Intro to Adobe Illustrator
What you'll learn
- Launch Adobe Illustrator and navigate the interface.
- Use the shape tools to draw vector objects.
- Create and apply color swatches.
- Add and style type.
- Convert type into vector outlines.
- Transform objects: Move, scale and rotate them.
- Combine two or more colors into a gradient.
- Create, and manage layers, and use them to organize and select objects.
- Create artwork with the Paintbrush and Pencil Tools.
- Use the Pen Tool to draw bezier curves, and add, delete, and convert anchor points.
- Cut and join paths.
- Use the Pathfinder Panel to create complex shapes.
- Create compound shapes.
- Create clipping masks.
- Apply Photoshop effects.
- Place artwork saved in .jpg, .pdf, and other file formats.
- Adobe Illustrator is required to follow along with lessons.
- Basic computing skills are required to follow along with lessons: Clicking, dragging, opening and closing documents, creating folders, etc.
- Some knowledge of the printing process, file formats (.pdf, .jpg, etc.) and using color for print and web (CMYK vs. RGB) will be helpful.
Every professional designer who wants to be marketable MUST know Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard software for drawing icons, logos, and vector artwork. Vectors are the curves that you draw with Illustrator, and they can be enlarged many times over without loosing quality, unlike raster art, which uses pixels on a grid, and distorts if it gets too large. Illustrator's vector files can be exported to raster formats, like .jpg, .gif, or .png, for projects that need them, like websites. I'm Joseph Caserto, a graphic designer with over two decades of professional experience, and I've been creating vector artwork that whole time. In this course, I'll help you master the basics of drawing simple vector shapes. Once you've got those essentials down, we'll move on, and use them to help you learn more intermediate ones. You'll build a solid foundation, which you can use beyond the course, to develop your own projects that showcase your skills in this application that's critical to know if you're going to be competitive in the professional design world.
What You'll Find Inside
- A curriculum that lets students build confidence and skills by starting with essential techniques, moving on to fundamentals, and finishing with advanced methods.
- Downloadable files for students who want a hands-on learning experience, allowing them to follow along with lectures.
- Six hours of instruction through 50+ high-quality, downloadable HD videos that have clear audio and easy to see menus and windows.
- A quiz at the end of each section so students can review their knowledge before moving on.
Who this course is for:
- Graphic designers interested in producing logos, icons, and symbols.
- Illustrators and fine artists who want to create vector artwork.
- Web and UX designers who want to create vectors for elements like icons and wireframes.
I'm Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have over 30 years of experience as a publication art director and designer and worked on the staff of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I've worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My projects have included helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).
I'm also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media, at New York University, School of Professional Studies, and an Adjunct Instructor at Pace University in the Masters in Publishing program. Formerly, I was an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department's Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.
I've consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principles.
I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I'm a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, the Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I've lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.