Illustrator CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

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This fully updated edition for Illustrator CS5 covers the essential skills for Illustrator artists, such as drawing geometric and freehand objects; color management; using multiple artboards; applying colors, patterns, and gradients; creating and using brushes; transforming, reshaping, and combining objects; creating and styling type; applying graphic styles and transparency; using the Pen tool; using the live color, paint, trace, and effects features; using symbols; and output. The new and updated Illustrator ...
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Illustrator CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

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This fully updated edition for Illustrator CS5 covers the essential skills for Illustrator artists, such as drawing geometric and freehand objects; color management; using multiple artboards; applying colors, patterns, and gradients; creating and using brushes; transforming, reshaping, and combining objects; creating and styling type; applying graphic styles and transparency; using the Pen tool; using the live color, paint, trace, and effects features; using symbols; and output. The new and updated Illustrator CS5 features are clearly marked with bright red stars in both the table of contents and main text.

Among the many new CS5 features covered in this volume are bristle brushes, drawing modes, arrows, Width tool, Shape Builder tool, and Mini Bridge. Enhancements to such features as path joining, artboards, pixel-perfect drawing, and Art brushes are also covered.

Readers can follow the steps in a tutorial fashion, or use the book as a reference guide to individual program features. Many of the key illustrations used in the book are available via Web download for practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321706614
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide Series
  • Pages: 453
  • Sales rank: 782,866
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Create & Save Files

Launching Illustrator 1

Creating a new document 3

Using templates 4

Adding artboards to a document 7

Deleting artboards 9

Modifying artboards 10

Aligning and rearranging artboards 11

Choosing artboard options 12

Saving a document in the Adobe Illustrtor (ai) format 13

Ending a work session 14

2 Manage Color

Introduction to color management 15

Choosing color settings for Illustrator 17

Synchronizing the color settings 20

Changing the document profile 21

Proofing a document onscreen 22

3 Workspaces

Features of the Illustrator workspace 23

Using tabbed document windows 25

Arranging document windows 26

Changing the zoom level 27

Fitting an artboard in the document window 28

Moving an area of a document into view 28

Changing the screen mode 29

Switching document views 30

Creating custom views 31

Configuring the panel groups and docks 32

Choosing and saving workspaces 34

4 Panels

The Illustrator panel icons 38

The Tools panel 39

The Control panel 42

The other essential panels illustrated 43

5 Bridge

Opening files from Illustrator 55

Lauching Adobe Bridge 56

Features of the Bridge window 56

Choosing a workspace for Bridge 58

Previewing graphics in Bridge 60

Opening files from Bridge 62

Customizing the Bridge workspace 64

Saving custom workspace 66

Resetting the Bridge workspace 66

Using thumbnail stacks 67

Searching for files 68

Creating and using collections 69

Rating and labeling thumbnails 71

Choose a sorting order 72

Filtering the display of thumbnails 72

Assigning keywords to files 73

Exporting the Bridge cache 74

Managing files using Bridge 74

6 Geometric Objects

Selecting and deleting objects 75

Creating rectangles and ellipses 76

Creating polygons 78

Creating stars 79

Creating line segments 81

Creating spirals 82

Creating pixel-perfect artwork for the Web 82

7 Freehand drawing

A quick color primer 83

Drawing with the Pencil tool 84

Drawing with the Paintbrush tool 85

Choosing options for the Pencil and Paintbrush tools 86

Drawing with the Blob Brush tool 87

Choosing options for the Blob Brush tool 88

8 Select

The five selection tools 89

Using the Selection tool 91

Using the Direct Selection tool 92

Selecting objects via a command 92

Selecting objects via the Layers panel 93

Working with groups 94

Isolating individual objects 96

Using the Lasso tool 96

Using the Magic Wand tool 97

Saving selections 98

Selecting and deselecting all objects 98

9 Move, Copy & Align

Moving objects 99

Aligning objects with the help of Smart Guides 100

Duplicating objects 102

Aligning and distributing objects via buttons 105

Creating ruler guides 107

Creating guides from objects 108

Locking and unlocking guides 109

Clearing guides 109

Using the grid 110

10 Fill & Stroke

Using color in Illustrator 111

Colors for your output medium 112

Using the basic color controls 114

Saving colors as swatches 116

Choosing colors via the Color panel 117

Applying colors from a library 118

Changing the tint percentage 119

Changing the stroke weight, alignment, caps, and joins 120

Creating arrows 121

Creating a dashed stroke 122

Using the Eyedropper tool 123

Using the Swatches panel 124

Using the Color Guide panel 128

Using the Kuler panel 131

Replacing colors in your artwork 132

Inverting colors 133

Colorizing grayscale images 133

Blending fill colors 134

Creating and editing fill patterns 135

11 Transform

Transforming an object via its bounding box 137

Using the Free Transform tool 138

Using the Scale, Rotate, Shear, and Reflect tools 140

Using the Transform and Control panels 142

Using the Transform Each command 144

Using the Transform effect 145

Repeating a Transformation 146

12 Reshape

The building blocks of a path 147

Moving points and segments 148

Reshaping curves 148

Converting points 149

Adding points 151

Deleting points 154

Reshaping objects with the Pencil or Paintbrush tool 155

Applying a variable width profile preset to an object's stroke 156

Changing an object's stroke width using the Width tool 157

Reshaping objects with the Blob Brush tool 160

Exercise: Draw and reshape objects in a freehand style 161

Using the Reshape tool 162

Exercise: Draw a brush with the Reshape tool 162

Erasing sections of objects 163

Aligning points 164

Joining endpoints 165

Reshaping objects using commands 166

Sticing and dicing 168

Exercise: Draw a glass of beer (or cream soda!) 170

13 Layers

Getting to know the Layers panel 171

Creating Layers 173

Deleting Layers and objects 175

Selecting listings on the Layers panel 176

Selecting objects via the Layers panel 178

Restacking layers and objects 181

Duplicating layers and objects 182

Locking layers and objects 183

Hiding layers and objects 184

Collecting objects into a new layer 185

Releasing objects to layers 186

Merging layers and groups 187

Flattening layers 188

14 Appearances

Applying appearance attributes 190

Editing appearance attributes 194

Hiding and deleting appearance attributes 195

Copying appearance attributes 196

Expanding appearance attributes 196

15 Effects

Applying Illustrator effects 197

Editing, duplicating, and deleting effects 200

A few Illustrator effects up close 201

Rasterizing objects 206

Applying Photoshop effects via the Effect Gallery 207

16 Graphic Styles

Graphic styles basics 209

Loading graphic styles from a library 211

Applying graphic styles 212

Removing graphic styles 213

Adding graphic styles 214

Creating graphic styles 215

Redefining graphic styles 216

Deleting graphic styles from the panel 217

Creating a custom graphic style library 218

Breaking the link to a graphic style 218

17 Live Trace

The tracing features in Illustrator 219

Tracing a raster image 220

Applying tracing options 221

Managing tracing presets 224

Releasing a tracing 224

Converting a tracing to paths 225

18 Live Paint

Creating a Live Paint group 228

Using the Live Paint Bucket tool 229

Using the Live Paint Selection tool 232

Reshaping a Live Paint group 234

Adding new faces and edges to a Live Paint group 235

Choosing gap options for a Live Paint group 236

Expanding and releasing Live Paint groups 237

19 Create Type

The type tools 239

Choosing a font and font size for a type tool 240

Creating point type 240

Creating type in a rectangle 241

Creating area type 242

Creating path type 244

Copying or moving type characters 246

Importing text into Illustrator 247

Threading type objects 248

Rotating type 250

Exercise: Putting type on a circle 251

20 Style & Edit Type

Selecting type 253

Changing the font 255

Changing the font size 256

Changing the leading value 257

Applying kerning and tracking 258

Using smart punctuation 260

Inserting alternate glyphs 261

Applying hyphenation 263

Changing paragraph alignment 264

Changing paragraph indentation 265

Changing inter-paragraph spacing 265

Using paragraph and character styles 266

Hanging punctuation 270

Setting tabs 270

Changing the baseline shift value 272

Creating type outlines 273

Creating special effects with type 274

Exercise: Create a shadow for point type 275

Applying appearance attributes to type 276

Exercise: Add multiple strokes to a character 277

Exercise: Use the Free Distort effect on type 278

21 Pen Tools

Drawing with the Pen tool 279

Converting anchor points on paths 283

Exercise: Draw a knife with the Pen tool 285

22 Acquire Images

How images are acquired in Illustrator 287

Using the Open command 288

Using the Place command 289

Importing Photoshop images into Illustrator 290

Managing linked images 292

Dragging and dropping images into Illustrator 296

23 Brushes

Applying brushes to existing paths 298

Using the Brushes panel 299

Removing brush strokes 300

Expanding brush strokes 301

Creating and editing Calligraphic brushes 302

Creating and editing Scatter brushes 304

Creating and editing Art brushes 306

Creating and editing Bristle brushes 309

Painting brush strokes inside objects 312

Duplicating brushes 313

Editing brushes manually 314

Editing brush strokes on objects 315

Deleting brushes 316

Creating brush libraries 316

24 Gradients

Applying a gradient 317

Creating a two-color gradient 319

Editing gradient colors via on-object controls 320

Saving a gradient as a swatch 322

Changing the position, length, or angle of a gradient in an object 323

Spreading a single gradient across multiple objects 325

Expanding a gradient into paths 326

25 Combine Paths

Using the Shape Builder tool 327

Applying the Shape Mode commands 331

Applying the Pathfinder commands 334

Using the Compound Path command 337

Working with compound paths 338

Applying Pathfinder effects 340

26 Clipping Masks

Creating a clipping set 341

Selecting objects in a clipping set 345

Adding objects to, and deleting them from, a clipping set 347

Releasing a clipping set 348

27 Transparency

Changing an object's opacity or blending mode 349

Controlling which objects the transparency setting affect 352

Using the transparency grid 354

28 Symbols

Accessing the symbol libraries 356

Creating individual symbol instances 357

Creating symbol sets with the Symbol Sprayer tool 358

Replacing symbols 359

Creating symbols 360

Deleting symbols from the panel 360

Saving symbol libraries 361

Editing symbols 361

Choosing options for the symbolism tools 362

Using the Symbol Shifter, Scruncher, Sizer, Spinner, Stainer, Screener, and Styler tools 363

Unlinking symbol instances 367

Expanding symbol instances 368

29 Live Color

Creating color groups via the Recolor Artwork dialog 369

Using the color wheel in the Recolor Artwork dialog 371

Assigning colors to artwork via the Recolor Artwork dialog 373

Reducing colors via the Recolor Artwork dialog 375

30 Preferences

Opening the Preferences dialog 377

General Preferences 378

Selection & Anchor Display Preferences 380

Type Preferences 381

Units Preferences 382

Guides & Grid Preferences 383

Smart Guides Preferences 384

Slices Preferences 385

Hyphenation Preferences 386

Plug-ins & Scratch Disks Preferences 387

User Interface Preferences 388

File Handling & Clipboard Preferences 389

Appearance of Black Preferences 390

31 Print

Print dialog: General options 392

Marks and Bleed options 394

Output options 396

Graphics options 398

Color Management options 400

Advanced options 401

Summary options 401

Using the Separations Preview panel 402

Printing and exporting semitransparent objects 404

Creating and editing presets 407

Producing crop and trim marks 408

Choosing a resolution for effects 409

Using the Document Info panel 410

32 Export

Saving files in the EPS format 411

Saving files in the Adobe PDF format 414

Using the Export command 418

Optimizing files for the Web 420

Exporting Illustrator files to Adobe Photoshop 424

Appendix A Artwork by Illustrator pros 425

Appendix B Credits 432

Index 433

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