Illustrator CS3 Essential Training is a video that will teach you the fundamentals of Illustrator CS3 in a straight forward and progressive manner. It is geared for both the new as well as the moderately experienced user. Mordy Golding will also teach you the new features of Illustrator CS3 and how to use each of the tools to its full potential.
Illustrator CS3 Essential Training is contained in 23 lessons and is taught by Mordy Golding, a production artist for print and the web for many years. While employed at Adobe, he was the product manager for Illustrator 10 and CS. He is now serves a the founder of DesignResponsibly.com.
Lessons 1-6 introduce you to Illustrator CS3 and its core concepts. You will learn what vector graphics are, what paths are, as well as fill and stroke attributes. You will also learn about selections and layers and how to use them. You will also explore the Illustrator interface, how to set your workspace up, and how to navigate around a document. You will also learn about basic drawing, path editing and text editing.
Lessons 7-9 will show you how to make selections by using the Magic Wand and the Lasso tool. You will learn how to use the Appearance Panel for fills and strokes, how to apply live effects, and modify graphic styles. You will then work with groups and layers, learn about object hierarchy, how to create template layers, and how to work with object, group and layer attributes.
Lesson 10 expands on drawing and path editing to a more advanced level. Here you will work with Live Paint groups, detect gaps in Live Paint groups, divide an object into a grid, and how to clean up errant paths.
Lessons 11-12 begin with explaining color and the different ways to work with it by using swatches, creating swatch groups and libraries, working with gradients, patterns and how to find colors with kuler; a method for finding harmonious colors. You will then learn about object transformation and positioning. Here you will work with moving, copying, rotating, scaling, reflecting and skewing objects as well as aligning and distributing objects.