- Online Workshops
- Online Adobe Certified Exam (ACE) Resources
- More than 500 of the most essential Illustrator CC tasks
Need answers quickly? Adobe Illustrator CC 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.
Inside the Book
- Improve publishing and productivity with Adobe Creative Cloud and touch screens
- 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
- Transform and touch up text and apply styles to display artistic text
- Apply appearances and graphic styles for a unique design
- Package or export designs to use in other programs
Numbered Steps guide you through each task
Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques
See Also points you to related information in the book
Tasks are presented on one or two pages
Illustrations with matching steps
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Table of Contents
1 Getting Started with Illustrator CC 1
Installing Illustrator 2 New!
Getting Started 4 New!
Viewing the Illustrator Window 6 New!
Showing and Hiding Panels 8
Working with Panels 10
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 New!
Using the Status Bar 19 New!
Working with Document Windows 20
Checking for Updates Online 22 New!
Getting Help While You Work 24
Saving a Document 26
Finishing Up 28
2 Creating and Viewing a Document 29
Creating a New Document 30
Creating a New Document Using Presets 31 New!
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 New!
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 New!
Viewing and Using Rulers 48
Using the Guides 50 New!
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
Working on Touch Screens 62 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
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
Reshaping Objects with Envelopes 104
Using the Transform Panel 106
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
Working with the Color Panel 114 New!
Working with the Swatches Panel 116 New!
Creating Groups in the Swatches Panel 118
Working with Swatch Libraries 120
Adding Colors Using the Kuler Panel 122 New!
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
Using the Eyedropper Tool 144
Creating Patterns for Fills 146
Editing Patterns 148
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
Using the Transparency Grid 159
Applying Gradients 160
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
Setting Layers Panel Options 201
Creating Layers 202
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
Flattening Layers 216
Locating Objects in the Layers Panel 217
Creating a Template Layer 218
Viewing Layers as Outlines 219
8 Working with Type 221
Using Type Tools 222 New!
Creating Point Type 223
Creating Point Type in a Text Box 224 New!
Creating Area Type 225
Modifying Area Type 226
Converting Point and Area Type 227 New!
Creating Path Type 228
Modifying Type on a Path 230
Importing Text 231
Selecting Type 232
Copying or Moving Type 234
Working with Overflow Type 236
Changing Fonts 238 New!
Finding and Changing Fonts 240 New!
Changing Font Size 242
Leading Type 243
Kerning Type 244
Tracking Type 245
Scaling Type 246
Rotating Type 247
Touching Up Type 248 New!
Formatting Type 250
Anti-aliasing Type 251
Aligning Paragraphs 252
Indenting and Spacing Paragraphs 253
Setting Tabs 254
Working with Hyphenation 255
Working with Different Languages 256 New!
Working with Type Styles 258
Using Smart Punctuation 260
Working with Glyphs 261
Working with OpenType Fonts 262
Working with Justification 263
Wrapping Type Around an Object 264
Creating Type Outlines 265
Applying Color and Stroke to Type 266 New!
9 Working with Graphics 267
Opening Graphics 268 New!
Placing Graphics 269 New!
Placing Graphics from Adobe Bridge 270
Linking or Embedding Graphics 272
Change Linked or Embedded Graphics 274 New!
Managing Linked or Embedded Graphics 276 New!
Tracing Raster Graphics 278
Adjusting Tracing Options 280
Converting Tracing to Paths 282
Applying Graphic Styles 283
Creating Graphic Styles 284
Editing Graphic Styles 286
Applying Appearance Attributes 288
Creating a Mosaic Graphic 290
10 Manipulating Artwork with Effects 291
Applying Illustrator Effects 292
Applying the Convert to Shape Effect 294
Applying the Scribble Effect 295
Applying the Inner or Outer Glow Effect 296
Applying the Drop Shadow Effect 297
Applying 3D Effects 298
Applying Warp Effects 300
Applying Distort & Transform Effects 301
Changing Raster Effects Settings 302
Working with the Effect Gallery 304
Applying Multiple Effects 306
Controlling Effects Using Selections 307
Using Blur Effects 308
Viewing Various Effects 310
11 Drawing and Painting 313
Using the Pencil Tool 314
Creating Live Paint Groups 316
Setting Live Paint Bucket Tool Options 318
Using the Live Paint Bucket Tool 320
Using the Live Paint Selection Tool 322
Modifying Live Paint Groups 324
Selecting Gap Options 326
Using the Brushes Panel 327 New!
Using the Paintbrush Tool 328 New!
Creating and Editing Scatter Brushes 330 New!
Creating and Editing Calligraphic Brushes 332
Creating and Editing Art Brushes 334 New!
Creating and Editing Pattern Brushes 336 New!
Creating and Editing Bristle Brushes 338
Working with Brushes 340
Working with Liquify Tools 342
12 Using Symbols 343
Using the Symbols Panel 344
Using Symbol Libraries 345
Working with Symbols 346
Duplicating and Editing Symbols 348
Breaking Symbol Links 350
Using the Symbol Sprayer Tool 352
Setting Symbolism Tools Options 353
Using the Symbol Shifter Tool 354
Using the Symbol Scruncher Tool 355
Using the Symbol Sizer Tool 356
Using the Symbol Spinner Tool 357
Using the Symbol Stainer Tool 358
Using the Symbol Screener Tool 359
Using the Symbol Styler Tool 360
Expanding Symbol Instances 361
Using 9-Slice Scaling for Symbols 362
Aligning Symbols to the Pixel Grid 364
Setting the Symbol Registration Point 365
13 Automating the Way You Work 367
Examining the Actions Panel 368
Building a New Action 370
Controlling the Playback of a Command 371
Adding a Stop to an Action 372
Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action 373
Adding a Command to an Action 374
Deleting a Command from an Action 375
Working with Batch File Processing 376
Opening and Using Scripts 378
Defining and Editing Data Variables 380
Creating and Formatting a Data Graph 382
Adding Graph Designs to a Graph 384
Cleaning Up Unneeded Elements 385
14 Proofing and Printing Documents 387
Using Spell Check 388
Using Custom Dictionaries 389
Finding and Replacing Text and Elements 390
Finding and Changing Fonts 392
Printing a Document 394
Printing with Presets 395
Setting General Print Options 396
Setting Marks and Bleed Options 398
Setting Graphics Options 400
Previewing Color Separations 401 New!
Setting Output Options 402
Setting Advanced Options 404 New!
Setting Color Management Options 406
Checking for Print Problems 407
Inserting File Information 408
Using the Document Info Panel 410
15 Exporting a Document 411
Packaging a Document 412 New!
Exporting a Document 414 New!
Understanding Export File Formats 415 New!
Exporting as a Bitmap 416
Exporting as a TIFF 417
Exporting as a PNG or JPEG 418
Exporting to Photoshop 420
Exporting as an AutoCAD 422 New!
Exporting as a Flash Movie 424
Generating and Exporting CSS 426 New!
Saving as an Adobe PDF 428
Saving as an EPS 430
Saving as a SVG 432 New!
Saving a Document for Microsoft Office 434
Saving as a Template 435
Saving Time with Presets 436
16 Designing for the Web and Devices 437
Saving for the Web 438
Working with Save For Web Options 440
Working with Web File Formats 442
Optimizing a JPEG Document 444
Optimizing a GIF Document 446
Optimizing a PNG-8 Document 448
Optimizing a PNG-24 Document 450
Optimizing an Image to File Size 451
Slicing Images the Easy Way 452
Working with Slices 454
Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice 456
Arranging Slices 458
Combining or Dividing Slices 460
Saving Slices for the Web 461
Saving Selected Slices 462
Previewing in a Browser 463
Sharing on Behance 464 New!
17 Customizing the Way You Work 465
Setting General Preferences 466
Changing Sync Settings Preferences 468 New!
Changing Selection & Anchor Display Preferences 470
Setting Type Preferences 472 New!
Changing Units Preferences 474
Setting Slices Preferences 475
Setting Hyphenation Preferences 476
Selecting Plug-ins 477 New!
Selecting Scratch Disks 478
Setting User Interface Preferences 479
Setting File Handling & Clipboard Preferences 480
Working with Appearance of Black Preferences 482
Defining Keyboard Shortcuts 483
Using Drawing Tablets or Screens 484
18 Working Together with Adobe Programs 485
Exploring Adobe Programs 486 New!
Exploring Adobe Bridge 487
Getting Started with Adobe Bridge 488
Getting Photos from a Digital Camera 489
Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera 490 New!
Modifying Images in Camera Raw 492 New!
Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge 494
Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge 496
Applying Image Adjustments 498
Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge 499
Using Mini Bridge 500
Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit 501
Working with Adobe Media Encoder 502
Working with Adobe Extension Manager 504 New!
Using the Adobe Exchange Panel 505 New!
Accessing Adobe Creative Cloud 506 New!
New Features 507 New!
Adobe Certification 513
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