Adobe Illustrator for Photoshop Users
- 4 hours on-demand video
- 16 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
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- Certificate of Completion
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- 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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 Sampler.ai which contains all the shapes from these three lectures that you can study and then practice making yourself to help revise your learning.
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.
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.
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.