Lately, my site has gone as feral as the animal pictured below. Which is somewhat intriguing. I mean, a site gone wild is a sight to behold. But my plan is to change that.
Today, I’m writing to announce two things: First, I finally finished my all-new Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course for lynda.com. And second, while that course won’t go live until late November (about the time the U.S. members of this site celebrate how the Pilgrims ostensibly broke bread with the Indians before their progeny thought, no wait, let’s kill them), I have a special 6-day preview planned for you in just a couple of days.
In the meantime, we’re approaching my favorite holiday, Halloween. And I celebrate it with an outline of the forthcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course. Which is Halloweeny indeed:
Chapter 13, Live Trace.
In this first chapter, we trace some hand-drawn letters and create a pirate flag. You’ll learn how to make the latter starting on Friday.
Chapter 14, Gradients and the Gradient Tool.
Here’s where the cat enters the picture. Only here’s a better picture. The eyes comprise four overlapping gradients.
Chapter 15, Blends and Masks.
Things become downright goulish during my discussion of blends and masks, two of the most ancient but powerful features in all of Illustrator.
Chapter 16: Repeating Tile Patterns.
This chapter tells you how to create objects that precisely interlock with each other. What M.C. Escher could do with pen and ink, you can do even better in Illustrator.
Chapter 17: Live Paint and Intersecting Objects.
Anytime that one object crosses another, or a single object crosses itself, Live Paint is the answer.
Chapter 18: Advanced Type Effects.
Based on a character suggested by a friend, this is easily my goofiest sample file. But it yields some awesome, multi-dimensional results.
Chapter 19: Advanced Color and Harmonies.
Once packaged as Live Color, this collection of color features ranks among Illustrator’s (and Adobe’s) best. Illustrator not only makes it possible to recolor your artwork, it suggests what colors you should use.
Chapter 20: Symbols.
Illustrator’s symbol tools are enormous time savers. Unless you’ve tried out the symbolism tools, which are a bit broken in CS5. I explain uses and workarounds in this chapter.
Chapter 21: Illustrator and Photoshop.
In this chapter, I show you how to place, link, and embed images in Illustrator. I also share practical ways to combine the power of two of the most awesome graphics applications on the planet.
Chapter 22: Using Transparency.
There is perhaps no more flexible or worrisome feature than transparency. Only the truth is, it’s very safe. In this chapter, I show you how to make the most of transparency and guarantee terrific output.
That leaves just one more Illustrator course to go, Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery. I’ll let you know all about it when I finish recording the series next month.