Sorry about the lapse in my posting but things have been busy… and busy is good. And now for some cool illustrator stuff.
Adobe has a series of live sessions called Ask a CS Evangelist. These sessions are pretty cool because you log in to an Adobe Connect session where you can see the presenter’s desktop, chat with other viewers, answer poll questions, and more. Very keen! They also post up recorded versions of the sessions so you can view them later. The latest installment was Illustrator Appearance Panel with Rufus Deuchler. He went over some very cool techniques involving the interesting ways you can use the appearance panel to create many layers from one object. He made some very cool graphics using a single line with multiple tweeks to the appearance of said object. I had no idea! Also, at about 56 minutes in, he explains the Shape Builder Tool (CS5 only?). This is a very cool alternative to constantly using the Pathfinder tools. It may take some getting used to, but it seems like a quick way to accomplish complicated tasks involving different shapes.
See the recorded session for yourself here, and follow Adobe on facebook to keep up to date on other sessions or check out old ones. Keep in mind they have a bunch of different pages for their different products, but also one for CS which tends to contain them all. Enjoy!