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My Tuto Best of – Coloring Artwork

Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artwork

Coloring Artwork shows an expert’s approach to color choice and control in Illustrator. Mordy Golding guides experienced designers and artists through what he sees are the three stages of applying color to artwork: creation, inspiration, and editing. The course also shows how to build art in a way that allows artists to make changes quickly and how to take advantage of the newer features that have been added to Illustrator over the recent versions. Exercise files are included with the course.
Topics include:

Getting to know the color models
Defining and using process and spot colors
Creating swatches and groups
Managing a color library
Getting inspiration from Adobe Kuler
Setting limits on the Color Guide
Protecting black, white, and grey
Making global color adjustments
Reducing colors
Converting to grayscale
Proofing colors
Previewing color separations

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My Tuto Best of – Seeing Through Transparency

Illustrator Insider Training: Seeing Through Transparency

In this installment of the Illustrator Insider Training series, Seeing Through Transparency, Mordy Golding shows experienced Illustrator users how to create transparency effects and ensure reliable printing results. This course reviews the history of vector transparency and covers features such as knockout groups, opacity masks, and transparency flattening. Mordy also shows how to establish a safe workflow when placing Illustrator graphics containing transparency in PostScript, PDF, and InDesign files. Exercise files and a free worksheet are included with the course.
Topics include:

Understanding how transparency works across the Adobe applications
Deconstructing the Transparency panel
Adding transparency to gradients
Understanding how overprints and knockouts work
Using a gradient or complex appearance as an opacity mask
The rules of transparency flattening
Working with complex regions
Understanding the relationship between flattening and stacking order
Creating and sharing flattener presets
Saving PDF files and using the PDF/X standards

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My Tuto Best of – Rethinking the Essentials

Illustrator Insider Training: Rethinking the Essentials

Rethinking the Essentials is the first installment in a series of courses designed to show experienced Illustrator users to how master core features and build art more efficiently. Adobe Illustrator has evolved dramatically over the years, and many creative professionals may be missing out on features that have been added to the latest versions. This course takes a fresh approach to core concepts, such as paths, attributes, object hierarchy, groups, and layers. Advanced techniques such as combining multiple effects and customizing textures are also included. Exercise files and a free worksheet are included with the course.
Topics include:

Targeting individual object attributes
Adding multiple stroke and fill attributes
Modifying appearances with live effects
Applying effects to groups and to layers
Understanding both selecting and targeting
Copying artwork and appearances from layers
Using the Outline Object effect
Enhancing performance with the Rasterize effect
Creating quick and easy captions and buttons
Setting up a meaningful workspace
Controlling the pixel resolution of effects