Adobe Illustrator CC Mastery: Zero to Hero in Illustrator
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Adobe Illustrator CC Mastery: Zero to Hero in Illustrator

Illustrator introduction for beginners or illustrators who want to learn more about illustrator. Learn the essentials!
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43,262 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Design illustrations with Adobe Illustrator
  • Use the various tools of Illustrator
  • Stylize and customize type and shapes in Illustrator
  • Apply gradients, warp effects, blends, and other styles to shapes in Illustrator
Requirements
  • You will need a copy of Adobe Illustrator, either through 30-day free trial, Creative Cloud subscription, or older versions will work for most techniques.
Description

Learn Illustrator and start creating logos, infographics, vector art and more illustrations today!

In this course, students learn the essentials of Illustrator, the industry-standard vector software, including

  • formatting and stylizing type
  • creating custom shapes
  • applying effects and styles
  • drawing with the brush and pen tools
  • tracing over photos
  • creating basic logos
  • using the various tools in Illustrator, including when to use certain ones
  • creating patterns, blends, and more

Instructor Qualifications:

I've used Illustrator for years as a freelance graphic designer, and I've also used Illustrator when I was Internet Development Director at an award-winning advertising design firm. While I was Managing Editor of two international graphic design magazines, one of the magazines I oversaw focused on Illustrator.

For the past eight years, as I've continued freelance work, I've taught students Illustrator and logo design in classes such as Layout and Design, as a full-time university professor.

I have a BA in Communication, an MA in Journalism and Media Studies, a PhD in Communication, and a passion for teaching.

Enroll now and let's get started learning and illustrating!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for people new to Illustrator or those who know a little about it and want to know more.
  • This course is NOT for people who are experts at Illustrator already.
  • If you already enrolled in my higher-priced Logo Design: Become a Professional Logo Designer course, then you do not need this course, since much of the Illustrator introduction in a few sections of that course overlaps with this course.
Course content
Expand all 45 lectures 03:19:30
+ Introduction to the Illustrator Course
6 lectures 11:49

I introduce the course and explain my background and qualifications to teach the Illustrator course.

Preview 02:08

I explain how to get Adobe Illustrator, in order to follow along with the video lesson and projects.

How to Get Adobe Illustrator
01:15

Download the support files in the additional resources link of this lesson in the upper right corner.

Download Support Files for Illustrator Lessons
00:04

This printable PDF handout includes common Illustrator keyboard shortcuts.

Common Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts
2 pages

Join our Facebook group and community to get feedback from me and others!

Join Our Facebook Group and Community for Design Feedback and Critique!
00:13

In this short demonstration, I explain how Adobe does update Creative Cloud but that most of the tools and functions have not changed much in the past few versions. I also explain the two primary differences between the Mac and PC in Adobe Illustrator and how to customize or reset the toolbar.

Versions of Creative Cloud, Toolbar Customization, and Mac vs. PC
08:09
+ Getting Started in Illustrator
8 lectures 34:48

In this lesson, you will learn how to use and customize panels and workspaces in Illustrator.

Panels and Workspaces
04:19

In this lesson you will learn how to zoom and navigate around Illustrator documents. Different tools and keyboard shortcuts are covered.

Navigating and Zooming
01:55

In this lesson, you will learn how to create custom documents in Illustrator. Options and settings to consider when creating new documents in Illustrator are included.

Creating New Documents
03:51

In this lesson, you will learn how to work with multiple documents in Illustrator, including various ways to move and arrange documents in Illustrator.

Working with Multiple Documents
02:59

In this lesson, you'll learn how to add, remove, adjust, and lock guides. You'll also learn about using grids and snapping shapes to the grid. You'll learn the purpose of smart guides for better alignment in illustrations.

Guides and Grids
03:28

In this lesson, you will learn about paths and points in Illustrator. Anchors, anchor handles, and other parts of vector illustrations are covered.

Understanding Paths and Points
02:15

In this lesson, you will learn how to apply fills and strokes to objects in Illustrator. Various options and styles are included.

Fills and Strokes
07:30

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the selection tool, the direct selection tool, the group selection tool, and how to use isolation mode in Illustrator.

Selection, Direct Selection, and Isolation Mode
08:31
+ Drawing and Editing Shapes in Illustrator
7 lectures 39:41

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Pen Tool in Illustrator, including how to draw straight and curved lines and how to reset angles of paths. You will also learn how to add and delete anchor points and use the Anchor Point Tool.

Preview 06:19

You will learn how to use the Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator in this lesson. Keyboard shortcuts and tool options are included. The Curvature Tool is similar to the Pen Tool in Illustrator, but a little different. I explain how they differ and how they are similar in this lesson and when to use the Curvature Tool.

Using the Curvature Tool
02:43

You will learn how to use the Line Tools effectively in Adobe Illustrator in this lesson. Lines can be customized and adjusted. You will also learn how to use the Arc Tool and the Spiral Tool, as well as the Rectangular Grid Tool and the Polar Grid Tool.

Using the Line Tools
05:03

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the various shape tools in Adobe Illustrator, including the Rectangle Tool, the Rounded Rectangle Tool, the Ellipse Tool, the Polygon Tool and the Star Tool. You will also be able to customize rounded corners in rectangles and use the Polygon Tool and Star Tool to create more shapes than just the default shapes. For example, you can create a triangle and a diamond shape or a star burst shape used often in advertisements. Shapes can also be stylized and the fill and stroke can be changed.

Using the Shape Tools
06:01

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Paintbrush Tool and the Blob Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator, including keyboard shortcuts and best practices. You will learn how to customize and adjust paths after they are drawn with these tools and when each one would be used. Using these tools we can add to currently selected objects or create new ones. It is also easy to adjust the options for the Paintbrush Tool and Blob Brush Tool.

Using the Brush Tools
06:40

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively use the Pencil Tool, the Smooth Tool, the Path Eraser Tool, and the Join Tool in Adobe Illustrator. Differences between the Pencil Tool and the Paintbrush Tool are explained. You will also learn how to update options in some of the tools.

Using the Pencil Tools
05:15

In this activity, you'll practice tracing and stylizing a city landscape with Illustrator.

Activity: Trace and Stylize a City Landscape
07:40
+ Working with Text in Illustrator
5 lectures 33:12

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Type Tools, including the Type Tool, the Area Type Tool, the Vertical Type Tool, the Vertical Area Type Tool, and the Touch Type Tool. Various ways to resize and adjust text are included, including changing the size and style of text.

Using the Type Tool
08:40

In this lesson, you'll learn how to create type on a path in Illustrator and how to adjust the type, including placement and orientation, once it's typed in. Use this method to create type in a circular pattern or on a custom path created with the Pen Tool.

Preview 03:16

In this lesson, you'll learn how to modify character and paragraph settings of text in Illustrator, including font size, style, alignment, and more.

Applying Character and Paragraph Settings
05:40

In this lesson, you'll learn how to outline text and then add effects to text in Illustrator.

Outlining Text
04:47

In this activity, you'll create a stylized logo.

Activity: Create a Stylized Logo
10:49
+ Using the Tools in Illustrator
10 lectures 44:02

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Magic Wand Tool and Lasso Tool in Illustrator in order to select objects.

Using the Magic Wand and Lasso Tools
03:10

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Eraser Tool, Scissors Tool, and the Knife Tool in Adobe Illustrator, to create new shapes or adjust and modify shapes and paths.

Using the Eraser Tools
05:33

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Rotate Tool and Reflect Tool in Illustrator.

Preview 05:41

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Scale Tool in Illustrator. You'll also learn how to use the Shear Tool and the Reshape Tool in Illustrator.

Using the Scale Tool
04:08

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Width Tool, Warp Tool, Twirl Tool, Pucker Tool, Bloat Tool, Scallop Tool, Crystallize Tool, and Wrinkle Tool in Illustrator. You'll also learn how to customize the options in the tools such as size, angle, and more.

Using the Width Tools
04:07

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Free Transform Tool in Illustrator.

Using the Free Transform Tool
03:03

In this lesson, you'll learn how to apply and adjust a gradient in Illustrator.

Applying Gradients
04:06

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Eyedropper Tool to copy attributes such as fill and stroke from one object to another. Using a keyboard shortcut to apply multiple changes is also included.

Using the Eyedropper Tool
03:29

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Blend Tool and how it can be used to create custom color schemes as well.

Using the Blend Tool
05:17

In this activity, you'll practice creating vector art in Illustrator by using the Width Tools, the Rotate Tool, the Eraser Tool, and applying gradients.

Activity: Vector Art Practice
05:28
+ Mastering Illustrator Workflows and Functions
6 lectures 28:05

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Appearance Panel to toggle and adjust effects and styles of various objects in Illustrator.

Using the Appearance Panel
03:17

In this lesson, you'll learn how to stylize shapes, including adding drop shadows, round corners, the scribble effect, and more. You'll also continue to use the Appearance Panel to adjust these effects.

Stylizing Shapes
02:37

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Envelope Distort effect by creating a new look using a top object and some text. Warp effects are also included.

Envelope Distort and Warp Effects
06:43

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Transform Each command in Illustrator in order to create unique patterns.

Using the Transform Each Technique for Patterns
04:35

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Pathfinder Tool in Illustrator, in order to combine and customize shapes. For example, Unite, Intersect, Merge, Outline, and other custom effects can be used to modify shapes in Illustrator.

Using the Pathfinder Panel
06:01

In this activity, you'll practice creating warped text and a radial pattern in Illustrator.

Activity: Warped Text on Radial Pattern
04:52
+ Printing, Saving, and Exporting in Illustrator
3 lectures 05:52

In this lesson, you'll learn how to save, export, and package files in Illustrator, including reasons for using the various functions. File types described include the default AI format as well as EPS, GIF, JPG, PNG, PDF, and more. When you package files it's to include placed images that are linked in an Illustrator file as well as to include fonts. Otherwise, the type should be outlined in case the printer or other person doesn't have the same fonts that you have.

Saving, Exporting, and Packaging Files in Illustrator
02:12

In this lesson, you'll learn how to print in Illustrator, either to PDF or a regular printer. Settings such as fitting to page and orientation are included.

Printing in Illustrator
02:12
Bonus: Learn Even More in My Other Courses!
01:28