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Using Layers for Transparency and Clipping in Illustrator CS4
By David Karlins
Jun 1, 2009
Do you think of layers strictly as a selection tool? You're missing out. David Karlins points out a number of ways in which layers can be used to edit artwork in Illustrator.
Mapping Artwork onto 3D Effects in Illustrator CS4
By David Karlins
May 12, 2009
If you're not using Illustrator's 3D effects, you're missing out on some exciting possibilities. David Karlins shows some of the cool projects you can create with these effects - particularly how to map (attach) artwork to a rotated 3D effect, in this case literally painting a map of the world onto a sphere.
How to Use Multiple Artboards in Adobe Illustrator
By David Karlins
May 4, 2009
David Karlins examines how to create and modify multiple artboards and how they can (and cannot) be used.
Creative Drawing in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Mordy Golding
Jan 6, 2009
Mordy Golding discusses the use of color, composition, texture, and feel, including how to use the Live Paint feature in Illustrator CS4.
Editing Paths in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By David Karlins
Dec 30, 2008
David Karlins shows you how to use selection and editing techniques in Adobe Illustrator CS4, including selecting paths and path segments, grouping paths, and aligning anchors.
Applying Selection Techniques in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 22, 2008
Learn how to apply Illustrator selection techniques in this excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book.
Working with the Color Guide Panel in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 15, 2008
Learn how to use the Color Guide panel to pick harmony rules such as color tints and analogous colors.
Reshaping Text with an Envelope Warp in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 13, 2008
Warping text is fun because it allows you to give text a more interesting shape. This excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use a preset warp shape or a mesh grid as an envelope.
Creating Transitions with Blends in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Mordy Golding
Oct 9, 2008
Computers can be real timesavers. For example, instead of having to draw all the in-between objects to morph one shape into another, you can make Illustrator do the work. Mordy Golding shows off some of the fun and useful transitioning capabilities that Illustrator offers with its blending features.
Making Transformations in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Mordy Golding
Oct 9, 2008
The best part of drawing on a computer is that you rarely have to start over. Whether you've changed your mind about an angle or you drew a bunch of repeated objects too small (oops), Illustrator makes modifying your artwork very easy. Mordy Golding discusses how to use Illustrator's transform capabilities to manipulate any number of objects onscreen.
Vector Drawing with Illustrator: Easier Than You Think
By David Karlins
Jan 11, 2008
You've probably been creating bitmap art for years, or even decades. David Karlins thinks it's about time you investigated the possibilities of creating vector drawings. The concepts and terminology are a bit less like working with paint on canvas - but the technology is a lot more powerful.
Mastering Vector Design: How to Create Illustrator Patterns
By David Karlins
Jan 4, 2008
David Karlins dispels some of the myths about using patterns in Adobe Illustrator. With some very simple techniques, you can create and use fascinating patterns for strokes and fills.
The Color Thief: Stealing Colors Using Illustrator CS3's LiveTrace
By Mike McHugh
Jun 8, 2007
Adobe Ambassador Mike McHugh wants you to get excited about color. In this colorful article, he shows you how to create swatches in Adobe's Creative Suite 3 using Adobe Illustrator's new LiveColor tool.
Using and Understanding Masks, Gradients, and Blend Effects in Adobe Illustrator
By Barbara Obermeier, Ron Chan
Mar 30, 2007
In the past, if someone gave you a pile of digitally produced artwork it was a snap to divide the images easily into two piles—those created in Photoshop and those done in Illustrator. Not so today. While Photoshop has garnered the ability to create vector shapes, so has Illustrator been given incredible tools and methods to give line art three dimensionality through techniques such as masks, blends, gradients, and true transparency. In this sample chapter, you'll learn how to make images that wow using masks, gradients, and shadows.
Masks and Blend Effects: Using and Understanding Masks, Gradients, and Blend Effects
Feb 5, 2007
Tool Time: Creating in Illustrator CS2
By Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski
Nov 22, 2006
You can never have enough tools. Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski share their most killer tips on how to use Illustrator's tools to, in their words, "create stuff."
How to Create Basic Shapes in Illustrator CS
By Adobe Press
Oct 27, 2006
Many objects in the Adobe Illustrator program can be created by starting with basic shapes and then editing them to create new shapes. In this lesson, you'll use some basic shapes to create a logo. Along the way, you'll learn how to use tools and commands to create basic shapes, copy and combine objects to create new shapes, paint objects, and more.
Tips for Drawing with Brushes in Illustrator CS2
By Bruce K. Hopkins, David Karlins
Aug 25, 2006
The heart of Illustrator is the ability to define vector paths, usually using the Pen or Pencil tool. The paths can have an infinite variety of fills, stroke properties, and other effects. Among these effects is an amazing variety of brushlike stroke attributes. In this chapter, you'll learn how to draw with brushes; create calligraphic, art, and scatter brushes, and more.
Tool Time: Creating in Illustrator CS2
Jul 24, 2006
Real World Tips For Using Illustrator's Objects, Groups, and Layers
By Mordy Golding
Jan 20, 2006
Just as there are benefits to keeping an orderly desk, there are advantages to using groups and layers for adding structure to your files. In Adobe Illustrator CS2, groups and layers not only offer a convenient way to manage objects in a file (as they did in earlier versions of Illustrator), but now they can also control the appearance of your file. Find out more in this informative chapter by Mordy Golding.

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