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- Jun 1st, 2012
Understanding the relationship between Objects and Layers is key to building successful Illustrator CS6 projects. Watch world-class trainer Iain Anderson show you how it’s done...
Iain begins this course by expanding on your knowledge of Layers from his previous tutorial by revealing some of his professional tips and tricks. He then shows how to Place external artwork into your Illustrator document while explaining the important distinction between externally linked media versus embedded media.
From there Iain explains how to use Illustrator’s Isolation Mode to “protect” your existing work from accidental mistakes! He also shows you how to keep your project organized by incorporating different Artboards.
From there, Iain explains how to add and subtract drawing objects in a variety of ways using the Pathfinder Panel and demonstrates the Shape Builder tool.
Following this, Iain demonstrates the power of Clipping Masks, before moving on to everyone’s favorite: Effects! In this section, he highlights many exciting effects, from Distortion and Warp Effects to the more Photoshop-like Blur effects now available directly in Illustrator CS6.
With the Appearance and Graphic Styles panels, Iain shows us fast, easy ways to duplicate fills and strokes and how to create and apply graphic styles in order to help you work faster and more efficiently. After covering the Blend Modes available in these panels, Iain then shows you the Blend Tool and its unique capabilities to combine several objects in various ways.
Finally, Iain gives a fascinating explanation of how to use Envelopes with Warps and Meshes to produce more interesting transformations of your drawing objects. To consolidate your learning, Iain wraps up this tutorial with another “mini-project”: A fun, quick map of Australia!
So, if your looking to grow your Illustrator skills, keep an eye on macProVideo’s growing Library of basic and advanced courses on Illustrator CS6!
- Illustrator CS6 101 : Illustrator Basics - Create A Logo
- Illustrator CS6 102: Objects and Layers: Create A Map
- Illustrator CS6 103: Brushes and Color: Create An Illustration
- Illustrator CS6 104: Symbols and Patterns: Create A Background
- Illustrator CS6 105: 3D: Create 3D Objects
- Illustrator CS6 106: Trace and Paint: Create From Real Media
- Illustrator CS6 201: Setting up for Professional Projects
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I really liked the first Tutorial in this series and the second did not disappoint. This series does a great job of thoroughly demonstrating the tools and features. I appreciate the little practical application tips for many of the features as well!
I will be attending design school in the fall, and need to upgrade my cs skills. As a relative newb to illustrator, this tutorial gave me great guided direction for using gradients and softening edges. These for me were the selling videos, but on a whole it was exceptional. Glad to get into the cs side of macprovideo, and find that it is as good as the audio side!