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UI Design with Adobe Illustrator CS6: The Illustrator Workspace
By Rick Moore
Apr 23, 2012
The Adobe Illustrator workspace is designed to allow you to be as creative as you want without a lot of distractions. In this excerpt from UI Design with Adobe Illustrator, Rick Moore shows you how to choose the right measurement units, select the optimal color space, and create artboards and organize your work.
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.
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.
Using Pattern Brushes in Adobe Illustrator CC
By Adobe Creative Team
May 15, 2013
In Adobe Illustrator CC, there are hundreds of interesting Pattern brushes that you can choose from when creating your own projects, from grass to cityscapes. This excerpt shows you how to apply an existing Pattern brush to a path.
Using the Brush Tools in Adobe Illustrator CS5
By Brian Wood
Feb 9, 2011
Brian Wood, contributor to Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book, creates custom brushes in Illustrator for all sorts of purposes. Follow along with Brian's tutorials and videos, and soon you'll be equally addicted to creating custom brushes for your own Brushes panel.
Using the New Gradient on a Stroke in Adobe Illustrator CS6
By Adobe Creative Team
Apr 23, 2012
This excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book shows you how to apply a gradient fill and gradient stroke to a rectangle that will become a painting.
Vector and Raster: A Marriage Made in Illustrator
By Brian Wood
Jul 8, 2015
Illustrator has long been known for its vector prowess, but did you know that it also plays well with raster? Brian Wood, web developer and author of Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Classroom in a Book , will take you through a tour of the raster capabilities of Adobe Illustrator.
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.
Video: My Top 5 Favorite Features in Adobe Illustrator (2015 release)
By Chad Chelius
Dec 17, 2015
Chad Chelius, author of Adobe Illustrator CC Learn by Video (2015 release), shows you his top 5 favorite features in the 2015 release of Adobe Illustrator, including performance enhancements, Live Shapes improvements, the Shaper tool, dynamic symbols, and the new SVG output.
Video: Top 5 Features of Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Chad Chelius
Feb 2, 2015
Adobe Certified Instructor and Learn by Video presenter Chad Chelius shares his top 5 features of Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release).
Working with Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Brian Wood
Nov 3, 2014
Brian Wood walks you through part of a postcard project using Adobe Illustrator CC in this excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release).
Working with Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator CS6
By Brian Wood
Sep 26, 2012
Brian Wood, contributor to Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book, demonstrates how to trace raster images like the pros by using the Image Trace tool in Illustrator CS6.
Working with Panels in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Oct 23, 2014
This chapter from Illustrator CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release) will help you become more intimately acquainted with the Illustrator interface features that you will be using continually as you work: the panels.
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.
Working with Panels in Illustrator CC
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Oct 14, 2013
Learn about the specific functions of the different panels in Illustrator—from switching among artboards (Artboards panel) to editing layers (Layers panel).
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.
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.

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