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Illustrator excels when it comes to working with Vector objects, but in order to make great art with vectors, you need to understand how to create objects and type in Illustrator. This tutorial shows you how …

This comprehensive 3-hour tutorial shows you all aspects of working with vectors in Illustrator CS5. The tutorial starts with an exploration of what objects are, showing you how to group and layer objects to make your graphical items.

Next you'll discover methods for transforming objects to change their appearance in your image. You'll also explore color, gradients, and patterns as you fill your objects to create texture in your graphics.

The tutorial finishes with a detailed exploration of working with tip in Illustrator CS5. You'll learn how to create path text (text around objects) styling and formatting text, and changing text orientation for vertical and off-axis text effects.

Table of Contents:

01. Introduction
02. Grouping Objects
03. Aligning and Distributing Objects
04. Expanding Objects
05. Understanding Stacking Order
06. Using the Draw Behind and Draw Inside Modes
07. Introducing Layers
08. Moving Objects Between Layers
09. Hiding and Locking Layers
10. Combining Layers
11. Creating Template Layers
12. Creating Animations with the Layers Panel
13. Targeting Layers to Receive Effects
14. Moving and Nudging Objects
15. Scaling and Rotating Objects
16. Repeating Transformations Multiple Times
17. Using the Transform Each Dialog Box
18. Using the Transform Panel
19. Using the Reflect and Shear Tools
20. Using the Reshape Tool
21. Distorting Objects with the Free Transform Tool Cop…
22. Using the Pathfinder Features
23. Using Clipping Masks
24. Changing Fill and Stroke Colors
25. Choosing Colors
26. Using the Swatches Panel
27. Reapplying Color with the Eyedropper Tool
28. Shifting Colors with the Recolor Artwork Dialog Box
29. Applying Gradients
30. Using the Interactive Gradient Tool
31. Creating Custom Patterns
32. Rotating Patterns
33. Transforming Patterns
34. Setting Transparency
35. Flattening Transparency
36. Using Opacity Masks
37. Rasterizing Objects
38. Understanding Anti-Aliasing
39. Introducing the Symbols Panel
40. Using Graphic Styles
41. Using the Eyedropper Tool to Apply Attributes
42. Using the Type Tool
43. Fitting Type to a Custom Area
44. Wrapping Text Around an Object
45. Adding Type to a Path
46. Using Type on a Path Style Options
47. Threading Paragraphs of Type
48. Selecting and Formatting Type
49. Accessing Glyphs
50. Checking for Spelling Errors
51. Adding Words to a Custom Dictionary
52. Finding and Replacing Text
53. Setting the Character Formatting Options
54. Setting Paragraph Formatting Options
55. Using the Vertical Type Tools
56. Changing Type Orientation
57. Converting Type to Outlines
58. Conclusion

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