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Unavaible, by request only: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Level 2: Advanced and New CS4 Features

Class Description

Illustrator CS4 Level 2 Advanced: will build upon the knowledge obtained in Level I. We will use Effects and Filters and how they differ, and also the Appearance Palette to save a Graphic Style. We will also draw and understand Bezier curves as well as study Layers, new type features to CS4, Transparency, Symbols, Document Profiles and many more exciting new features of CS4. Please contact us regarding pricing and availability.Prerequisite: Adobe Illustrator CS4 Level I or solid knowledge of topics covered in that workshop.

NEW and updated CS4 Features

  • Set up multiple artboards. Modify the document setup.
  • Print large documents using tiling
  • New Interface buttons in CS4 in the control panel
  • Edit Appearances within the new Appearance Panel
  • Graphic Styles
  • Clipping Masks
  • Gradients
  • Using Photoshop & Adobe Bridge with IllustratorThe difference between Dragging-and-dropping and exporting Illustrator layers into Photoshop
  • Importing an .ai into Photoshop as a Smart Object to retain the Illustrator file quality

Illustrator Text

  • Text in Illustrator: Artistic text, paragraph text, text on a path and area text
  • Options for skewing text along a path or setting columns and the inset spacing
  • Character and Paragraph Styles for paragraph text

Colors & Gradients

  • Understand Global and Non-Global colors. Use in a gradient for fast color editing
  • Use the Live Color controls
  • Create separations with a spot color vs. a process color
  • Use the new Separations preview
  • Use swatches to create new Gradients
  • Adjust opacity within a gradient
  • Use the new Gradient tool to alter a gradient on screen for precise editing.

Drawing & Stylizing Objects

  • Understand how Bezier curves work, learn to draw and edit these complex curves
  • Add, delete and convert points along a bezier path
  • Use the Selection and Direct Selection tools on the paths
  • Create drop shadows, glows and more, using the Stylize Effects while retaining full vector editability of the objects
  • Use Graphic Styles to save and name a set of appearance attributes
  • Create and apply styles to objects, replace a style, and watch as all your objects are updated automatically
  • Use Symbols to create elements used repeatedly in animations and complex artwork
  • Use the Effects menu and Appearance Palette to enhance type and graphic objects with editable, live effects, without altering the underlying structure of the original object
  • Understand Expand and Expand Appearance and how you can use the Illustrator tools to easily create an effect, then expand it to modify individual elements
  • Apply Transparency to any graphic object, bitmap image, or type character in your artwork
  • Blend two objects to create high-end illustrations
  • Crop objects with the Clipping Mask feature

Special Effects

  • Explore the difference between Filters and Effects
  • Create new calligraphy, scatter and art brushes
  • Trace & color a bitmap with Live Trace, Live Color & Live Paint
  • Create and apply Patterns to objects. Modify the patterns
  • Use the Gradient Mesh tool to apply realistic 3D shading and highlights to 2D vector objects
  • Turn Gradient Mesh objects into bitmaps and bring them into Photoshop
  • Easily and interactively warp, pucker, twirl, bloat, scallop, crystallize and wrinkle any illustrator object
  • Use the 3-D feature to extrude text and other Illustrator objects
  • Use 3-D to revolve an object around an axis to make a 3D object
  • The Scribble Fill effect
  • Make Graphs in Illustrator. Use your own artwork in a graph instead of a simple bar (only covered on request)

Advanced Layers, Saving & Exporting

  • Complex Illustrator Layer Techniques: Create new Layers, change the stacking order, move an object from one layer to another, select objects with the layers palette and lock and hide layers
  • Use the Release to Layers command to distribute all of the objects on a layer onto separate, individual layers for quick web animations
  • Export to Flash (SWF)
  • View the expanded hierarchy of elements in the Layers palette with thumbnail previews
  • Placing Photoshop Layered files into illustrator
  • Separations Preview – Use the NEW panel to check document colors

Ascend Training will be offering Adobe CS5 classes as soon as the Creative Suite 5 is released. Our Adobe Illustrator CS5 class outline will be similar to this Illustrator CS4 outline in format, but including the new Adobe Illustrator CS5 features and workflows. Students taking this class will be eligible to use their 6 month retake in version CS5 for the cost of the new book. Ascend Training has no information regarding a release date for Adobe Illustrator CS5, or any other upgrades.


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