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Top 10 New Features in Adobe Illustrator CS5
By Brian Wood
Aug 25, 2010
Brian Wood, contributor to Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book, loves the handy new (and often long-awaited) features in Illustrator CS5. He highlights 10 of his favorites for users who want to know whether CS5 fulfills its promises.
Real World Adobe Illustrator CS5: Creative Drawing
By Mordy Golding
Aug 24, 2010
Creative drawing in Illustrator can be fun to use and also be rather addictive. Mordy Golding shows you how to use Live Paint and how to work with the Pencil Tool, brushes, and Gradient Mesh to get the color, composition, texture, and feel you want.
Working with Type in the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Perspective Grid
By David Karlins
Jun 21, 2010
In print or online, readers are unimpressed by text that's just plonked down onto a graphical background. On the other hand, type with tasteful effects can make a publication or web page much more inviting. David Karlins, author of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium How-Tos: Essential Techniques, shows how to manipulate text in Adobe Illustrator CS5 to lend great visual perspective.
Adobe® Illustrator® CS5 Classroom in a Book: Editing the Perspective Grid
By Adobe Creative Team
Apr 14, 2010
This excerpt from Adobe® Illustrator® CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to edit the Perspective Grid.
Working with Panels in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Jun 2, 2009
This chapter will help you become more intimately acquainted with the Illustrator interface features that you will be using continually as you work: the panels.
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

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