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Learning Adobe Illustrator CS6

by Greg Bowden (448 pages)


 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 tutorials

The Learning Adobe Illustrator CS6 tutorials provide activity-based graphic design lessons to teach or learn Adobe Illustrator CS6. There are two modules available:

 

Module 1 introduces the Adobe Illustrator CS6 basics.


Module 2 covers advanced Adobe Illustrator CS6 features.

 

A sample book with the first few pages of each chapter can be downloaded from the following zip file:

 

Learning Adobe Illustrator CS6 Module 2 Sample (23 Mb)

 

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Module 1: Illustrator CS6 Basics

 

Contents (Modules 1 and 2)

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (27 pages)

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Chapter 2: Entering Text (20 pages)

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Chapter 3: Combining Objects into Designs (12 pages)

 

Chapter 4: Drawing and Painting Tools (22 pages)

 

Chapter 5: Using the Blob Brush Tool (16 pages)

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Chapter 6: Fills, Gradients and Effects (27 pages)

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Chapter 7: Creating 3D Shapes (15 pages)

 

Chapter 8: Images and Symbols (16 pages)

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Chapter 9: Image Tracing (20 pages)

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Chapter 10: Distorting Shapes (15 pages)

 

Chapter 11: Using Layers (20 pages)

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Module 2: Illustrator CS6 Advanced Exercises

 

Chapter 12: The Pen Tool (20 pages)

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Chapter 13: The Mesh Tool (12 pages)

 

Chapter 14: Perspective Drawing (26 pages)

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Chapter 15: Using Envelopes (12 pages)

 

Chapter 16: Creating Masks (16 pages)

 

Chapter 17: Blends and Paths (22 pages)

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Chapter 18: Artistic Brushes (13 pages)

 

Chapter 19: Creating Realistic 3D Objects (25 pages)

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Chapter 20: Multiple Artboard Documents (27 pages)

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Chapter 21: Accurate Designs (20 pages)

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Chapter 22: Useful Tools (24 pages)

 

 

 

The tutorials can be used onscreen next to the software package, from a tablet or printed, and Assignments are provided at the end of each chapter.

 

Support files that provide all the images and data required to complete the activities are included with the product.

 

 

Module 1

Introduces the different components of the Illustrator screen, drawing simple shapes, using the Ruler and Grid, entering and formatting text, copying and moving objects, using the Paintbrush, Pencil Width and Blob Brush Tools, using Image Trace, applying Fill and Gradient effects, creating 3D shapes, using images and symbols, Live Tracing, applying distorting effects on shapes and using layers.

Module 2

Covers using the Pen Tool, applying the Mesh Tool, creating drawings using the Perspective Grid, displaying shapes in an envelope, creating Masks, applying blends, adjusting Paths, combining shapes using the Shape Builder Tool, using artistic paint brushes, creating realistic 3D shapes, using multiple Artboards in documents, using the Artboard Tool, creating accurate designs, saving images for the web, drawing graphs, Adding arrowheads to lines, applying Photoshop effects and applying Graphic Styles.

 

 

Module 1 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

Chapter 1: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

 

This chapter introduces the Adobe Illustrator screen ad its basic tools for drawing lines, arcs, rectangles, ovals, polygons, stars, etc, and how these shapes can be edited.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 drawin tools

 

 

 

Chapter 2: Entering Text

 

This chapter demonstrates some of the Type tools that Illustrator provides. This includes selecting fonts, font sizes, font styles and font colours, entering vertical text, entering text along a path, wrapping text around a shape and rotating text.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 text

 

 

 

Chapter 3: Combining Objects into Designs

 

This chapter demonstrates how to combine text and shapes to produce more complex designs. It covers grouping objects, duplicating objects, adding 3D effects, using Rulers and grids, etc.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 combining objects

 

 

 

Chapter 4: Drawing and Painting Tools

 

This chapter introduces the Pencil tool, the Smooth tool, the Eraser tool, the Width tool, the Paintbrush tool and the Live Paint Bucket, and demonstrates how to use them to create artwork.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 pencil, paintbrush and live paint bucket tools

 

 

 

Chapter 5: Using the Blob Brush Tool

 

This chapter demonstrates how to use the Blob Brush tool to enhance the creation of artwork. It covers painting shapes, combining shapes into the one shape and adjusting text.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 blob brush tool

 

 

Chapter 6: Fills, Gradients and Effects

 

Demonstrates how to apply fills and strokes to shapes, how to use the Gradient panel and the Gradient tool to apply different types of gradient fills and stroke fills, how to apply style effects on shapes and how to use the Rotate tool to create circular shapes. The assignment gets students to design alloy wheels for a car.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 fills, gradients and effects

 

 

 

Chapter 7: Creating 3D Shapes

 

Demonstrates how to extrude 2D shapes into 3D shapes, for example creating cylinders from circles and boxes from rectangles. The Revolve command is also used to create 3D shapes such as spheres.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 extruding shapes into 3d objects

 

 

 

Chapter 8: Images and Symbols

 

Demonstrates how to place images and symbols on the Artboard, how to edit images, how to open the Symbol Libraries and how to use the symbol tools - Symbol sprayer, Symbol Shifter, Symbol Scruncher, Symbol Sizer, Symbol Spinner, Symbol Stainer, Symbol Screener and Symbol Styler.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 symbols

 

 

 

Chapter 9: Image Tracing

 

This chapter covers how to use the Image Trace command to trace scanned hand-drawn sketches or images. It covers tracing the scan, applying thresholds advanced adjustments, expanding the result into an Illustrator object, applying Live Paint, checking for Gaps and adding backgrounds to the trace. How to use Live Trace with photos is also covered.

 

iAdobe Illustrator CS6 image trace

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 10: Distorting Images

 

Demonstrates how to distort images and text using the Free Transform tool and the Liquify tools.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 free transform and liquify tools

 

 

 

 

Chapter 11: Using Layers

 

Introduces the Layers panel and how to create designs using layers. It includes how to create a new layer, rename a layer, layer option, locking layers, turning the visibility of layers on or off and deleting layers. A sketch of a house is created with separate layers for the structure, doors, windows, etc.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 layers

 

 

 

 

 

Module 2 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

 

Chapter 12: The Pen Tool

 

Demonstrates how to use the Pen tool to create straight lines and curved lines, how to adjust anchor points on a line, how to add and delete anchor points, how to position anchor points as they are drawn and how to trace an object.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 pen tool

 

 

 

Chapter 13: The Mesh Tool

 

Demonstrates how to use the Mesh tool to creating realistic fill effects on shapes. Single and multiple meshes are applied to create a sphere and to improve the traced object created in the previous chapter.

 

iAdobe Illustrator CS6 mesh tool

 

 

 

Chapter 14: Perspective Drawing

 

This chapter covers how to use the Perspective Grid Tools to create drawings with depth. The components of the Perspective Grid are covered along with how to draw objects on the grid, how to insert symbols and images, and how to use the Perspective Selection Tool to move images and make adjustments to objects. The following building is then created.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 perspective grid tool

 

 

 

Chapter 15: Using Envelopes

 

Demonstrates how to display images and sketches within other shapes (envelopes). It includes creating envelopes, distorting photographs, envelope warps and applying meshes to envelopes.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 envelopes

 

 

 

 

Chapter 16: Creating Masks

 

This chapter demonstrates how to create Opacity Masks and Clipping Masks so that part of a sketch is viewed within a shape.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 masks

 

 

 

 

Chapter 17: Blends and Paths

 

This chapter demonstrates how to use the Blend tool to blend shapes, colours, effects and symbols, how to use the Shape Builder tool to combine shapes together and how to use the Pathfinder panel to create and edit shapes.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 blend tool and paths

 

 

 

Chapter 18: Artistic Brushes

 

This chapter covers how to use the artistic brushes that Illustrator provides to create paint-like images. Students are shown how to use the Art Brush to paint symbols and images onto the Artboard, how to use the Bristle Brushes to create art strokes and blend colours and how to use the Artistic brushes panel.

 

iAdobe Illustrator CS6 art brush and bristle brush

 

 

 

 

Chapter 19: Creating Realistic 3D Shapes

 

This chapter demonstrates how to create realistic 3D shapes and how to add content to the visible sides. Shadows and a background are also added to the shapes.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 3d shapes

 

 

 

 

Chapter 20: Multiple Artboard Documents

 

This chapter demonstrates how to create documents that have multiple Artboards (pages). A two-page publicity document for a house for sale is created. It includes using the Artboard tool to add or delete Artboards, create Artboards of different sizes, duplicating Artboards and laying out Artboards to create six-sided pamphlets.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 artboard tool

 

 

 

 

Chapter 21: Accurate Designs

 

The CAD capabilities of Illustrator are used to created scaled diagram of a Conference Room. The scale is determined at the start and content accurately drawn and positioned. It includes the use of layers, Rulers, grids, placing objects and the Measurement tool.

 

Adobe Illustrator CS6 CAD drawing

 

 

 

 

Chapter 22: Useful Tools

 

To complete the module some of Illustrator's handy tools are demonstrated, including saving images for the web, saving in other formats, drawling graphs, adding arrowheads to lines, using Photoshop effects and saving styles. Adobe Illustrator CS6 arrows, graphs and photoshop effects