Illustrator CC: Design and drawing from scratch to expert!
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Illustrator CC: Design and drawing from scratch to expert!

The definitive guide to create stunning designs graphics, pictures and icons in Adobe Illustrator CC
4.5 (127 ratings)
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Created by Joel Combes
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 11 hours on-demand video
  • 102 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use "Adobe Illustrator CC" as a professional graphic designer
  • Vector art design with confidence
  • Design logos and brands
  • Illustrate modern icons for graphical interfaces
  • 3D modeling extruded parts and radial
  • Perspective illustrations
  • Drawings and illustrations with lines, light and shadow
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  • You must have the Adobe Illustrator CS5 version or higher (preferably CC) installed
  • Must be familiar with the operating system use either Apple or Windows.
  • You must have time for practice

This course is the gateway to people who are starting the vector graphics. We will see many exercises that will take you from the simple to truly amazing things. You'll be able to design any kind of vector arts with confidence.

Adobe Illustrator CC at your fingertips.

  • Learn every tool right through practical exercises
  • Make geometric and minimalist vector arts.
  • Performs complex realistic illustrations and 3D
  • Learn the basics of Graphic Arts
  • Make designs for both printing and web
  • Draw logos, icons, drawings or any vector art

This course explores "Adobe Illustrator CC" right through practical exercises. This course begins with the main tools and then with a series of exercises to practice.

This program is tool almost mandatory for anyone who is interested in graphic design.
This course is unique because it addresses the program almost fully. Right through video tutorials instead of boring theory. With this course you will be able to work in a wide range of work related to the graphic world.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who are interested and artistic skills and start in the world of computer graphics
  • People who want to learn "Adobe illustrator CC" to create logos, illustrations and printed designs
  • This course is not for you if you're not interested in making vector arts from scratch. Because on this course we will see the full design process from start to finish.
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Curriculum For This Course
97 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:47
First steps
5 Lectures 22:01

At the end of this video you will be able to create new documents based on a profile or a template.

Create new documents and templates

In this new tutorial video, we’ll see how to modify a document after its creation
Modify, add and delete artboards (pages)

In this tutorial video we’ll see how to work with the printing sort.
Name Artboards and print order

Once we are able to create documents and modify them, it’s time to start working on Illustrator.But before we need to understand how does the workspace works.

Graphical Interface and Workspace
Basic Tools
11 Lectures 57:25

In this video we’ll learn something vital and very important… our hands inside the program to grab things, move, rotate, scale and modify them.

I’m talking about the pointers. The black pointer, Selection Tool, and the white pointer, Direct Selection Tool.
Selection Tool and Direct Selection Tool

It is important to make zoom in and out the document, to move around, and set the view fit on the screen. This we could navigate to far view or to closer details to modify the little objects, or inside a zoomed area we would like to move around.

Zoom and Pan

In this video we’re going to learn something basic but very important… I mean, the right way to duplicate and copy graphic objects: general copying, duplicating and pasting.

Copy, paste and duplicate

This is very short tip… but very important too. When we have objects inside Illustrator, they have a position above or underneath relative to the other objects.

Arrange objects up and down

This video is dedicated to learn the techniques to align objects in the space. This can be between them, or about the page, or about a guide object used as reference.
Aligning and distribute objects

In this video we’ll learn how to work with colors, these are: line strokes and color fills in general terms.
Coloring fill and strokes

This time, we’ll learn about specific lesson: Grouping and Ungrouping several graphic objects inside Adobe Illustrator.

Group and Ungroup

This time, we’ll see a fundamental concept, how to transform the graphics inside Illustrator. When I say transform, I am referring to Move, to Rotate, to Scale, to Reflect, among other transformations we can do to objects to mold them according to what we need.
Basic transforms: Move, rotate, scale, reflect and skew

This time, we’re going to learn something that is going to be very funny and it’s related to graphics fusion, to make intersection, cut them, so they can unite or take off parts to another graphics.
Pathfinder and Shape builder tool

This video is  about the generalities of using text inside Illustrator. There are two main groups: The Title text and the Paragraph text or mass text.

Working with text
Designing brands
29 Lectures 03:24:24

Now, we’re going to develop the first one of a series of Logos and Brands, with the purpose of learning new things about Illustrator by having a specific challenge.
Place images: Linked and Embed files

In the previous preamble, we imported an image and put it as embed inside Illustrator. Now, to draw again this logo, I’m interested in making graphics over it without selecting the image annoyingly when I don’t need it.
Mitsubishi logo

This time, we’re going to make the Univision logo. At least the older version, which is useful for us to learn many things.

Preview 06:51

One of the most important skill that someone can achieve to work in a vectorial software is to master in bezier  curves.Bezier curves on illustrator are based on Pen tool.
How to use the PEN TOOL

This time we are going to draw a logo brand that is pretty known for everyone. I am talking about Apple's logo.
Apple logo

Mac logo (Clipping and Opacity masks)

Adidas logo (Divide, exclude, glyphs)

This practice is about establishing a difference between Pathfinder panel and Shape Builder tool. Also we'll use offset Path to create a inner margin shape duplicate.
BHD logo

In this tutorial we will see how to create curves for stroke lines and also we will learn how to generate curves for fill color too.This logo will helps us to grasp those new concepts.

Chevrolet logo

This practice is about to use rounded rectangles.
Domino's Pizza logo

We're going to draw Android logo. This is the first  of two parts. We'll use rounded rectangles, circles, shape builder tool, and many more.
Android logo (Part 1)

This final part is to give Android logo final details.
Android logo (Part 2)

LG logo (Gradients and effects)

This time we’ll see how to work with geometrical forms.We need to see carefully to understand the shapes inside figure.
Motorola logo

This logo is basically to practice Pen tool curves.  So it's very important for beginners to try doing better as possible.
NBA logo

Kodak logo

With this logo we'll learn  how to round stroke corners, how to align dots, and  how to sort fill  and strokes on appearance panel.
Renault logo

At the end of this video you will be able to make MasterCard's logotype with Adobe Illustrator.

MasterCard logo

Johnny Walker logo

With this Toyota logo we'll see a basic introduction about how to use gradients with Adobe Illustrator.

Toyota logo

Audi logo

Sony Ericsson logo

This tutorial uses Miami heat logo to practice  about Pen Tool, shapes intersection and gradients.
Miami Heat logo (part 1)

This tutorial uses Miami heat logo to practice  about Pen Tool, shapes intersection and gradients.
Miami Heat logo (part 2)

Safari logo (part 1)

Safari logo (part 2)

Safari logo (part 3)

Safari logo (part 4)
Designing Icons
10 Lectures 01:31:12

During this tutorial we'll see how to draw professional icons. The first step is how to start working with icons. Modern icon’s primary purpose is usually for web pages, games and mobile applications.
And we can learn a little bit from google, and his new design atmosphere, named "Google material design".
Icons design fundamentals

The main purpose of this tutorial is to learn "how to design amazing icons" using illustrator. We'll draw message balloon icon with many shades of red.a flat bevel to create a deep feel and a fancy shadow projection. This icon is build using only basic shapes like triangles and rounded squares.

Chat icon flat design

The icon we'll going to draw is commonly used to represent a man user.

Base on basic geometric shapes like circle,  ovals with missing parts, inclined rectangle, half ovals with rounded corners. And typical shadows 45 degrees and some cuts to create light and shadows. we'll going to draw this icon of a man.

User icon flat design

This clock icon is a classic of icon design.This shape, is a clock icon based on circles and rectangles with sharp shadows and highlights made based on circle's intersections and also with duplicates.

Clock icon flat design

At the end of this video you will be able to make a Truck or transportation modern flat icon with Adobe Illustrator.

Truck flat icon

We’re going to develop a classical icon, the image icon. Simulate a landscape picture with mountains.
Preview 13:22

Store flat icon

Screen flat icon

3D on Adobe Illustrator CC
11 Lectures 01:26:39

Since a long time ago, the software Adobe Illustrator, has the feature for making 3D objects. This Illustrator 3D is pretty modest. But it can help us to make very interesting things, in a vector environment.
Preview 07:03

To test the things that we can do with Illustrator's 3D tools, we’re going to extrude objects, just as an exercise.

Making some dices

Going on with the 3D instructions, let’s try to make measuring tape.

Making a 3D Measuring tape

Continuing with Extrude option, let’s start with this elements: a tree icon, a cloud and layers of the Earth.
Preview 04:44

Now, I want to put textures to each one of these layers. For that, I’ll help from geometrical figures.

Layers of the earth - 3D extrude (part 2)

Continuing with the Extrude and 3D, let’s try to develop a gift box. For that, we have 2 rectangles,and 3 lines that are going to be the ribbons.

3D gift box

Let’s use another feature named Revolve instead of Extrude. For that, I’ve brought some vectors, available for you, some half objects that are based on radial figures.

Revolve concept

We can use  Revolve with many object to create complex 3D illustrations. Here we have 4 examples.

Revolve with many parts

Using many flat vectors we will develop a Sandglass with Revolve in illustrator.

3D Sandglass

Based on an image of a feather we are going to get a 3D look.

3D Feather rain
Appearance and Graphic Styles
3 Lectures 22:11

At the end of this video, we’re going to know how to work with appearance of figures that seem to have many objects, like this one. They are really basic shapes, and all is made with the appearance settings on the Appearance window, and the fill and stroke duplicates.
Working with Appearance (part 1)

We are going to work very deep with appearances, graphic styles and the effect menu, to achieve some effects like this one on an icon   and, to duplicate it to many others things thru the Graphic Style window  automatically.
Working with Appearance (part 2)
Marilyn Monroe: Pop art style
6 Lectures 45:00

We are going to start making illustrations, and we’ll try to make a pop art illustration, with one of the most pop figure, which is Marilyn Monroe.

Preview 00:54

This time, let’s study an illustration technique, which gives as result like a pop style illustration.
Pop art - Lines

This video is about to give some volume for all the lines.

Pop art - Line's volume

In this occasion, after all the lines are done in the illustration, we’re going to work in the colors layer.

Pop art - Colors

To get a more pop effect in this illustration, we need to give this fill color a sensation of halftones or little circles.

Pop art - Textures
Kids style drawing
11 Lectures 01:15:39

This videos shows how to sketch  geometrical child style animals.

Animal's sketches

Let's make the basic geometric figures for the Hippo Drawing

Hippo drawing

Let's make the basic geometric figures for the Giraffe drawing.

Giraffe drawing

Let's make the basic geometric figures for the lion drawing.

Lion drawing

Let's make the basic geometric figures for the monkey drawing.

Monkey drawing

Let's add some colors to the hippo.

Hippo Coloring

Let's add some colors to the giraffe.

Giraffe Coloring

Let's add some colors to the lion.

Lion Coloring

Let's add some colors to the monkey.

Monkey Coloring
Perspectives drawing
4 Lectures 18:07

In this class we’re going to work with the Perspective tools, which are:
The Perspective Grid Tool and Perspective Selection Tool.

Perspective Grid Tool and Perspective Selection Tool

If we have an illustration that we want to make in perspective, which we done using pencils or something like that, and we use it as reference

Using an image as reference

Apart of creating boxes or basic geometrical shapes using the perspective, also we can do figures that are made on a flat paper, because, it’s easier to do it on paper, and later bring it to a perspective environment.

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About the Instructor
Joel Combes
4.3 Average rating
1,468 Reviews
9,098 Students
3 Courses
Adobe Certified Instructor Photoshop CC & Illustrator CC

Licenciado en Diseño gráfico de la UNAPEC, República Dominicana. Con mas de 13 años de experiencia en el campo del diseño gráfico y la multimedia.

Ha trabajado como Ilustrador y diagramador de libros de texto para la importante "Editora Susaeta". También ha trabajado diseños, animaciones y programación Flash de materiales interactivos.

En el año 2006 fundó la compañía "MediaWorks Studios" para dar soluciones de páginas web y materiales interactivos. En ese mismo año inició como profesor de Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash y Dreamweaver en el "Instituto tecnológico de las Américas" (ITLA), Donde se encontró con su vocación como maestro.

En el 2009 fundó junto a un grupo de profesores certificados por Adobe Inc. el primer y único centro de entrenamiento autorizado por Adobe en la República Dominicana, "SDQ Training Center". En el cual es director educativo y maestro en las clases de Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, HTML & Css y Flash.

En representación de SDQ Training Center ha impartido charlas sobre temas relacionados a la multimedia en las más importantes universidades de su país.

Actualmente es un instructor certificado por Adobe en Photoshop CC y también Illustrator CC.