Every Illustrator Effect Explained
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Every Illustrator Effect Explained

What are Illustrator effects and how to use them
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Created by Dawid Tuminski
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply and modify each and every Illustrator effect offered by the software
  • Apply 3D effects
  • Apply Transform effects
  • Apply Pathfinder effects
  • Apply Stylize effects, such as Drop Shadow, Glow or Scribble.
  • ... and so much more!
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  • You should have Illustrator installed on your computer
  • You should have basic Illustrator knwoledge

Have you ever stuck with your design project in Illustrator, because you wanted to apply a certain effect, but it was just too confusing?

And aren’t you tired of trying to figure them out on your own, because the more you try to understand them, the more overwhelming they get?

If you are like me and like simple solutions to things that seem too complicated to make real use of them, then you will love this course.

Because inside you will find only the practical, straight- to-the point yet thorough answers to all your questions about Illustrator’s effects.

Take a look at just a humble fraction of the Illustrator goodies covered by this course:

  • More than 50 (yes, fifty!) effects explained in a thorough yet easily digestible manner, so you can use what you learn straight away.
  • Tons of supporting material, including design files for you to follow along and learn in the most efficient way.
  • All the sections and lectures are neatly organized so you can jump straight into that particular lesson that interests you at the moment. You don’ need to go through all the lectures one by one to benefit from the course.

If you want to take your Illustrator knowledge up one level (or even two levels up) and finally learn all the effects that will make your designs and design skills stand out on the market, you have to give this course a shot.

And I know that many designers are put off by Illustrator thinking that it’s too complicated to learn.

Let me tell you something: It’s easier to learn than Photoshop!

You just need the right instructions. And you will get them in this course

So if you want to know how to

  •  Create amazing 3D effects in Illustrator (I admit, they look awesome!)
  • Transform shapes so they get that professional hand-drawn feel, even if you don’t how to draw
  • Or how to stylize your designs to give the modern look

Enroll in the course.

Note that this course is not for absolute Illustrator newbies.

This course is a perfect fit for you if you already know some things about the software. You already know how to use the essential tools, layers etc.

And in case you don’t like the course, you can always get your money back.

You are fully protected by a 100% money back guarantee.

And no one will ask for a reason.

Now is the time to finally discover everything that Illustrator offers… and hides.

Enroll now!


PS. Oh, did I mention that this course comes with a complimentary e-book? Inside you will find all the course’s content served in a traditional, written manner. If you don’t feel like watching videos, you can read some instead and still benefit from the course just as well.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to expand their illustrator knowledge
  • Illustrator users who have the basics but want to move to the advanced category
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
2 Lectures 05:47

Hello and welcome to Every Illustrator Effect explained course.

Thank you so much for taking this course. I know that there is a lot of courses out there. That is why I am so grateful that you chose this one.

Let’s take a quick look at what you will find inside this course:

  • This course is all about you learning how to easily and efficiently use all of Illustrator’s effects. That’s why you will find all the sections and all the lectures nicely laid out and organized.
  • Each of the lectures is about one particular effect, so you can jump to it without the need to watch everything step-by-step to really learn something.
  • I wanted to make the learning process enjoyable and not too time consuming for you. That is why each video is typically not longer than 3 minutes.
  • Most of the lectures come with specific supporting files, so you can learn along with me. You can download supporting materials from the Download section for each lecture.
  • And if you don’t feel like watching videos on a particular day, you can just grab the e-book that comes with the course. It contains the same knowledge and comes with lots of images so you can learn efficiently.

So thank you again for joining me in this course. I think it’s high time we jumped right into it. So let’s get started!

Preview 01:35

To create shapes and groups of them you need the right tools, but to make those objects really stand out, you need to apply certain effects to them. This will allow you to make those objects somewhat…special.

There are 2 primary ways of adding effects to objects:

  1. You can add one from the Effect menu, where you can see lists and sublists of all available effects.
  2. Or you can use the Appearance panel, where you can click the little Fx icon to reveal a similar list. By the way, if you can’t see Appearance panel, you need to turn it on. Go to the Window menu and choose Appearance. You can also press the Shift+F6 key combination on your keyboard.

Preview 04:12
How to use the 3D effects
5 Lectures 22:21

First you are going to learn the 3D effects that are sitting in the 3D section of the Effect menu.

The 3D effects allow you to create three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional artwork. In simple words, you can turn flat looking objects into their “real-life” versions.

Let’s start with the Extrude and Bevel effect which happens to be the first one on the 3D effects list.

How to use the Extrude and Bevel effect

Let's practice the 3D Extrude and Bevel effect by creating a 3D text.

How to create a 3D text

The second 3D effect you are going to learn is the 3D Revolve effect. Use it whenever you want to use a flat object and revolve it so it looks 3D.

The whole process reminds me of creating a pot: you take a piece of clay and revolve it till it looks like a normal, 3D object.

The most important thing to bear in mind when revolving objects is that the starting path, open or closed, has to be a front-facing, flat half of the object.

Preview 03:22

The 3D Rotate effect is the most straightforward out of all the 3D effects available in Illustrator. As the name suggests, it allows you to rotate objects in three dimensions and it can turn out be really useful in logo or poster design. And one of the most famous logo designs, or at least one of the most ubiquitous ones, is the Windows 10 logo. We will recreate it to understand how to use the 3D Rotate effect

Preview 03:25

The Map Art effect is a great way of adding artwork to objects put in 3D space. It can be that instant “wow!” factor added to your designs so it’s a good idea to learn it. I think that it would be easiest for you to learn the Map Art effect if you created a 3D logo along with me. You can use the file attached to this section or start a new document from scratch. 

Preview 06:52
How to use the Convert to shape effect
1 Lecture 02:28

Illustrator offers effects that allow you to reshape objects without making permanent changes to them. Effects are live, which means that you can modify or remove them at any time.  There are several effects that allow you to do that, but in this lecture you will learn how to use the Convert to shape effect

How to use the Convert to shape effect
How to use the Crop Marks effect
1 Lecture 02:59

You probably are familiar with the concept of using artboards to specify which parts of your artwork you would like to print or save for web. In addition to that, Illustrator lets you create multiple sets of crop marks within your artwork. Let’s take a look at how to create and use crop marks

How to use the Crop Marks effect
How to use the Distort and Transform effects
6 Lectures 20:46

The Distort & Transform effects group lets you modify objects or groups of objects in a number of non-destructive ways. Fist let’s take a look at the Free Distort effect, which happens to be the first effect in the group

How to use the Free Distort effect

Pucker and bloat effects can be achieved with the dedicated Pucker and Bloat tools you might be already familiar with if you’ve watched my Every Illustrator Tool Explained course. But in this lecture you will learn how to use the Pucker and Bloat effect, which is the second one in the Distort and transform group 

How to use the Pucker and Bloat effect

If you ever wanted to add a more natural, organic look to your artwork, you might want to give the Roughen effect a try. It’s not perfect and can be great in some scenarios while being useless in others, but it’s definitely worth exploring. Let’s take a look at the Roughen effect now.

How to use the Roughen effect

The Transform effect is definitely one of the most powerful effects in Illustrator and yet it’s pretty easy to use. Essentially one dialog box allows you to scale, clone, rotate and move objects or whole groups without touching the dedicated tools. Let’s take a look at this effect in greater detail

Preview 07:25

The next effect in the Distort and Transform family is the Tweak effect. What it does is it randomly curves and distorts path segments inward and outward ... The result is a more hand-drawn look that you might need when creating certain types of artwork, especially illustrations

How to use the Tweak and Twist effects

How to use the Zig Zag effect
How to use the Path effects
3 Lectures 09:42

With the Offset Path effect you can clone even a very complicated object set off from the original by a specified distance. This technique is particularly useful for adding special effects to more complex shapes or text

How to use the Offset Path effect

Now let’s take a look at the Outline Object effect that is particularly useful when aligning text to objects or other pieces of texts. In this simple scenario we will try to align the text to the symbol – we want to create a perfect logo:

How to use the Outline Object effect

The Outline Stroke effect is mainly used to convert the stroke into a compound path with its own fill and stroke attributes. But if you think that, effect-wise, it’s just a matter of adding a stroke and adding the Outline stroke effect to it to see it getting converted… well, you will be disappointed. There is a substantial difference between Outline stroke added as a live effect and Outline stroke added as an option from the Object menu. Let me show you what I mean

How to use the Outline Stroke effect.
How to use the Pathfinder effects
2 Lectures 08:45

If you’ve been working with Illustrator in the past, there are big chances that you used the Pathfinder panel to combine shapes. But did you know that you can use Pathfinder as live effects?

How to use the Pathfinder

Pathfinder panel offers 10 different operations, but if you go to the Effect menu … Pathfinder … you will notice that there are three more effects available, but you can access them only from the Pathfinder effect menu

What are the Pathfinder effects
How to use the Rasterize effect
1 Lecture 04:24

As you know, there are two major types of computer graphics: vector and raster. Vector graphics consist of mathematical calculations which create the artwork. Thanks to that no matter how much you scale the objects up, they will always remain super crisp.

Raster graphics consist of pixels and are, naturally, most common in designs made with the sole intention of being displayed on screens. In Illustrator you can simulate what a vector artwork would look like, if it was converted into a pixel artwork. You can do it using the Rasterize effect, which we will take a look at now.

How to use the Rasterize effect
How to use the Stylize effects
4 Lectures 12:42

The Stylize effects group is a handy combination of raster and vector effects. The drop Shadow, Feather and Glow effects are raster and Round Corners and Scribble are vector effects.

Let's start with the Drop Shadow Effect

How to use the Drop Shadow effect

The Feather effect comes in handy when you want to soften the edges of the object to make it blend in with the background. You can use it on objects or their shadows.

How to use the Feather effect

Illustrator lets you apply two kinds of glows to your objects: Inner and Outer. Let’s start with the Inner Glow.

How to use the Glow effects

From the two vector effects you can find in the Stylize menu, Round corners is the simpler one. And it does what its name suggests: it rounds corners of objects

The last vector effect in the Stylize group is the Scribble effect. It’s one of the most fun effects that adds a hand-drawn look to your artwork.
How to use the Round Corners and Scribble effects
How to use SVG filters
2 Lectures 07:31

SVG filters allow you to apply resolution independent effects to your artwork. And that’s really important for web graphics. Let’s take a look at SVG filters in Illustrator and, as you will see, there are a couple of unique things about them.

What are SVG filters and how to use them

The latest iterations of Illustrator come with a new, much simplified, way of exporting SVG files for your web and screen design projects.

When you want to save your artwork as an SVG file:

  • Go to the File menu and choose Export > Export as.
  • From the list choose SVG as the file format.

You will see a new dialog box popping up immediately. Let’s review these exporting options step-by-step:

How to export SVG files
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