Adobe Illustrator CS6 on Demand, 1st edition

  • Steve Johnson

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Need answers quickly? Adobe Illustrator CS6 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Numbered Steps guide you through each task

See Also points you to related information in the book

Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques

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Tasks are presented on one or two pages

Inside the Book

• Improve publishing and productivity with the CS6 interface
• Browse, organize, and process files using Adobe Bridge
• Transform and reshape objects to create a new look
• Use Live Paint to create, recolor, and modify images
• Use Live Color to create color harmony in a design
• Create complex shapes, patterns, and perspective objects
• Create text and apply style to display artistic text
• Apply appearances and graphic styles for a unique design
• Create eye-catching special effects and filters

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Table of contents

Introduction    xvii

1  Getting Started with Illustrator CS6    1

Installing Illustrator    2  New!

Getting Started    4  New!

Viewing the Illustrator Window    6  New!

Showing and Hiding Panels    8  New!

Working with Panels    10  New!

Using the Tools and Control Panel    12  New!

Opening a Document    14  New!

Opening a Document with Adobe Bridge    16

Inserting Images in a Document    18

Using the Status Bar    19

Working with Document Windows    20

Checking for Updates Online    22

Getting Help While You Work    24

Saving a Document    26  New!

Finishing Up    28

2  Creating and Viewing a Document    29

Creating a  New Document    30

Creating a  New Document Using Presets    31

Creating a  New Document from a Template    32

Setting Up a Document    34  New!

Using Multiple Artboards    36

Working with Multiple Artboards    38

Changing the Display View    40

Changing the View with the Navigator Panel    42

Customizing the Navigator Panel    44

Changing the Screen Display Mode    45

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool    46

Viewing and Using Rulers    48

Using the Guides    50

Using Smart Guides    52

Using the Grid    54

Moving Around with the Hand Tool    55

Using Crop Marks    56

Working with the Info Panel    58

Using Undo and Redo    59

Creating and Selecting Workspaces    60  New!

3  Working with Objects    63

Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics    64

Understanding Paths    65

Selecting a Drawing Mode    66

Creating Pixel Aligned Objects    67

Creating Rectangles and Ellipses    68  New!

Creating Polygons and Stars    70

Creating Line Segments    71

Creating Arcs and Spirals    72

Creating Grids    74

Using the Shape Builder Tool    76

Creating Perspective Objects    78

Working with Perspective Objects    80

Customizing a Perspective Grid    81

Understanding Selections    82

Using the Selection Tool    83

Using the Direct Selection Tool    84

Using the Lasso Tool    85

Using the Magic Wand Tool    86

Selecting and Grouping Objects    88

Selecting Similar Objects    90

Saving and Editing Selections    92

Moving Objects    93

Duplicating Objects    94

Aligning and Distributing Objects    96

Transforming Objects    97

Using the Free Transform Tool    98  New!

Rotating and Scaling Objects    100

Reflecting and Shearing Objects    101

Applying Multiple Transformations    102  New!

Reshaping Objects with Envelopes    104

4  Working with Color    107

Changing Color Settings    108

Changing Color Profiles    110

Working with Color Modes    111

Changing Color Modes    112

Applying Colors    113  New!

Working with the Color Panel    114

Working with the Swatches Panel    116  New!

Creating Groups in the Swatches Panel    118  New!

Working with Swatch Libraries    120  New!

Adding Colors Using the Kuler Panel    122

Replacing Colors    124

Inverting Colors    126

Using the Color Guide Panel    127

Applying Color with the Color Guide Panel    128

Editing Colors with Live Color    130

Proofing Colors on the Screen    132

5  Applying Fills, Strokes, and Gradients    135

Applying Fill and Stroke Colors    136

Changing Stroke Attributes    138

Changing Stroke Style    140

Creating Variable Stroke Widths    142  New!

Using the Eyedropper Tool    144

Creating Patterns for Fills    146  New!

Editing Patterns    148  New!

Using Patterns as Fills    149

Blending Fill Colors    150

Creating Blends Automatically    151

Applying Blend Options    152

Creating Blends with the Blend Tool    153

Modifying Blend Objects    154

Setting Transparency Options    155

Controlling Transparency Effects    156

Creating Transparency Masks    157

Flattening Object Transparency    158  New!

Using the Transparency Grid    159

Applying Gradients    160  New!

Using Gradients Libraries    162

Creating Gradients    163

Editing Gradients    164

Using the Gradient Tool    165

Creating a Gradient Mesh    166

6  Working with Points and Paths    169

Drawing with the Pen Tools    170

Setting Anchor Point Preferences    172

Moving Points and Segments    173

Converting Points    174

Adding and Deleting Anchor Points    176

Aligning and Joining Anchor Points    178

Reshaping Paths    180

Erasing to Reshape Paths    182

Smoothing Paths    183

Simplifying Paths    184

Dividing Paths    185

Splitting Paths    186

Merging Paths    188

Working with Shape Mode    190

Working with Pathfinder    191

Creating a Compound Path    192

Creating a Clipping Set    194

Editing a Clipping Set    196

7  Working with Layers    199

Understanding the Layers Panel    200  New!

Setting Layers Panel Options    201

Creating Layers    202  New!

Selecting Layers    204

Deleting Layers    205

Selecting Objects with Layers    206

Arranging Layers and Objects    208

Duplicating Layers and Objects    210

Locking Layers and Objects    211

Showing and Hiding Layers and Objects    212

Merging Layers and Groups    213

Moving Objects to a Layer    214  New!

Flattening Layers    216

Locating Objects in the Layers Panel    217  New!

Creating a Template Layer    218

Viewing Layers as Outlines    219

8  Working with Type    221

Using Type Tools    222

Creating Type    223

Creating Type in a Text Box    224

Creating Area Type    225

Creating Path Type    226

Modifying Type on a Path    228

Importing Text    229

Selecting Type    230

Copying or Moving Type    232

Working with Overflow Type    234

Changing Fonts    236

Changing Font Size    238

Leading Type    239

Kerning Type    240

Tracking Type    241

Scaling Type    242

Rotating Type    243

Formatting Type    244  New!

Anti-aliasing Type    245

Aligning Paragraphs    246

Indenting and Spacing Paragraphs    247

Setting Tabs    248

Working with Hyphenation    249

Working with Type Styles    250

Using Smart Punctuation    252

Working with Glyphs    253

Working with OpenType Fonts    254

Working with Justification    255

Wrapping Type Around an Object    256

Creating Type Outlines    257

9  Working with Graphics    259

Opening Graphics    260

Placing Graphics    261

Placing Graphics from Adobe Bridge    262

Linking Graphics    264

Managing Linked Graphics    266

Tracing Raster Graphics    268  New!

Adjusting Tracing Options    270  New!

Converting Tracing to Paths    272

Applying Graphic Styles    273  New!

Creating Graphic Styles    274

Editing Graphic Styles    276

Applying Appearance Attributes    278

Creating a Mosaic Graphic    280

10  Manipulating Artwork with Effects    281

Applying Illustrator Effects    282  New!

Applying the Convert to Shape Effect    284

Applying the Scribble Effect    285

Applying the Inner or Outer Glow Effect    286

Applying the Drop Shadow Effect    287

Applying    3D Effects    288

Applying Warp Effects    290

Applying Distort & Transform Effects    291

Changing Raster Effects Settings    292

Working with the Effect Gallery    294

Applying Multiple Effects    296

Controlling Effects Using Selections    297

Using Blur Effects    298  New!

Viewing Various Effects    300

11  Drawing and Painting    303

Using the Pencil Tool    304

Creating Live Paint Groups    306  New!

Setting Live Paint Bucket Tool Options    308

Using the Live Paint Bucket Tool    310

Using the Live Paint Selection Tool    312

Modifying Live Paint Groups    314

Selecting Gap Options    316

Using the Brushes Panel    317

Using the Paintbrush Tool    318

Creating and Editing Scatter Brushes    320

Creating and Editing Calligraphic Brushes    322

Creating and Editing Art Brushes    324

Creating and Editing Pattern Brushes    326

Creating and Editing Bristle Brushes    328

Working with Brushes    330

Working with Liquify Tools    332

12  Using Symbols    333

Using the Symbols Panel    334

Using Symbol Libraries    335

Working with Symbols    336  New!

Duplicating and Editing Symbols    338  New!

Breaking Symbol Links    340

Using the Symbol Sprayer Tool    342

Setting Symbolism Tools Options    343

Using the Symbol Shifter Tool    344

Using the Symbol Scruncher Tool    345

Using the Symbol Sizer Tool    346

Using the Symbol Spinner Tool    347

Using the Symbol Stainer Tool    348

Using the Symbol Screener Tool    349

Using the Symbol Styler Tool    350

Expanding Symbol Instances    351

Using    9-Slice Scaling for Symbols    352

Aligning Symbols to the Pixel Grid    354

Setting the Symbol Registration Point    355

13  Automating the Way You Work    357

Examining the Actions Panel    358

Building a  New Action    360

Controlling the Playback of a Command    361

Adding a Stop to an Action    362

Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action    363

Adding a Command to an Action    364

Deleting a Command from an Action    365

Working with Batch File Processing    366

Opening and Using Scripts    368  New!

Defining and Editing Data Variables    370

Creating and Formatting a Data Graph    372

Adding Graph Designs to a Graph    374

Cleaning Up Unneeded Elements    375

14  Proofing and Printing Documents    377

Using Spell Check    378

Using Custom Dictionaries    379

Finding and Replacing Text and Elements    380

Finding and Changing Fonts    382

Printing a Document    384

Printing with Presets    385

Setting General Print Options    386

Setting Marks and Bleed Options    388

Setting Graphics Options    390

Previewing Color Separations    391

Setting Output Options    392

Setting Advanced Options    394  New!

Setting Color Management Options    396

Checking for Print Problems    397

Inserting File Information    398

Using the Document Info Panel    400

15  Exporting a Document    401

Exporting a Document    402

Understanding Export File Formats    403

Exporting as a Bitmap    404

Exporting as a TIFF    405

Exporting as a PNG or JPEG    406

Exporting to Photoshop    408

Exporting with Presets    409

Exporting as a Flash Movie    410

Saving as Adobe PDF    412

Saving as an EPS    414

Saving as a SVG    416  New!

Saving for HTML5 and CSS    418

Saving as Adobe FXG    420

Saving a Document for Microsoft Office    422

Saving as a Template    423

16  Designing for the Web and Devices    425

Saving for the Web    426

Working with Save For Web Options    428

Working with Web File Formats    430

Optimizing a JPEG Document    432

Optimizing a GIF Document    434

Optimizing a PNG-8 Document    436

Optimizing a PNG-24 Document    438

Optimizing an Image to File Size    439

Slicing Images the Easy Way    440

Working with Slices    442  New!

Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice    444

Arranging Slices    446  New!

Combining or Dividing Slices    448

Saving Slices for the Web    449

Saving Selected Slices    450

Previewing in a Browser    451  New!

17  Customizing the Way You Work    453

Setting General Preferences    454

Changing Selection & Anchor Display Preferences    456

Setting Type Preferences    458

Changing Units Preferences    460

Setting Slices Preferences    461  New!

Setting Dictionary & Hyphenation Preferences    462  New!

Selecting Plug-ins    463

Selecting Scratch Disks    464

Setting User Interface Preferences    465  New!

Setting File Handling & Clipboard Preferences    466  New!

Working with Appearance of Black Preferences    468

Defining Keyboard Shortcuts    469  New!

Using Drawing Tablets    470

18  Working Together with Adobe Programs    471

Exploring Adobe Programs    472

Exploring Adobe Bridge    473

Getting Started with Adobe Bridge    474  New!

Getting Photos from a Digital Camera    475

Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera    476  New!

Modifying Images in Camera Raw    478  New!

Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge    480

Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge    482  New!

Applying Image Adjustments    484

Creating a Web Photo Gallery    485

Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge    486

Using Mini Bridge    487  New!

Working with Adobe Media Encoder    488  New!

Working with Adobe Extension Manager    490  New!

Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit    491  New!

New Features    493  New!

Adobe Certification    497

Index    503

Published by Que Publishing (May 18th 2012) - Copyright © 2012