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INAILCS6 - Adobe Illustrator CS6:Creating Basic & Complex Illustrations

To meet the demands of individuals and organizations for flexible, reusable, and easily modified visual content, Adobe Systems has created a cadre of applications that collectively provide a scalable, end-to-end solution for nearly every type of visual design project one can contemplate. Called Creative Suite 6 (CS6), the collection of applications perform specialized design tasks while interoperating among each other to deliver superlative content.

This course focuses on Illustrator CS6, the component within CS6 used to create “drawn” graphics, while enabling its users to integrate content from other domains (such as photo-oriented graphics and animation, which belong to Photoshop® and Flash®). With Illustrator's many, easily used tools, you will discover that not only can you unlock the same creative impulses you've always had as you've picked up a pencil to sketch out an idea, but also capture those multiple ideas and “what ifs” during the creative process in ways that you never imagined. And for those of you who are just embarking on building your creative skills, you will be surprised at “how good” your work will appear even at the outset of your exploration of the world of graphic design.

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To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer’s operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. You should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.
Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palettes, color modes, shapes, text, and paths is highly recommended.
You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the Logical Operations course Introduction to Personal Computers Using Windows 7.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Lesson 1: Introduction to Illustrator® CS6

Topic A: Evaluate Graphics Scalability
Topic B: Navigate, View, and Measure Graphics
Topic C: Customize the User Interface

Lesson 2: Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes

Topic A: Create Documents
Topic B: Save Documents
Topic C: Draw Basic Shapes

Lesson 3: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Paths

Topic A: Draw Paths
Topic B: Modify Paths

Lesson 4: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text

Topic A: Insert Text
Topic B: Flow Text Along a Path
Topic C: Insert Bounded Text
Topic D: Thread Text
Topic E: Apply Text Styles
Topic F: Insert Typographical Characters

Lesson 5: Customizing Objects

Topic A: Import and Link Graphics
Topic B: Alter the Appearance of Objects

Lesson 6: Customizing Basic Shapes

Topic A: Apply Strokes
Topic B: Fill Shapes
Topic C: Apply Gradients
Topic D: Apply Graphic Styles
Topic E: Distort Text with Text Envelopes

Lesson 7: Preparing Documents for Deployment

Topic A: Update Text
Topic B: Wrap Text
Topic C: Hyphenate Text
Topic D: Optimize Content for Print
Topic E: Optimize Content for the Web
Topic F: Optimize Content for PDF Documents

Lesson 8: Customizing the Illustrator Interface

Topic A: Set User Interface Preferences
Topic B: Work with the Grid and Guides
Topic C: Manage Workspaces

Lesson 9: Drawing Complex Illustrations

Topic A: Combine Objects to Create Complex Illustrations
Topic B: Work with Layers
Topic C: Create a Perspective Drawing
Topic D: Trace Artwork

Lesson 10: Enhancing Artwork Using Painting Tools

Topic A: Paint Objects with Fills, Strokes, and Gradients
Topic B: Paint Objects Using Live Paint Groups
Topic C: Paint with Custom Brushes
Topic D: Add Transparency and Blending Modes
Topic E: Apply Meshes to Objects
Topic F: Apply Patterns

Lesson 11: Customizing Colors and Swatches

Topic A: Manage Colors
Topic B: Customize Swatches
Topic C: Manage Color Groups
Topic D: Access Pantone Plus Color Libraries

Lesson 12: Formatting Type

Topic A: Set Character Formats
Topic B: Apply Advanced Formatting Options to Type
Topic C: Adjust Hyphenation

Lesson 13: Enhancing the Appearance of Artwork

Topic A: Apply Effects to an Object
Topic B: Create Graphic Styles
Topic C: Apply a Blend to an Object
Topic D: Apply a Mask to an Object
Topic E: Create Symbols
Topic F: Work with Symbol Sets and Symbolism Tools

Lesson 14: Preparing a Document for Print Output

Topic A: Set Up Artwork for Printing
Topic B: Prepare Transparent Artwork for Printing
Topic C: Manage Colors in Printing

Lesson 15: Preparing Graphics for the Web

Topic A: Create Slices and Image Maps
Topic B: Save Artwork in the SVG Format
Topic C: Save Graphics for the Web