Adobe Illustrator CC on Demand

Adobe Illustrator CC on Demand

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Online Adobe Certified Exam (ACE) Resources
More than 500 of the most essential Illustrator CC tasks

Need answers quickly? Adobe Illustrator CC on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Inside the Book

Improve publishing and productivity with Adobe Creative Cloud and touch screens
Browse, organize, and process files using Adobe Bridge
Transform and reshape objects to create a new look
Use Live Paint to create, recolor, and modify images
Use Live Color to create color harmony in a design
Create complex shapes, patterns, and perspective objects
Transform and touch up text and apply styles to display artistic text
Apply appearances and graphic styles for a unique design
Package or export designs to use in other programs

Numbered Steps guide you through each task

Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques

See Also points you to related information in the book

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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 190.5 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 907.18g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 078975164X
  • 9780789751645
  • 1,042,064

Table of contents

Introduction xvii

1 Getting Started with Illustrator CC 1

Installing Illustrator 2 New!

Getting Started 4 New!

Viewing the Illustrator Window 6 New!

Showing and Hiding Panels 8

Working with Panels 10

Using the Tools and Control Panel 12 New!

Opening a Document 14 New!

Opening a Document with Adobe Bridge 16

Inserting Images in a Document 18 New!

Using the Status Bar 19 New!

Working with Document Windows 20

Checking for Updates Online 22 New!

Getting Help While You Work 24

Saving a Document 26

Finishing Up 28

2 Creating and Viewing a Document 29

Creating a New Document 30

Creating a New Document Using Presets 31 New!

Creating a New Document from a Template 32

Setting Up a Document 34 New!

Using Multiple Artboards 36

Working with Multiple Artboards 38

Changing the Display View 40 New!

Changing the View with the Navigator Panel 42

Customizing the Navigator Panel 44

Changing the Screen Display Mode 45

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool 46 New!

Viewing and Using Rulers 48

Using the Guides 50 New!

Using Smart Guides 52

Using the Grid 54

Moving Around with the Hand Tool 55

Using Crop Marks 56

Working with the Info Panel 58

Using Undo and Redo 59

Creating and Selecting Workspaces 60

Working on Touch Screens 62 New!

3 Working with Objects 63

Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics 64

Understanding Paths 65

Selecting a Drawing Mode 66

Creating Pixel Aligned Objects 67

Creating Rectangles and Ellipses 68

Creating Polygons and Stars 70

Creating Line Segments 71

Creating Arcs and Spirals 72

Creating Grids 74

Using the Shape Builder Tool 76

Creating Perspective Objects 78

Working with Perspective Objects 80

Customizing a Perspective Grid 81

Understanding Selections 82

Using the Selection Tool 83

Using the Direct Selection Tool 84

Using the Lasso Tool 85

Using the Magic Wand Tool 86

Selecting and Grouping Objects 88

Selecting Similar Objects 90

Saving and Editing Selections 92

Moving Objects 93

Duplicating Objects 94

Aligning and Distributing Objects 96

Transforming Objects 97

Using the Free Transform Tool 98 New!

Rotating and Scaling Objects 100

Reflecting and Shearing Objects 101

Applying Multiple Transformations 102

Reshaping Objects with Envelopes 104

Using the Transform Panel 106

4 Working with Color 107

Changing Color Settings 108

Changing Color Profiles 110

Working with Color Modes 111

Changing Color Modes 112

Applying Colors 113

Working with the Color Panel 114 New!

Working with the Swatches Panel 116 New!

Creating Groups in the Swatches Panel 118

Working with Swatch Libraries 120

Adding Colors Using the Kuler Panel 122 New!

Replacing Colors 124

Inverting Colors 126

Using the Color Guide Panel 127

Applying Color with the Color Guide Panel 128

Editing Colors with Live Color 130

Proofing Colors on the Screen 132

5 Applying Fills, Strokes, and Gradients 135

Applying Fill and Stroke Colors 136

Changing Stroke Attributes 138

Changing Stroke Style 140

Creating Variable Stroke Widths 142

Using the Eyedropper Tool 144

Creating Patterns for Fills 146

Editing Patterns 148

Using Patterns as Fills 149

Blending Fill Colors 150

Creating Blends Automatically 151

Applying Blend Options 152

Creating Blends with the Blend Tool 153

Modifying Blend Objects 154

Setting Transparency Options 155

Controlling Transparency Effects 156

Creating Transparency Masks 157

Flattening Object Transparency 158

Using the Transparency Grid 159

Applying Gradients 160

Using Gradients Libraries 162

Creating Gradients 163

Editing Gradients 164

Using the Gradient Tool 165

Creating a Gradient Mesh 166

6 Working with Points and Paths 169

Drawing with the Pen Tools 170

Setting Anchor Point Preferences 172

Moving Points and Segments 173

Converting Points 174

Adding and Deleting Anchor Points 176

Aligning and Joining Anchor Points 178

Reshaping Paths 180

Erasing to Reshape Paths 182

Smoothing Paths 183

Simplifying Paths 184

Dividing Paths 185

Splitting Paths 186

Merging Paths 188

Working with Shape Mode 190

Working with Pathfinder 191

Creating a Compound Path 192

Creating a Clipping Set 194

Editing a Clipping Set 196

7 Working with Layers 199

Understanding the Layers Panel 200

Setting Layers Panel Options 201

Creating Layers 202

Selecting Layers 204

Deleting Layers 205

Selecting Objects with Layers 206

Arranging Layers and Objects 208

Duplicating Layers and Objects 210

Locking Layers and Objects 211

Showing and Hiding Layers and Objects 212

Merging Layers and Groups 213

Moving Objects to a Layer 214

Flattening Layers 216

Locating Objects in the Layers Panel 217

Creating a Template Layer 218

Viewing Layers as Outlines 219

8 Working with Type 221

Using Type Tools 222 New!

Creating Point Type 223

Creating Point Type in a Text Box 224 New!

Creating Area Type 225

Modifying Area Type 226

Converting Point and Area Type 227 New!

Creating Path Type 228

Modifying Type on a Path 230

Importing Text 231

Selecting Type 232

Copying or Moving Type 234

Working with Overflow Type 236

Changing Fonts 238 New!

Finding and Changing Fonts 240 New!

Changing Font Size 242

Leading Type 243

Kerning Type 244

Tracking Type 245

Scaling Type 246

Rotating Type 247

Touching Up Type 248 New!

Formatting Type 250

Anti-aliasing Type 251

Aligning Paragraphs 252

Indenting and Spacing Paragraphs 253

Setting Tabs 254

Working with Hyphenation 255

Working with Different Languages 256 New!

Working with Type Styles 258

Using Smart Punctuation 260

Working with Glyphs 261

Working with OpenType Fonts 262

Working with Justification 263

Wrapping Type Around an Object 264

Creating Type Outlines 265

Applying Color and Stroke to Type 266 New!

9 Working with Graphics 267

Opening Graphics 268 New!

Placing Graphics 269 New!

Placing Graphics from Adobe Bridge 270

Linking or Embedding Graphics 272

Change Linked or Embedded Graphics 274 New!

Managing Linked or Embedded Graphics 276 New!

Tracing Raster Graphics 278

Adjusting Tracing Options 280

Converting Tracing to Paths 282

Applying Graphic Styles 283

Creating Graphic Styles 284

Editing Graphic Styles 286

Applying Appearance Attributes 288

Creating a Mosaic Graphic 290

10 Manipulating Artwork with Effects 291

Applying Illustrator Effects 292

Applying the Convert to Shape Effect 294

Applying the Scribble Effect 295

Applying the Inner or Outer Glow Effect 296

Applying the Drop Shadow Effect 297

Applying 3D Effects 298

Applying Warp Effects 300

Applying Distort & Transform Effects 301

Changing Raster Effects Settings 302

Working with the Effect Gallery 304

Applying Multiple Effects 306

Controlling Effects Using Selections 307

Using Blur Effects 308

Viewing Various Effects 310

11 Drawing and Painting 313

Using the Pencil Tool 314

Creating Live Paint Groups 316

Setting Live Paint Bucket Tool Options 318

Using the Live Paint Bucket Tool 320

Using the Live Paint Selection Tool 322

Modifying Live Paint Groups 324

Selecting Gap Options 326

Using the Brushes Panel 327 New!

Using the Paintbrush Tool 328 New!

Creating and Editing Scatter Brushes 330 New!

Creating and Editing Calligraphic Brushes 332

Creating and Editing Art Brushes 334 New!

Creating and Editing Pattern Brushes 336 New!

Creating and Editing Bristle Brushes 338

Working with Brushes 340

Working with Liquify Tools 342

12 Using Symbols 343

Using the Symbols Panel 344

Using Symbol Libraries 345

Working with Symbols 346

Duplicating and Editing Symbols 348

Breaking Symbol Links 350

Using the Symbol Sprayer Tool 352

Setting Symbolism Tools Options 353

Using the Symbol Shifter Tool 354

Using the Symbol Scruncher Tool 355

Using the Symbol Sizer Tool 356

Using the Symbol Spinner Tool 357

Using the Symbol Stainer Tool 358

Using the Symbol Screener Tool 359

Using the Symbol Styler Tool 360

Expanding Symbol Instances 361

Using 9-Slice Scaling for Symbols 362

Aligning Symbols to the Pixel Grid 364

Setting the Symbol Registration Point 365

13 Automating the Way You Work 367

Examining the Actions Panel 368

Building a New Action 370

Controlling the Playback of a Command 371

Adding a Stop to an Action 372

Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action 373

Adding a Command to an Action 374

Deleting a Command from an Action 375

Working with Batch File Processing 376

Opening and Using Scripts 378

Defining and Editing Data Variables 380

Creating and Formatting a Data Graph 382

Adding Graph Designs to a Graph 384

Cleaning Up Unneeded Elements 385

14 Proofing and Printing Documents 387

Using Spell Check 388

Using Custom Dictionaries 389

Finding and Replacing Text and Elements 390

Finding and Changing Fonts 392

Printing a Document 394

Printing with Presets 395

Setting General Print Options 396

Setting Marks and Bleed Options 398

Setting Graphics Options 400

Previewing Color Separations 401 New!

Setting Output Options 402

Setting Advanced Options 404 New!

Setting Color Management Options 406

Checking for Print Problems 407

Inserting File Information 408

Using the Document Info Panel 410

15 Exporting a Document 411

Packaging a Document 412 New!

Exporting a Document 414 New!

Understanding Export File Formats 415 New!

Exporting as a Bitmap 416

Exporting as a TIFF 417

Exporting as a PNG or JPEG 418

Exporting to Photoshop 420

Exporting as an AutoCAD 422 New!

Exporting as a Flash Movie 424

Generating and Exporting CSS 426 New!

Saving as an Adobe PDF 428

Saving as an EPS 430

Saving as a SVG 432 New!

Saving a Document for Microsoft Office 434

Saving as a Template 435

Saving Time with Presets 436

16 Designing for the Web and Devices 437

Saving for the Web 438

Working with Save For Web Options 440

Working with Web File Formats 442

Optimizing a JPEG Document 444

Optimizing a GIF Document 446

Optimizing a PNG-8 Document 448

Optimizing a PNG-24 Document 450

Optimizing an Image to File Size 451

Slicing Images the Easy Way 452

Working with Slices 454

Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice 456

Arranging Slices 458

Combining or Dividing Slices 460

Saving Slices for the Web 461

Saving Selected Slices 462

Previewing in a Browser 463

Sharing on Behance 464 New!

17 Customizing the Way You Work 465

Setting General Preferences 466

Changing Sync Settings Preferences 468 New!

Changing Selection & Anchor Display Preferences 470

Setting Type Preferences 472 New!

Changing Units Preferences 474

Setting Slices Preferences 475

Setting Hyphenation Preferences 476

Selecting Plug-ins 477 New!

Selecting Scratch Disks 478

Setting User Interface Preferences 479

Setting File Handling & Clipboard Preferences 480

Working with Appearance of Black Preferences 482

Defining Keyboard Shortcuts 483

Using Drawing Tablets or Screens 484

18 Working Together with Adobe Programs 485

Exploring Adobe Programs 486 New!

Exploring Adobe Bridge 487

Getting Started with Adobe Bridge 488

Getting Photos from a Digital Camera 489

Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera 490 New!

Modifying Images in Camera Raw 492 New!

Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge 494

Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge 496

Applying Image Adjustments 498

Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge 499

Using Mini Bridge 500

Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit 501

Working with Adobe Media Encoder 502

Working with Adobe Extension Manager 504 New!

Using the Adobe Exchange Panel 505 New!

Accessing Adobe Creative Cloud 506 New!

New Features 507 New!

Adobe Certification 513

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About Inc. Perspection

Steve Johnson has written more than 80 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013 and 2010, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple OS X Mountain Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys coaching baseball, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Northern California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.
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