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Need answers quickly? Adobe Illustrator CS6 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Numbered Steps guide you through each task

See Also points you to related information in the book

Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques

Illustrations with matching steps

Tasks are presented on one or two pages

Inside the Book

• Improve publishing and productivity with the CS6 interface
• Browse, organize, and process files using Adobe Bridge
• Transform and reshape objects to create a new look
• Use Live Paint to create, recolor, and modify images
• Use Live Color to create color harmony in a design
• Create complex shapes, patterns, and perspective objects
• Create text and apply style to display artistic text
• Apply appearances and graphic styles for a unique design
• Create eye-catching special effects and filters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789749352
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: On Demand Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 482,973
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 70 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys coaching baseball, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Northern California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii

1 Getting Started with Illustrator CS6 1

Installing Illustrator 2 New!

Getting Started 4 New!

Viewing the Illustrator Window 6 New!

Showing and Hiding Panels 8 New!

Working with Panels 10 New!

Using the Tools and Control Panel 12 New!

Opening a Document 14 New!

Opening a Document with Adobe Bridge 16

Inserting Images in a Document 18

Using the Status Bar 19

Working with Document Windows 20

Checking for Updates Online 22

Getting Help While You Work 24

Saving a Document 26 New!

Finishing Up 28

2 Creating and Viewing a Document 29

Creating a New Document 30

Creating a New Document Using Presets 31

Creating a New Document from a Template 32

Setting Up a Document 34 New!

Using Multiple Artboards 36

Working with Multiple Artboards 38

Changing the Display View 40

Changing the View with the Navigator Panel 42

Customizing the Navigator Panel 44

Changing the Screen Display Mode 45

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool 46

Viewing and Using Rulers 48

Using the Guides 50

Using Smart Guides 52

Using the Grid 54

Moving Around with the Hand Tool 55

Using Crop Marks 56

Working with the Info Panel 58

Using Undo and Redo 59

Creating and Selecting Workspaces 60 New!

3 Working with Objects 63

Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics 64

Understanding Paths 65

Selecting a Drawing Mode 66

Creating Pixel Aligned Objects 67

Creating Rectangles and Ellipses 68 New!

Creating Polygons and Stars 70

Creating Line Segments 71

Creating Arcs and Spirals 72

Creating Grids 74

Using the Shape Builder Tool 76

Creating Perspective Objects 78

Working with Perspective Objects 80

Customizing a Perspective Grid 81

Understanding Selections 82

Using the Selection Tool 83

Using the Direct Selection Tool 84

Using the Lasso Tool 85

Using the Magic Wand Tool 86

Selecting and Grouping Objects 88

Selecting Similar Objects 90

Saving and Editing Selections 92

Moving Objects 93

Duplicating Objects 94

Aligning and Distributing Objects 96

Transforming Objects 97

Using the Free Transform Tool 98 New!

Rotating and Scaling Objects 100

Reflecting and Shearing Objects 101

Applying Multiple Transformations 102 New!

Reshaping Objects with Envelopes 104

4 Working with Color 107

Changing Color Settings 108

Changing Color Profiles 110

Working with Color Modes 111

Changing Color Modes 112

Applying Colors 113 New!

Working with the Color Panel 114

Working with the Swatches Panel 116 New!

Creating Groups in the Swatches Panel 118 New!

Working with Swatch Libraries 120 New!

Adding Colors Using the Kuler Panel 122

Replacing Colors 124

Inverting Colors 126

Using the Color Guide Panel 127

Applying Color with the Color Guide Panel 128

Editing Colors with Live Color 130

Proofing Colors on the Screen 132

5 Applying Fills, Strokes, and Gradients 135

Applying Fill and Stroke Colors 136

Changing Stroke Attributes 138

Changing Stroke Style 140

Creating Variable Stroke Widths 142 New!

Using the Eyedropper Tool 144

Creating Patterns for Fills 146 New!

Editing Patterns 148 New!

Using Patterns as Fills 149

Blending Fill Colors 150

Creating Blends Automatically 151

Applying Blend Options 152

Creating Blends with the Blend Tool 153

Modifying Blend Objects 154

Setting Transparency Options 155

Controlling Transparency Effects 156

Creating Transparency Masks 157

Flattening Object Transparency 158 New!

Using the Transparency Grid 159

Applying Gradients 160 New!

Using Gradients Libraries 162

Creating Gradients 163

Editing Gradients 164

Using the Gradient Tool 165

Creating a Gradient Mesh 166

6 Working with Points and Paths 169

Drawing with the Pen Tools 170

Setting Anchor Point Preferences 172

Moving Points and Segments 173

Converting Points 174

Adding and Deleting Anchor Points 176

Aligning and Joining Anchor Points 178

Reshaping Paths 180

Erasing to Reshape Paths 182

Smoothing Paths 183

Simplifying Paths 184

Dividing Paths 185

Splitting Paths 186

Merging Paths 188

Working with Shape Mode 190

Working with Pathfinder 191

Creating a Compound Path 192

Creating a Clipping Set 194

Editing a Clipping Set 196

7 Working with Layers 199

Understanding the Layers Panel 200 New!

Setting Layers Panel Options 201

Creating Layers 202 New!

Selecting Layers 204

Deleting Layers 205

Selecting Objects with Layers 206

Arranging Layers and Objects 208

Duplicating Layers and Objects 210

Locking Layers and Objects 211

Showing and Hiding Layers and Objects 212

Merging Layers and Groups 213

Moving Objects to a Layer 214 New!

Flattening Layers 216

Locating Objects in the Layers Panel 217 New!

Creating a Template Layer 218

Viewing Layers as Outlines 219

8 Working with Type 221

Using Type Tools 222

Creating Type 223

Creating Type in a Text Box 224

Creating Area Type 225

Creating Path Type 226

Modifying Type on a Path 228

Importing Text 229

Selecting Type 230

Copying or Moving Type 232

Working with Overflow Type 234

Changing Fonts 236

Changing Font Size 238

Leading Type 239

Kerning Type 240

Tracking Type 241

Scaling Type 242

Rotating Type 243

Formatting Type 244 New!

Anti-aliasing Type 245

Aligning Paragraphs 246

Indenting and Spacing Paragraphs 247

Setting Tabs 248

Working with Hyphenation 249

Working with Type Styles 250

Using Smart Punctuation 252

Working with Glyphs 253

Working with OpenType Fonts 254

Working with Justification 255

Wrapping Type Around an Object 256

Creating Type Outlines 257

9 Working with Graphics 259

Opening Graphics 260

Placing Graphics 261

Placing Graphics from Adobe Bridge 262

Linking Graphics 264

Managing Linked Graphics 266

Tracing Raster Graphics 268 New!

Adjusting Tracing Options 270 New!

Converting Tracing to Paths 272

Applying Graphic Styles 273 New!

Creating Graphic Styles 274

Editing Graphic Styles 276

Applying Appearance Attributes 278

Creating a Mosaic Graphic 280

10 Manipulating Artwork with Effects 281

Applying Illustrator Effects 282 New!

Applying the Convert to Shape Effect 284

Applying the Scribble Effect 285

Applying the Inner or Outer Glow Effect 286

Applying the Drop Shadow Effect 287

Applying 3D Effects 288

Applying Warp Effects 290

Applying Distort & Transform Effects 291

Changing Raster Effects Settings 292

Working with the Effect Gallery 294

Applying Multiple Effects 296

Controlling Effects Using Selections 297

Using Blur Effects 298 New!

Viewing Various Effects 300

11 Drawing and Painting 303

Using the Pencil Tool 304

Creating Live Paint Groups 306 New!

Setting Live Paint Bucket Tool Options 308

Using the Live Paint Bucket Tool 310

Using the Live Paint Selection Tool 312

Modifying Live Paint Groups 314

Selecting Gap Options 316

Using the Brushes Panel 317

Using the Paintbrush Tool 318

Creating and Editing Scatter Brushes 320

Creating and Editing Calligraphic Brushes 322

Creating and Editing Art Brushes 324

Creating and Editing Pattern Brushes 326

Creating and Editing Bristle Brushes 328

Working with Brushes 330

Working with Liquify Tools 332

12 Using Symbols 333

Using the Symbols Panel 334

Using Symbol Libraries 335

Working with Symbols 336 New!

Duplicating and Editing Symbols 338 New!

Breaking Symbol Links 340

Using the Symbol Sprayer Tool 342

Setting Symbolism Tools Options 343

Using the Symbol Shifter Tool 344

Using the Symbol Scruncher Tool 345

Using the Symbol Sizer Tool 346

Using the Symbol Spinner Tool 347

Using the Symbol Stainer Tool 348

Using the Symbol Screener Tool 349

Using the Symbol Styler Tool 350

Expanding Symbol Instances 351

Using 9-Slice Scaling for Symbols 352

Aligning Symbols to the Pixel Grid 354

Setting the Symbol Registration Point 355

13 Automating the Way You Work 357

Examining the Actions Panel 358

Building a New Action 360

Controlling the Playback of a Command 361

Adding a Stop to an Action 362

Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action 363

Adding a Command to an Action 364

Deleting a Command from an Action 365

Working with Batch File Processing 366

Opening and Using Scripts 368 New!

Defining and Editing Data Variables 370

Creating and Formatting a Data Graph 372

Adding Graph Designs to a Graph 374

Cleaning Up Unneeded Elements 375

14 Proofing and Printing Documents 377

Using Spell Check 378

Using Custom Dictionaries 379

Finding and Replacing Text and Elements 380

Finding and Changing Fonts 382

Printing a Document 384

Printing with Presets 385

Setting General Print Options 386

Setting Marks and Bleed Options 388

Setting Graphics Options 390

Previewing Color Separations 391

Setting Output Options 392

Setting Advanced Options 394 New!

Setting Color Management Options 396

Checking for Print Problems 397

Inserting File Information 398

Using the Document Info Panel 400

15 Exporting a Document 401

Exporting a Document 402

Understanding Export File Formats 403

Exporting as a Bitmap 404

Exporting as a TIFF 405

Exporting as a PNG or JPEG 406

Exporting to Photoshop 408

Exporting with Presets 409

Exporting as a Flash Movie 410

Saving as Adobe PDF 412

Saving as an EPS 414

Saving as a SVG 416 New!

Saving for HTML5 and CSS 418

Saving as Adobe FXG 420

Saving a Document for Microsoft Office 422

Saving as a Template 423

16 Designing for the Web and Devices 425

Saving for the Web 426

Working with Save For Web Options 428

Working with Web File Formats 430

Optimizing a JPEG Document 432

Optimizing a GIF Document 434

Optimizing a PNG-8 Document 436

Optimizing a PNG-24 Document 438

Optimizing an Image to File Size 439

Slicing Images the Easy Way 440

Working with Slices 442 New!

Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice 444

Arranging Slices 446 New!

Combining or Dividing Slices 448

Saving Slices for the Web 449

Saving Selected Slices 450

Previewing in a Browser 451 New!

17 Customizing the Way You Work 453

Setting General Preferences 454

Changing Selection & Anchor Display Preferences 456

Setting Type Preferences 458

Changing Units Preferences 460

Setting Slices Preferences 461 New!

Setting Dictionary & Hyphenation Preferences 462 New!

Selecting Plug-ins 463

Selecting Scratch Disks 464

Setting User Interface Preferences 465 New!

Setting File Handling & Clipboard Preferences 466 New!

Working with Appearance of Black Preferences 468

Defining Keyboard Shortcuts 469 New!

Using Drawing Tablets 470

18 Working Together with Adobe Programs 471

Exploring Adobe Programs 472

Exploring Adobe Bridge 473

Getting Started with Adobe Bridge 474 New!

Getting Photos from a Digital Camera 475

Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera 476 New!

Modifying Images in Camera Raw 478 New!

Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge 480

Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge 482 New!

Applying Image Adjustments 484

Creating a Web Photo Gallery 485

Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge 486

Using Mini Bridge 487 New!

Working with Adobe Media Encoder 488 New!

Working with Adobe Extension Manager 490 New!

Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit 491 New!

New Features 493 New!

Adobe Certification 497

Index 503

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