Illustrator CS4 for Beginners, with Dave Cross

Rather than attempting to cover every single aspect of Illustrator, this course focuses on the most important skills that a beginner needs to know.

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.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:50)

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

Lesson 2: AI vs PS: Similarities and Differences (Duration 05:36)

See the key differences and similarities between Illustrator and Photoshop.

Lesson 3: Key Concepts 1: Paths and Shapes (Duration 03:27)

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

Lesson 4: Key Concepts 2: Selecting Objects and Paths (Duration 05:03)

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

Lesson 5: Key Concepts 3: Fill and Stroke (Duration 03:12)

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

Lesson 6: The Illustrator Process (Duration 04:53)

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

Lesson 7: Setting Up a Document (Duration 02:36)

Step one: set up a document

Lesson 8: Creation Tools and Commands 1: Shapes (Duration 09:20)

Start creating shapes using the built-on tools.

Lesson 9: Illustrator Clip Art (Duration 04:12)

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

Lesson 10: Creation Tools and Commands 2: the Pen Tool (Duration 07:33)

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

Lesson 11: Creation tools and Commands 3: Brushes (Duration 03:03)

A brief overview of the Brush tools in Illustrator

Lesson 12: Pathfinder Commands (Duration 07:28)

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

Lesson 13: Working with Type (Duration 10:48)

Learn about the incredible type options in Illustrator

Lesson 14: Editing Tools and Commands (Duration 05:45)

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

Lesson 15: Manipulating Tools and Commands (Duration 07:57)

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

Lesson 16: Coloring Tools and Commands (Duration 07:26)

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

Lesson 17: Live Effects (Duration 04:50)

Add editable special effects thanks to the Effects menu.

Lesson 18: Appearance Panel (Duration 06:40)

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

Lesson 19: Saving (Duration 06:57)

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

Lesson 20: Sample Projects, Part 1 (Duration 02:25)

Follow along with the first of two simple projects

Lesson 21: Sample Projects, Part 2 (Duration 08:11)

Follow along with the first of two simple projects

Lesson 22: Conclusion (Duration 00:30)

Thanks for following along. Hope you enjoyed it.

Meet Your Instructor: Dave Cross

For over 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught…

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