Adobe Illustrator Text Effects Masterclass
What you'll learn
- Create a range of text designs and effects in Adobe Illustrator
- Learn secrets for working with text that many experienced designers don't know
- Create fully editable dimensional text designs (without outlining the text)
- Understand how text differs from other objects when applying many effects
- Create gradient filled text and long shadow text effects
- Create 3D text effects
- Create neon and reflected text effects
- Design custom swashes for text
- Create text effects to use for logos and branding
- Work more confidently in Illustrator
- You should be able to use your PC or Mac at a competent beginner level
- You must have Adobe Illustrator installed on your computer - almost any version is ok.
Master Text and Text Effects in Illustrator - learn to use Illustrator by making useful designs
Are you ready to create text effects in Illustrator? Are you ready to take your graphic design and Adobe Illustrator skills to a new level?
Great! Welcome! This course is for you. It is packed full of practical and smart ways to create text effects in Illustrator.
Here you'll "learn by doing" as you make a range of text objects. You can use these text objects for logos, you can sell them as scrapbook embellishments, and you can use them on social media. You can use them to design anything from book covers to mugs and from Instagram images to greeting cards. There are literally thousands of ways to make use of the text effects you'll learn to make in this course.
What will you learn?
When you complete this course, you'll:
- be able to create a range of different text effects in Illustrator
- be able to confidently create text objects for a range of design and commercial uses
- have learned new tips and techniques that you can use every day
- know some Illustrator secrets that even pro designers don't know
- have extended your knowledge of Illustrator tools
Who is your trainer?
Helen Bradley has taught thousands of students to use Illustrator and Photoshop. She doesn't fluff about and is focused on helping you learn to use Illustrator in a practical and smart way. Her workflows are carefully structured for maximum success and she explains everything so you know the 'why' as well as the 'how' of any process.
Helen has a huge commitment to her students' learning - she answers all student questions and often adds extra videos to a course to help students with questions that others might also benefit from learning from.
Do I hear you say "...but I don't know how to use Illustrator (and frankly, I'm scared of it)"?
I've been there.
Illustrator can be really scary to use when you first start out.
… but I've created a better way to learn Illustrator. One that makes it a lot less scary and a lot more fun.
You see, you'll learn to make text objects you can use immediately and which look great. So you'll be making designs that you can do something with at the same time that you are learning Illustrator. There's no waiting! There's no hours of learning before you can get started doing something. In fact you can start today. Complete the first few lessons and you'll have your first text objects made and ready to use!
Do I hear you say "... but I can't draw" or "I hate the Pen tool"?
No problem! The great thing about this class is that it doesn't require any drawing or really any Pen tool skills - if you can use a keyboard and a mouse you can complete this course.
… this course is proof positive that Illustrator is so much more than its (dreaded) Pen tool – so we'll use the pen tool only when we have to (which is practically never) and you'll see just how much you can achieve without it.
Are you ready to extend your Illustrator skills?
If you already know the basics of using Illustrator, taking this class will elevate your skills to a new level. You'll learn to use tools and techniques in a practical situation as you apply them to real world challenges. Everything is taught from a practical perspective and with a view to doing things in an effective way so you'll learn techniques that will save you time every day.
Do I hear you say "Please don't waste my time"?
If there is one thing I hate it’s wasting time and you probably do too.
So, I don't say "um", I don't fluff about, I don't make mistakes, I know my stuff and I show you how to do things efficiently and effectively. I speed up the videos where appropriate so you don't get bored or distracted.
I'm 100% focused on helping you learn.
In short, I'll get straight to the point and I’ll maximize what you learn in every class.
Do I hear you say "... but I can't afford the latest Illustrator version"?
Again, I understand. I teach thousands of students who can't afford the monthly Creative Cloud payment. If you're using practically any version of Illustrator you should be able to complete this class.
That said there is one tool that isn't available in older versions of Illustrator (it's called the Touch Type tool), but it's only used for a few minutes in one class! So you won't be missing out on much at all if your Illustrator version is an older one.
Will I just learn to make text effects?
Well Yes, and No!
Yes, you'll learn to make a lot of text effects but each effect is different and each has been chosen for a reason. I have packed a whole range of effects into this class to help you learn a wealth of Illustrator tools and techniques. Better still, most of the effects you will apply to type can, just as easily, be applied to any object in Illustrator so you'll be building your general Illustrator skills as you go.
In short, you'll learn techniques and tips for working everyday in Illustrator.
How will I learn?
This course is made up 100% of video content. You'll watch my screen as I show you how each text effect is made. I'll explain what I am doing and why so you can learn as you watch.
If I have used an image or a font and if that image or font is important to the final result, I'll give you a download link so you can get that font or image to use yourself.
I hope you will join me in this Illustrator class. I look forward to meeting you and I invite you to contact me if you have any questions as you work through the lectures.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner Illustrator users who want to learn Illustrator in a fun and practical way
- Anyone who knows a bit about Illustrator and who wants to advance their knowledge, and learn to design using a smart workflow
- Self taught Illustrator users will gain value by extending their knowledge of tools and techniques
- Anyone wanting to make text based designs for sale online or personal use (eg. scrapbooking, stock)
Helen Bradley is an expatriate Australian, designer, and educator. She specializes in teaching graphic design using Adobe Illustrator, Procreate 5X, and Adobe Photoshop. She also teaches photo-editing with Lightroom and Photoshop.
Helen has taught hundreds of thousands of students world wide and she is recognized as a skilled trainer who "knows her stuff" and who is able to communicate even highly technical and complex processes so they are easy to understand.
Apart from her technical expertise, one thing students frequently comment on is her lack of 'fluff' she doesn't waste time and she gets to the point quickly.