Setting Up Adobe Illustrator CS6 CC For Maximum Productivity
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Setting Up Adobe Illustrator CS6 CC For Maximum Productivity

Set up Adobe Illustrator CS6/CC to make you a more productive graphic artist. Beginners to Experts welcome!
3.6 (170 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.
11,928 students enrolled
Created by Douglas Butner
Last updated 1/2014
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will understand and be able change the unit of measurement, color mode, and user interface in Illustrator CS6.
  • You will be comfortable using artboards, and will learn to quickly render multiple versions of your works.
  • You will customize your workspace to show the tools and panels you actually use.
  • You will incorporate elements like your logo, symbols, favorite fonts etc. into a reusable template that will kick-start any new design or project
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Requirements
  • Adobe Illustrator CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, or CC
Description

This video series will teach you how to set up Adobe Illustrator CS6 to make you a more productive graphic artist. Learn how to set up Illustrator for exactly what you want to do, and create effective templates that you will use in all of your future projects.

This course covers:

  • New Document Creation
  • Document Setup
  • Preferences
  • Artboards
  • Workspaces
  • Components of the Workspace
  • Templates
  • Finding Free Resources
Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner to Expert Illustrator Users
  • Graphic Designers
  • Anyone Wanting to Work Faster
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 16 Lectures Collapse All 16 Lectures 01:16:35
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Format and Appearance
5 Lectures 18:13

New Document Shortcut: Command+N

Summary: Keep RGB colorspace, Don't be scared by Picas, Feel free to use multiple artboards.

Note: The options may seem confusing, but just focus on what you need and be on your way! You can change almost everything later!

Check out Resources for more information!

New Document Dialogue
05:43

Document Setup Shortcut: Command+Option+P

Summary: Adjust the Grid Color, and easily change the units of your document.

Note: Take some time to

Check out Resources for more information on Flattening, etc!

Editing Document Setup
03:53

General Preferences Shortcut: Command+K

Units Preferences Shortcut: Command+,

Summary: You can remove isolation mode, Check out Use Preview Bounds,

NOTE: Setting Constrain Angles will affect the way you move any object. You will not be able to move objects in a straight line if you set an angle here.

Check out Resources for more information regarding Smart Guides, etc!

Editing Preferences Part 1
02:23

General Preferences Shortcut: Command+K

Units Preferences Shortcut: Command+,

Summary: You can remove isolation mode, Check out Use Preview Bounds,

NOTE: Setting Constrain Angles will affect the way you move any object. You will not be able to move objects in a straight line if you set an angle here.

Check out Resources for more information regarding Smart Guides, etc!

Editing Preferences Part 2
05:58

Format and Appearance Resources
00:16
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Working With Artboards
3 Lectures 11:18

Artboard Tool Shortcut: Command+O

Summary: Double click objects with artboard tool to make custom size art boards, Use multiple artboards, set different sizes for render

NOTE: You can double click objects with artboard tool to make a same size art board (forgot to mention in this take). Also, having one art board for each size of render will be sufficient, I used 3 which really is overkill.

Check out Resources for a more detailed account!

Fun With The Artboard Tool
05:22

Artboards For Maximum Productivity
05:46

Artboard Resources
00:10
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Setting Up Your Workspace
3 Lectures 16:29

Summary: Vertical panels dock vertical, horizontal panels dock horizontal. You can make a panel wide, an icon, or a title and icon. You can drag out expandable Tools from the Tools Panel, but they operate slightly different.

Note: You overwrite a workspace by clicking "New Workspace" under the workspace switcher menu, then typing the name again.

Check out Resources for a COMPLETE account of panels and tools in the tools panel and more resources!

Exploring The Workspace
08:48

Summary: Find panels under "Window". Arrange these panels until you find something that works! Vertical panels dock vertical, horizontal panels dock horizontal. You can make a panel wide, an icon, or a title and icon. You can drag out expandable Tools from the Tools Panel, but they operate slightly different.

Note: You overwrite a workspace by clicking "New Workspace" under the workspace switcher menu, then typing the name again.

Check out Resources for a COMPLETE account of panels and tools in the tools panel and more resources!

Owning Your Workspace(s) For Maximum Productivity
07:20

Workspace Resources
00:21
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Template For Success
4 Lectures 20:50

Summary: Template files have the same capabilities as regular .ai files.

Note: You can save swatches (patterns, colors, etc) in a template file for later use. If you can't find the template folder search your machine for "japanese templates" and then open the location of that folder.

Check out Resources for more information!

Template Basics
02:32

Summary: Gather commercial free fonts, free dingbat fonts, and free vectors. Wikimedia, free vector sites, and fontspace.com are great resources.

Note: Fontspace also allows you to type a specific word in to see how it is displayed!!

Check out Resources for my Fontspace profile, links, the article provided, and more free resources.

Templating For Success Part 1: Gather Resources
08:00

Summary: Separate layers. Use commercial free fonts, vectors, and use dingbat fonts to get LOTS of symbols quickly. Save fonts and other linked resources in a folder. Keep it all in the cloud so you can have it anywhere!!

Note: I meant to say "Awesome Workspace AND Template" in the beginning ;) Do not forget to include patterns and swatches!

Feel free to send me your finished product for critique: sirdouglasfresh.com@gmail.com

Check out Resources for my Fontspace profile, links, the article provided, and more free resources!

Templating For Success Part 2: Altogether Now
09:54

Template Resources
00:24
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Complete Resources
1 Lecture 01:02
Full Resources List HERE
01:02
About the Instructor
Douglas Butner
3.8 Average rating
233 Reviews
15,630 Students
5 Courses
Product Designer and Digital Artist

Douglas Butner, who designs under the name Douglas Fresh or Sir Douglas Fresh, is passionate about business, design and the web. Douglas has over 8 years experience as a hobbyist web developer, and over 3 years as a professional designer. Douglas is proud to call himself a geek, and loves learning new skills.

Douglas has a Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University concentrating in marketing, and sells his designs on products around the world daily. Currently he runs several designer shops including Sir Douglas Fresh and Fresh Thread Shop. Douglas also creates designs for and runs clothing shops including futurelifefashion[.]com, iamtheuniverse[.]club, and sublimationgalaxyshirts[.]com. Douglas joined Udemy to inspire others to fall in love with design as he has. In the future, Douglas hopes to help artists by providing a platform to sell reproduction rights to their art.

My Qualifications and Works

Business Qualifications

I have always been fascinated with business and marketing, and made this my academic pursuit. While attending Frostburg State University for business with a concentration in marketing, I started a successful t-shirt design business. After graduating FSU with high honors in 2014, I started an LLC for my current web project, the Current X Change. I am particularly interested in branding and online marketing, and hope to share my knowledge with hungry entrepreneurs worldwide.

Design Career

I am an active graphic designer with a variety of skills and disciplines. Besides designing vector art for my t-shirt designs, I do photo manipulations in photoshop, and create fractal art using algorithmic software. I sell designs on t-shirts, stickers, canvas, leggings, and a variety of other products. Over the past two years I have sold thousands of products made with my designs, without spending a dime on advertising.

Web Work

As a high school sophmore, I developed a social network called Myhs[.]us (now retired). I learned PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS from books, and became quickly obsessed with the web. As a senior in high school, I developed Blurba[.]com (also retired), a site that used AJAX, allowing all interactions to take place in real time without refreshing the browser. Currently, I run a handful of sites related to my art, and am working on a platform called the Current X Change that will allow users to share and sell their digital art. While I don't teach any courses on web development, my experience in web development gives me a more in-depth understanding of online marketing.