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Digital-Tutors - Beginnerís Guide to Illustrator

This ten-lesson beginnerís course will teach you the basics of Adobe Illustrator, one of the most popular vector drawing software. Eddie Russell is your instructor for one hour and 39 minutes as he walks you through how to use the IllustratorR workspace and basic tools and techniques.

This is a great video tutorial for the beginner or someone needing a refresher course because Russell starts at the very basic level and progresses to the more complex tasks.

Russell begins by discussing the basic terms you will need to understand when working with vector images and gives an overall view of what you will be learning in the class. Next he demonstrates the difference between raster and vector artwork, as vector art is scalable because you will be working with paths instead of pixels.

Russell then moves on to the discussion of how paths work in vector art. He discusses the basic parts of vector art including paths, path segments, anchor points and open/closed paths. He demonstrates the difference between corner and smooth anchor points and how anchor points are used to change the direction of the path. He also introduces one of the best features of working with paths which are the Bezier handles used to control the curves of a path.

Next Russell introduces the selection tools and how they are used to make selections on the artboard. He demonstrates how to select both one object or a group with these tools. Next he discusses the Direct Selection tool and how to select individual anchor points and segments.

Making easy changes to what you have drawn on the artboard is what Illustrator is all about. Russell discusses the various ways to use the transform tools and some of the keyboard shortcuts for more control over your transformations. He also demonstrates how to add and remove anchor points or segments, how to convert a smooth anchor point to a corner anchor point and how to open and close paths.

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