Have you ever started Illustrator and thought to yourself: Ok, so what do I do now?
And aren’t you tired of learning its tools over and over again hoping to finally get results at least close to the ones you can see on Behance or Dribble?
The truth is that Illustrator can be a frustrating program to learn with all its tools and options. Especially for beginners, who crave to kick off their design career.
I cannot count the hours back in the day when I was just starring at blank canvas and clicking on the tools trying to turn the image I had inside my head into a piece of graphic design reality.
But I felt that the harder I tried the more frustrated I got.
And then, one time, I thought to myself: There must be an easier way to learn all this!
Luckily – there was and it will be revealed to you in this course.
And the best part?
You don’t need any Illustrator experience to benefit from this course.
Because inside you will find almost 100 Illustrator gems that will
If you want to work smarter, not harder, you will be happy to hear that you don’t need to spend years to learn Illustrator.
All the lectures in this course are well organized, simple enough to understand and detailed enough to really learn something.
Although this course doesn’t promise to make you an Illustrator superstar overnight, it will put you on a fast track to becoming one (finally!).
It covers not only all Illustrator tools, but also tons of best practices used by the industry veterans.
Imagine yourself going for a design job interview and they ask you to show them what you got. They tell you: Here’s Illustrator. Create a logo.
And you just smile at them, grab the mouse and create a piece of Illustrator magic.
You can even hear their jaws dropping on the floor, because this is the first time someone they interviewed didn’t rush for the pen tool and started clicking like crazy.
And this is what this course is all about
It’s about you thinking to yourself: Man, I am so lucky I’ve found it!
I’ve put a lot of effort into creating this course, so you can feel the colossal change before and after taking it.
In this 5-hour long Illustrator treasure chest you will find:
Finally you can master one of the most important design programs in the world and save thousands on expensive courses and books that talk to you about the tools, but leave you alone with more questions than answers.
And in case you don’t like the course, you can always get your money back.
You are fully protected by a 100% money back guarantee.
And no one will ask for a reason.
Now is the time to finally discover everything that Illustrator offers… and hides.
Hello, my name is Dawid Tuminski and I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator.
I wanted to thank you for choosing this course. I know that there is a lot of courses out there, that is why I am grateful that you chose this one.
I also wanted to welcome you to the course and invite you to join me in a journey through all the tools offered by Illustrator.
It’s going to be quite a long one.
The course is more than 5 hours long and has around 100 lectures, which I think is enough to satisfy even the biggest Illustrator hunger.
Let's take a look at what you will find inside this course:
If, when watching this course, you have any problems or something is unclear, feel free to ask me in the discussion board and I will be happy to answer. So let’s jump right into the course and make you an Illustrator power user!
In this lecture you will learn how to use the first tool in Illustrator's tool panel: the selection tool. It may look like it's a really humble tool, but one you get to know its true abilities, you will be surprised how much you can do with it!
The Direct Selection Tool is the second tool in the Illustrator tools panel. It can be used both for selecting whole objects and single anchor points and paths. In this lecture we will take a look at how to use its whole potential.
In this lecture you will learn how to use the group selection tool, which is less commonly used, but in some design situations it can come in really handy.
If you ever used Photoshop, you probably used the Magic Wand to make selections. But did you know that you can select objects with similar appearance in Illustrator as well? In this lecture you will discover how to do just that.
The Lasso Tool is another tool more commonly used in Photoshop. However, in Illustrator you can use it to conveniently select objects in a more "free hand" way.
Test your selection tools knowledge
Test your selection tools knowledge
In this particular class you will learn the the pen tool, which is one of the most "in-demand" tool in the design world.
In this lecture you will learn how to add and remove anchor points in Illustrator and you will understand the "not-so-apparent" difference between removing and deleting anchor points.
With the Convert Anchor Point tool you can turn smooth points into sharp ones, and vice versa.
The Curvature Tool is for those of Illustrator users who find it too difficult to learn the pen tool.
Test your pen tool knowledge
Test your pent tool knowledge
Typography is an essential design element and in this particular class you will learn how to use the typography tools in Adobe Illustrator.
The Are Type Tool is best used for longer pieces of text. It allows you to easily control the layout of your text.
Type on a path tool can become very handy in design scenarios like logo design, brochure design or badge design.
Using the Vertical Type tool you can create type that flows vertically, instead of horizontally.
You want to create text that runs vertically on a specific path? Then use the Vertical Type on a Path tool.
In this class you will learn one nice little trick that will allow you to easily, yet precisely, control the position of the text on a path.
This tool is for those who need the ultimate control over particular letters in a live text.
Test your knowledge about the typography tools
Test your typography tools knowledge
The Line Segment Tool is more powerful than its humble name suggests. If you need straight, precise lines, use this tool instead of the Pen Tool.
The Arc Tool can be an extremely handy Pen Tool replacement when you want to create nicely looking curves.
In this lecture you ill learn how to use the potential of the Spiral Tool, without getting dizzy.
The Rectangular Grid Tool is a great tool for all those table creation maniacs out there.
Rectangular tables are not enough? So what do you say to tables, that look like an ellipse?
Test your drawing tools knowledge
One of the most frequently used tool in Illustrator. The Rectangle Tool can be used for so many purposes that is it essential to learn how to use its full potential.
If you are creating mobile phone icons or muck-up's, the Rounded Rectangle Tool will be your best friend.
Along with the Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse tool is one of the most important tools in Illustrator and in this class you will learn how to use it to the max.
In this lecture you will learn how to take full control over the process of creating polygon shapes in Illustrator.
Since so many logos and icons use stars, it's vital to know how to use the Start tool the right way.
Being one of the weirdest tools in Illustrator (and I am not afraid to say that), the Flare Tool can be used to create sun-like reflections.
Test your drawing tools knowledge
The first thing you need to understand about the brushes is that they let you stylize the appearance of paths. You can apply brush strokes to existing paths, or you can use the Paintbrush to draw a path and apply a brush stroke at the same time.
To paint with a paintbrush, all we need to do is to grab the paintbrush tool and simply click and drag to create a path with a brush stroke applied to it automatically.
Of course once we created a path with a brush we still can alter it by using the brushes panel. So we can change its type or appearance by grabbing one of the brushes from the brushes library.
There are different types of brushes in Illustrator: calligraphic, scatter, art, pattern, and bristle brushes.
Let’s take a look at each one of those types in a bit more detail.
In order to change the paintbrush tool options, let’s double click the tool inside the tools panel.
Create strokes that resemble those drawn with the angled point of a calligraphic pen and are drawn along the center of the path.
Disperse copies of an object (such as a ladybug or a leaf) along the path.
Stretch a brush shape (such as Rough Charcoal) or object shape evenly along the length of the path.
If you want to add pattern fills to your freeform paths, use the pattern brush. They quite often can produce similar results to the scatter however pattern brushes follow the path exactly, while Scatter brushes do not.
Create brush strokes with the appearance of a natural brush with bristles.
The blob brush tool is used to paint filled shapes that you can intersect and merge with other shapes that have the same color.
Note that the Blob Brush tool uses the same default brush options as calligraphic brushes. The Blob Brush tool creates paths with a fill and no stroke.
Test your paintbrush tool knowledge
Test your Paintbrush Tool knowledge
The Pencil tool works pretty much the same way in Illustrator and InDesign. It lets you draw open and closed paths as if you were drawing with a pencil on a piece paper. It is most useful for fast sketching or creating a hand-drawn look.
Learn a few more ways to create paths with the Pencil Tool
To get to the Pencil tool options, we simply have to double click on it in the tools panel.
The pencil tool comes with some sidekicks that give us even greater control over the results we can get using the tool. These sidekicks are the Smooth tool, the path eraser tool and the join tool. Let’s take a look at them in this video.
Test your Pencil Tool knowledge
What can we do with the Eraser tool? Well we can remove portions of artwork without breaking the paths and let's take a look at that.
In this video we will take a look at the Eraser Tool options, which we can change by double-clicking the tool in the Tools panel.
In this video we will talk about the Scissors and the Knife tools which both sit under the Eraser tool.
The Scissors tool has a handy shortcut which is the letter C and what it does is it cuts paths at specified points.
However it can also split a path or an empty text frame at an anchor point or along a path segment.
Let’s take a look at both these scenarios.
Test your Eraser Tool knowledge
Rotating an object turns it around a fixed point that you designate. The default reference point is the object’s center point. If you have multiple objects in a selection, the objects will rotate around a single reference point, which is the center point of the selection or bounding box by default. Let’s take a look at how it works in practice
The rotating tool show its full potential when you use it with the modifier keys, like the Alt key (or Option if you are on a Mac) and with the Transform Again command.
Let’s take a look the one scenario, when the Rotate tool really shows what it’s worth.
Reflecting flips the object across an invisible axis that you specify. We can take the concepts from the Rotate tool and use them with the Reflect tool.
One of the most common questions I get from my students is how do I establish the center point of my artwork. This is an important question and a serious thing so let’s take a look at it in this video.
You might be asking yourself: What can be so special about scaling objects in Illustrator? You just grab it and make it bigger or smaller.
While you definitely can do that, trust me that there so much more to the subject, especially when you are using the Scale tool, which we will talk about in this video.
The Shear Tool is one of the most unpredictable tools in Illustrator. One of those that produce effects, that can be created much quicker using other tools. But let’s take a look at the Shear tool and see what it promises to do for us. The people behind Illustrator claim that the Shear tool is great for casting shadows, so let’s see if that’s true.
While the Shear tool may be the most unpredictable of all the Illustrator tools, the Reshape tool is definitely one of the most seldom used. But it doesn’t mean that it’s redundant, in fact, in certain situations, it can prove to be quite helpful.
The Free Transform tool scales, rotates, or skews object or objects. It sits alone right here in the tools panel and has a default shortcut, which is the letter E.
This tool is something like a combination of all the other transformation tools, but it’s meant for more free hand distortions.
Test your transformation tools quiz
Test your Transformation tools knowledge
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