Illustrator is a vital tool for anyone who wishes to produce high-quality, useable artwork for a variety of mediums. Illustrator produces 100% vector artwork allowing for unlimited scalability. Over the 51 videos in this series, you will become very familiar with the most used tools, effects and options available to us when creating our artwork.
Over the 11 sections and 51 videos, we'll start with introducing the student to the interface and navigation so that the student has a strong foundation for moving forward into dissecting the other wonderful attributes of Illustrator including Effects, getting creative with text & type, in-depth coverage of the Appearances panel and some of the super creative things you can do using simple shapes with a variety of effects and transformations applied to them including transparency, blurring, shadows and some other tricks you'll have to see to believe! This course is about teaching the tools, and introducing unique ways to use them to your creative advantage.
Be sure to download the 41 supplied files to follow along with the lessons. Examine the artwork included to find creative ways to achieve some really cool, complex styles! Enjoy!! :D
In this video, we'll introduce your Adobe Certified Instructor for this series of lessons, Penny LaLiberte... as well as find out a little bit about what will be covered in this beginner series of the Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator. By the end of this series, you should feel very comfortable using Illustrator to create your very own vector artwork to show to the world
In this video, we will be taking a look at the New Document Window along with some of the more commonly used options available inside. This is the first window you will use when creating any new document or piece of artwork. It is also where you will set all of the parameters for your new document.
In this video we are going to talk a little about artboards. The artboard is kind of like a painters canvas or any other artists medium of choice. It's where you can create and place your artwork.
In this video we are going to talk a little about many of the most commonly used Menus and Panels in Adobe Illustrator. Like all Adobe applications, Illustrator is loaded down with all kinds of tools to create and manipulate your artwork.
In this video, we will be taking a look at the Tools panel and some of the most frequently used tool in Illustrator. These include, the Selection Tool, Direct Selection Tool, Flip Tool, Rotate Tool, Shape Tool...and others. We'll also discuss different tool functions and properties.
In this video, we will be taking a look at the some of the ways to Navigate around your Illustrator Document. We'll cover Zoom tools, the Artboard panel, Hand tool, Navigator Panel, zoom shortcuts, multiple open documents the Application bar, and the View menu.
In this video, we'll be talking a little about templates and how they can help save our ever so valuable time. We'll show that some templates already have default artwork placed in them and others are blank. Then we'll use one of these blank templates to show how a trifold brochure is spread out and looks inside of Illustrator.
In this video, we'll be taking a look at Illustrators default workspaces as well as creating our own SuiteTuts workspace to keep our intervaces the same throughout the remainder of this training series. Workspaces can be customized to only show tools and panels you'll use most often throughout a project. This is done to minimize the clutter around the artboard and increase workflow efficiency.
In this video, we will use various Illustrator tools to create some vector paths (which is also commonly referred to as vector objects) and take look at the difference between pixel-based (bitmap) artwork that Photoshop produces and vector art that is produced by Adobe Illustrator.
In this video, we'll take a deeper look at the most usefull but difficult to master of Illustrators tools, the Pen Tool. We'll learn about direction handles, bezier curves and re-create a little artwork by tracing a mountain ridge provided in the illustration available for download to the right, in the project files box.
In this video, we'll take look at the three drawing modes, Draw Normal, Draw Inside and Draw Behind. Each of thse modes come in handy for different purposes. In this video we will demo each mode and discuss what happens in the layers panel when using the different modes.
In this video, we'll take look at a few of the options found in the Pathfinder pallet. These include "Unite", "Minus Front" and "divide". There are other options not covered in this video which you should experiment with in order to get a feel for how they work. Experimentation is often the best way to truly understand how a tool works and what you can do with it creatively.
In this video, we'll take look at Compound Shapes and what the difference is between them and normal shapes created with the Pathfinder panel options. We will copy and edit a tree to show how using Compound Shapes can save time and ease workflow by removing the need to re-draw elements from scratch.
Here, we'll take look at the Shape Builder tool and how you can use it quickly to unite or subtract shapes from other shapes. This is a huge time saver because you no longer need to open the Pathfinder panel to create compound shapes... you just click and drag through the shapes you wish to unite or subtract. This feature is new to CS5 and it's a wonderful addition.
In this video, we'll start out by taking a look at color modes, including CMYK, RGB and Hex codes. We'll, also take look at the color panels found throughout the Illustrator interface. This is where you can change the fills and strokes of objects with color pickers, swatches and gradient panel. We also show how to create swatches on the fly for better time management.
In this video, we're going to take a look at creating color swatches and color swatch groups. We'll look at solid swatches, gradient swatches and even pattern swatches. Swatches are a great way to easily re-use colors or gradients previously used in other projects. Yet another great time saver!
In this video, we'll take a deeper look at swatches and investigate the different color libraries available in Illustrator CS5. We'll create spot colors and create color groups including global colors and explain how global colors work and can save time when changing artwork with the same color in many different areas.
In this video, we'll take a deeper look at strokes and fills for objects. We'll introduce the strokes panel along with the appearance panel and speak a little about adding multiple fills or strokes, which is a great way to achieve some really creative effects. Finally, we will also set up a pattern and add it to a object using the appearance panel.
In this video, we'll take a look at the Stroke Panel and the options you will find inside of it. We'll look at stroke weights, caps, miter, alignment and arrowheads. We use some basic shapes to demonstrate the basics but will cover the details in the next couple lessons with artwork designed to show the power of using strokes creatively.
In this video, we'll take a look at the Variable Width tool and how it can be used to modify strokes. We get creative with it and create a tree using nothing but a few lines and a pretty creative use of the Variable Width tool. This isn't all you can do with this tool though so be sure to experiment and see what else you can use it for.
In this video, we'll learn how to create strokes that have dashes, and multiple strokes on a single path by a birds-eye view of a road, and train track illustration. These are just two examples of how you can use the options available with strokes to create really cool illustrations that can be edited easily in the future if needed.
In this video, we'll learn how to create unique multi stroke objects, and align the strokes to the inside, center and outside of a path to create a simple fence from a birds-eye view. This is a great way to create objects which appear to be fairly complex illustrations, which in reality are quite simple to create and easy to edit.
In this video, we'll learn how to create and modify gradients to add some style to our artwork. We'll use the sky and Sun from the house illustration to take a look at "linear gradients" and "radial gradients". We'll also take a look at "color stops" and how to use them to adjust the blend of the colors used in your gradient.
In this video, we'll take another look at gradiesnts and cover how to use the gradient tool. This tool can be used to not only create gradients, but also edit already existing gradients easily on the fly. We'll also look at other options like linear and radial gradients and color stops.
In this video, we'll modify our gradient colors and work with various opacity settings to get creative blends in your gradients. As an example, we use the sky and grass from the house illustration to show how you can use different colors and opacities to create fairly complex trasitions in color. It's a great way to create other things too like chrome or gold effects.
In this video, we'll look at "Point Type" and "Area Type". Point type is used for small lines of text, while area type is used when you have a specific area you wish to fill with type. We'll also look at creating type, editing type and other options found in the type panel.
In this video, we'll create text on a closed path and an open path. We'll also place text in a path. We'll create a circualr path and use the text tool to type on the path, creating a semi-circle of text. This is a great technique for making buttons, round sign, badges or labels. Be sure to study this technique in depth to become a master of creative type!
In this video, we'll re-create part of a simple word-mark to show how you would go about converting text to outlines. We'll also discuss why you would want to convert your text to outlines. Two major reasons are, the person who receives your artwork, might not have that particular font installed on their machine, causing the text to appear different that you wanted it to. Another reason would be to keep the name of your favorite font secret from those who may see the file.
In this video, we'll take a look at how to get super crisp artwork when creatig materials which will be viewed on a screen by using Pixel Grid Alignment. By nature, web graphics are pixelated. Pixel Grid Alignment moves little bits of your artwork to snap lines to the edge of the pixel grid, keeping pixelation to an absolute minimum, making your artwork appear, sharper and more professional.
In this video, we'll learn all about the layers panel. The layers panel is where each path or piece of artwork resides. We'll learn how to add layers, delete layers and how to select your paths with the target indicator located on the right side of each layer in the layers panel.
In this video, we'll dig a little deeper into the Layers Panel. We'll talk about layer visibility (hiding a layer) and locking and unlocking layers along with some of the options found in the Layers Panel menu. These include things like, realeasing the contents of a lyer by sequence or build. These are great ways to make working through a document easier when you have a lot of artwork on your artboard.
In this video, we'll take a look at transparency options for your illustrator objects. Transparency is used in Illustrator to achieve certain effects. For example, if you have stacked objects in the artboard, and your top object has a reduced opacity/transparency, you will be able to see the object underneath it.
In this video, we'll take a look at "blending modes". Blending modes affect the way colors in an object interact with the colors in an object it's above on the artboard. In this video we'll only cover a few of the blending modes, but you should experiment with thew other modes to get a better fell for how they work.
In this video, we'll talk about template layers. What they are, and why you would use them. Think of when you might have sketched something out and you want to vectorize that artwork. You could open illustrator and re-create it, but it would be ideal to import the sketch, and make it a template. This will reduce the opacity of the sketch, and lock the layer so it doesn't move, making it easier to trace.
In this video, we'll look into the appearances panel and discuss how attributes are added. An attribute is simply anything that changes the apprearance of an object. It could be a stroke, an effect or even a modified transparency setting. We'll be using the badge illustration you've seen in previous videos.
In this video, we'll look into graphic styles. Graphic styles are a great way to save time and are a big help if you take the time to save them for future use. Graphic styles are also super easy to modify. In this video we'll use a stitching graphic style to show some of the things that can be done with knowledge and a little creativity.
In this video, we'll talk a bit about Live Effects. If you want to jazz up your artwork with things like drop shadows, bevels or inner glows, your going to need to use Live Effects. Illustrator refers to the effects as "Live Effects" because they can e edited any time. They will also scale or change along with your artwork when it's resized or when it's shape is edited.
In this video, we'll discuss Illustrator's brushes. The brushes in Illustrator are also vector, like everything else and are one of the most powerful tool available in this particular Adobe application. There are many different kinds of brushes from Scatter brushes, art brushes, calligraphy brushes and even now in CS5 there are new realistic bristle brushes. Oveer the course of this chapter we'll discuss a few of these different brushes.
In this video, we'll talk about custom brushes... more specifically... calligraphy and ink brushes. We'll apply these different brushes to a few paths and show how you would edit the appearance of a brush. We'll talk about stroke weight and color, along with transforming the size of objects which utilize a brush style for the paths' stroke.
In this video, we'll discover another one of the new tools on the block, the Blob Tool. The blob tool works like the brush or pencil tools but with one major difference. The blob brush creates objects, while the others create paths. The blob brush also automatically creates compound shapes with other blob brush strokes of the same color. This makes it a great way to color artwork easily while keeping individual colors as the same shape.
In this video, we'll talk a little more about art brushes. Art brushes are awesome because you can take pretty much any piece of artwork and convert it to an art brush. You can dictate it's rotation, and even create end caps and corner pieces to make the art brush more useable. This is great for creating custom frames or borders.
In this video, we'll look at scatter brushes and talk a little bit about the many different settings that can be altered to make changes to your scatter brushes for more artistic work. Scatter brushes are a great way to create things you need multiples of. For example, if I wanted to make a bunch of gold coins on a table, I could create a single coin which could then be used as the object which is scattered across the table.
In this video, we'll look at pattern brushes and talk about how to apply them to our Illustrator objects. Pattern Brushes are great to use for when you want to use complex artwork for things like borders and patterns. We'll also talk a bit about editing already existing Pattern Brushes to make them match your artwork a little better.
In this video, we'll look at adding effects to your Illustrator objects, starting out with the Stylize effects. Because of time restraints, we'll only look at five of these effects. Those include... Scribble, Feather, Round Corners, Outer Glow and Inner Glow. Throughout this video, we'll show you how to use these creativly to create compelling artwork while saving some time.
In this video, we'll learn about transformation effects. Transfrom would be used for re-sizing or re-shaping an object without changing the original shape of the object. Illustrator has many tools for moving, rotating, fliping, scaling or warping and object but the Transform Effect can do a mixture of all of these things within one effect.
In this video, we'll learn how to distort objects using the Free Distort effect. As you would imagine, a Free Distort simply allows you to distort an object any way you wish by clicking and dragging the points on the object being distorted. Although a fairly rudimentary tool, it can come in handy quite often. We'll take a quick look at the effect by distorting a couple of basic shapes.
In this video, we'll learn how to apply the Warp Effect to our objects. Warping an object like a rectangle allows you to create new shapes without actually changing the rectangle itself. We'll show you how this is done by taking a look at Warp Effects like Arc, Bulge, Flag, Squeeze and Twist. The Warp Effect is a great way to create somewhat complex shapes without having to do all the Pent Tool work.
In this video, we'll learn how to add shadows to our illustrator object to achieve a bit more depth in our artwork. We'll specifically be looking at Drop Shadows, Inner Glows and Outer Glows. Even though you may think of bright colors when you hear "glow", that's not always the case. You can use an inner or outer glow with a color of black to create a shadow too! It's all about creativity!
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, I began my early career in the graphic/visual design industry working with local agencies and clients like Yahoo!, UPS, PepsiCo, MasterCard and AT&T. After a decade of design, I made the move into Commercial Product Photography and haven't looked back. With my new found love, I have had the great pleasure of working with wonderful new clients like EndoChoice, Anisa International & Bhindi Jewelers among many others.
I specialize in commercial product photography and have been teaching studio photography for the past few years over at a very popular studio photography school.