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!
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  • Lectures 16
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 11 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2014 English

Course 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

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Illustrator CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, or CC

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • Beginner to Expert Illustrator Users
  • Graphic Designers
  • Anyone Wanting to Work Faster

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Format and Appearance
05:43

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!

03:53

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!

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!

05:58

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!

Format and Appearance Resources
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Section 2: Working With Artboards
05:22

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!

Artboards For Maximum Productivity
05:46
Artboard Resources
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Section 3: Setting Up Your Workspace
08:48

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!

07:20

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!

Workspace Resources
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Section 4: Template For Success
02:32

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!

08:00

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.

09:54

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!

Template Resources
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Section 5: Complete Resources
Full Resources List HERE
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Instructor Biography

Douglas Butner, 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 6 years experience as a hobbyist web developer, and over 2 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 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 photomanipulations 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.

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