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Illustrator CS4 for Beginners
Dave Cross
with Dave Cross
Dave Cross introduces the essential tools and techniques in Illustrator CS4. Rather than attempting to cover every single aspect of Illustrator, this course focuses on the most imp... READ MORE
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Illustrator CS4 for Beginners
lessons: 22 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 59min
published: 2009
watched: 349 Member Views
Illustrator CS4 for Beginners
with Dave Cross
Dave Cross introduces the essential tools and techniques in Illustrator CS4. Rather than attempting to cover every single aspect of Illustrator, this course focuses on the most important skills that a beginner needs to know. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Dave introduces the course and talks about what he will be covering

1min, 50sec
lesson 2: AI vs PS: Similarities and Differences

See the key differences and similarities between Illustrator and Photoshop.

5min, 36sec
lesson 3: Key Concepts 1: Paths and Shapes

Learn about the building blocks of Illustrator: paths, anchor points and shapes.

3min, 27sec
lesson 4: Key Concepts 2: Selecting Objects and Paths

See the difference between the Selection tool and Direct Selection tool and how to use isolation mode.

5min, 3sec
lesson 5: Key Concepts 3: Fill and Stroke

Every object potentially has a fill and a stroke. Learn how to use both.

3min, 12sec
lesson 6: The Illustrator Process

Dave shares his thoughts on the typical process in Illustrator: create, edit, manipulate, color.

4min, 53sec
lesson 7: Setting Up a Document

Step one: set up a document

2min, 36sec
lesson 8: Creation Tools and Commands 1: Shapes

Start creating shapes using the built-on tools.

9min, 20sec
lesson 9: Illustrator Clip Art

Dave addressees the question of whether there is clip art in Illustrator.

4min, 12sec
lesson 10: Creation Tools and Commands 2: the Pen Tool

Learn the ins and outs of using the most unique tool in Illustrator, the Pen tool.

7min, 15sec
lesson 11: Creation tools and Commands 3: Brushes

A brief overview of the Brush tools in Illustrator

3min, 3sec
lesson 12: Pathfinder Commands

One of the most powerful ways of making shapes is to combine them using the Pathfinder commands

7min, 28sec
lesson 13: Working with Type

Learn about the incredible type options in Illustrator

10min, 48sec
lesson 14: Editing Tools and Commands

Once you have created shapes, we need to know how to edit them

5min, 45sec
lesson 15: Manipulating Tools and Commands

See how to rotate, scale, skew, reflect and shear objects

7min, 57sec
lesson 16: Coloring Tools and Commands

How to add color to objects, including fills, strokes ands gradients.

7min, 26sec
lesson 17: Live Effects

Add editable special effects thanks to the Effects menu.

4min, 50sec
lesson 18: Appearance Panel

Build interesting looks through the use of the Appearance panel and save graphic looks to apply to other objects using Graphic Styles

6min, 40sec
lesson 19: Saving

How to save your work both for Illustrator editing, and to use in other applications.

6min, 57sec
lesson 20: Sample Projects, Part 1

Follow along with the first of two simple projects

2min, 25sec
lesson 21: Sample Projects, Part 2

Follow along with the first of two simple projects

8min, 11sec
lesson 22: Conclusion

Thanks for following along. Hope you enjoyed it.

30 sec
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