Illustrator CS4 Digital Classroom is like having a personal instructor guiding readers through each lesson, while they work at their own pace. This book includes 11 self-paced lessons that let readers discover essential skills and explore new features and capabilities of Adobe Illustrator CS4. Every lesson is presented in full color with step-by-step instructions. Learning is reinforced with video tutorials and lesson files on a companion DVD that were developed by the same team of Adobe Certified Instructors and Flash experts who have created many of the official training titles for Adobe Systems. Each video tutorial is approximately five minutes long and demonstrates and explains the concepts and features covered in the lesson. This training package shows how to create and produce vibrant graphics using this robust vector drawing application. Jam-packed with information, this book and DVD takes users from the basics through intermediate level topics and helps readers find the information they need in a clear, approachable manner.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
The Aquent Creative Team consists of Adobe Certified Instructors who create and deliver training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals at Aquent Graphics Institute. They have developed many of Adobe's official training books and technical training programs for Adobe's employees.
Table of Contents
About Digital Classroom.
Starting Adobe Illustrator CS4.
Fonts used in this book.
Resetting Adobe Illustrator CS4 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.
Lesson 1: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Jumpstart.
Creating the background.
Taking advantage of graphic styles.
One object, multiple fi lls and strokes.
Saving a graphic style.
Creating a symbol from the circle art.
Creating the text logo.
Applying the graphic style to the text logo.
Warping the text logo.
Using the Color Guide.
Incorporating an image into your artwork.
Erasing vector paths and shapes.
Creating a 3-D object.
Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace.
Choosing a workspace.
Opening a file.
The document window.
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.
Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box.
Customizing keyboard shortcuts.
Saving shortcut sets.
Deleting shortcut sets.
Lesson 3: Illustrator CS4 Essentials.
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.
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.
Cloning the bubble group.
Repeating a resize transform.
Moving objects from one layer to another.
Lesson 4: Adding Color.
Basics of the Appearance panel.
Fills and strokes.
Saving a set of colors as a group.
Using the Color Guide panel.
Creating a gradient swatch.
Creating a pattern swatch.
Loading Pantone colors.
Applying spot colors to the logo.
Lesson 5: Working with the Drawing Tools.
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.
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.
Refi ning 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.
Lesson 6: Working with and Formatting Text.
Formatting imported type.
Paragraph and character styles.
Advanced techniques with text.
Text on a path.
Text in a shape.
Find and Replace.
Lesson 7: Organizing your Illustrations with Layers.
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.
Lesson 8: Working with Symbols.
Cleaning out the symbol library.
Importing a symbol library.
Using the symbolism tools.
Editing nested symbols.
Saving symbol libraries.
Lesson 9: Using Eff ects and Transparency.
Working with the Appearance panel and 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.
Lesson 10: Exporting and Saving Files.
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.
Save the first 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 Premiere and After Effects.
Saving as EPS.
Save for Web & Devices.
Making a Flash animation.
Exporting a Flash animation.
Lesson 11: Advanced Blending Techniques.
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.
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.
Lesson 12: Illustrator CS4 New Features.
The new user interface.
New Artboard tool.
Printing and PDFs with artboards.
The new Appearance panel.
Enhanced Gradient tool.