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Step-by-Step Training Workbook

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Book

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Print books will not ship until June 8 due to the coronavirus. There are no delays for eBooks.

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In this book you'll be taken step-by-step through a variety of exercises that will show you how to place type on a curve, draw with bezier curves, use compound paths and masking, utilize gradients, and much more. Clear the mystery out of drawing with Illustrator!

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-934624-84-5

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Section 1
Setting Preferences: Do This Exercise First!
  • Setting Up Preferences and Workspaces
Straight Lines
  • Using the Pen Tool
  • Adjusting the Workspace
  • Arranging Objects
  • Color Fills
Curves
  • Drawing Curves (Pen Tool)
  • Anchor Points and Direction Points
  • Default Fill and Stroke
Corners and Curves
  • Drawing Corners and Curves (Pen Tool)
  • Adjusting Anchor Points
Section 2
No Smoking Sign
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Basic Shape Tools
  • Grouping Objects
  • Layers Panel
  • Working with Templates
  • Saving Illustrator Files: Options
Super Hero
  • Live Trace and Live Paint
  • Tracing Hand-Drawn Images
  • Coloring Live Paint Objects
  • Brushes
  • Flare Tool
Section 3
What’s Behind the Green Door?
  • Compound Paths
  • Group Selection Tool
Mask Till You Drop
  • Clipping Masks (Shapes)
  • Blob Brush Tool
  • Eraser Tool
  • Reflect Tool
Masking with Type
  • Type Tool
  • Clipping Masks (Editable Type)
  • Filling Text with a Photo
  • Placing Linked Images
3D Shape: Milk Duds Box
  • 3D Extrude & Bevel
  • Creating Symbols from Artwork
  • Mapping Symbols onto 3D Objects
  • Lighting and Shadows for 3D Objects
Section 4
Will It Blend?
  • Blend Tool
  • Blending Options
Wavy Line Blend
  • Blending Lines
  • Reflect Tool
  • Rotate Tool
Juggling Colors and Gradients
  • Dashed Lines and Stroke Options
  • Saving Colors as Swatches
  • Blending Modes
  • Gradient Tool
  • Saving Gradient Swatches
Combining Shapes with the Pathfinder
  • Merging Paths (Pathfinder)
  • Transparency Options
  • Grouping Objects
Section 5
Patterns
  • Creating and Applying Pattern Swatches
  • Scaling and Rotating Patterns
  • Working with Layers
  • Align Panel
One-Page Advertisement
  • Working with Type
  • Text and Character Options
  • Adding a Drop Cap
  • Type on a Path
  • Text Wrap
  • Fill Text with a Pattern
Stylin’ Effects
  • Using the Appearance Panel
  • Transparency
  • Blending Modes
  • Drop Shadows
  • Arrowheads
Appearance and Graphic Styles
  • Graphic Styles
  • Appearance Panel
  • Multiple Fills
  • Auto-sizing Text Boxes
Section 6
Illustrating a Shirt Design
  • Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together
  • Creating/Editing Clipping Masks
  • Compound Paths
Layers, Artboards & Recoloring Artwork
  • Adding and Removing Layers
  • Creating and Using Multiple Artboards
  • Recoloring Artwork
  • Converting CMYK Art to Spot Colors
Bonus Exercises
AT&T Logotype and Symbol
  • Recreating a Logo Graphic and Text
  • Drawing from a Scanned Template
Computerizing a Company Logo
  • Placing Templates
  • Converting Text to Outlines
  • Subtract from Shape Area (Pathfinder)
Reference Material
Quick Reference for Drawing Paths
Blending Modes
Web File Formats: JPEG vs. GIF vs. PNG
Web Color Palettes
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts: Windows
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts: Mac

Examples of What You Learn

  • Use Layers and Live Color to quickly make big changes.

  • Learn the Brush tool, Live Trace, and its cousin Live Paint.

  • Use styles to keep your designs consistent and flexible.

  • Learn to use Colors, Gradients, Blend Modes, and Strokes.

  • Get going with Clipping Masks and Blob Brushes.

  • Master package design with 3D Effects.

  • Learn Compound Paths and Group Selection.

  • Learn to use Photoshop and Illustrator together to get the best of both worlds.

  • After this exercise your Illustrator skills WILL be smokin’.

Why Our Books Are Unique

Our books are packed with step-by-step exercises that walk you through projects. You’ll learn by doing exercises, not reading long explanations. The goal is to give you hands-on practice with the program, getting you started quickly with the things that are most important for real life work.

Buy the Adobe Illustrator CS6 Book

Print books will not ship until June 8 due to the coronavirus. There are no delays for eBooks.

We offer bulk order discounts