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Illustrator CS4

ISBN-10: 0470436352
ISBN-13: 9780470436356
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

You have a personal tutor in the Digital ClassroomIf you want expert instruction that fits into your schedule, Digital Classroom delivers. Adobe Certified Experts guide you through 11 lessons, helping you learn essential Illustrator CS4 skills at your own speed. Full-color, step-by-step instructions in the book are enhanced with video tutorials on the DVD. With Digital Classroom, you have your own private instructor showing you the easiest way to learn Illustrator CS4. Start Illustrator CS4, reset the workspace, and navigate the program Create and save graphics styles and apply them to elements in your design Speed up your work with custom shortcuts Work with the Shape tools and the Transform panel Explore color options using global colors, Live Paint, Live Color, and Pantone colors Draw lines, trace objects, and format text Use Effects and organize your illustrations with Layers

Starting Up
About Digital Classroom
Prerequisites
System requirements
Starting Adobe Illustrator CS4
Fonts used in this book
Resetting Adobe Illustrator CS4 preferences
Loading lesson files
Working with the video tutorials
Setting up for viewing the video tutorials
Viewing the video tutorials
with the Adobe Flash Player
Additional resources
Lesson 1: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Jumpstart
Starting up
Creating the background
Taking advantage of graphic styles
One object, multiple fi lls and strokes
Saving a graphic style
Creating a symbol from the circle art
Creating the text logo
Applying the graphic style to the text logo
Warping the text logo
Using the Color Guide
Incorporating an image into your artwork
Erasing vector paths and shapes
Creating a 3-D object
Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace
Starting up
Opening Illustrator
Choosing a workspace
Opening a file
The document window
Switching screen modes
Changing your view
Preview versus Outlines
Zooming and scrolling
Scrolling with the Hand tool
Changing views with the Navigator panel
The Tools panel
Using tools and panels
The Control panel
Moving the Control panel
Panel groups and the dock
Custom workspaces
Saving workspaces
Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box
Customizing keyboard shortcuts
Custom shortcuts
Saving shortcut sets
Deleting shortcut sets
Self study
Review
Lesson 3: Illustrator CS4 Essentials
Starting up
Using the shape tools
Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle
Finding or changing the shape's dimensions using the Transform panel
Rotating and shearing using
the Transform panel
Constraining a shape
Entering exact dimensions
Selecting artwork
Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections
The selection tools
Using shape and transform tools to create artwork
Using the transform tools
Adding a fill color
Entering a shape size in the Transform panel
Viewing in Outline view
Rotating the shape
Changing the color of the triangles
Using layers when building an illustration
Creating a new blank layer
Cutting and pasting objects
Creating bubbles
Cloning the bubble group
Repeating a resize transform
Moving objects from one layer to another
Self study
Review
Lesson 4: Adding Color
Starting up
Basics of the Appearance panel
Fills and strokes
Saving swatches
Global colors
Saving a set of colors as a group
Using the Color Guide panel
Coloring objects
Live Paint
Live Color
Creating a gradient swatch
Creating a pattern swatch
Loading Pantone colors
Applying spot colors to the logo
Self study
Review
Lesson 5: Working with the Drawing Tools
Starting up
Working with the Pen tool
Drawing straight lines
Drawing curved lines
Drawing hinged curves
Drawing curved lines to straight lines
Drawing straight lines to curved lines
Tracing images
Placing an image as a template
Other drawing tools
Using the Line Segment and Arc tools
Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools
Using the Eraser tool
Editing existing paths
Adding and removing points
Refi ning a curve
Cutting and joining paths
Working with Live Trace
Using the tracing presets
Understanding tracing options
Expanding Live Traced artwork
Working with Live Paint
Creating a Live Paint group
Setting Gap Detection options
Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
Using the Live Paint Selection tool
Self study
Review
Lesson 6: Working with and Formatting Text
Starting up
Formatting type
Paragraph formatting
Formatting imported type
Paragraph and character styles
Text wrap
Advanced techniques with text
Text on a path
Warping text
Text in a shape
Creating outlines
Check spelling
Find and Replace
Self study
Review
Lesson 7: Organizing your Illustrations with Layers
Starting up
Getting to know the Layers panel
Using layers to organize your illustrations
Using the Layers panel to make selections
Creating new layers and moving items between layers
Paste Remembers Layers
Template Layers
Self study
Review
Lesson 8: Working with Symbols
Starting up
Cleaning out the symbol library
Creating symbols
Editing symbols
Importing a symbol library
Using the symbolism tools
Editing nested symbols
Replacing symbols
Saving symbol libraries
Self study
Review
Lesson 9: Using Eff ects and Transparency
Starting up
Working with the Appearance panel and effects
Applying effects
Editing effects
Using graphic styles
Creating and saving graphic styles
Applying and modifying graphic styles
Working with object transparency
Working with multiple opacity
Working with blending modes
Saving and importing graphic styles
Applying graphic styles to layers and symbols
Self study
Review
Lesson 10: Exporting and Saving Files
Starting up
Saving using the AI file format
Saving an illustration with layers
Make a template layer
Using the Transform Effect
Duplicating a Stroke
Saving diff erent versions of the logo onto separate layers
Expanding appearance
Save the first version
Using Live Paint
Using the Color Guide panel
Saving the third version
Using Recolor Artwork
Saving a layered PDF
Integration with other applications
Exporting for Photoshop
Integrating with InDesign
Integrating with Flash
Integrating with Premiere and After Effects
Saving as EPS
Save for Web & Devices
Making a Flash animation
Exporting a Flash animation
Self study
Review
Lesson 11: Advanced Blending Techniques
Starting up
Using the Blend Tool
Applying a gradient
Applying Radial Gradients
Applying gradients using Illustrator's Gradient Mesh options
Adjusting the Mesh
Revisiting Blend Options
More mesh work
Overlapping images
Applying a gradient mesh using the Mesh tool
Finishing up with the Mesh tool and automatically adding a Highlight
Using the Symbol tools
Creating a symbol
Modifying a Symbol's appearance
Self study
Review
Lesson 12: Illustrator CS4 New Features
Starting up
The new user interface
Application bar
Application Frame
Document tabs
Document groups
Arranging documents
Screen modes
Smart Guides
Multiple artboards
New Artboard tool
Printing and PDFs with artboards
The new Appearance panel
Enhanced Gradient tool

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