Adobe Illustrator for Photoshop Users
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Adobe Illustrator for Photoshop Users

Get up and running fast in Illustrator CC by harnessing the knowledge you have from working in Photoshop.
4.7 (26 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
256 students enrolled
Created by Helen Bradley
Last updated 9/2019
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 16 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Harness your Photoshop skills to help you learn to use Illustrator faster
  • Be able to choose the right tool for the task when creating designs in Illustrator
  • Create cool designs without having to master the Pen tool
  • Confidently create designs in Illustrator for social media, for sale as stock or for your business
  • Create compelling designs even if you can't draw a stroke!
  • A working knowledge of a photo editing or graphic program will be of use but is not required
  • Illustrator CC any version (earlier Illustrator versions may not have all features)

Learn tools, features and techniques to create vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator - the graphic industry's premier software application.

Take your existing Photoshop knowledge and use it to quick start learning Illustrator.

Avoid going over information that you already know and get to grips quickly with what is new to you in Illustrator.

Learn and master Illustrator

  • Vector shapes
  • Shape Creation tools
  • Type Effects
  • Repeating Patterns
  • Blends
  • Textures

A Powerful New Skill for your Creative arsenal
Learning Illustrator is your entry ticket to the world of graphic design. Illustrator is the industry standard application for Mac and PC. Knowing Illustrator will prepare you for working in the field of graphic design. Using it you can turn your art into scalable shapes, make saleable vector stock and design anything from fabric to infographics.

Combined with your existing knowledge of Photoshop your new Illustrator skills can open up a world of creative opportunity and job prospects.

Content and Overview
Suitable for Photoshop users this course of 35 lectures and over 3 hours of content, gets you up and running with Illustrator. Many lectures close with exercises for you to practice what you learned in that lecture.

Starting with the similarities and differences between Illustrator and Photoshop you'll progress quickly to creating complex vector shapes from simple shapes. You'll learn to edit and combine shapes and get familiar with the range of tools for creating and editing shapes.

You will learn how to color and recolor your art, create and style type, and paint with vector paint brushes. Advanced topics such as pattern making, tracing bitmaps, and creating blended shapes are covered.

You will finish the course making a piece of vector art.

When you complete this course you will have a solid grounding in using Illustrator and the ability to create vector artwork for yourself or for work.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who already uses Photoshop and wants to learn Illustrator
  • Beginner Illustrator users who have used other graphic software before
  • Anyone who is scared of the pen tool, who can't draw but wants to make cool graphic designs
Course content
Expand all 36 lectures 03:45:08
+ Welcome to Illustrator for Photoshop Users
1 lecture 02:07

Learn how this course will harness your Photoshop knowledge to help you learn to use Illustrator faster.

Understand what this course will cover and what you will learn from it.

Be introduced to the resources and challenges that you can use to reinforce and to practice what you have learned.

Preview 02:07
+ Getting Started in Illustrator
6 lectures 23:08

Learn the difference between vector and bitmap images and how Illustrator is best for working with vector shapes and how Photoshop is best for working with bitmap images such as photos. Learn the importance of being able to enlarge images without loss of quality.

Learn the difference between vector and bitmap images

Learn which features of Illustrator are already familiar to you from your work in Photoshop. It is this knowledge that will help you learn to use Illustrator more quickly than someone without your Photoshop experience.

Discover features common to Illustrator and Photoshop

Understand that some things you know from Photoshop aren't treated the same way in Illustrator eg Layers and Transparency

Learn key differences between Illustrator and Photoshop

Here you will learn the tools you are most likely to use regularly in Illustrator and which will be covered in this course. You will also see how, like in Photoshop, some tools share a single position on the toolbar.

Learn which are the key tools you will be using in Illustrator

Many Illustrator tools, unlike those in Photoshop, have configurable settings associated with them. In this lesson you will learn how to reveal the dialogs that let you perform tasks such as change rotation of an effect, create an exact size square or circle and even set the number of points for a star or sides of a polygon.

Learn how to reveal custom settings for Illustrator tools

In this lesson you will learn where the most important and useful menu options and panels can be found in Illustrator. You will notice that some are familiar to you from your work in Photoshop and some are not.

Learn to find key menu options and panels in Illustrator
+ Getting to Work on Your Designs
3 lectures 11:04

Learn how to create a new document in Illustrator. See how to set the size of the document and learn about the other selections you should make including why you should work in RGB mode when following this course.

Learn how to create a new document in Illustrator

Learn how to save your work as an Illustrator .ai format file. Understand how to save a file that has already been saved and learn how to close a file when you are finished working on it.

Save your Work as an Illustrator file

Learn how to save your files as .gif, .jpg or .png format files suitable for displaying on the web. Also learn why it is important that you also save your work as an .ai file when you save for the web.

Learn how to save your designs as files for the web
+ Important Illustrator Concepts and Tools
10 lectures 01:19:40

Learn to draw simple shapes in Illustrator including circles, stars and squares. Learn how to constrain a shape to a perfect square or circle and how to select the desired number of points for a star.

Learn to draw simple shapes inc. circles, squares, stars

Learn to add and change the stroke and fill on a shape. See how to copy a shapes appearance and how to use the Appearance panel to discover and alter the appearance of a shape. Learn how to add a dotted stroke around a shape.

Learn how to set shape fill and stroke

Learn to use the Pathfinder tool to merge shapes together in various ways to make more complex shapes. You will see how each of the options in the Pathfinder panel work and how you can use them to make shapes from multiple smaller shapes. This lecture includes a copy of the shape sampler that you can use to practice with.

Join multiple simple shapes to make a more complex shape

This is part 1 of a 3 part lecture. In this part you will learn to make the first three shapes - a teardrop (from an ellipse), a donut (from two circles) and a hear (from two ellipses). These shapes grow in complexity starting with a simple shape. Across this set of three lectures you will see how to build more complex images from simple starting shapes - allowing you to make artwork even if you don't want to use the pen tool!

Simple techniques for reshaping basic shapes Pt 1

This is part 2 of a 3 part lecture. In this part you will learn to make the next three shapes - a cup (from multiple ellipses), a house (from a polygon and rectangles) and an arrow (from a 4 pointed star). These shapes are more complex than the previous shapes and use tools such as Crop, Grouping and Minus front as well as layering to create.

Simple techniques for reshaping basic shapes Pt 2

This is part 3 of the 3 part lecture. In this part you will learn to make a pear complete with stem, leaf and with a shadow and a highlight. Each shape is simple to create and you will learn to rotate and layer shapes as well as assemble a more complex multicolored illustrated object from multiple shapes. In the resources for this lecture is a file called Shape which contains all the shapes from these three lectures that you can study and then practice making yourself to help revise your learning.

Simple techniques for reshaping basic shapes Pt 3

Learn why a shape like a flower may sometimes really be a star

Learn how Expand can be used to change the path that defines a shape and why you might want to do this.

Preview 05:07

This short lecture shows some simple techniques for drawing using the Pen tool. The techniques shown are important as they can be applied to work with other shapes in Illustrator - not just those drawn using the Pen tool.

Learn what (little) you need to know about using the Pen tool

Learn how to add multiple appearances such as two or three strokes and multiple fills to a shape to create a complex design that is just a single shape.

Learn how to add multiple appearances to a shape

Learn to combine multiple appearances such as multiple strokes and fills and how to adjust and distort these using effects to create complex shapes. See how the order of items in the Appearance panel affects the look of a shape.

Make Complex shapes combining Effects and Appearances
+ Explore Alternate Shape Building Tools
4 lectures 26:33

Learn to make shapes by drawing them using the Pencil tool. This tool was enhanced in Illustrator CC & CC2014 and its functionality improved. You will also learn how to use the Smooth tool to smooth the drawn lines and the final shape we create will have a drop shadow applied to it.

Learn to use the new Pencil tool to make and reshape shapes

Learn to use the Shape Builder tool to create complex shapes from simple ones. This easy to use tool is often simpler to use than the Pathfinder tools when joining and subtracting smaller shapes from larger ones.

Learn to use the Shape Builder tool

Learn how the Blob Brush can be used to paint vector shapes in Illustrator. See how to set it up so that painting with can let you add to an existing shape.

Learn to use the Blob Brush to paint shapes

Learn how the Live Paint tool lets you paint shapes by filling the shape or its stroke with color. See how to use it to create cartoon style art from simple lines.

Create complex illustrations from lines using Live Paint
+ Features and Tools to Enhance Your Designs
4 lectures 26:20

Learn to create a color group of colors from existing art and then how to recolor the art using the Recolor tool.

Recolor your Art the Easy (and Fun) Way

Learn the basics of using point type and area type in Illustrator. You will also see how to create type on a path, how to use the new Touch Type Tool to create fun type effects and finally how to convert type into Outlines.

Designing with Type

Learn the basics of using and configuring Brushes in Illustrator. You will see how to use pattern and art brushes and how to create your own art brush.

Learn to use, configure and create Brushes

Learn how to use the Adobe Color tool (formerly Kuler) to find color schemes and to select them so they can be made available inside Illustrator. See how to copy these color schemes into your Swatches panel.

Explore Adobe Color (formerly Kuler) and its use in Illustrator
+ More Advanced Tools and Techniques
6 lectures 50:06

Learn to trace a bitmap photo to make a vector image in Illustrator. Learn too how to recolor the completed vector illustration.

Work with Bitmap images in Illustrator

Learn to create a simple swatch for a repeating pattern. You will learn how to use this pattern swatch, how to scale it and how to save it so you can use it anytime in future. You will also learn to create a more sophisticated pattern which contains an overlap.

Pattern Making 101

Turn a bitmap photo into a vector texture and then apply it to a shape using a mask. You will learn how to create a mask in Illustrator, how to add the texture to it and configure it so that it creates a textured surface for your shape.

Create and use Vector Textures

Learn to use the Blend tool to make shapes by blending seamlessly from one shape and color to another. Also learn to use Rotate and Transform to create complex elements from simple shapes.

Designs using Repeated Elements and Blends

Learn how to take a design from Illustrator to Photoshop in such a way that it can still be edited in Illustrator if required. Also see how to take a custom shape from Photoshop to Illustrator.

Learn to take designs to Photoshop and vice versa

Create a finished piece of art using some of the tools and skills you have developed in this course and finish it with a vector pattern background.

Preview 10:21
+ Wrapping Up
1 lecture 00:50
Where to from here?
+ Bonus Videos that Answer Student Questions
1 lecture 05:20

Full Disclosure: I don't have a Cricut machine, so I can't test this solution!

However, here's an idea as to how I would approach the task of texturizing an object in Illustrator so I can use it as a cutting object in the Cricut Design Space. This is my best guess to help you out. Again, I can't test this to see if it works.

How to Texturize an Object Ready for Cricut Design Space