Adobe Illustrator For Beginners: Design A Typographic Logo
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Adobe Illustrator For Beginners: Design A Typographic Logo

A beginners course to Adobe Illustrator CC for aspiring Logo Designers. Learn how to to design a professional logotype.
4.9 (70 ratings)
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322 students enrolled
Created by Will Paterson
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Design A Typographic Logo within Adobe Illustrator
  • Create comfortably within Adobe Illustrator
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  • Download Adobe Illustrator CC and install it.
  • Optionally download Adobe Photoshop CC and install it.
  • Have a scanner or a decent camera to take pictures of drawings.

This course is all about learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator for Logo Design or Vintage Lettering. Adobe Illustrator can seen to be daunting if you've not had any experience within the program, and lots of tutors teach how to use the software, but not how to put your knowledge into practice.

This course is for anyone who's has little to no experience with Adobe Illustrator or any other creative software.

Not only do you get to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator for Graphic Design purposes, I'll be showing you how to design your own personal custom logotype design.

The course has bite size videos within these 5 sections:

  1. Setup And Explanation
  2. Understanding Shapes
  3. Using Pathfinder
  4. Adding And Stylizing Type
  5. Design The Logo - The Logo Design Process

Who is the target audience?
  • This Illustrator course is meant for aspiring logo designs who may know how to use Adobe Illustrator a little bit, but not fully. It's also for people who have no prior experience with Adobe Illustrator.
  • This Illustrator course is not for people who have a good understanding of Adobe Illustrator outside the context of Typographic Logo Design.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Welcome and Introduction
1 Lecture 01:42

Introduction to the course!

Preview 01:42
Set up And Explanation
3 Lectures 08:08

Something that a lot of people get confused with is how Illustrator works and why people use this specific program rather than Photoshop. In this lesson I'll talking about what Adobe Illustrator is for and why people use it. Some of the key topics of this lesson are:

  1. What are vector shapes?
  2. How Do Vectors Work?
  3. The difference between Illustrator and Photoshop
  4. Who is the program for?
Understanding Illustrator And Vector Graphics

Before we start anything within Illustrator, we need to learn how to set up the document. By the end of this lesson you'll be able to set up a document in Adobe Illustrator and learn some basic information about documents in Illustrator.

Preview 02:45

Now that we've set up our new Illustrator Document we need to get used to moving around the program. In this lecture, you'll learn how to move around Adobe Illustrator finding some of the main functions that we'll need to use.

Getting Around Illustrator - Getting Comfortable 1
Understanding Shapes
5 Lectures 27:46

This lesson is all about making shapes! After this lesson you'll be confident in making shapes with some of Illustrators powerful shape tools.

Making Shapes

Adobe Illustrator is so different compared to Photoshop, but you'll also see some things that resemble Photoshop. The first thing we need to learn in Illustrator is how to select functions and shapes. A lot of new people don't know exactly how the selection process works within Illustrator.

In this lecture, I'll be showing you how to select shapes, objects and functions with Adobe Illustrator.


We're talking all about editing shapes! At the end of this lesson you'll know the basics in editing simple shapes.

Editing Shapes

When we create shapes in Illustrator - we need a place to organise them. This is where Layers come in handy. The layer panel is the place where we can label every shape layer and organise our project on the go.

By the end of this lecture, you'll know how to use Layers within Adobe Illustrator to organise your work flow.

Preview 09:36

When Adobe released their new way to distribute their creative softwares like Illustrator, they also gave us some amazing new updates to help us in our experience when designing.

Libraries has become such an important part of my work process because it makes your life so easy when needing to select certain colours, or shapes for the project you're working in.

In this lecture, I'll be showing you how Adobe Libraries within Illustrator will make you life easier.

Understanding Pathfinder Functions
3 Lectures 12:29

This lesson is showing you what the Pathfinder function is able to do. It's simple but so powerful within Illustrator - and one of the main reasons people use Illustrator rather than any other vector program. By the end of this lesson you'll have a clear understanding what the Pathfinder function does.

Preview 04:09

"Unite" is the first Pathfinder function - it enables us to add any shape onto any other shape uniting them both together to create a single "path formation".

By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to merge and unite shapes together easily.

Using The United Function

"Minus Front" is another Pathfinder Function that I use all the time to manipulate shapes. In this lesson, you'll learn how to "Minus Front" an existing shape to create a new shape

Minus Front
Adding and Stylising Text
7 Lectures 24:41

Illustrator is the go to software for typographic designers, so it's important to know how the Type Functions work within Illustrator.

In this lecture, I'll be demonstrating how the Type Functions work.

Section Introduction

When creating Typographic Logo Designs within Illustrator, it's important to know how to select a certain font and use it. Even if you plan to trace your drawings in as text onto Illustrator, it's important to have the understanding of how you can select certain fonts.

Adding text

When you've used a font for your text, it's sometimes important to make it editable so you can change just about anything about the text.

In this lecture, I'll be showing you how to Outline your font to make the font transform into shape objects.

Preview 02:37

Students will learn how to manipulate typefaces

Manipulating Fonts And Shapes With The Direct Selection Tool

This lecture will teach students how to use the Touch Type Tool within Adobe Illustrator to create some funky looking text.

Touch Type Tool

In this lecture, students will learn how to type on a "Path" to make some cool effects.

Type On A Path

In this lecture, Students will learn how they can Align artwork they've made so to make it look proffessional.

Aligning Your Typography
The Logo Design Process
6 Lectures 24:22

Students will be able to take the "boring" side of logo design and make it fun!

The Power Of The "Boring"

Students will learn how to research for their own personal logo design.

Start Researching

Students will be able to find websites to create a moodboard.

Preview 03:34

Students will learn how to organise their own moodboard in Adobe Illustrator, and be able to find similarities between each "moodboard" design.

Organising Your Moodboard

Students will learn to design their initial ideas of a logo design.

Initial Ideas

Students will be able to make variations of their logo design concept.

Making Variations
Final Stages
2 Lectures 05:10

I talk about finalising your logo design!

Preview 00:34

Students will be able to import their concepts into Adobe Illustrator by the use of their smart phone or image scanner.

Finalising And Saving
About the Instructor
Will Paterson
4.9 Average rating
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322 Students
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Logo Designer

I'm 22, Logo Designer, Teacher, Youtuber, Hand Letterer. I've worked with clients from all around the world creating some amazing logo designs. Design is my passion - teaching it is also my passion! I'm also a Youtuber with an audience of over 30,000 - I love sharing my profession with people, seeing them grow in their passions!