Illustrator CS4: Getting Started

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Adobe Illustrator CS4 has become one of the most recognized names in the world of vector graphic design. This application allows you to intuitively illustrate everything from small business logos to commercial-scale art projects. This course introduces you to Illustrator's basic features including the improved interface, general concepts behind vector illustration such as strokes and fills, and essential drawing and painting tools. Among these tools is the new Blob Brush tool, producing a more natural vector brush stroke. The course also explores the new multiple artboards feature and gradient enhancements.

Target Audience
The intended audience is expected to be a range of in-training or established Graphic Design and IT professionals needing to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator CS4 without any experience with the specific product. Students can be expected to have basic computing and word-processing skills, familiarity with some web and design terminology, and experience working in a Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh environment.


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Illustrator CS4: Getting Started

  • create a new Illustrator CS4 document
  • identify the areas of the workspace
  • recognize the common features of the Tools panel
  • configure and save the workspace
  • distinguish between the selection tools in Illustrator CS4
  • create basic shapes in Illustrator CS4
  • recognize the features of the different view modes
  • match ways of using view options in Illustrator with appropriate uses
  • manage the workspace in Illustrator CS4
  • use Adobe Bridge from within Illustrator CS4
  • draw shapes and use different views
  • recognize how to use anchor points in Illustrator CS4
  • use the Pen tool
  • recognize how to use the Pencil tool in Illustrator CS4
  • create a new brush in Illustrator CS4
  • use the Blob Brush tool in Illustrator CS4
  • use strokes and fills in Illustrator CS4
  • apply gradient and pattern fills in Illustrator CS4
  • draw paths in Illustrator CS4
  • apply fills and strokes in Illustrator CS4
  • use the brush tool in Illustrator CS4
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