Every Adobe Illustrator Tool Explained
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Every Adobe Illustrator Tool Explained

How to master Adobe Illustrator tools : pen tool , pencil tool , paintbrush tool , live paint tool and so much more
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Created by Dawid Tuminski
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Effectively and easily use Illustrator's tools
  • Effectively and easily use the selection tools
  • Effectively and easily use the drawing tools
  • Effectively and easily use the pen tool
  • Effectively and easily use the pencil tool
  • Effectively and easily use the type tools
  • Effectively and easily use the paintbrush and blob brush tools
  • Effectively and easily use the gradient mesh and gradient tools
  • Effectively and easily use the live paint tools
  • Effectively and easily use the transformation tools
  • Effectively and easily use the free transform tools
  • Effectively and easily use the blend tool
  • Effectively and easily use the symbols tools
  • Effectively and easily use the slicing and cutting tools
  • Effectively and easily use the graph tools
  • Effectively and easily use the moving and zooming tools
View Curriculum
  • To take this course you will need Adobe Illustrator installed on your computer.
  • To fully benefit from the course you would need to have the CC version. However if you have any older version, 99% of the course content applies to versions of Illustrator as old as CS5

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

  • Save tons of your time by delivering concise yet detailed insight, making the Illustrator tools work for you, not against you. No fluff guaranteed.
  • Help you become a pro designer so you can get more, better paying clients.
  • Allow you to become a total superstar at one of the most in demand pieces of software in the ad and design industry today.
  • Take you step by step through all the options of each and every tool, so you don’t feel that something important was left out.

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:

  • More than 80 tools and literally hundreds of options to customize those tools
  • In-depth study of the most wanted Illustrator tools like the pen tool, the paintbrush tool or the gradient mesh
  • Comprehensive guide to tens of hidden gems, that will truly make you stand out from the crowd
  • Loads of practical examples so you can understand not only how it works, but also why it works
  • This course really lays out the differences in Illustrator tools along with all of the potential options within each one of them.

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.

Enroll now!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are loking for a thorough source of information on all of Illustrator's tools, this course is for you
  • If you are an Illustrator newbie in this course you will find all the necessary information to start using the software's tools like a pro
Curriculum For This Course
96 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:03

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:

  1. It’s divided into 20 sections which have 3 – to even 11 videos.
  2. Each video is typically no longer than 5-6 minutes, so you can easily focus on one, specific subject.
  3. I’ve added plenty of practical examples to illustrate how each tool works so you can understand it better.
  4. If you are struggling with a particular tool at the moment or you just want to learn some specific aspects of it, you can jump to the exact lecture and watch it. Each section and most of the lectures are standalone projects, so you can just watch what interests you at a given moment.
  5. At many stages of the course I will be advocating the use of shortcuts, instead of heading over to the tools panel every time you need to use a specific tool.  But I know that learning all of them can be a long process. That is why I have attached a comprehensive Illustrator tools shortcut reference to the first lecture in the 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!

Preview 02:03
How To Use The Selection Tools
5 Lectures 20:09

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!

Preview 04:52

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.

How To Use The Direct Selection Tool

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.

How To Use the Group Selection Tool

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.

How To Use The Magic Wand Tool

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.

How To Use the Lasso Tool

Test your selection tools knowledge

Selection Tools Quiz
1 question

Test your selection tools knowledge

Selection Tools Quiz #2
1 question
How To Use the Pen Tool and the Gang in Illustrator
4 Lectures 24:37

In this particular class you will learn the the pen tool, which is one of the most "in-demand" tool in the design world. 

Preview 09:14

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.

How To Use the Add/Remove Anchor Point Tool

With the Convert Anchor Point tool you can turn smooth points into sharp ones, and vice versa.

How To Use the Convert Anchor Point Tool

The Curvature Tool is for those of Illustrator users who find it too difficult to learn the pen tool.

How To use the Curvature Tool

Test your pen tool knowledge

The pen tool quiz
1 question

Test your pent tool knowledge

The pen tool quiz #2
1 question
How To Use the Typography Tools in Illustrator
7 Lectures 26:06

Typography is an essential design element and in this particular class you will learn how to use the typography tools in Adobe Illustrator.

How To Use the Type Tool in Illustrator

The Are Type Tool is best used for longer pieces of text. It allows you to easily control the layout of your text.

How To Use the Area Type Tool

Type on a path tool can become very handy in design scenarios like logo design, brochure design or badge design.

How To Use the Type on a Path Tool

Using the Vertical Type tool you can create type that flows vertically, instead of horizontally.

How To Use the Vertical Area Type Tool

You want to create text that runs vertically on a specific path? Then use the Vertical Type on a Path tool.

How To 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.

Preview 03:23

This tool is for those who need the ultimate control over particular letters in a live text.

How To Use the Touch Type Tool

Test your knowledge about the typography tools

The typography tools quiz
1 question

Test your typography tools knowledge

The typography tools quiz #2
1 question
How To Use the The Drawing Tools in Illustrator Pt 1
5 Lectures 29:21

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 Line Segment Tool

The Arc Tool can be an extremely handy Pen Tool replacement when you want to create nicely looking curves.

The Arc Tool

In this lecture you ill learn how to use the potential of the Spiral Tool, without getting dizzy.

The Spiral Tool

The Rectangular Grid Tool is a great tool for all those table creation maniacs out there.

Preview 07:46

Rectangular tables are not enough? So what do you say to tables, that look like an ellipse? 

The Polar Grid Tool

Test your drawing tools knowledge

The drawing tools quiz
1 question
How To Use the The Drawing Tools in Illustrator Pt 2
6 Lectures 20:57

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.

The Rectangle Tool

If you are creating mobile phone icons or muck-up's, the Rounded Rectangle Tool will be your best friend.

The Rounded Rectangle Tool

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.

The Ellipse Tool

In this lecture you will learn how to take full control over the process of creating polygon shapes in Illustrator. 

The Polygon Tool

Since so many logos and icons use stars, it's vital to know how to use the Start tool the right way.

Preview 04:58

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.

The Flare Tool

Test your drawing tools knowledge

The drawing tools quiz #2
1 question
The Paintbrush Tools
10 Lectures 27:23

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.

How To Apply a Brush Stroke

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.

How To Paint with the Paintbrush

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.

Preview 01:36

In order to change the paintbrush tool options, let’s double click the tool inside the tools panel. 

Global Paintbrush Tool Options

Create strokes that resemble those drawn with the angled point of a calligraphic pen and are drawn along the center of the path. 

How To Create A Calligraphic Brush

Disperse copies of an object (such as a ladybug or a leaf) along the path.

How To Create A Scatter Brush

Stretch a brush shape (such as Rough Charcoal) or object shape evenly along the length of the path.

How To Create an Art Brush

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.

How To Create A Pattern Brush

Create brush strokes with the appearance of a natural brush with bristles.

How To Create A Bristle Brush

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. 

How To Use The Blob Brush

Test your paintbrush tool knowledge

The Paintbrush Tool quiz
1 question

Test your Paintbrush Tool knowledge

The Paintbrush Tool quiz #2
1 question
The Pencil Tools
4 Lectures 10:02

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. 

How To Use the Pencil Tool - the basics

Learn a few more ways to create paths with the Pencil Tool

Preview 02:08

To get to the Pencil tool options, we simply have to double click on it in the tools panel. 

The Pencil Tool Settings

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.

The Pencil Tools Sidekicks- The Smooth Path Eraser and Join Tools

Test your Pencil Tool  knowledge

The Pencil Tool quiz
1 question
The Eraser Tools
3 Lectures 11:22

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.

Preview 05:42

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. 

The Eraser Tool Options

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.

How To Use The Scissors and the Knife Tools

Test your Eraser Tool knowledge

The EraserTool quiz
1 question
The Rotate and Reflect Tools
8 Lectures 28:50

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

How To Use the Rotate Tool

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.

How To Rotate the Objects

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. 

How To Use 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.

Preview 03:58

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.

How To Use the Scale Tool

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. 

How To Use the Shear Tool

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. 

How To Use the Reshape Tool

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.

How To Use the Free Transform Tool

Test your transformation tools quiz

The Transformation tools quiz
1 question

Test your Transformation tools knowledge

The Transformation tools quiz #2
1 question
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Creating online courses on design tools like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, logo design, web design, graphic design freelancing, online teaching and digital marketing .

Teaching +22.000 students in 160 countries worldwide.

Owner of a graphic design studio.

Loves the freedom of creating courses and prides in his teaching method, which is straight to the point and with a smile.

His motto:  Boring instructors are worse than boring topics!

His students value his courses for their conciseness, professionalism and actionable tips and techniques they can apply in their day-to-day design tasks and online education businesses.