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Illustrator CS5 Digital Classroom [NOOK Book]


A book-and-DVD package provides a unique illustration to the basics of Illustrator

Illustrator CS5 is included with the Creative Suite 5.5 bundle. This book covers the version of Photoshop that ships with both Creative Suite 5 and Creative Suite 5.5. Adobe Illustrator is a unique design and drawing program that allows you to create and produce brilliant art for a variety of mediums. This full-color book-and-DVD package deciphers even the most complex Illustrator tasks and gets ...

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A book-and-DVD package provides a unique illustration to the basics of Illustrator

Illustrator CS5 is included with the Creative Suite 5.5 bundle. This book covers the version of Photoshop that ships with both Creative Suite 5 and Creative Suite 5.5. Adobe Illustrator is a unique design and drawing program that allows you to create and produce brilliant art for a variety of mediums. This full-color book-and-DVD package deciphers even the most complex Illustrator tasks and gets you quickly up to speed using the capabilities of the newest release of Illustrator. Thirteen self-paced lessons explain how to create and produce vibrant graphics using this robust vector drawing application. The complementary lessons featured on the DVD are each approximately five minutes long and demonstrate the concepts and features covered in the lesson.

  • Escorts you through the basics of creating and producing vibrant graphics using Illustrator
  • Deciphers even the most advanced Illustrator tasks and makes them less intimidating
  • Features full-color, step-by-step tutorials on the DVD that complement the topics covered in each lesson of the book
  • Encourages you to absorb each lesson at your own pace

Jam-packed with information, this book and DVD is just like having your own personal instructor guiding you through each unique lesson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118064771
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Series: Digital Classroom , #68
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Smith is co-founder of American Graphics Institute ( and a noted expert in digital design for Web, interactive, and print. She has developed training and communications projects for many Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and Adobe Systems.

The AGI Creative Team consists of Adobe Certified Instructors who create and deliver training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals through American Graphics Institute.

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Table of Contents

Starting Up.

About Digital Classroom.


System requirements.

Starting Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Fonts used in this book.

Resetting Adobe Illustrator CS5 preferences.

Loading lesson files.

Working with the video tutorials.

Setting up for viewing the video tutorials.

Viewing the video tutorials with the Adobe Flash Player.

Additional resources.

Lesson 1: Adobe Illustrator CS5 Jumpstart.

Starting up.

Setting up the artboard.

Creating the background.

Access additional Swatch Libraries.

Using the new Shape Builder tool.

Creating the smaller combined shape.

Applying color and eff ects.

Cloning the small shape.

Aligning and distributing the shapes.

Adding Text.

Applying the Warp effect.

Adding text to the small shape areas.

Distorting a shape.

Importing an image.

Creating the pseudo horizontal image scroll.

Adding symbols.

Adding lines of text.

Creating the Zip code text box.

Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace.

Starting up.

Opening Illustrator.

Choosing a workspace.

Opening a file.

The document window.

Using Artboards.

Navigating multiple artboards.

Using the new Artboards panel.

Creating New Artboards.

Switching screen modes.

Changing your view.

Preview versus Outlines.

Zooming and scrolling.

Scrolling with the Hand tool.

Changing views with the Navigator panel.

The Tools panel.

Using tools and panels.

The Control panel.

Moving the Control panel.

Panel groups and the dock.

Custom workspaces.

Saving workspaces.

Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box.

Customizing keyboard shortcuts.

Custom shortcuts.

Saving shortcut sets.

Deleting shortcut sets.

Self study.


Lesson 3: Illustrator CS5 Essentials.

Starting up.

Using the shape tools.

Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle.

Finding or changing the shape’s dimensions using the Transform panel.

Rotating and shearing using the Transform panel.

Constraining a shape.

Entering exact dimensions.

Selecting artwork.

Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections.

The selection tools.

Using shape and transform tools to create artwork.

Using the transform tools.

Adding a fill color.

Entering a shape size in the Transform panel.

Viewing in Outline view.

Rotating the shape.

Changing the color of the triangles.

Using layers when building an illustration.

Creating a new blank layer.

Cutting and pasting objects.

Creating bubbles.

Cloning the bubble group.

Repeating a resize transform.

Moving objects from one layer to another.

Self study.


Lesson 4: Adding Color.

Starting up.

Basics of the Appearance panel.

Changing colors.

Adding Effects.

Creating a colorful illustration.

Using Live Paint.

Converting the artwork to a Live Paint group.

Applying Live Paint to the group.

Adding a symbol to your artwork.

Expanding the symbol.

Saving swatches.

What is a Global Color?

Selecting the Same color.

Saving a set of colors as a group.

Creating a color group from selected colors.

Using the Color panel.

Adding Pantone (Spot) Colors.

Adding Pantone colors.

Self study.


Lesson 5: Working with the Drawing Tools.

Starting up.

Working with the Pen tool.

Drawing straight lines.

Drawing curved lines.

Drawing hinged curves.

Drawing curved lines to straight lines.

Drawing straight lines to curved lines.

Manually tracing images.

Placing an image as a template.

Other drawing tools.

Using the Line Segment and Arc tools.

Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools.

Using the Eraser tool.

Editing existing paths.

Adding and removing points.

Refining a curve.

Cutting and joining paths.

Working with Live Trace.

Using the tracing presets.

Understanding tracing options.

Expanding Live Traced artwork.

Working with Live Paint.

Creating a Live Paint group.

Setting Gap Detection options.

Using the Live Paint Bucket tool.

Using the Live Paint Selection tool.

Combining shapes using the new Shape Builder tool.

Combining the shapes.

Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool.

Creating the fi sh eyes.

Self study.


Lesson 6: Exploring Additional Color Options.

Starting up.

Taking a look at the finished illustration.

Adding tonal values with gradients.

Customizing an existing gradient.

Saving the Gradient.

Applying a second instance of the gradient.

Using the Gradient panel.

Updating a gradient.

Creating and using patterns.

Creating a bounding box.

Applying the pattern.

Editing a pattern fill.

Locating existing patterns.

Finishing up the illustration.

Creating a Color Group.

Using the Color Guide.

Self study.


Lesson 7: Working with and Formatting Text.

Starting up.

Formatting type.

Paragraph formatting.

Formatting imported type.

Paragraph and character styles.

Editing styles.

Advanced techniques with text.

Text on a path.

Warping text.

Text in a shape.

Creating outlines.

Check spelling.

Find and Replace.

Self study.


Lesson 8: Organizing your Illustrations with Layers.

Starting up.

Getting to know the Layers panel.

Using layers to organize your illustrations.

Using the Layers panel to make selections.

Creating new layers and moving items between layers.

Paste remembers layers.

Template layers.

Self study.


Lesson 9: Working with Symbols.

Starting up.

Cleaning out the symbol library.

Creating symbols.

Editing symbols.

Importing a symbol library.

Using the symbolism tools.

Editing nested symbols.

Replacing symbols.

Saving symbol libraries.

Self study.


Lesson 10: Using Eff ects and Transparency.

Starting up.

Working with the Appearance panel and effects.

Applying effects.

Editing effects.

Using graphic styles.

Creating and saving graphic styles.

Applying and modifying graphic styles.

Working with object transparency.

Working with multiple opacity.

Working with blending modes.

Saving and importing graphic styles.

Applying graphic styles to layers and symbols.

Self study.


Lesson 11: Exporting and Saving Files.

Starting up.

Saving using the AI file format.

Saving an illustration with layers.

Make a template layer.

Using the Transform Effect.

Duplicating a Stroke.

Saving diff erent versions of the logo onto separate layers.

Expanding appearance.

Save the fi rst version.

Using Live Paint.

Using the Color Guide panel.

Saving the third version.

Using Recolor Artwork.

Saving a layered PDF.

Integration with other applications.

Exporting for Photoshop.

Integrating with InDesign.

Integrating with Flash.

Integrating with Microsoft Expression Blend (XAML).

Integrating with Premiere and After Effects.

Saving as EPS.

Save for Web & Devices.

Making a Flash animation.

Exporting a Flash animation.

Self study.


Lesson 12: Advanced Blending Techniques.

Starting up.

Using the Blend Tool.

Applying a gradient.

Applying Radial Gradients.

Applying gradients using Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh options.

Adjusting the Mesh.

Revisiting Blend Options.

More mesh work.

Overlapping images.

Applying a gradient mesh using the Mesh tool.

Finishing up with the Mesh tool and automatically adding a Highlight.

Using the Symbol Tools.

Creating a symbol.

Modifying a Symbol’s appearance.

Self study.


Lesson 13: Adobe Illustrator CS5 New Features.

Starting up.

Getting into perspective.

Using the Perspective Grid feature.

Defining the grid.

Changing the plane.

Using the Perspective Selection tool.

Creating shapes with the Shape Builder tool.

To combine shapes.

To delete shapes.

To divide overlapping shapes.

New Brush Controls.

Advanced drawing controls.

Artboard panel.

Pixel grid alignment.


Appendix A - Tools.

Appendix B - Keyboard shortcuts.

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