Foundation Skills on Adobe Illustrator: Learn Fast!
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Your BEST GUIDE to learn Adobe Illustrator to designing your own print-ready marketing materials super fast!
4.6 (44 ratings)
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 20 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the basics of Adobe Illustrator
  • Learn the correct tool to design marketing materials
  • Perform basic geometric vector art
  • Create minimal and simple stationary designs, such as. business cards or letterhead
  • Make designs print-ready to sent off to the printers, no need to depend on templates anymore!
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  • A PC/Mac, laptop and copy of Adobe Illustrator CC or a 30-day trial.

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Do you - 

  1. Want to design your own branded products?
  2. Need to know The BASICS of a powerful graphic design software?
  3. Or interested to learn Adobe Illustrator FAST?

Then you are in the right place!

This course is a straightforward and basic guide to use one of the most powerful software in the field of designing – Adobe Illustrator. My effort is to cut to chase and show you how you can learn the basics of Illustrator in just under 100 minutes!

The course starts with a basic introduction of using various tools and panels available to create a design, whether it’s a logo or a print-ready material such as a flyer. You will then straight go for working on a few exercises with me that will teach you how to create brand stationary.

No script. No reading out of books. More work done with lots of exercises! Designs worth at least £200 are also included in the course. 

2000+ students are enrolled from 100+ Countries around the world! With a little practice and creativity, YOU can also join them and use this knowledge to design amazing things. Guaranteed.

After working in the field of designing and marketing a long time, I came across the fact that a lot of entrepreneurs or people who run small businesses do not have the skills to create their design, as learning to use illustrator can be pretty expensive. Therefore, most people rely on templates provided in various stationary printing websites. However, as you progress through the course, you will learn how to use the tools to create minimal and sophisticated designs for a brand. I will also share my experience during the course and show you how to make a design print-ready.

Once you have completed the course, make sure you play around with the tools to sharpen your knowledge. This course will cover basic tools and discuss only fundamental/important functions and techniques that will need to know to set up Illustrator and start running. However, you will need to practice a little more to understand the use of various techniques shown in this course. So, if you open-minded and want to learn a new skill, come join me! By the end of the course, you will be able to create simple and wonderful designs. I hope this course will help a lot of eager talented creative people to learn Adobe Illustrator and use the techniques to show their creativity to the world!

Learn how to use Illustrator effectively and start creating your own beautiful designs!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners who want to learn skills required to use Adobe Illustrator
  • Young people who are interested in learning basics of Illustrator
  • Marketers or entrepreneurs who want to learn Illustrator to create marketing materials
  • This course is not for people who have intermediate or sound knowledge of Illustrator, or already using the software on regular basis
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
2 Lectures 07:44

This is a general introduction to the course - Adobe Illustrator, a straightforward guide. My idea is to show you how to use basic tools to create the designs.

I will tell you a little bit about myself, followed by answers to the following questions:

  • Why should you enrol in a designing course?
  • Is this course for entrepreneurs?
  • Why use illustrator?
  • What are the limitations of this software?
  • What is covered in this entire course?

I will suggest you to have a notepad, or if you prefer writing, then have pen/paper in front of you to take notes. You can pause wherever necessary to go back to Illustrator and keep practising the techniques. Remember, the more you practice, the better designer you will be in the future!

Additionally, please bear in mind, this is an intensive, time-restricted course, so you will need a little more practice to learn using the tools properly! I hope everyone will enjoy!

Preview 03:57

This lecture is all about artboards and using Adobe illustrator to create your artboard.


I will also cover:

  • What is Artboard in Adobe Illustrator

  • How to create an artboard in Adobe Illustrator

  • How to edit artboards

  • Available artboard profiles

  • Best profile for designing marketing materials
Preview 03:47
Adobe Illustrator Basic
5 Lectures 53:56

In this lecture, I will show you how to use tools to select, create and manipulate objects/shapes/texts in Adobe Illustrator.


The following type of tools are available in Adobe Illustrator:

  • Selection Tools

  • Drawing Tools

  • Type Tools

  • Painting Tools

  • Reshaping Tools

  • Symbol Tools

  • Graph Tools

  • Slicing and cutting tools
  • Moving Tools


However, as this is a basic course, I will be covering in details some of the tools that you will need to learn. A list of different type of tools has been added in the resources folder.

Friends, to make the best out of this course, either take lots of notes, or keep your illustrator open and try to use the tools I’m going to talk about. You can pause anywhere you want, practice, and start again to move onto the next tool. 

I will not go into details with all the tools, and only cover just the basic things will need to know at the moment to help you go up and running with illustrator. Some additional information has been added in the resources folder for you to have a look and practice accordingly.  

Keep practicing!!

Preview 12:20

In this lecture, I will discuss:


  • How to use Zoom Tool in Illustrator
  • How to use use moving tools such as the Hand Tool in Illustrator
  • How you can use duplicate technique to copy shapes and objects faster
  • Using the ruler and guides in Illustrator
  • Aligning objects and using the align panel in Illustrator
  • How to use clipping mask
  • Converting a raster image into a vector image
  • How to transform objects, arrange objects on your canvas or the Layers panel
  • And some free transform/scaling techniques

I will quickly brush through the panel and show you the basics of necessary panels you will need to learn about in Illustrator. However, once again I’m reminding you, to make the best out of this course, either take lots of notes, or keep your illustrator open and try to use the tools I’m going to talk about. You can pause anywhere you want, practice, and start again to move onto the next tool. I have added a couple of Illustrator files, have a look and play around with these.

Preview 13:09

This lecture will cover two sections:

First section will cover:

  • Swatches panel in detail
  • How to use the gradient and transparency panel
  • Using the eyedropper tool

In the second section I will discuss CMYK and RGB colour modes and colour swatches available in Adobe Illustrator. This section will also cover how printers use CMYK and Pantone colours to produce results. I will talk about the importance of CMYK and Pantone colours in printing world, and why colours are important in the marketing world. Finally I will provide you with a couple of important notes that you need to consider almost every time you create a print-ready design.

By the end of this lecture you will:

    • Work with different stroke options, create gradient colours and work with the transparency panel
    • Use eyedropper tool to pick any colour and use it create your own design
    • Understand the difference between Pantone and CMYK colour swatches
    • Be abble to choose the right colour swatch before you start designing your logo or print-ready marketing material

Colour, Guide And Swatches

Adobe Illustrator Type Tool - Basic Type Tool Tutorial

This lecture discusses the basic functions of the type tools and how you can use different type tools to create your desired text effects.

Working With Type Tool And Text in Illustrator

This lecture will discuss:

  • How how to use pathfinder tool in Adobe Illustrator
  • How to create any type of shapes using both the pathfinder tool and compound path dialogue

Creating Various Shapes And Using Pathfinder Tool
Basic +
3 Lectures 15:03

This lecture is a basic introduction to you can use the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator.

Important Thing To Learn – The Pen Tool!

This exercise will demonstrate your knowledge on pen tool, text tool, 3D and other techniques you have learned in section 2 and 3.

Section 3 Exercise

In this lesson, you will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to:

  • Export files for printing
  • Understand different export settings in export dialogue
  • How to send files to clients and create a proper print-ready files
  • What you should know before exporting any files

Export Options And Standards
Let’s Straight Jump Into Projects
5 Lectures 25:20

This is lecture is about how you can design a logo in Adobe Illustrator. We will design a logo, together, in a short time.

I will fast-forward in some of the places, therefore, make sure you pause wherever necessary, and try to design it by yourself.

The logo's AI file and eps file has been provided in the resources folder.

Creating A Logo

This is lecture is about how you can design a logo in Adobe Illustrator. We will design a business card based on the logo that we worked on in the previous lecture.

I will fast-forward in some of the places, therefore, make sure you pause wherever necessary, and try to design in by yourself.

The business card's AI file has been uploaded in the resources folder.

P.S. All the credentials are made up. The company (Treehouse production), address nor the information are real. These were created only for exercise purposes.

Here's the link to the font used:

Business Card

Adobe Illustrator - How to use Variables Panel to export business cards.

This tutorial will show how you can export business cards with multiple credentials at the same time.

Note: This is an exercise design created only for you, so neither the company nor the credentials exist! All the data, names and other information are made up.

I have added two other files (CSV and XML) that I used in this lecture.

Here's the link to the converter:

How to Use the Variables Panel

This is the exercise lecture for this section.

Section 4 Exercise

This lecture will cover important aspects you will need consider if you want to design other marketing materials, such flyers, banners, billboards etc. on Adobe Illustrator.

Other Things You Need To Know
1 Lecture 05:34

This is the only lecture with a google slides presentation. In this very last lecture, I will discuss:

  • Why do I really need to know about colour psychology?
  • Why colour is important in designing a brand
  • Research findings on the consumer perception on colours of a brand
  • Real-life facts you will need to consider before start designing a logo or marketing or brand materials
  • Questions to ask a client or yourself before working on a design

..and a thank you note.

I have added additional files in the resources folder, along with the presentation I created for this lecture.

Psychology of Colour for Marketers and Designers
About the Instructor
Farabi Shayor ACIM
4.6 Average rating
44 Reviews
2,496 Students
1 Course
Graphic Designer (9yrs+ exp)., Pro.Marketer, Stock Trader

Farabi has been working as a graphic designer over 9 years and worked with over 200+ companies and events all over the world. He is a certified specialist in Illustrator and has been working as a marketing professional for the past three years. He is also a registered and qualified Associate (ACIM) at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in the UK.

As a designer, Farabi has worked with large companies such as OCS Group, KarePlus, Iridium Security etc., early-stage tech startups, SMEs and also sole traders. In his lifetime, Farabi's work portfolio covered various categories of businesses such as security firm, security training company, education consultancy, educational institution, travel agent, clothing brands, law firm, real estate agent, manufacturing company etc.

Farabi initially graduated in BSc (Hons) Finance with focus on financial analysis and investment portfolio management. Later he completed Master of Science in Marketing Communication and Advertising from Kingston University. His portfolio includes two other diploma courses, specialist certification in Adobe Illustrator, professional qualification in 'HubSpot Inbound' and Google AdWords. He is also a Google's local guide for London and Google street-view-trusted photographer.

Farabi is also a stock trader and studying the stock market for a few years. With 1 year experience, he is investing in various Big Tech stocks e.g. facebook, booming cryptocurrencies e.g. Bitcoin and emerging technologies.

Currently pursuing his passion for working in the virtual reality sector, Farabi is running a Virtual Reality advertising/media production company (Vrtualise) in the UK.