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Adobe Illustrator CS5 Course

8.5hrs (107 Lessons) 2010-07-26

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Adobe Illustrator CS5 is the latest version of the industry standard vector drawing application. Now with new features such as the Perspective Tool, the Bristle Brush, Beautiful Strokes and new drawing modes, there are more tools than ever for the creation of stunning art. Professional illustrator, television animation art director and writer Dwayne Ferguson takes you on an in-depth look at Illustrator CS5, taking you through the tools you'll need to master it quickly. The end of the course includes three fun yet practical hands-on projects. Work Files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

New to this version of Illustrator called Illustrator Creative Suite 5 we have a huge amount of new toys for you people, like myself, who love to draw in Vectors. Here's an example of some of the artwork I've created. This is the iPad Cowboy because there's a new sheriff in town! So, what I'm going to do is show you some of the things we'll be talking about in this tutorial. I'll create a brand new document so we can focus. We have a tool for people, like myself, who are completely and utterly perspective challenged. As you could see here we have a Perspective Grid Tool. All you do is click on it and you have perspective. You can draw directly onto the grid or you can drag artwork that you've created elsewhere onto it and it will snap into perspective. If you go to the View Menu you even can change it to One Point Perspective, Two Point Perspective and even Three Point Perspective. Let me give you an example, One Point Perspective. Amazing. I'll create another document. We even have a tool called the Shape Builder Tool for those of you who like to create your own icons and symbols and logos and that kind of thing. I'm going to grab a couple of stars here and I'm going to overlap them like so, just a few and with the Shape Builder Tool I'm going to select all these guys with my regular Selection Tool and click right here to choose the Shape Builder and I'm going to click and drag through some of these here and I'll let go of my mouse and you'll notice that these guys are now creating all new artwork here. I'll go ahead and do a very simple one. I'll create a rectangle and I will do a star and I will put them on top of each other, like so and I will select them both and, once again, drag through them and now you see the power of the Shape Builder Tool. For those of you guys who like to paint in applications like Photoshop or Corel Painter we now have Bristle Brush Tool that allows you to paint with natural media right inside of Illustrator. I'll go to my Brushes Panel and I'll show you that we have one right here by default. I'll click on this guy, grab my Brush Tool and I'm painting. You may notice that my icon changes as well and for people with a digital tablet like a Wacom tablet you can see this symbol. If you're using a regular mouse, sorry, you can't do that but you get the point. You could still paint with natural media and we'll cover this more in depth later on. As you could see, there's quite a few enhancements already. We even have things like Antialiasing for text and we have the ability to work on a pixel grid for alignment for you guys who work on the Web. So, if you zoom in to 600 percent, for example and I go to View, Pixel Preview, we could see the pixels that we can snap things right to on our grid. We even have new enhancements to the Artboards, so now you can have multiple Artboards, you can name them and you could do all kinds of things like rearrange them and so on. So as you could see, guys, this version of Illustrator is epic in scale. If you haven't upgraded in a while and you were curious as to what the new features are we're going to talk about them in this tutorial. But me, there's no going back. It's Illustrator CS5 because I think it's the best version so far.  

  • Course: Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Author: Dwayne Ferguson
  • SKU: 34146
  • ISBN: 1-936334-40-2
  • Work Files: Yes
  • Captions: No
  • Subject: Graphics & Page Layout
  • The first 3 chapters of courses are available to play for FREE (first chapter only for QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses). Just click on the movie link to play a lesson.
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Introduction

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Drawing Tools (05:26)

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Interface
Document Window (04:58)

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Artboards Panel (04:56)

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The Tools Panel (06:47)

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Menus & Panels (04:55)

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Navigation (05:16)

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Workspaces (05:50)

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Shortcuts (05:03)

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Save Documents (03:38)

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Select & Measure
Selection Tools (05:57)

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Stacking Order (04:29)

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Group & Ungroup (04:27)

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Rulers & Grids (04:51)

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Crop (04:36)

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Paths & Shapes
Draw Paths (05:54)

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Edit Paths (06:56)

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Draw Modes (03:44)

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Pathfinder (04:28)

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Shape Builder (05:21)

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Beautiful Strokes

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Color Panels (05:10)

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Stroke & Fill (04:39)

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Live Paint (04:47)

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Gradients

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Perspective

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Type
Create & Edit (05:27)

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Glyphs (03:21)

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Outlines (04:47)

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Anti-Aliasing (03:48)

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Layers
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Transparency (03:53)

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Blend Modes (04:01)

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Release Masks (02:53)

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Bristle & Blob Brushes

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Art Brushes

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Filters & Effects
Soft Edges (04:44)

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Stylize (03:55)

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Distort (05:29)

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Blurs (04:21)

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Shadows (03:56)

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Symbols & Graphs

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Edit & Create (05:08)

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Create Graphs (05:14)

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CS5 Application Integration

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Live Effects (02:50)

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Project: Mech Logo

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Project: Diner

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Walls pt. 1 (06:42)

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Walls pt. 2 (06:30)

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Project: Cafe Menu

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