Illustrator CS3 One-On-One: Advanced Techniques is the third part of a three part review that encompasses the total Illustrator CS3 One-On-One. training series. If you purchase it on line, it is broken down in to three segments. If you get the DVD, you get all three segments on one disk.
Your trainer for this library is Deke McClelland. Deke McClelland is a well-known expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and the broader realm of computer graphics and design. To date, he has written 85 books that have been translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. The total running length is 29 hours and to give a fair treatment, I will divide them up as they appear online. This third segment is 8.5 hours in length and is contained in eight lessons (lessons 17- 24).
Lesson 17, "Dynamic Type Treatment" shows you how to combine Live Effects with Live Type to create multi-layer text effect that can be modified easily. In this lesson you will work with applying live effects to groups and layers, blending letterforms, warping text without an envelope, adding dynamic attributes to type objects, as well as learning where Live Type breaks down.
Lesson 18, "Live Trace" is the feature that Adobe finally created after years of dealing with their original trace program and a subsequently licensed trace program called Streamline. Live Trace provides a truly dynamic tracing feature. Here you will learn four ways to trace, tracing full color artwork, tracing portrait photography, and preparing a Live Trace color palette.
Lesson 19, "Live Paint" gives Illustrator the ability to detect and color intersecting area in an illustration. Live Paint sees your illustration as a coloring book that is just waiting to be filled with color. Now you can select two overlapping objects and click on them with a paint bucket. You can also convert a Live Trace object to Live Paint and this allows you to color your traced artwork as you would in the non computer world.