How to Make a Custom Graphic From Sketches

Learn simple method in creating new vector graphic from your sketches. You will have freedom and flexibility.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 44 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

The course with valuable knowledge will help you to create simple vector art for web and applications.

I'd love to share my easy method to draw pictures by hand and convert this into vector graphic by using Photoshop and Illustrator. I use the method to draw icons, design elements and even children books. It is absolutely easy, quick and suitable for everyone.

Suitable for everyone

For applying this course you do not need any skills and knowledges in drawing by hand. You don't need to be familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator. We will learn a needed tools step by step.

My course four parts:

- Drawing by hand

I will give you some advice how to start drawing and find your style. I will share my observations in choosing right pen or pencil for drawing. I'll also show you how to get quality digital copies of drawings.

- Processing in Photoshop

With these part of lessons you will learn a needed tools to process image and cut out needed elements.

- Turning into vector in Illustrator

You will know how to convert drawings into vector graphic and edit vector art.

- Prepare your vector art

You will learn how to edit vector graphic.

Two bonus lectures

As bonus I will show you how to re-size and re-shape your hand-drawn elements. And some more lecture is about reducing extra points in vector shapes.

How to get Photoshop and Illustrator

There is special lesson for them who haven't yet got Photoshop and Illustrator to their computer. From this lesson you can get full information where and how to download and install these programs, and then get free trial.

What kind of skills will you gain?

Having passed my course you will know how to start drawing by hand, how to use Photoshop and Illustrator and how to turn a hand-drawn design into vector art

What are the requirements?

  • There is no need to have Photoshop and Illustrator on the computer. Downloading and Installing the software will be covered by Lecture 5

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw design by hand and turn into vector art

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for newbies who are not familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator. It is also for those who don't have experience in drawing by hand. This course is probably not for you if you are looking to learn more advanced knowledges in graphic design.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

The introductory lecture includes following topics:

1. five steps of creating vector art drawn by hand;

2. what is raster images;

3. what is vector graphics;

4. some words about hand-drawn style.

Section 2: Drawing by hand

The lecture includes advices and recommendation in choosing pen (or pencil) and sketch pad for drawing design elements by hand.


The lecture includes advices and recommendation:

1. How to start drawing by hand

2. How to draw business design elements


The lecture includes advices and recommendation how to take quality picture of drawings.

Section 3: Processing image in Photoshop

The introductory lecture includes following topics:

1. Where and how to download Illustrator and Photoshop

2. How to get 30 days trial for Photoshop and Illustrator

There are two links you will need:

1.To sign in -

2. To download Creative Cloud be Adobe -


This is introduction lecture in Photoshop where I give only important information to understand how Photoshop works:

1. Main Photoshop's section

2. Hidden tools on toolbox

3. Keyboard shortcut

4. System of layers

5. Right panel customisation


At the lecture you will learn two commands to process image in Photoshop:

1. Curves command

2. Hue-Saturation tool


At the lecture I give information how to save in Photoshop to the current file or save changes to a different file and format.


At the lecture I give information:

1. How to cut out properly by using Magic Wand tool

2. How to use history panel to revert an older action


At the lecture we will prepare your business icons and save in PNG-24 format with transparency.

Section 4: Turning raster into vector in Illustrator

This is introduction lecture in Illustrator where I give only important information to understand how Illustrator works:

1. Main Illustrator's section

2. Hidden tools on toolbox

3. Artbords and 'Artboard tool'


We will convert our icons into vector.


The lecture is about saving and exporting vector shapes. Illustrator gives you options to save and export in native and non-native formats. You also can save your design element as separate files in different formats by using multiple artboards.

Section 5: Editing vector art in Illustrator

I show you how to apply changes in your vector design elements:

- Changing color

- Changing width

- Creating dotted or dashed lines

At the lecture you also will know what is 'Fill' and 'Stroke' in vector shapes.


Once your hand-drawn elements will be converted into vector shapes you will get freedom to edit it. At the lecture I show you how to resize and reshape vector shapes.


This is additional lecture. Sometimes extra points on the path increase the size of the vector file and make path edition very difficult. If you meet the problem you can watch the lecture.

In this lesson we'll check out a three ways how to reduce extra points. Two of them are about using native Illustrator tools. And one of them is about using plugin for Illustrator.

Please note that I am not forcing to buy plug-in but just give information about existing ways to remove extra points. To get 14 days free trial for VectorScribe plugin you can on AstuteGraphics website.


Learn how to group and ungroup objects. You can combine several objects into a group so that the objects are treated as a single unit.

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Instructor Biography

Natalia Chuprova, Online Entrepreneur, Illustrator

I have been working as internet entrepreneur last seven years. During my practice I've set up several internet projects related graphic design and developing software topics. I am also working as project manager in my husband's project, promoting software developed by my husband. Within these years I got massive experience in creating design elements and vector illustration and gained massive knowledges in graphic programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

When I became mommy, I've got new hobby - it is drawing illustration for children books. :-) Since I didn't have much time to draw my illustration on computer I started to draw with pen or pencil and then converted in vector shape.

I'd be happy to share my experience with you!

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