I Have FInished "Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals"

Thursday, May 17th, marked the completion of my next video course for lynda.com, Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals. It will include all sorts of exciting and monumentally educational live-action introductions (replete with graphic overlays) as well as scads of screen casts in which I demonstrate how the most elemental facets of this amazing program work. Not to mention how you work with it.

For example, in Chapter 6, "Tracing an Image" (in which I explore CS6's new Image Trace panel), I show you how to take a scanned Sharpie drawing of a half of an insect (how much more pedestrian could that be?) and turn it into the fully realized butterfly pictured below. Entirely auto-traced. And thus transformed from a murky quagmire of pixels to the resolution-independent vector-based realm of Illustrator CS6.

A butterfly drawn with a Sharpie, scanned, and traced in Adobe Illustrator

Even sweeter, we end up turning this drawing into a huge poster that measures 6 feet tall by 8 feet wide. And because we're working with vectors, the result looks crystal-clear sharp, even when inspected under a loupe. Click the graphic above to see a much larger view, one that will take a few moments to load, but in time may blow your mind.

I'll let you know a release date as soon as I know.

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Error in Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

LOCATION: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals with Deke McClelland. 8. Simulating beveled edges. Movie: 7:34 - Opacity.

PROBLEM: Movie contains two opacity settings in the appearance tab. Sample file Drawing complete.ai contains only one opacity setting. No instruction to create the second opacity setting is provided.

UPDATE: Please disregard, this is my mistake, not in the movie or the file. I had not noticed that the Appearance > Stroke option was twirled open.

Update2: I've gone through this unit of instruction twice and there's still something in it that I'm missing -- maybe it's because I'm unfamiliar with the Appearance panel and how it works, maybe it's because there's something slightly off in the instruction... I say that because I have not had any difficulty with any of the previous movies, and because I've also just completed the following movie, Creating a network of interlocking paths (which extensively utilizes the Appearance panel and stroke functions) without any difficulty. I have bookmarked this instructional item and will revisit it after I complete the course.

This course is now live on

This course is now live on Lynda.com!


Awesome! Can't wait!!

I can't wait.

I'm ordering my copy of CS6 this week so I'm looking forward to viewing your new Illustrator One-On-One series. I've seen everyone since Illustrator CS3 and they have taught me so much.

Great news

I understand that you will have your hands full with the One-on-One series fore a while.
I'm wondering if the CS3 sharpening course will get an update.
Dos it need an update? Are the recommendations still relevant?
Keep up the good work :-)

CS6 Illustrator Video

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET! I'm buying it but dont have cs6 :)

thanks Deke. also can you sign copies of the dvd's??