Course Code: ii6
Spend some time touring Adobe Illustrator CS6's work area, toolbox, and panels before you jump right into some of Illustrator's fun features by auto-tracing a drawing, turning parts of it into a Live Paint Object (think of a digital coloring book), and recoloring it. Then discover Illustrator's shape tools as you get ready to draw shapes and combine them to form illustrations.
Discover how to create your own colors, save them, and apply them. You'll also learn about the fabulous Recolor Artwork command and see how you can create and save color harmonies. Afterward you’ll learn to alter the anchor points on geometric objects and previously created shapes, so you can mold the results into something new.
The Pen tool is the basic instrument for creating vector art, and you'll learn to master it in this lesson. You learn how to trace multiple objects using the Pen tool in one image and manage the Layers panel as you lock and unlock layers. You'll also learn a suggested workflow for tracing and simplifying photographic content in Illustrator.
Learn to create strokes that look hand-drawn or have varying widths—even when you're using a mouse. Then learn to create your own gradients so you can add realism to any image.
Create realistic blends, use a gradient mesh, and use gradients on strokes rather than on objects to create some amazing effects. You'll also create stroke gradient curls, which will show you how turning an object into a symbol can speed up Illustrator's performance. Then use symbols to decorate 3-D objects.
Patterns are everywhere, and Illustrator makes it easy to create complex patterns without detailed knowledge of pattern design. You'll use the patterns as the basis for pattern brushes. Finally, you'll explore the basics of typography while you learn to use the Type tool. You'll also discover how to fill a shape with text and how to flow text along paths and around shapes.
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.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Adobe Illustrator CS6 for WindowsorAdobe Illustrator CS6 for Macintosh (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins)
Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP
Adobe Illustrator CC will be supported in the Discussion Areas.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.