Intro to Adobe Illustrator
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- 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.
- 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.
Learn what Adobe Illustrator is used for, meet Joseph, and find out how this course is structured.
Note: Before moving on after you've viewed this lecture, If you want a hands-on experience, use these resources:
- Intro To Adobe Illustrator Resource Files, found Under Downloadable materials, is a .zip archive of the files shown in some videos throughout the course. Download and save it to your system, and expand the archive to access the files.
- Use the link under External Resources to download a 30-day free trial of Adobe Illustrator, If you do not have access to the software.
TIP: Save your work as a .pdf or .jpg before the trial expires if you don't plan on purchasing a subscription to the software! (See Lecture 52: Outputting a Document.) You won't be able to edit the native .ai files in Illustrator, but will have a read-only copy that you can view in Apple Preview, Google Chrome, or other application.
See how Illustrator looks and get a feel for how to navigate through the application as you work. Choose a workspace that sets up the application's panels to suit the job you're doing, or create one of your own.
Preferences let you choose such things as the units in which a document's measurements are displayed. Learn how to set and edit them.