pen Tool
Symbols
Tutorial
Playing around with the Pathfinder Tool


 

Transforming Objects:
Copying objects
Transforming objects
Scaling and stretching
Rotating and reflecting
Shearing
Pathfinder Palette
Combining shapes
Add
Subtract
Intersect
Exclude
Live Paint to Color Paths
Divide
Trim
Merge
Crop
Outline
Minus Back
Positioning objects
Aligning and distributing
Stacking objects
Nudging
Tyin' 'em Together and Breakin' 'em apart
Grouping and ungrouping
Locking and unlocking objects and layers
Compounding and breaking apart objects
Hiding and showing objects and layers
Hackin' and A 'Hewin'
Scissors
Knife
Tutorial
Let's Build A Snowman!


 

Layers, Color, Type and Appearance
Layers
Sub-layers
Template layers
Layer options
Isolation mode
Working with color
A word about color
Color aspects
Gradients
Transparency
Color options
Special painting and drawing tools
Spot and process color
One last word
Text/Type
Adding, selecting and manipulating text
Editing
Formatting
Fitting text to a curve or line
Fitting text to a shape
Wrapping text
Symbols and special characters
Spacing, kerning and leading
Spell checking
Anti-alias
Styles
Tutorial
Some text special effects
Exercise
Fun Pathfinder Exercise


 

Blends, Meshes, Masks and Libraries
Blends
Meshes and Masks - More fun stuff!
Libraries
Actions
Scripting
Working with image maps
Slicing
Tutorial
Using the Flare tool


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