Lesson 12 — "Exporting to the Web and Elsewhere" — may not be what you think of Illustrator for, but it still has some pretty dynamic capabilities here. These include exporting to a variety of non-Illustrator file formats. Here you will explore PDF, PNG, Scalable Flash (SWF), as well as exporting a layered PSD file from Illustrator.
As always, I really like Deke McClelland's presentation and his gift to make the complex simple. He takes what is a complicated program, Illustrator, and brings it down to Earth in an easy to understand dialog. Again, I really like the fact that the introductions to each chapter are films of the instructor explaining what the lesson is all about. I think that it makes the instructor more real than just hearing them talk in the voiceover.
You can get Illustrator CS4 One-On-One: Fundamentals two ways. One is as a DVD training package Illustrator CS4 One-On-One: Fundamentals and the other is part of the online training experience at Lynda.com. The DVD Training Package is $149 and includes Illustrator CS4 One-On-One: Fundamentals as well as containing everything you need.
The online training Illustrator CS4 One-On-One: Fundamentals comes in three flavors. Monthly at $25/month gets you all of the videos that are available online (approximately 40,294 videos on 639 topics at this time). Annually at $250 per year or Premium at $375 per year which get all the videos as well as all of the exercise files. Take note that the exercise files are not included with the monthly or annual subscriptions. They are included on the DVD and Premium subscriptions.
You can use Illustrator CS4 One-On-One: Fundamentals as a training program for the individual student, as well as the college or vocational teacher looking to supplement their educational materials. It is of benefit to anyone who needs help understanding the basics of Illustrator. You can also try out most of the first two lessons for free at Lynda.com.