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Overview

Showcasing his sense of design and creativity, your host, Geoff Blake teaches you how to make eye-popping special effects, and how to use modern techniques to produce startling results. Learn about Illustrator’s advanced path manipulation commands, and how to use blends and clipping masks for amazing visual effects. You’ll also learn about Live Paint, 3D techniques, templates, and Illustrator CS3’s new Flash animation and export options.

Learning with Study 365 has many advantages. The course material is delivered straight to you and can be adapted to fit in with your lifestyle. It is created by experts within the industry, meaning you are receiving accurate information, which is up-to-date and easy to understand.

This course is comprised of professional learning material, all delivered through a system that you will have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days (12 months).

Who is it for?

  • Creatives
  • Artists / designers
  • Aspiring graphic designers
  • Art / design students
  • Graduates
  • Job seekers
  • Bloggers
  • Videographers

Course Outline:

This course consists of the following modules:

Part 01

  • Module 01: Advanced Selection Techniques
  • Module 02: Advanced Path Editing
  • Module 03: Blend & Clipping Masks
  • Module 04: Gradient & Gradient Meshes
  • Module 05: Artistic Effects & the Brush Tool
  • Module 06: Working with Transparency
  • Module 07: Using Dynamic Type Treatments

Part 02

  • Module 01: Working with Live Paint
  • Module 02: Using 3D Effects
  • Module 03: Creating Graphs
  • Module 04: Working with Templates
  • Module 05: Printing & Exporting
  • Module 06: Creating Flash(R) Animations

Course Duration:

From the day you purchase the course, you will have 12 months access to the online study platform. As the course is self-paced you can decide how fast or slow the training goes, and are able to complete the course in stages, revisiting the training at any time.

Method of Assessment:

At the end of the course, you will have one assignment to be submitted (you need a mark of 65% to pass) and you can submit the assignment at any time. You will only need to pay £19 for assessment and certification when you submit the assignment. You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days if you have successfully passed.

Certification:

Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate for Adobe Illustrator CS3: Advanced.

Entry Requirement:

Learners must be age 16 or over and should have a basic understanding of the English Language, numeracy, literacy, and ICT.

Career Path:

This course will teach you how to develop some special effects by using some modern techniques which will help you to obtain startling results in your work. Understand the advanced path manipulation commands and also how to use blends and clipping masks to get some great visual effects. Enhance your knowledge on the aspects of Live Paint, 3D techniques, templates, Flash animation and export options as well. A career with bright prospects await you with the completion of this course. According to www.payscale.uk, some of the key job positions along with the average UK salary per annum you can go for after completing this course will be as follows.

  • Graphic designers – £21,956 per annum
  • Illustrator – £20,315 per annum
  • Web developers – £24,894 per annum
  • Graphic Artist – £23,514 per annum
  • Media art – £25,524 per annum
  • Videographers – £23,073 per annum
  • Web Designer – £22,864 per annum

Presenter Information:

Geoff Blake is a Toronto-based author, trainer, designer, and artist. For the past ten years, he’s provided a wide range of graphic design, artwork, consulting, in-class training, and web design services.

A professional public speaker since 1997, Geoff has taught desktop publishing, web design, and graphics courses in both the corporate and post-secondary environments, working closely with some of the largest training providers and colleges in the Toronto area. His appearances, in-class training, and consulting have taken him throughout North America, where he’s built a solid reputation for delivering otherwise jargony material in a fun, enjoyable, and entertaining way. With his diverse print and web experience, he regularly contributes to magazines and web sites, and is currently working on a series of print, web, and design books—penning Ten Ton Dreamweaver in 2006 with Peachpit Press, and following up with Ten Ton Flash, which is in current production.

 

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Course Curriculum

Part 01
1: ADVANCED SELECTION TECHNIQUES
1. Selecting with the Lasso Tool 00:00:00
2. Selecting with the Magic Wand Tool 00:00:00
3. Selecting Based on Attributes 00:00:00
4. Saving & Retrieving Selections 00:00:00
2: ADVANCED PATH EDITING
1. Working with Compound Paths 00:00:00
2. Editing Compound Paths 00:00:00
3. Fixing Problems with Compound Paths 00:00:00
4. Expanding on Compound Paths 00:00:00
5. Converting Paths to Filled Objects 00:00:00
6. Working with Filled Objects 00:00:00
7. Using the Offset Path Command 00:00:00
8. Dividing Objects 00:00:00
3: BLENDS & CLIPPING MASKS
1. Creating Blends between Two Shapes 00:00:00
2. Altering Customized Gradients 00:00:00
3. Using the Pen Tool with Blends 00:00:00
4. Creating 3D Effects Using Blends 00:00:00
5. Converting Blends to Vector Objects 00:00:00
6. Working with Clipping Masks 00:00:00
7. Applying Clipping Masks & Blends 00:00:00
4: GRADIENTS & GRADIENT MESHES
1. Applying a Gradient 00:00:00
2. Adjusting Gradients 00:00:00
3. Using the Gradient Tool 00:00:00
4. Using Gradients on Text 00:00:00
5. Using Gradients on Strokes 00:00:00
6. Creating 3D Effects with Gradients 00:00:00
7. Using a Gradient Mesh 00:00:00
8. Expanding on the Gradient Mesh 00:00:00
9. Modifying Mesh Points 00:00:00
10. Blending Objects into a Mesh 00:00:00
5: ARTISTIC EFFECTS & THE BRUSH TOOL
1. Introducing the Brush Tool 00:00:00
2. Using the Brush Tool to Trace a Sketch 00:00:00
3. Apply Strokes to Vectors & Calligraphic Brush Options 00:00:00
4. Experimenting with Artistic Brushes 00:00:00
5. Stroke Options & Art Brush Options 00:00:00
6. Making a Custom Art Brush 00:00:00
7. Editing the Color of an Art Brush 00:00:00
8. Working with Scatter Brushes 00:00:00
9. Working with Pattern Brushes 00:00:00
6: WORKING WITH TRANSPARENCY
1. Applying Transparency & Blending Modes to Objects 00:00:00
2. Isolating the Stroke & Fill 00:00:00
3. Manipulating the Stroke & Fill 00:00:00
4. Working with Knockout Groups 00:00:00
5. Filling an Opacity Mask with an Image 00:00:00
6. Filling an Opacity Mask with a Gradient 00:00:00
7. Using Text in an Opacity Mask 00:00:00
8. Creative Tips for Using Opacity Masks 00:00:00
9. Printing Objects with Transparency 00:00:00
7: USING DYNAMIC TYPE TREATMENTS
1. Using Dynamic Effects 00:00:00
2. Manipulating Live Effects 00:00:00
3. Applying Effects to Text 00:00:00
4. Creating Geometric Shapes 00:00:00
5. Applying Graphic Styles 00:00:00
6. Applying Effects to an Entire Layer 00:00:00
7. Applying Warp Effects 00:00:00
8. Modifying Warp Effects 00:00:00
9. Applying Graphic Styles to Text 00:00:00
10. Creating Graphic Styles 00:00:00
11. Creating Comic Book Bubbles 00:00:00
12. Final Comments & Credits 00:00:00
Part 02
1: WORKING WITH LIVE PAINT
1. Creating a Live Paint Group 00:00:00
2. Adding Additional Fills & Strokes 00:00:00
3. Adding New Paths to a Live Paint Group 00:00:00
4. Select an Entire Object or Isolate a Selected Group 00:00:00
5. Using the Live Paint Selection Tool 00:00:00
6. Applying Effects to Live Paint Objects 00:00:00
7. Integrating Live Trace & Detecting Gaps 00:00:00
8. Using Live Paint to Color an Illustration 00:00:00
9. Sample Color & Expand a Live Paint Group 00:00:00
2: USING 3D EFFECTS
1. Introducing 3D Effects 00:00:00
2. Creating an Embossed Effect Using Gradients 00:00:00
3. Explaining the 3D Extrude & Bevel Options 00:00:00
4. Using the 3D Extrude & Bevel Effect 00:00:00
5. Setting 3D Lighting Options 00:00:00
6. Creating Complex 3D Shapes 00:00:00
7. Adding 3D Effects to Text 00:00:00
8. Mapping Artwork to a 3D Object 00:00:00
9. Applying the 3D Revolve Effect 00:00:00
10. Applying the 3D Rotate Effect 00:00:00
3: CREATING GRAPHS
1. Creating a Basic Graph 00:00:00
2. Adding Basic Formatting 00:00:00
3. Formatting & Adding New Text to a Graph 00:00:00
4. Importing Data into a Graph 00:00:00
5. Create Graph Designs for a Stacked Column Graph 00:00:00
6. Mapping the Graphics to Columns 00:00:00
4: WORKING WITH TEMPLATES
1. Template Project Overview 00:00:00
2. Setting Text Wrap 00:00:00
3. Organizing Layers 00:00:00
4. Creating & Using Paragraph Styles 00:00:00
5. Saving as a Template 00:00:00
6. Creating New Files from Templates 00:00:00
7. Editing Illustrator Templates 00:00:00
8. Exploring Illustrator’s Standard Templates 00:00:00
5: PRINTING & EXPORTING
1. Preparing Illustrator Files for Print 00:00:00
2. Setting Page Tiling & Crop Area 00:00:00
3. Looking at the Printing Options 00:00:00
4. Exploring Printing Categories 00:00:00
5. Looking at the Saving Options 00:00:00
6. Exporting Artwork 00:00:00
7. Using a Smart Art Object 00:00:00
6: CREATING FLASH(R) ANIMATIONS
1. Exporting an Illustrator File as a SWF File 00:00:00
2. Exporting Illustrator Layers as SWF Frames 00:00:00
3. Exporting Illustrator Layers as SWF Symbols 00:00:00
4. Import SWF Files & Convert Graphics to Symbols 00:00:00
5. Creating & Editing Symbols 00:00:00
6. Animating Symbols 00:00:00
7. Animating Blends 00:00:00
8. Animating a 3D Object 00:00:00
9. Importing Content from Illustrator into Flash 00:00:00
10. Importing Text into Flash 00:00:00
11. Final Comments & Credits 00:00:00

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