Illustrator CS4 – The Pen Tool

A new academic year starts and the website springs back into life. Welcome back, or welcome for the first time.

So we start with Adobe Illustrator, the application that has been known to drive sane artists to the edge due to it’s seemingly unintuitive drawing tools with the main culprit being the Pen Tool. I’ve gathered together a few videos which should help those of you getting to grips with this for the first time.

First is a series of three videos from Jamie Yeates which give a nice, easy introduction.

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Photoshop CS4 – Working with Masks

To follow on from the earlier post on Photoshop layers I’ve added yet another Phil FX tutorial video, this time on masks:

(To watch full screen, click on the arrows icon to the left of the Vimeo logo at the bottom of the video. Click the Vimeo logo to watch the video on their website.)

Photoshop CS4 – Understanding Layers

So we start with the Adobe TV / Lynda.com video introducing Photoshop CS4 layers. Just over 5 minutes long.

And then below, another video from Phil FX on Vimeo giving a thorough introduction to Photoshop layers and, at the very end, blending modes:

(To watch full screen, click on the arrows icon to the left of the Vimeo logo at the bottom of the video. Click the Vimeo logo to watch the video on their website.)

Selections in Adobe Photoshop CS4 – introduction

Here is the Adobe TV / Lynda.com video introducing Photoshop CS4 selection techniques. It’s only six minutes long and just covers the basics with an example of cutting out a subject from an image and adding it to another.

For a more comprehensive video (approx. 30 mins long) covering all of the selection techniques have a look at this:

(To watch full screen, click on the arrows icon to the left of the Vimeo logo at the bottom of the video. Click the Vimeo logo to watch the video on their website.)

Work In Progress

I’m currently working on updating & transferring all of my online resources to this blog. Yay me. Dig around in the Resources & Tutorials pages to see what’s going down…

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