This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
Installing dekeKeys, Deke's free custom keyboard shortcuts Understanding the color-managed workflow Creating a multicolor blend Establishing a clipping mask Blending different levels of opacity Combining a letterform with a path outline Warping logo type around a circle Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop Mixing and matching color harmonies Recoloring artwork Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes Creating translucency Editing attributes in the Appearance panel Adjusting and updating dynamic effects