Illustrator CC MasterClass
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Master Adobe Illustrator CC with this in-depth training for all levels.
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Created by Martin Perhiniak
Last updated 7/2017
Price: $95
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  • 11.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Designing logos
  • Creating vector illustrations
  • Turning photographs into vector artwork
  • Vectorizing and colorizing traced hand drawings
  • Preparing graphics for web and print
  • Designing infographics
  • Working with type in creative ways
  • Mastering advanced Illustrator tools and techniques
  • Learn useful keyboard shortcuts and best practices
  • Practice everything you learn with provided Exercise Files
  • Test your knowledge with quizzes at the end of each chapter
  • Learn Illustrator from the start the way a professional would use it
View Curriculum
  • Any version of Adobe Illustrator, preferably not older than Illustrator CS6. Ideally Illustrator CC (Creative Cloud).
  • Prior knowledge is not needed
  • Exercise Files and Study Guides are provided

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics application that lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video and mobile devices.

In this course we are going to start from the very basics like how to draw circles and rectangles all the way to creating complex illustrations, logos, business cards and so much more. With Illustrator CC MasterClass you will learn the best ways of doing everything in Illustrator so you can be confident which tool or feature to use in every situation.

Martin was voted to be one of the Top 10 Adobe instructors in the world by student feedback. Along the way besides the technical knowledge you need, Martin will also teach you a lot about design principles, compositional techniques and plenty of best practices that he picked up and developed while working as a designer and retoucher on projects such as Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story, BBC’s Dr Who or Mattel’s Team Hot Wheels.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at anyone who wants to get into the creative industry and gain a rock solid foundation of Illustrator.
  • Although it is providing a beginner to intermediate level learning experience it can be useful for experienced Photoshop users too as there are many self-taught users who are missing out on a lot of techniques and features.
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Curriculum For This Course
86 Lectures
5 Lectures 12:57

Hello and welcome to Adobe Illustrator Masterclass training. I am Martin Perhiniak, Certified Adobe Expert and Instructor.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to master this industry standard vector drawing application. Although it is a very extensive course that starts with the basics, I created lessons to provide useful techniques and workflows even for the seasoned Illustrator users. I am proud to say that I was officially voted to be one of the top 10 Adobe instructors in the world by student feedback and that is mainly because I'm truly passionate about both using and teaching Illustrator. Thanks to more than ten years of experience teaching this application I managed to formulate a course outline that is very comprehensive but still streamlined to make it easy to follow and digest.

But learning what each feature does is not enough because you can find out about those from the Help menu or YouTube video tutorials. What I'm adding to these lessons is my knowledge of how Illustrator is used in the creative industry using the skills and experience I built being a designer working for clients like Disney, Mattel, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and BBC. Learning Photoshop from this course will help you to start using it from the very beginning as a creative professional would.

In the next video I will explain why Illustrator is so special and important in the creative industry.

Preview 01:55

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics application that lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video and mobile devices. The advantage of working in Illustrator is that your work will be resolution-independent, which means that you can print it out in whatever size you want without losing image quality. For instance when you design a logo in Illustrator it will look just as crisp and detailed printed on a business card as on the side of an airplane. While working in Photoshop usually requires a photograph to start with, in Illustrator you can create amazing designs very quickly by starting with a blank canvas thanks to its outstanding variety of tools and techniques.

In this course we are going to start from the very basics like how to draw circles and rectangles all the way to creating complex illustrations, logos, business cards and so much more. My aim is to teach you the best ways of doing everything in Illustrator, to make you confident that you will always know which tool or feature to use in every situation.

Although we have a lot to cover I managed to boil down everything you need to know into a few hours of video tutorials that will not only get you good at using Illustrator but also help you to understand core concepts of graphic design, brand design and illustration. Learning Illustrator from this course will also provide you with plenty of best practices that I picked up and developed while working as a designer on projects such as Pixar Cars and Toy Story style guides, Hot Wheels posters and illustrations for companies like Accenture.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started and master Adobe Illustrator!

Preview 01:57

Each video lesson in this course explains a certain topic combining multiple elements and features and even best practices that professional creatives would use in their work. It is up to you how quickly you want to go through these videos but the aim is to be able to practice everything you learnt at your own pace. That is why I carefully designed exercise files for each lesson that you can download and practice or follow along the videos. I also created PDF notes with illustrations for each lesson that you can print out or keep on your mobile devices for future reference.

It is recommended to have the latest Creative Cloud version of Illustrator installed on your computer to make the most of this training as there will quite a lot of features mentioned only available in this version. If you don’t have an active CC subscription I would suggest you download the free 30-day trial of the product from Adobe’s website. This should give you enough time to study and practice while going through this course. Also you might find it useful to have a pen tablet such as the Wacom Intuos Draw, which can help you to draw more naturally in Illustrator. I will be mentioning the advantages of these devices a few times during the course, but of course you can finish this training easily without owning one.

Studying from this course also prepares you to get Certified by Adobe as an Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator. This is an internationally accepted certification allowing you to demonstrate proficiency in using this application. Becoming a Certified Associate you can stand apart from your peers, boost your confidence, and expand your career opportunities. At the end of the course I will explain how to get certified in great detail, as my aim is to get you ready to pass this exam after finishing this course. I also included an ACA exam preparation guide that you can download and rehearse with.

Apart from getting a proof of your technical skills it is important to be able to show your work created in Illustrator to your potential clients or employers. I also explain all the best ways to create a killer creative portfolio with which you will be able to impress anyone.

Watching the videos on your own without anyone checking your progress might make you doubt yourself whether you really understood all the techniques and concepts mentioned. To help you really acquire all the skills from this course I included quizzes for each chapter. These quizzes will help you to check whether you fully understood the key features and techniques of each topic.

For the theme of this course I chose the theme of adventure, exploration and discovery as that is how learning this application will feel like. I'm hoping to get you excited about the creative possibilities Illustrator provides and inspire you along the way to make studying fun and enjoyable. Working with this product is my passion and I poured all my love for it into this course.

But now it is time to embark on this adventure and be prepared to be blown-away by the things you will be able to do with Adobe Illustrator.

Preview 03:26

Studying from this course will not only teach you everything you need to know about Adobe Illustrator, but it will also help you to get an official qualification proving your proficiency with this software. Adobe has a 2-level certification system: the entry level is called Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and the advanced examination is the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE).

In this video we will be focusing on the requirements and the preparation process of the ACA exam, but if you are interested in the expert exam check out my ACE preparation courses on

Before we go into the details about the exam I wanted to talk a bit about whether it is worth getting certified and how recognised these qualifications are in the creative industry. The way I see it is that even if employers are not asking for the certification, having the ACA in your CV will definitely reinforce your technical understanding and that your skills are up-to-date. I cannot promise that passing this exam will grant you a job straight away, but doing it will definitely be a major step towards it.

So the full name of this exam is Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator.  This certification is available for Creative Cloud (CC) and they stay current for three years after the date of issue. The ACA exam at the moment of recording this video consists of 39 questions, most of which are technical and a around 25% theoretical, and you will have 50 minutes to answer everything. The current pass-rate is 70%, which means you will need to be able to answer minimum 28 out of 39 questions correctly.

The 5 main areas tested in the exam are:

  • Setting project requirements

  • Identifying design elements used when preparing graphics

  • Understanding Adobe Illustrator

  • Create graphics using Adobe Illustrator

  • Archive, export, and publish graphics using Adobe Illustrator

The technical side of the exam are area number 3, 4 and 5. This part is tested by performance-based questions simulating Illustrator in a browser, requiring you to complete a task or perform a function. Once you watch all the videos in the MasterClass course, practice with the provided exercise files and successfully go through the quizzes about each chapter, then your technical understanding of this application should be way above the necessary level to answer the questions of these 3 areas.

The theory-based questions will mainly come up in the first 2 topics and they will consist of linear-based questions that use traditional true/false, multiple-choice or matching formats. In the exam preparation PDF included with this course you will be able to find much more information and helpful reminders of all of the topics, plus you will be able to learn about all the necessary terms and theories they might ask in the exam.

When you feel ready to schedule your exam you will first need to find an Adobe Certified Authorised Testing Centre near you. These testing centres are run by the company called Certiport. Visit their site to find out more about their testing centres and the available dates. The good thing is that you immediately get your results at the end of the exam and you will get an email with your certification. You will also receive badges when passing an exam, which you will be able to share online through a portal called Acclaim.

Getting certified by Adobe is a big step in your creative career, but it is not enough on its own as either you are planning to get an internship or a full-time design job you will need to be able to present your portfolio with a selection of your best work. Now if you are just starting out then this might be difficult, but don’t worry as I have a few useful tips and advice that I’m going to share with you in the next video.

Preview 05:06

How to use the exercise files

  1. Download this ZIP file and extract its contents
  2. Locate the chapter by finding the relevant folder
  3. Find the file that is used in the video lesson you are watching and open it to follow along

There are only files included for those video lessons where it is relevant. Don't look for exercise files where you are supposed to create something from scratch.

Some of these files and elements were designed by You will be able to find the links in all of them to access the original files in case you wish to use them in your own projects. The files included with this course are not for distribution or to use them for commercial reasons. They are only included for practicing the explained methods and techniques in this course.

Exercise Files
6 Lectures 53:42
  • Create a new document

  • Import graphic from CC Assets Library

  • Add text

  • Save AI file

  • Open saved file back and make changes
Preview 08:44

  • Create new document with multiple artboards

  • Purpose of multiple Artboards in one file

  • Artboard Tool

  • Artboards Panel

  • Export artboards

  • Zoom (CC dynamic zoom option)

  • Outline mode

  • GPU/CPU mode

  • Arrange documents

  • New View

  • Show example of resolution

    • -  detail and print size is restricted by resolution

    • + pixels allow subtle and complex variety of details that is needed in photography

  • Open an illustration in Illustrator and zoom into it

    • - hard to make things look photo-realistic

    • + no restriction on print size, small file size

  • Pixel preview

  • Raster effects and placed images are only resolution independant
Working with Vectors

  • Customisation

  • Panels (Window menu) - floating/docked, iconic/extended

  • Toolbar (floating tool palettes) and Options bar

  • UI brightness

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Workspaces
User Interface

  • General

    • Keyboard increment, Constrain Angle, Corner Radius

  • Selection and Anchor Display

  • GPU Performance

  • File Handling

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Basics Quiz
12 questions
Working with Objects
8 Lectures 01:14:45
  • Shape tools

  • Basic appearance (fill and stroke) and shortcuts

  • Path selection Tool

  • Direct Selection Tool

  • Shaper Tool (CC)
Basic Shapes

  • Bounding box

  • Rotate Tool

  • Transform Panel

  • Corner widget

  • Pathfinder

  • Shape Builder

  • Compound Path

  • Expand (Stroke becomes Fill)
Combining Shapes

  • Magic Wand

  • Lasso Tool

  • Inverse selection

  • Lock selection

  • Select > Same options

  • Select > Object options

  • Save selection
Selection Techniques

  • Grouping objects

  • Isolation mode

  • Layers

  • Locking objects

  • Arranging objects (shortcuts)
Organising Objects

  • Align panel

  • Align to option

  • Distribute spacing

Download exercise file from this lesson if you are having trouble opening the file included at the beginning with the rest of the files.

Aligning and Distributing Objects

  • Guides

  • Smart Guides

  • Convert object to guides

  • Grid

  • Change units on Rulers

  • Global/Artboard Rulers
Working Precisely

  • Shape Builder and Expand

  • Organising objects into Layers

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Working with Objects Quiz
12 questions
Appearance of Objects
6 Lectures 01:05:48
  • Alignment

  • Caps and corners

  • Dashed Line

  • Arrowheads

  • Profile+Width Tool
Stroke settings

  • Process Color swatches

  • Spot Color swatches

  • Color groups

  • Color Themes and Adobe Color CC

  • Export swatches

  • Save swatches in CC libraries

  • Spot colours (Pantone)

  • Gradient panel

  • Gradient Tool

  • Gradient swatches

  • Multiple strokes and fills

  • Blend modes and Opacity options

  • Access additional panels trough Appearance panel

  • Live effects

  • Graphic styles
Appearance panel

  • Vector and raster effects

  • Scribble

  • 3D effects

  • Stylise

  • Expand Appearance

  • Create an engaging Graphic Style for text

  • Create a gradient for the background


Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Appearance of Objects Quiz
12 questions
12 Lectures 02:15:55
  • Pencil tool

  • Paintbrush tool

  • Smooth tool

  • Simplify Path
Basic Drawing Tools

  • Draw over sunglasses

  • Speed up some parts
Drawing Exercise

  • Blob Brush tool

  • Eraser Tool

  • Shortcut to switch modes

  • Draw behind

  • Join tool

  • Path Eraser tool

  • Knife Tool

  • Scissors Tool

  • New Tools Panel (Window menu)
Drawing assistance tools

  • Keep drawing within selected object

  • Pathfinder > Divide to convert Clipping Group to normal objects
Draw Inside

  • Anchor points and handles

  • Preferences

    • Anchor display

    • Show handles when multiple anchor points are selected

    • Rubber band

  • Remove and add points on path

  • Convert points
Pen Tool

  • Tracing with the Pen tool (precise or draft drawing style)

  • Mention course about Pen Tool
Pen Tool exercise

  • Different approach to achieve the same result as with the Pen Tool

  • Curvature Tool

  • Reshape Tool

  • Arc and Spiral Tools

  • Corner Widgets
Pen Tool alternatives

  • Free Transform Tool

  • Distort Tools
Distort and Transform tools

  • Guide for symmetry line

  • Reflect Tool

  • Transform Path effect
Symmetrical drawing

  • Transform again

  • Transform effect with angle and multiple copies
Concentric drawing techniques

  • Manual tracing of character

  • Combination of drawing techniques
Manual tracing exercise

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Drawing Quiz
12 questions
6 Lectures 57:27
  • Brush settings

  • Digital hand-lettering examples

  • Modifying lines

  • Using guides
Calligraphic Brushes

  • Show Decorative Scatter set

  • Create tree brush

  • Brush settings

  • Color override
Scatter Brushes

  • Show Paintbrush and Watercolor sets

  • Chinese dragon brush

  • Stretch between guides
Art Brushes

  • Show library

  • Create new Bristle brush from Brushes panel

  • Draw hair or fur (monster example)
Bristle Brushes

  • Draw a segment

  • Make it seamless

  • Brush settings

  • Test brush and change Stroke width for refining size

  • Apply brush on circle
Pattern Brushes

  • Hair brush created as Art Brush

  • Chain brush created as Pattern Brush

  • End segments added (holding down Alt/Opt while dragging onto Brush panel)
Image Brushes

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Brushes Quiz
12 questions
5 Lectures 59:49
  • Place, Link option

  • Links panel

  • Embed images

  • Package

  • Resolution (PPI)
Working with Images

  • Increase contrast in Photoshop with Adjustments

  • Cropping images

  • Desaturating and inverting colours
Preparing simple images for tracing

  • Remove objects from their background with selections

  • Save images with transparency as PSD files
Preparing complex images for tracing

  • Image Trace Panel settings

  • Ignore White

  • Expand
Image Trace

  • Change fill color on simple objects

  • Improve tracing results and use Live Paint Bucket

  • Recolor Artwork for complex tracing results
Improving and Colouring traced images

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Images Quiz
12 questions
13 Lectures 01:28:19
  • Line type

  • Character panel

  • Shortcuts

  • Terms: Leading, Kerning, Tracking, Baseline Shift
Character formatting

  • Area type

  • Paragraph panel

  • Threading text
Paragraph formatting

  • Character Styles

  • Paragraph Styles
Using Text styles

  • Font selector

  • Favorite fonts

  • Filtering options

  • Similar filter

  • Typekit

  • Show examples

  • Shortcut

  • Stays editable
Touch Type

  • Pen Tool to draw path

  • Edit text position on path

  • Edit path
Type on a Path

  • Type inside a shape

  • Type around a shape
Type and Shapes

  • Make with Warp

  • Make with Mesh

  • Make with Top Object

  • Switch between Editing modes (Envelope/Contents)

Warp Text

  • 3D Extrude

  • Combine with Touch Type

  • Appearance panel to make changes
3D Type

  • Set stroke outside of text in Appearance panel

  • Outline text

  • Customising type
Create Outlines from Text

  • Place image

  • Clipping Mask

  • Use Layers panel to select what to edit
Image within Text

  • Area type and shape above it

  • Object > Text Wrap > Make

  • Text Wrap options for changing offset
Text Wrap

Circular logo design

Type Exercise

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Type Quiz
12 questions
Advanced Techniques
15 Lectures 01:45:12
  • Opacity Mask

  • Clipping Mask

  • Draw inside mode
Preview 10:33

  • Business card example

  • Pattern on dress example
Clipping Mask

Reflection for backpack example

Opacity Mask

  • Clipping mask for ninja mask

  • Opacity mask for background rays
Masking exercise

  • Enable and disable colour conversions

  • Reset colours

  • Save colours

  • Merge colours into one swatch or tints

  • Use different colour models

  • Colour wheel

  • Link harmony

  • Harmony rules
Recolor Artwork

  • Live Paint Bucket tool

  • Live Paint Selection tool

  • Merging Live Paint objects

  • Using Gradient swatches in Live Paint

  • Expand Live Paint Group
Live Paint Bucket

  • Top object

  • Mesh

  • Warp
Envelope Distort

  • Show default symbols - clipart

  • Creating a custom symbol

  • Editing symbols

  • Expand symbol

  • Dynamic Symbols (CC new feature)

  • Save Symbol sets

  • Cat example

  • Expand
Symbol Tools

  • Graph Tools

  • Data

  • Options

  • Applying Graphic Styles to graphs

  • Blend Tool

  • Blend options
Blending Objects

  • Pattern Options

  • Pattern Tile Tool

  • Tile types

  • Overlapping
Creating Patterns

  • Save pattern as swatch

  • Update swatch

  • Appearance panel for background color
Refining Pattern Design

  • Rows and Columns

  • Add colors to mesh points

  • Select multiple mesh points with Lasso or Direct selection tool

  • Move mesh points around

  • Use Recolor Artwork on mesh
Gradient Mesh

  • Perspective Grid Tool

  • Perspective Selection Tool

  • Shortcuts
Perspective Drawing

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Advanced Techniques Quiz
12 questions
Export and Integration
7 Lectures 41:40
  • Color settings and profiles

  • Artboard size

  • Bleed settings

  • Print

  • Save as PDF
Saving work for Print

  • Export As

    • JPEG options

    • PNG options

    • SVG options (show preview in browser)

  • Save for Web (Legacy)
Saving work for Web

  • Export Selection

  • Assets panel

  • Export for Screens

  • Export for multiple sizes
Export for Screens

  • Adobe Draw

  • Adobe Capture

  • Adobe Comp
Adobe Apps

  • Batch Tracing of images
  • Importing Swatches from Illustrator files
Integration with Bridge

  • Search on Adobe Stock (filtering options)

  • Create Libraries

    • Add elements (text, graphic, color)

    • Reuse them in other projects (show Ps and Id)

  • Share your Library > Make a public link

  • Collaborate (can Edit/can View)

  • Manage Libraries in browser (delete unused ones)
CC Libraries

  • File Info

  • Package

    • New package for each stage

  • Creative Cloud Files

    • storing and sharing working files

    • has a History

    • Commenting
Archiving Projects

Test your knowledge about the things you learnt in this chapter.

Export and Integration Quiz
12 questions
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About the Instructor
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Martin Perhiniak is a Certified Adobe Design Master and Instructor, and an incredibly talented teacher and one of the most popular author on Tuts+ Network. He has been teaching Adobe applications for several years in classrooms, online courses, seminars and shows around the World. Martin has worked as a designer with companies like Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and DC Comics. He feels it his mission to share his insights of the design industry and its latest trends with beginners and creative professionals around the World.

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