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Step-by-Step Training Workbook

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Book

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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
  • 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
  • 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

We offer bulk order discounts