Illustrator CS Most Wanted: Techniques and Effects

Overview

If youre looking for a book to teach you some of the most useful techniques in Adobe Illustrator CS, your search is over. If youre looking for exercises that make learning about Illustrator CS more fun, look no further. Most of all, if youre looking for a book to empower you to create illustrations that are worth bragging about, youve found it!

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Overview

If youre looking for a book to teach you some of the most useful techniques in Adobe Illustrator CS, your search is over. If youre looking for exercises that make learning about Illustrator CS more fun, look no further. Most of all, if youre looking for a book to empower you to create illustrations that are worth bragging about, youve found it!

Illustrator CS Most Wanted: Techniques and Effects responds to the demands of a growing group of illustrators who want to take their skills to the next level.

In this book, youll learn how to do the following:

  • Create stunning 3D illustrations using Illustrator CSs new 3D effects.
  • Expand your drawing abilities and learn how to make use of Illustrators various path tools to do the work for you.
  • Transform a photograph into a stylized vector illustration.
  • Master transparency techniques that will give your illustrations a lifelike appearance.
  • Fade, transform, and blend artwork like never before using opacity masks and the powerful Blend tool.
  • Use Illustrator to create retro-styled artwork.
  • Produce cartoon, game, and animation effects that can be used with various animation programs.
  • Explore the huge library of preset artwork Adobe has included with Illustrator CS and see how it can save you time and provide you with endless inspiration.
  • Design illustrations that are worth bragging about.
  • Utilize the downladable creative and inspirational source files (even the fonts are included!) for every exercise so you can work at your own pace and never be left without the final illustration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593721
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 5/18/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt is a writer, instructor, illustrator, and graphic designer based out of Tampa, FL. As well as being an Adobe Certified Expert, he holds certifications in Macromedia Flash, is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and is an expert in dynamic- and database-driven website development. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of South Florida with majors in computer information systems and marketing.

Matt hosts both an Illustrator (ExtremeIllustrator.com) and Photoshop (ExtremePhotoshop.com) website where he provides tutorials on all aspects of using the two programs. Matt's tutorials have been used in over 15 schools throughout the United States and have been translated into seven languages. He also writes a weekly column for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Mac Design magazine's website.

In his spare time Matt enjoys jogging, golfing, playing video games, and spending time with his wife Diana and two toddler sons Ryan and Justin in their Tampa home.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Drawing and paintbrush effects 1
Ch. 2 Text effects 41
Ch. 3 Blending 75
Ch. 4 Trendy effects 91
Ch. 5 3D effects 123
Ch. 6 Adding depth and dimension 147
Ch. 7 Illustrator animation techniques 171
Ch. 8 The great outdoors 191
Ch. 9 Cartoon and game effects 213
Ch. 10 The business side of illustrator 243
Project 1 Isometric city 265
Project 2 Vectorizing a photo 295
Project 3 Retro effects 313
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