In SECTIONS 1 - 11 of this Adobe Illustrator CC course, I will show you how to work with the New Features, Tools and Techniques that were released with the First Version of Adobe Illustrator - Creative Cloud. These updated features were first released in 2013. This simple course was designed for the experienced Illustrator user who recently upgraded to the Creative Cloud version of Adobe Illustrator.
The Step-by-Step Tutorials in this course are perfect for anyone who already has a basic working knowledge of the application. It is for those who just want to know the "New Stuff".
This course will start off with a brief discussion of the newest Preferences and then jump right in to such topics as updated Guide Features, Placing Multiple Images, the New Free Transform Tool Widget and even new Font Search Methods. We will then go through an in-depth and very entertaining discussion of the All-New Touch Type Tool and all the fun things you can now do with type editing.
The bulk of the rest of this course will cover the use of another All-New Feature: The Image-Based Brushes. You can literally paint photographs right into your Illustrator files! We will go through the methods to paint realistic ropes, thorny vines and leafy branches right before your eyes.
This course will then wrap up with a discussion of the new updated features for working with Pattern Brushes along with the All-New Image-Based Pattern Brush option as well… really fun stuff to play with!
In SECTIONS 12 - 20 of this Adobe Illustrator CC course, I will show you how to work with the New Features, Tools and Techniques that were released with the Second Version of Adobe Illustrator - Creative Cloud. These updated features were released in 2014.
I will start the second half of this course with a brief demonstration on Resetting the CC 2014 Illustrator Workspace. Then you will go through the steps to Creating a New Custom Tools Panel. After the initial Workspace Setup, you will work with the New Live Rectangles Feature and then go through the All-New Pen Tool Previews Feature. This course will then continue on to show you the new ways of dealing with Pen Tool Direction Handles.
After your work with the Pen Tool has wrapped up, you will go through the Snap to Grid Feature and go into further work with the Live Corners Update in Illustrator CC 2014. All-New Path Segment Reshaping and Spacebar Shortcut Anchor Point Moving will also be explained.
This course will then finish with an in-depth series of lectures and demonstrations for working with the All-New Pencil Tool Upgrades. You are really going to finally appreciate working with the updated and more powerful Pencil Tool here in Adobe Illustrator CC 2014!
After all of that, the course will end with a brief mention of the Synch Missing Fonts Feature to finish things up
You will be up and running and working even more efficiently with these All-New, more powerful tools and options at your disposal with this introduction to the New Updates to Adobe Illustrator.
A great way to learn is to work along with the lecture videos in this course. So, with that in mind, I recommend you Download the Attached Illustrator Course Demo Files so you can work right along with me, at your own pace, on your own copy of Adobe Illustrator CC.
I ALWAYS caution my students Reset the Workspace on their computer lab stations when starting up an application. It is best to start off fresh, rather than work with the previous settings from the last work session. So, before you begin, I would suggest you go to Window Menu - Workspace - Essentials. And then go right back again to Window Menu - Workspace - and Reset the Essentials so your screen will match the instructional videos as you go through the learning process with me.
With Illustrator CC, you can "Synch" your Settings to those that were recorded on the Cloud. That way, you can set things up on your workstation at home, then come into an outside computer lab, like at your school or workplace, and Synch, or Match Up, the Settings on one computer with the same settings that you were using on another one at home! Pretty cool and consistent...
Working, or Tracing, from a Template has always been the best way to go in Adobe Illustrator. However, you used to only be able to Place one image at a time… and usually on different layers. Well, No More! Now you can Place Multiple Images at the same time to speed things up.
You might be used to Placing One Reference Image on the Artboard to being an Illustrator File. But, how much do you remember about your new abilities to Place Multiple Images?
Transformations are now a breeze with the New Transform Tool Widget! Now you don't have to remember all those pesky keyboard shortcuts when the New Transform Tool Buttons can help you to get the job done faster. Try them all out with the Instructor-Supplied Demo File and you will soon wonder how you ever got your work done without these amazing new upgrades.
How well are you prepared to work with all the New Transform Tool Widget Buttons?
In Adobe Illustrator CC, now you can find your fonts even faster by Typing Out the Name of the Font in the New Font Search Bar located at the top of the Character Panel.
Since Illustrator Files typically work well with Fonts, it is time to see how well you are going to be with the New Font Searching Features in Illustrator CC.
As I have mentioned before, it is so much easier to learn about the New Illustrator CC Upgrades by working along with me in your copy of Adobe Illustrator. So, Download and Open the Touch Type Tool Demo File and let's put this new tool through its paces to really see what we can do with typography now.
Each Letter can be isolated with the New Touch Type Tool. And when doing so, the Touch Type Tool has 5 different Transformation Options for each selected letter. This lecture will introduce you to those 5 Options.
It is one thing to just sit and describe what the 5 Touch Tool Transformation Options are… It is quite another thing to actually sit and Select the Type and Apply those Transformations yourself. So, that is exactly what you are going to do in this lecture - Put the Touch Type Tool to use right on the Artboard.
Just trying out the Touch Type Tool on one letter is certainly not enough to really get the hang of it. In this lecture, you are going to use the Touch Type Tool in multiple ways to really enhance the playful look of a selected word.
The greatest thing about using the Touch Type Tool on active fonts is that you can go back and Change Your Fonts at any point in the process! With so much flexibility at your fingertips, the solutions and type explorations are virtually limitless here.
Giving that added sense of legibility with the simple addition of a Graphic-Style Drop Shadow is just what the final typographic solution sometimes needs. Here, you are going to do just that to really make an impact with your text.
You need to really ACE this test so you can work well with the New Touch Type Tool in Illustrator!
Adobe Illustrator CC also now includes a simple method of Converting Point Type to more Editable Area Type with just a single Click of the mouse! And, you can go vice versa by Converting Area Type back into single lines of Point Type as well.
I might be a fan of this new conversion process, but that doesn't mean you won't see some great benefits in using it.
The Pattern Options Dialog Box has been around for a short while before this lecture, but it was limited in its capacity to really efficiently edit Patterns. I now recommend that you pay close attention to the Pattern Tile Option for better Pattern Edits on the Artboard.
It is one thing to try out the Pattern Tile Tool on one sample piece of Pattern Artwork. But to really get the hang of it, I would recommend that you practice with the supplied Demo File and go through and explore some more options for future Pattern Editing.
The process of Making Patterns was upgraded in CS6, but I have added some new tips into my lectures on the best way for you to make your own custom patterns in Illustrator. Time to see what you remember.
Illustrator Brushes have been around for a while now. But with Adobe Illustrator CC, you can now literally Paint Photography right onto the Artboard! I am not kidding here! To learn all about this new way of working with Illustrator Brushes, Download and Open the Demo File to follow along with me.
In order to work efficiently with Image-Based Illustrator Brushes, you first have to understand the nature of the photographic image itself and what type of image it takes to work well in Illustrator.
Photographic Images must be set up the right way in order for them to work correctly back in Adobe Illustrator. Here, you will learn all about the Photoshop Puppet Warp Transformation feature to edit the Rope Segment so that it is set up right to work correctly on the Artboard in Adobe Illustrator.
In order to put an Image-Based Brush to use, you must first familiarize yourself with the Brushes Panel. So, Open the Brushes Panel in the Illustrator Workspace to get ready.
Now that you know where to find the Brushes Panel, you will Add the Rope Segment Photo to the Brushes Panel itself and turn it into a New Pattern Brush!
Now that you have Created a New Image-Based Pattern Brush, it is time to paint with it.
Using a Rope Segment is fine… But what if you are creating a graphic for a flower company? Ropes are not the right image for this solution. So, now you are going to work with a Thorny Vine for a more organic look. Open the supplied Thorny Vine file and let's take a look at what I have set up for you.
Whatever type of image you are using, both ends of the image must meet at the same enter and exit points in order to work correctly back in Adobe Illustrator. Once again, you will use Photoshop's Puppet Warp Transformation feature to manipulate the ends of the Thorny Vine to get it to work better when you are ready to use it back in Illustrator.
Once you have Placed the Thorny Vine Image into your file, you can then Drag it Over to the Brushes Panel and Convert the image into an Image-Based Pattern Brush just like you did with the Rope Segment.
Time to paint in Realistic Thorny Vines around your Flower Shop Sign.
Even more complicated and detailed images can be made into Pattern Brushes. It all depends on how much details you are willing to work with and show off in your final image. So, let's check out some of the other instructor-supplied demo file images to work with.
Illustrator does not handle large photographic images too well, so this is the time to be aware of Resolution Issues when it comes to dealing with Image-Based Pattern Brushes.
Illustrator Brushes are totally awesome now that you can literally Paint Photography right into your Illustrator files. Time to see what you learned about these amazing new brushes.
Applying Pattern Brushes to objects is nothing new. However, there was usually a visual issue with the way Illustrator rendered the look of Corners on selected objects when Pattern Brushes were applied. Well, now that has all changed, and it is changed for the better for all of us. To see the dramatic differences, Open the supplied Demo File and get ready to work with Graphic Pattern Brush Corner Options.
Time to Apply the Graphic Pattern Brush to a simple rectangle and check out the results. Then, you will Preview and Choose an appropriate Pattern Corner Option from the list of Automated Pattern Brush Corners in Adobe Illustrator.
Practicing once is never enough. So, in this lecture, you are going to try out different graphic shape combinations to see the various results and possibilities when working with the Automated Pattern Brush Corner Options.
In this lecture, you are going to explore some of the appearance issues pertaining to the use of Pattern Brush Graphics and the subsequent changes that can be made to those shapes for new Pattern Brush Results.
Just to really make things clear for you, this time around you are going to test out the Pattern Brushes once again so I can make sure you really "get it". You are welcome.
I thought I would end this discussion on Graphic Pattern Brushes with some notes and suggestions on how to approach the idea of making your own, original shapes that can then be converted into future Pattern Brushes. There are a few design issues to think of, so we will talk about them here.
Corners are really elegant now with the recent upgrades to the way in which Illustrator Generates Corner Options for the Pattern Brush. Tell me what you know about them.
Chris Nielsen is a Computer Graphics Professor at 4 Colleges in southern California. He teaches Digital Media and Design classes including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. He has been teaching at the college level for the past 17 years and has been working in Adobe Illustrator since 1989. He has worked in Adobe Photoshop since 1994. His original and entertaining Tutorials are broken down into individual steps with fun examples and shortcuts to make his students more productive in today's classroom and professional environments. His students now call him SENSEI due to his enthusiasm and love for teaching.