Adobe Illustrator CC - Essentials Training Course
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Adobe Illustrator CC - Essentials Training Course

Learn Adobe Illustrator CC graphic design, logo design, and more with this in-depth, practical, easy-to-follow course!
4.7 (10,524 ratings)
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Last updated 12/2019
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This course includes
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will be able to add Illustrator to your CV
  • You will be able to start earning money from your Illustrator Skills.
  • You will have over 30 of your own projects to add to your portfolio.
  • Feel comfortable using Adobe Illustrator to design your own graphics from scratch.
  • Navigate Adobe Illustrator CC like a pro.
  • Design your own graphics, without any experience.
  • Draw beginner to advanced shapes and icons.
  • Learn all of the key skills of Illustrator: shapes, text, masking, effects, and exporting.
  • Master advanced Illustrator tools and techniques.
  • Export your projects for print, web, or other design projects.
  • Make your ideas come to life.
  • Create your own logos.
  • Draw existing famous logos.
  • Illustrate animals.
  • Draw with paint brushes.
  • Draw with pens & pencils.
  • Create custom typography.
  • Take hand drawings and recreate them using Illustrator.
  • Create a logo badge with text that wraps around.
  • Create type that follows a curving line.
  • Put images inside of text for cool effects.
  • Create beautiful gradients and apply them to icons, text & illustrations.
  • Find the secrets to choosing color combinations for your work.
  • Create a paper cut effect.
  • Pull, push & cut text to make interesting styles.
  • Repeat patterns to create vector flowers.
  • You will redraw yourself as an illustration.
  • Create many different icons styles.
  • Build a repeating pattern to be used as wallpaper or fabric designs.
  • Find many templates for posters, stationery & UI designs to save you time.
  • You'll build create assets like colors, patterns & drawings using the Illustrator mobile app.
Requirements
  • Any version of Adobe Illustrator, preferably the CC (Creative Cloud) version.
  • No prior knowledge or experience with Illustrator is required
Description

Are you frustrated trying to teach yourself Adobe Illustrator?! This course will quickly allow you to start getting paid for your Illustrator skills.

Whether you're brand new to Illustrator, or have played around with it but need more guidance, this course will help you feel confident and comfortable using the industry-standard vector-based graphic application.

  • Jane: "It's just a GREAT course! I LOVE IT! And I will advise this course to everyone who wants to learn Adobe Illustrator! Daniel is a great teacher... no! Daniel is the perfect teacher! Thank you, Daniel, for this awesome course!"

Create logo design, icons, characters, textures, text-based graphics, illustrations & full graphic design skills in Adobe Illustrator CC!

This course was designed for the complete beginner, with practice files and fun projects to get you taking action. Throughout this Illustrator CC course, you'll be designing your own real-world projects that are professional and inspire you to do even more!

  • Keith: "This course is outstanding! I stayed away from Illustrator for many years because I was intimidated by it. Now, I am excited by it and what it can do and am finding the lessons to be very informative and educational. Am definitely looking forward to finishing this course and seeing where I can go from here..."

What will you learn in this Adobe Illustrator CC course?

  • Start by understanding the Adobe Illustrator workspace and tools

  • Dive into creating your own shapes & lines

  • Use the pen & curvature tool to improve your designs

  • Advance your graphics with strokes, pencils & brushes

  • Speed up your workflow with the shape builder tool

  • Align and distribute objects to create amazing backgrounds and textures

  • Add and stylize text to your projects

  • Create beautiful graphics with masks and compound shapes

  • Get creative with effects and advanced techniques

  • Understand color and how to use it like a pro

  • Save & export your projects for any kind of project

Real World Skills + Fun Illustrator Projects

Design your own amazing graphics while learning new skills. This Adobe Illustrator CC course is jam-packed with projects and project files for you to follow along with.

Become a Professional Graphic Designer using Adobe Illustrator CC

With the skills learned in this course, you'll have a highly-desired skill that can help you get jobs and make money as a graphic designer. 

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard application when it comes to graphic design, so it's important for you to learn it if you want to be a professional designer.

  • Christopher: "I just finished this course. I had ZERO experience with a Ai and I feel that this would have been the best path to get familiar with the software. Not only was I new to Ai I was also new to the Mac I purchased specifically for this software. The explanations were spot on especially when explaining the command differences between Mac and PC."

Why learn Adobe Illustrator CC from us?

This course is a collaboration between Phil Ebiner & Daniel Walter Scott who have worked together to design a course that you'll love. These top-rated instructors have taught hundreds of thousands of students around the world, and can't wait to serve you.

We promise to help you learn Adobe Illustrator CC, no matter what it takes. If you ever get stuck, just post a message to the course dashboard and we'll be there to support you.

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Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to start using Illustrator in their career & get paid for their Illustrator skills.
  • Newbies, amateurs, graphic designers, motion graphics artists and any creatives who want to design their own graphics from scratch.
Course content
Expand all 42 lectures 08:24:44
+ Introduction to Adobe Illustrator Essentials.
4 lectures 11:16

Hi there, my name is Dan. I'm an Adobe Certified Instructor, and an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Illustrator.

Now together, me and you, are going to go through this course, and make beautiful art work together, using Illustrator.

During this course, you won't just learn how to use this tool, we'll work through real world practical projects. Now this course is aimed at people completely new to Illustrator and maybe to Design, in general. We're going to start absolutely right at the beginning and work our way through step by step.

Preview 02:38
Download the Course Workbook
00:11

All right, time to get started. There's a couple of things you need to do first.

One is, download the exercise files. There’llA be a link on the page to download those, you can play along. There's another link there saying, The Completed Files. You don't need these, but they're handy. What I do, at the end of every video I kind of save where I'm up to. So that, maybe yours is not quite working, you just want to see how I made mine. You can download that Illustrator file just to check against yours.

Preview 00:53

Hi there, in this video we're going to look at getting started with Illustrator. Basically some navigation of the interface, and just getting Illustrator set up, so that we can all work together, and you can follow along with me.

Preview 07:34
+ Drawing in Adobe Illustrator CC
9 lectures 01:46:56

In this tutorial we're going to draw from this drawing that I've made. Just to make it simple, so we can all follow along. What I'd like to do is, in Illustrator we're going to go to 'File', 'New'. Pick a document size, I'm going to start with 'Print'. I'm going to use 'US Letter', I'm going to use 'Landscape'. I'm not going to change anything else, just going to click 'Create'. I'm going to save it, so I'm going to go to 'File', 'Save'. What we'll do for this class, is I'll put everything on my Desktop, you do the same. 

Preview 22:34
Practice what you've learned by designing your own animal using shapes and lines.
Draw Your Own Animal with Shapes & Lines
1 question

In this video we're going to look at the Shape Builder Tool, I love this tool. It's absolutely my most favorite tool out of all the tools in Illustrator. We're going to take this drawing that we did of the fox with simple shapes, and add some kind of shadows to it. Well, not so much exciting about the shadows but more of the technique that we used the Shape Builder Tool to kind of be able to carve out extra colors within other shapes. I love it. Let's go and learn how to use it now.

Improve Your Designs with the Shape Builder Tool
07:29

Hi there, in this video we're going to make this swooshy looking fox thing using my favorite tool, the Shape Builder Tool. Look at him, he's all made of little shapes, and bits, and pieces. Let's put you back together, fox, and let's go learn how to make you in Adobe Illustrator.

Draw a Modern Fox with the Shape Builder
10:10
Use the skills you just learned to design a modern swan graphic.
Design a Modern Swan with the Shape Builder Tool
1 question

Hi there, in this video we're going to draw this shape here. We're going to use the Shape Builder Tool. I know I've used it for a couple of tutorials already, but it's a really versatile tool. I use it so much that, yes, it gets three videos.

Draw a Custom Logo (The Impossible Shape!)
04:53
Add color to the impossible triangle shape.
Color in the Impossible Triangle
1 question

Hi there, in this tutorial we're going to learn how to use the Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator. We're going to draw these four guys. So let's get into it.

Draw with the Curvature Tool: Ninjas, Crowns, Owls Oh My!
13:09
Use the curvature tool to redraw the owl and color it in. Redraw and color the other designs for extra awesomeness!
Redraw and Color the Owl
1 question

Hi there, it is time to learn the Pen Tool. The Pen Tool is the hardest thing to learn in Illustrator. We're going to do it together. We're going to make this Ninja, make an owl, we're going to make an alien, we're going to make a crown. Let's draw those now together, in Adobe Illustrator.

Draw with the Pen Tool
13:19
Try drawing an owl using the pen tool, to see the difference between it and the curvature tool.
Draw an Owl with the Pen Tool
1 question

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Hi there, it is time to learn the Pen Tool. The Pen Tool is the hardest thing to learn in Illustrator. We're going to do it together. We're going to make this Ninja, make an owl, we're going to make an alien, we're going to make a crown. Let's draw those now together, in Adobe Illustrator.

Draw with the Pencil Tool & Advanced Stroke Options
13:11

Hi there, in this tutorial we're going to look at Brushes, where we take kind of ordinary lines like this and give them lovely, cool, artistic Brush Strokes. They look hand drawn. We're going to add wings, add a crown, we're going to make a star. We're going to fill this star. All sorts of awesomeness in Adobe Illustrator. Let's go and do that now.

Using Brushes in Illustrator
12:56
Use the pencil tool to add 5 elements to this image of the woman and her piggy bank.
Drawing with the Pencil Tool
1 question

Hi there, in this tutorial we're going to start with some basic lines, like this, then do this to them, with the Width Tool. It's going to take our simple lines, add a bit of dimensions to them and a little bit of sexiness. All right, that is the Width Tool. Let's learn how to do that now in Adobe Illustrator.

Using the Width Tool
09:15
Use the width tool to design our 'love' text.
The LOVE Design
1 question
+ Type & Fonts in Adobe Illustrator CC
3 lectures 31:04

Hi there, in this video we're going to make this simple post card. We're going to look at fonts that are installed on your machine, and we're going to look at something called TypeKit, which is fonts that Adobe give you. We can download them for free, and use them as part of our designs. All right, let's go and learn how to do that now in Illustrator.

How to Use Type & Fonts
14:17

Hey there, in this tutorial we are going to make text follow a path, like this curvy one here. We'll also do a badge, where we do the text along the top and the bottom. Let's get into it now using Adobe Illustrator.

Curve Type Around a Badge with Paths
12:52
Create your own 'hipster' badge logo using the type on a path skills you just learned.
Design a Badge Logo
1 question

Hey there, in this tutorial we are going to make text follow a path, like this curvy one here. We'll also do a badge, where we do the text along the top and the bottom. Let's get into it now using Adobe Illustrator.

Break Apart & Destroy Text
03:55
+ Color in Adobe Illustrator CC
4 lectures 18:33

Hi there, in this video we're going to talk about RGB versus CMYK. You might have come across this, you might have not. It's kind of essential, I guess, to understand the basics, so let's cover them quickly.

What is RGB & CMYK?
03:58


Hey there, in this tutorial we're going to look at using the Eyedropper Tool in Illustrator to drive colors from the logos. So we're going to start with this black and white version of this postcard, then we're going to use the logos down here to drive the colors in these elements. 

Stealing Colors from an Image
03:41

Hey there, in this video we're going to look at color combinations. We're going to let Adobe help us find new exciting colors that we might not normally go for. Now I'm not saying these are all beautiful, but I'm saying, it's kind of giving me, and pushing me out of my normal colors, that I normally use. So let's let Adobe show us how to do that now.

Color Theme Tool
04:50

Hey there, in this tutorial, together, we're going to make Gradients. Gradients are awesome. Let's go do it now in Illustrator.

Working with Gradients, we're going to open up 'Postcard.ai' file

How to Make Gradients
06:04
+ Masking in Adobe Illustrator CC
2 lectures 17:47

Hi there, welcome to this video. We are going to take images and crop them inside of boxes, inside circles. We're going to do entire multiple shapes and inside text, and the text is editable. Awesome! Let's go and learn how to do that now in Adobe Illustrator.

Masking an Image
07:08

Hi there, in this video we're going to cut holes in things. They're called Compound Paths. I'm going to zoom in, you can see I can see through this owl, through the page underneath. I'm also going to do this. Everyone loves a bit of abstract Compound Path making. We're going to that in this tutorial.

Cut Holes in Shapes
10:39
+ CC Libraries
1 lecture 10:28

Hey there, Illustrator lovers, it is time for CC Libraries. We've ignored it, this panel over here, next to Properties. I've ignored it this whole course. Now it's time to get to grips with it, find out all the perks, the colors, the free images, the sharing art. Let's go and learn how to do CC Libraries now.

CC Libraries
10:28
+ Effects & Patterns in Adobe Illustrator CC
5 lectures 39:30

Hi there, in this video we're going to use a very exciting fun tool, called Liquify. We're going to take this. I'm calling it an ice cream. Then we're going to smash it a bit using different techniques, using Liquify Tool. We'll also deal with the Text at the end as well. Let's get in there, and learn the Liquify Tool.

Liquify & Distort
08:01
Use the liquify tools to design your own funky font!
Design Your Own Font
1 question

Hi there, in this video we take the simple, insignificant lines, with a little bit of Gradient in them, and then do this to them. Some would say, exciting shapes, some would say, crimes against design. It gets worse. We deal with Type too. Let's learn how to turn those lines using the Warp functions in Illustrator.

Bend & Warp Shapes and Text
05:32

Hi there, in this tutorial we're going to make these pretty things. We're going to step, repeat, make some symmetry, add some colors. They're pretty easy, they look really nice. Let's learn how to do them now in Adobe Illustrator.

Drawing Repeating Shapes
05:11
Create your own repeating shape design.
Design a Lovely Repeating Shape Graphic
1 question

Hi there, in this video we're going to take simple drawings and repeat them, over and over again, to make these cool patterns. All right, let's go do it now in Adobe Illustrator.

Repeating Patterns
08:53
Use your new Illustrator skills to design your own custom pattern.
Design Your Own Pattern
1 question

Hi there, in this video we're going to vectorize things, take images like this, and do cool stuff like this, with them. Then take cool images of this handsome man; it's me. And do this kind of stencil thing with me. Then do this kind of 3D, and thick graphic, kind of thing. I think I've said that wrong. But you get the idea. 

Vectorizing an Image
11:53
Use the vectorizing images skills to create your own stencil-style design.
Create a Stencil Cutout of an Image
1 question
+ The Capture App
1 lecture 11:23

All right, it's real me again. We've been talking to the screen for so long. I wanted to jump out because we're going to do something in the real world, kind of. We're going to use a Mobile app, not so real world. But this guy here, I'm going to grab my phone, and we're going to download, I want you to do it too, it's called Adobe Capture. It's amazing.

Adobe Capture App
11:23
+ Free Templates
1 lecture 03:46

Hi, in this video we're going to look at all the beautiful templates that Adobe Illustrator give us for free, to use. To help us get started, to get us inspired. To rob bits from, that's what I do. Let's look at how to find them in Adobe Illustrator right now.

Free Templates in Illustrator
03:46
+ Exporting from Adobe Illustrator CC
2 lectures 11:20

Hi there, in this video we're going to look at exporting our Illustrator files. Getting it ready for print or maybe digital distribution. So, maybe looking at emailing it as a PDF, or for having it downloaded from a website. I'm going to wrap that up into this course. Especially, Web Export, we'll look in the next video. So jump to that one if you want to. All right, let's get started.

Exporting for Print
05:59

In this video we’re going to look at exporting Illustrator files for Web. We're going to look at JPEGs and PNGs. Doing full Artboards, and little individual things as well. All right, let's get started.

Exporting for Web
05:21