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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 5

Where pirate flags (and perhaps, pirates themselves) are concerned, we are now deep into Vector Territory. Which is that portion of the map where even the hardiest of computer-graphics buccaneers disappear, and eventually return as ghosts. Which is where you come in. In this video, I unghost you. Which is to say, I expand the Live Trace object from the previous movie into a collection of static path outlines, and then divide the various colors (black, white, and red) across three layers. If that's not plain-and-simple skin and bones, I don't know what is.

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Live Trace and Resolution

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 4

As those of you following my special Halloween-inspired pirate flag video blog know, each and every one of this week's videos hails from my upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced series for lynda.com. And yet, halfway into things, we have yet to even see, so much as use, Adobe Illustrator. That curious situation changes today. In this video, I save the pixel-based artwork at two resolutions: 72 ppi (which Illustrator insanely recommends) and 300 ppi (which works out much better). And then I launch Illustrator and apply the program's Live Trace feature to both, with truly astounding results.

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Adding Contrast and Color

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 3

Welcome to Day Three of my first-ever totally-free, cradle-to-grave, real-world project demonstration, in which I---like the Martha Stewart of digital imaging that I am---show you how to make a wicked-awesome, Halloween-appropriate, large-format pirate flag. Today's video hails from my upcoming video series Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced (lynda.com) and yet, as with yesterday's installment, it happens entirely in Photoshop.

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Editing Scanned Line Art

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 2

Every day this week, I'll post a free video that describes how I created a wicked-awesome, Halloween-appropriate, five-by-three-foot pirate flag. (Hey, at least I and my boys love it!) Today's video, and the four that follow, hail from my upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course for my video publisher lynda.com. But strangely enough, this specific phase of the project happens entirely in Photoshop. This is a bitchin'-rad-real-world piece of graphic art, after all, and nothin' worth makin' happens in a single piece of software.

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Sketching the Pirate Flag

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 1

Today my esteemed video publisher lynda.com releases the first of six free videos devoted to the task of creating an original five-by-three-foot pirate flag, just in time for Halloween. Although it's designed as a preview for my upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course---from which it's excerpted---this project actually involves as much work with Photoshop as Illustrator. Not to mention a Sharpie.

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