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Introduction to Illustrator CS5

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Introduction to Illustrator CS5

If you're planning a career as a graphic artist, you need to master Adobe Illustrator CS5—and this course will give you the skills you need to use this powerful software tool with confidence.

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for creating vector images you can resize to fit on anything from a dome to a billboard. And if you think of vector graphics as hard-edged and sharp, think again—because you can now create stunning blends, brushstrokes, and shading effects. 

In addition, Illustrator is the program of choice for drawing logos and designing type effects, and it's perfect for creating graphics for Flash sites. It's also easy to move designs back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator to take advantage of the strengths of both programs.

In this course, you'll learn how to use a wide range of tools in Adobe Illustrator CS5. For instance, you'll explore the enhanced Recolor Artwork feature, which helps you choose a harmonious color scheme for your image and completely alter the color palette of any image with just a few clicks. You'll also see how the redesigned Gradient tool makes it easier to adjust colors directly on an image. You can even paint brushstrokes on your canvas, using brushes that look and work like the bristle brushes from an art supply store. 

In addition, you'll learn how to draw and trace with the Pen tool and how to fine-tune the contours of any line. You'll also discover how to work with color, use shortcuts for applying color to images, and add special effects such as 3D to your drawings. 

This course is designed to let you work at your own level, whether you're a beginner or looking to refresh your Illustrator skills. By the end of these lessons, you'll be a master at using this elegant tool to further your career and express your own creativity.

About The Instructor

Sherry London

Sherry London is a noted Photoshop and Illustrator expert, an artist, a writer, and a teacher. Her fiber art has been featured in magazines and exhibitions. Her published works include Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild, Photoshop Magic, Photoshop Effects Magic, Photoshop In Depth, Photoshop Textures Magic, and Illustrator f/x and Design. She wrote the Tips and Tricks column for Photoshop User magazine for many years and is a two-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. She has taught for the prestigious Thunder Lizard Photoshop Conference and the Professional Photographers of America seminars, as well as for Drexel University, Moore College of Art, and Gloucester County College. Sherry holds a Master's Degree in Information Systems and has taken doctoral-level courses in curriculum design.

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