Adobe Illustrator CS6
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Adobe Illustrator CS6

Learn the fundamentals of Illustrator CS6
4.5 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Peachpit Press
Last updated 4/2013
Price: $50
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  • 13 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • To familiarize users with key features and skills in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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  • Adobe Ilustrator CS6

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.

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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Curriculum For This Course
106 Lectures
Introducing Illustrator CS6
7 Lectures 36:19
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.
Preview 05:58

This video shows you what you can expect to learn from this course and what types of projects we will be working on.
Preview 01:49

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.
Pattern Editing

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.
Gradient Strokes

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.
Image 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.
Gaussian Blur
Illustrator Fundamentals
2 Lectures 10:57
This video will explain the differences between bitmap images (or raster images) and vector images, helping you understand the value of working in Illustrator.
Bitmap vs. Vector

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.
Understanding Paths
Exploring the Illustrator Interface
4 Lectures 24:03
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.
Illustrator's Panels

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.
The Application Bar and Frame

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.
Working with Artboards

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.
Using Workspaces
Navigating and Using Views in Illustrator
5 Lectures 28:25
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.
Navigating Documents

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.
Viewing Modes

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.
Screen Modes

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.
Working with Multiple Views

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.
Hiding Artwork
Working with Documents
6 Lectures 41:18
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.
Creating Documents, Templates, and Document Profiles

Template layers help guide you when you draw in Illustrator. In this video you will learn how to set up your template layers.
Using 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.
Working with Grids and Guides

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.
Rectangular and Polar Grids

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.
Saving Illustrator Files

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.
Using Adobe Bridge
Creating and Working with Shapes
15 Lectures 01:51:50
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.
Using the Shape Tools

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.
Using Line Tools

This video looks at the Width tool, which allows you to easily adjust the width of an object.
Width Tool Basics

In this video you'll learn how simple it is to adjust the width of a stroke at multiple points along a path.
Using the Width Tool on Artwork

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.
The Pathfinder and Shape Builder Tools

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.
The Scissors and Knife Tools

In this video you'll see how simple it is to connect or join open ends or paths.
Joining 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.
Blob Brush Basics

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.
Blob Brush Sculpture

In this video you'll see how to select and add brushes from the artistic calligraphic brush library.
Blob Brush with Calligraphic Brushes

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.
The Eraser Tool

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.
Converting Text to Outlines

This video looks at Illustrator's various reshape tools, which allow you to be creative when creating and manipulating your artwork.
Reshape Tools

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.
Creating Compound Paths and Shapes

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.
Blending Shapes
3 Lectures 32:09
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.
Transformation Tools

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.
The Transform Panel

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.
Aligning and Distributing
Understanding Objects and Layers
5 Lectures 35:39
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.
Using the Selection Tools

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.
Making and Saving Selections

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.
Understanding Layers and Stacking Order

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.
Working with Groups and Collections

Isolation mode allows you to get into the individual elements of compound paths. This video explains how, why, and when you would use it.
Using Isolation Mode
15 Lectures 01:58:22
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.
Drawing with the Pen Tool

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.
Working with Fill and Stroke Properties

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.
Understanding Drawing Modes

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.
Using the Outline Strokes Function

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.
Offsetting Paths

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.
Drawing with the Pencil 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.
Drawing with the Smooth and Path Eraser Tools

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.
Applying Brushes

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.
Drawing with the Paintbrush Tool

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.
Creating and Editing Art Brushes

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.

Using the Bristle Brush Tool

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.
Pattern Brushes and Scatter Brushes

In this video you will learn the principles of perspective and how they apply to your work in Illustrator.
Perspective Overview

In this video you'll learn how to draw shapes and patterns in perspective using the Perspective Grid tool.
Drawing in Perspective

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.
Placing Artwork into Perspective Grid
Using Symbols
3 Lectures 17:29
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.
Using Symbols

In this lesson you will learn how simple it is to create your own custom symbols in Illustrator CS6.
Creating Custom Symbols

In this video you'll learn how to move and rotate symbols, adjust their size and color, and apply graphic styles.
The Symbol Tools
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