Adobe Illustrator CS3: Advanced

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Adobe Curriculum
Code MT057

This course has been retired in favour of the CS4 and CS5 versions.

Modules

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ADVANCED DRAWING AND PATH EDITING (13 topics)

  • Creating template layers
  • Drawing complex Bezier shapes
  • Setting anchor point and handle display preferences
  • Using the Control panel to edit paths
  • Adding and deleting anchor points
  • Manipulating paths, points and direction handles
  • Converting anchor points
  • Simplifying paths
  • Cleaning up errant paths
  • Outlining strokes
  • Controlling eraser tool options
  • Tips for drawing better curves
  • Advanced LiveTrace options

ADVANCED USE OF COLOUR (8 topics)

  • Editing colours using menu commands
  • Extracting colours from artwork
  • Replacing and merging swatches
  • Using the Colour Guide panel
  • Using Live Colour
  • Editing colours with Live Colour
  • Modifying colour in artwork
  • Finding colours with kuler

FILTERS AND EFFECTS (5 topics)

  • Filters vs effects
  • Document Raster Effects settings
  • Illustrator and Photoshop filters
  • Using the Scribble Effect
  • Using the Transform Effect to create complex transformations

UNDERSTANDING APPEARANCES (8 topics)

  • Using the Appearance panel
  • Targeting object attributes
  • Adding multiple attributes
  • Manipulating the stacking order
  • Applying Live Effects
  • Editing Live Effects
  • Expanding appearances
  • Appearance panel options

SAVING TIME WITH STYLES (2 topics)

  • Applying styles
  • Creating and modifying styles

CREATING PATTERNS (3 topics)

  • Creating symmetrical patterns
  • Creating complex patterns
  • Saving patter swatches

CREATING TRANSPARENT ART (6 topics)

  • Displaying transparency
  • Applying transparency to simple objects, groups and layers
  • Applying transparency to individual object attributes
  • Working with opacity masks
  • Flattening transparent artwork
  • Guidelines for successful output

ADVANCED PAINTERLY EFFECTS (3 topics)

  • Creating and manipulating complex Gradient Meshes
  • Creating and using brushes
  • Advanced LivePaint options

USING CLIPPING MASKS (2 topics)

  • Working with clipping masks
  • Modifying clipping masks

ADVANCED USE OF SYMBOLS (4 topics)

  • Creating symbols
  • Managing symbols
  • Creating symbol libraries
  • Symbols and Flash

COMPOUND SHAPES AND PATHS (3 topics)

  • Compound shapes and compound paths
  • Controlling transparency
  • Editing compound paths

WORKING IN 3D (4 topics)

  • Creating custom 3D shapes
  • Creating 3D type
  • Using lighting effects
  • Wrapping artwork onto 3D art

WORKING WITH IMPORTED IMAGES (4 topics)

  • Placing vs embedding images
  • Displaying layer comps
  • Using the Links panel
  • Applying Spots to Greyscales

TRIMMING ARTWORK (2 topics)

  • Creating crop and trim marks
  • Using the Crop Area tool

CREATING HIGH RESOLUTION PDFs (2 topics)

  • Creating PDFs
  • Global PDF export options

PREPARING FOR PRINT (2 topics)

  • Cleaning up your files
  • Advanced printing concerns

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