Adobe Illustrator CS6

Learn the fundamentals of Illustrator CS6
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  • Length 13 hours
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Published 4/2013 English

Course Description

This innovative product from Adobe Press and video2brain combines exceptional quality interactive video and a full-color printed reference to teach the fundamentals of InDesign CS6. Experienced instructors present close to 13 hours of high quality HD video, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes and review materials. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows the viewer to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. Project files used in the lessons are included so viewers can practice what they’ve learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Ilustrator CS6

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  • To familiarize users with key features and skills in Adobe Illustrator CS6

Who is the target audience?

  • People who are looking for a comprehensive overview of Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Users who want to learn to create beautiful images in Illustrator

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Section 1: Introducing Illustrator CS6
Before you get started using Adobe Illustrator CS6, you may be asking yourself, "What exactly is Illustrator?" In this video, you'll learn what makes Illustrator tick and how it differs from other programs.
This video shows you what you can expect to learn from this course and what types of projects we will be working on.
Creating patterns in Illustrator 6 is easier and more powerful than ever! In this video, you'll learn how to create a pattern from scratch and see how the new Pattern Editing mode works.
Applying gradients to strokes in Illustrator has always been somewhat tedious, but in this video, you'll learn how Illustrator CS6 allows you to quickly and easily apply gradients to the strokes of an object.
This video looks at Image Trace, a brand-new tracing functionality to help you vectorize raster images. It gives you cleaner tracing paths and better color recognition than in Live Trace.
Illustrator CS6 has improved the Gaussian Blur function so that it performs faster than ever. In this video, you'll see for yourself how the new Gaussian Blur function works, and also how Illustrator CS6 deals with blurs created in previous versions.
Section 2: Illustrator Fundamentals
This video will explain the differences between bitmap images (or raster images) and vector images, helping you understand the value of working in Illustrator.
Paths are the foundation of everything you will do in Illustrator. In this video, you'll learn the basics of creating paths and gain a better understanding of the different types of paths and the components that make up a path.
Section 3: Exploring the Illustrator Interface
Panels in Illustrator let you do a lot of things with your artwork, but they can also get in your way sometimes. In this video, you'll learn how to manage panels efficiently to avoid wasting time when working in Illustrator.
The Application bar and Application frame control the appearance of Illustrator's background and provide tools for working with multiple documents. In this video, you'll learn how get the most from these features.
Artboards provide a foundation for the artwork that you draw in Illustrator. In this video, you'll learn how to work with multiple artboards and how to customize their properties.
Workspaces help you to stay organized by managing all of the panels found in the Illustrator interface. You'll learn how to use workspaces and how to save your own workspaces in this video.
Section 4: Navigating and Using Views in Illustrator
Illustrator provides several ways for you to efficiently navigate your documents. In this video, you'll see how easy it is to navigate your documents and learn some shortcuts for doing so.
Illustrator has two different viewing modes that can make it easier to view and work with complex artwork. In this video, you'll see how to view your artwork in the different viewing modes and learn the benefits of doing so.
Screen modes let you view your artwork without all of the Illustrator interface elements getting in the way. In this video, you'll learn how easy it is to toggle between the different screen modes in Illustrator CS6.
Creating custom views can help you quickly navigate to different areas of your artwork. In this video, you'll see how easy and powerful it can be to create views for your own artwork in Illustrator CS6.
Illustrator CS6 makes it easy to temporarily hide and show portions of your artwork to make it easier to focus on specific areas. This video will demonstrate how it works.
Section 5: Working with Documents
Illustrator lets you customize the appearance of a new document based on profiles that you save and create templates based on specific artwork that speed up the process of document creation. You'll see how easy it is to do in this video.
Template layers help guide you when you draw in Illustrator. In this video you will learn how to set up your template layers.
Grids and guides make it easy to create a precise drawing. In this video you will learn how to use them to help design an icon.
This video looks at rectangular and polar grids, which can be used to help you design your artwork. The Rectangular Grid tool creates rectangular grids of a specified size with a specified number of dividers; the Polar Grid tool also creates grids of a specified size with a specified number of dividers, but made up of concentric circles.
Illustrator offers a number of options for saving your files, and in this video you'll see what they are and when you might want to use each one.
Adobe Bridge is an invaluable complementary application to Illustrator and other Creative Suite applications. In this video, you'll see how to use Bridge and what it can do for you.
Section 6: Creating and Working with Shapes
Shapes in Illustrator often become the building blocks for more complex artwork that you create. In this video, you'll learn about the different tools available for creating shapes and get some shortcuts to use when working with them.
The Line tools allow you to draw unique and interesting paths that can become the basis for other artwork. In this video, you'll see how these tools work and learn some useful shortcuts for getting the most out of them.
This video looks at the Width tool, which allows you to easily adjust the width of an object.
In this video you'll learn how simple it is to adjust the width of a stroke at multiple points along a path.
The Pathfinder panel allows you to create new shapes from existing shapes, while the Shape Builder tool puts some of those Pathfinder operations into a tool. In this video, you'll learn how to use both the Pathfinder panel and the Shape Builder tool to spruce up some artwork.
When you are working with shapes, there will be times when you want to separate them into two different elements. You can do this with the Scissors and Knife tools, as you'll see in this video.
In this video you'll see how simple it is to connect or join open ends or paths.
The Blob Brush tool lets you create a filled compound path that will automatically merge with existing shapes with the same settings. You'll see how it works in this video.
One fun way of creating shapes is to use the Blob Brush tool in combination with the Eraser tool to create a sculpture effect. In this video we'll use both tools to give our skull drawing a more organic look.
In this video you'll see how to select and add brushes from the artistic calligraphic brush library.
You can do lots of things with the Eraser tool. This video will show you some tricks for using the Eraser tool in nonstandard ways to create repeating patterns.
Changing the font is sometimes not enough to achieve the look you are after. In Illustrator you can convert your text to paths (or outlines) so that you can manipulate it like any other path. In this video you'll learn how to create outlines and how they affect your documents.
This video looks at Illustrator's various reshape tools, which allow you to be creative when creating and manipulating your artwork.
A compound shape or path is just a path or shape made up from other paths or shapes. In this video you'll learn how compound shapes or paths are created, whether intentionally or not.
This video looks at the amazing Blending Shapes tool, which makes it easy to blend two open paths or combine blends of colors and objects.
Section 7: Transformations
Transforming objects in Illustrator is a fundamental skill that you'll want to learn. In this video, you'll see how the transformation tools work and learn some of the secrets behind using them effectively.
The Transform panel allows you to transform objects in a variety of ways and to do so precisely when needed. In this video, you'll learn how to use the Transform panel to accurately modify objects on your artboard.
Aligning and distributing objects in Illustrator is easy when you know how to use the Align panel. You'll learn how to quickly and easily align and distribute objects in this video.
Section 8: Understanding Objects and Layers
The selection tools are the tools that you'll use most often in Illustrator CS6. In this video, you'll learn how each of these tools works and how to use it.
Making accurate selections in Illustrator will make you much more effective in your work. In this video, you'll learn about the different tools and methods that are available for creating and saving selections in Illustrator CS6.
It's important to understand how the stacking order works in Illustrator; there is a stacking order within each layer and a stacking order of the layers themselves. That may sound a little confusing, but this video will make it clear.
Grouping simplifies your workflow, making it easier to select items and treat multiple objects as a single unit. This video gives examples of how grouping can keep your artwork organized – and keep you sane.
Isolation mode allows you to get into the individual elements of compound paths. This video explains how, why, and when you would use it.
Section 9: Drawing
The Pen tool is one of the most powerful tools in Illustrator, giving you the ability to draw creative and precise shapes with one tool. In this video, you'll learn how to use the Pen tool and get tips for using it effectively.
Every shape or line you draw in Illustrator will have fill and stroke properties. This video will give you useful tips and tricks for working with fills and strokes.
Drawing modes can save you time by providing quick ways of drawing behind and inside shapes. In this video you'll learn how each drawing mode works and how to apply them to existing artwork.
There may be times in Illustrator when you want to turn a stroke into a closed path, such as simple line with a thick stroke that you need to unite with another path – but you can't. Unless you convert the stroke using the Outline Strokes function, which is covered in this video.
The Offset Path feature makes it easy to create a new shape from an original path with a specified offset. Watch this video to see some examples of how you might want to apply the Offset Path feature in your own artwork.
Like the Pen tool, the Pencil tool is very useful but requires a little practice to get comfortable with. In this video you'll get a chance to play around with this tool.
This video looks at the Smooth and Path Eraser tools, which can help you smooth out and clean up paths that you've created with the Pencil tool.
You can find a bunch of really interesting brushes in Illustrator CS6's Brushes Library. In this lesson you'll see how easily they can be applied to any path.
In this video we'll explore how you can use the Paintbrush tool to take your artwork to a higher level by using pressure and adjusting the size of the brush.
You can create your own brushes for a totally artistic, custom look. Or maybe you just want to edit a brush that Illustrator already offers. Either way you'll learn how in this lesson.

The Bristle Brush tool creates brushstrokes that look like they were drawn with a natural brush with bristles. In this video you'll get an example of a good use for this tool, which is drawing hair.

In CS6, creating a seamless, repeating vector pattern in Illustrator is a whole lot easier. In this video you'll learn how to create a picture frame around your artwork and make an artistic background.
In this video you will learn the principles of perspective and how they apply to your work in Illustrator.
In this video you'll learn how to draw shapes and patterns in perspective using the Perspective Grid tool.
The power of the Perspective Grid tool becomes apparent when you start placing artwork into it. In this video, we will place our superhero character into a scene.
Section 10: Using Symbols
In this video you will learn how to use the Symbols library to build a creative scene. You will see how easy it is to change repeating elements as a group.
In this lesson you will learn how simple it is to create your own custom symbols in Illustrator CS6.
In this video you'll learn how to move and rotate symbols, adjust their size and color, and apply graphic styles.
Section 11: Color
This video looks at the Color panel, which has been improved in CS6 with enhancements including an expandable color spectrum.
Spot colors help to ensure color integrity when you print a mixed ink color. In this video, you'll learn how to apply spot colors to your artwork to make sure they print as expected.
The Swatches panel in Illustrator lets you have fun by adding patterns and swatches to your artwork. In this video you will learn how to create a new swatch and save the colors you used in your document into a library.
Gradients allow you to apply a transition between two colors in Illustrator. In this video, you'll learn how to create and apply gradients and see how you can apply gradients to the stroke and fill of an object in Illustrator CS6.
This video explores Illustrator CS6's Live Paint feature, which is fantastic for creating colored artwork from open and closed shapes.
Sometimes the hardest part of a new project is choosing colors. Recolor Artwork, formerly known as Kuler, gives you many options for assigning colors to your artwork. In this video you will learn how to use the color wheel to change saturation and brightness and link colors together.
The Color Guide panel is a power tool that can provide color inspiration when you create your artwork. It's a great way to manipulate colors by adjusting tints and shades, as you'll see in this video.
Section 12: Typography
Type can be created in two different ways in Illustrator: as point type or area type. In this video, you'll learn the differences between these two methods of creating type.
Illustrator makes it very easy to thread text from one text area to another. In this video you'll learn how to do this and how to divide a single text area into multiple columns.
In this video we will look at text creation and formatting. You'll learn how to create area type and save character and paragraph settings as styles for later use.
Character and paragraphs styles allow you to save commonly used formats and reapply them to other pieces of text. This video will show you how styles can make your typography workflow a lot easier.
If you want your text to do more than just sit on a baseline, you'll want to know how to put that type on a path. This lesson will help you learn how to apply text to the path and work with it to get the look you're after.
Illustrator gives you great control when wrapping text around an object. In this video, you'll learn how to control the properties of the text wrap.
Envelope Distort provides three categories of distortion that you can use to manipulate type and objects. In this video, you'll learn about all three of these distortion methods and how to control their appearance.
Section 13: Working with Images
Graphics can be placed in Illustrator in two different ways: linked and embedded. And you can also embed linked graphics once they are on the page. This video will help eliminate the confusion by explaining the how and why.
Image Trace enables you to quickly create a vector version of existing artwork. You'll see how it works in this video.
As much as you might not want to, there will be times when you will have to rasterize some of your artwork in Illustrator. In this video, you will learn about some of the situations where you might want to rasterize your artwork or where Illustrator will rasterize your artwork on the fly.
You can't crop a photo in Illustrator...but you can mask it with a clipping mask. You can also crop Illustrator paths using this same technique. You'll learn how to use this important feature in this lesson.
Opacity masks allow you to mask artwork based on the opacity or tonal range of the object doing the masking. In this video you'll see how easy and powerful opacity masks can be.
Sometimes you may need to expand the appearance of an object to make sure it looks the way you want it to when you send it to someone else. This lesson will show you an example of how this is done.
Section 14: Working with Effects
Live effects give you great control over your artwork by allowing you to apply effects and then go back and edit them later on. In this video, you'll see how easy it is to apply effects to your artwork in Illustrator CS6 and modify them later.

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Peachpit Press, Books, eBooks and Videos for Creative People produces top-notch videos, books and ebooks on the latest in graphic design, Web design and development, digital photography, multimedia, video, and general computing. Our award-winning products are authored by the creative industry's top professionals and feature step-by-step explanations, timesaving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice. Peachpit is the home of Peachpit Press, Adobe Press, Apple Certified and New Riders and is the publishing partner for The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and others.

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