✔️ Adobe Illustrator CC : Graphic Design in Illustrator CC
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Learn how to expertly use Adobe Illustrator for Vector Graphic Design. Explains every illustrator tool in full detail.
4.2 (64 ratings)
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Created by Prem Chand
Last updated 7/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • work like an expert with the industry standard vector graphics tool; Adobe Illustrator
  • Use their skills to create amazing vector graphics and artwork
  • use and control every single tool provided by Illustrator
  • use mutiple techniques and create their own unique style of work
  • become a complete graphic designer, who will be capable of actually making a living with this skill
  • conceive and innovate different graphic styles, patterns, and text effects
  • At the end of my course, students will be able to...
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  • You will need Adobe Illustrator Software. You can obtain a free trial from Adobe's website
  • You don't need superpowers. A basic understanding of English and Windows/Mac
  • A pc, or a mac

>> The most comprehensive Adobe Illustrator course on Udemy. Very active instructor who responds to any question within a day. Uses Adobe Illustrator CC 2016 Creative cloud version. Updated as of December 2016. New content to be added soon for the Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 version and will be included for free in this course! <<

Check out some of my five star reviews ( All time average rated 4.45 )

Jerusha DeVargas says: " I am a complete novice to Illustrator and the instructor makes me feel like a pro. I understand the topics and it is broken up in a way that is not overwhelming. I can pause the videos and use Illustrator at the same time so I am not lost. I look forward to other courses"

Rochelle Turner says: "Prem was wonderful. I learned a lot from this course. Easy to follow along and well worth it! Thank you."

William Fewtrell says: "I can tell the guy knows what he's talking about, he's clear, concise, and overall very informative.

Why should you learn Vector Graphic Design?

  1. Graphic Design is an 11 billion dollar industry in the United States alone.
  2. An average graphic designer makes upwards of $70,000 every year. The best of us make more than $140,000 every year. 
  3. To become a graphic designer, you need to have thorough knowledge of a vector graphics program, which offers far more flexibility in design than a pixel based editor like photoshop. 

The best program available for graphic designers to use, is Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is also the industry standard tool for vector graphic design. This course teaches you Adobe Illustrator completely, from scratch. You will get a strong foundation of Illustrator and Graphic Design which you can build upon. You need not know anything about the software. You will learn every tool, technique and trick in the book. You will learn about the most widely used tools as well as the rarely used but quite useful tools. You will become familiar with Graphic Design terminologies and learn how to work with vector graphics

Specifically, this course will teach you:

  • Basic components of the Illustrator interface like the navigator, panels, work spaces and Screen modes.
  • Working with art boards inside Adobe Illustrator.
  • The concept of layers and working with multiple layers inside Adobe Illustrator.
  • The various versatile drawing tools inside Illustrator like Paths, Lines and Curves, Spirals, Ellipses and Rectangles, Pencil tool and also the different Drawing modes inside Illustrator
  • The various selection and arrangement tools inside Illustrator  like the Direct Selection tool, Scale, Rotate, Transform, Reflect, moving and duplicating and the concept of  Isolation mode.
  • The Pen tool.
  • Typing, printing and exporting your work.

The course covers everything listed, and more, in minute detail.Whenever necessary, i have provided project files that you could take a look at, before re-creating the files yourself. 

The course is structured in a systematic way, beginning with an introduction about Illustrator and a tour of its Graphic Design Essentials interface. From there, we will move forward and introduce the tools available in Illustrator, one by one. You will learn how to work with each tool and the minor details and tricks involved in using these tools. As you learn each tool, you will create a unique illustrator document to showcase the ability of that tool. At the end of the course, you will have worked with all the important tools. 

I have also provided a bonus section where i demonstrate the use of these techniques to create actual project files. I will add content to this section everymonth. This course will be expanded and updated regularly. You will need about 6.5 hours to complete this course, the way it is now. I have enabled preview for some of the lectures. You will find that they are loaded with information and are incredibly concise. If you are interested in graphic design, this is the  course that you should take. Go ahead. Invest in yourself. 

If you have enrolled already, i welcome you to to the course. I am grateful that you have considered me as your instructor. Thanks for signing up. I will be here to answer any question that you might have about the software. Just post a question on the discussion board or message me directly. 

Who is the target audience?
  • If you know enough English and are interested in learning this amazing skill, go ahead and take the course
  • The course is best-suited for aspiring designers, or people who are interested in graphic design
  • If you are interested in creating movie posters, logos, graphics, web page mockups etc:
  • If you are an alien from outer space , or someone who doesn't speak English, this course is not for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
77 Lectures
The basics of Illustrator
5 Lectures 31:44

In this lecture, we introduce the concept of Graphic Design and the most widely used Graphic Design Software; Adobe Illustrator.

Preview 04:45

In this lecture, we will take a tour of the illustrator interface and look at the different components, and see where everything is and how to get to the tools quickly

Preview 09:11

We look at the different tools that are in the tool palette and briefly describe those tools

Preview 04:14

We look at the different document settings available for projects in print and web

Preview 05:49

We look at the processing of setting up your personal preferences to ease your work in illustrator. We will look in detail into the preferences window and set each item of preference, and take a look at what each item does.

Preview 07:45
Basic Components of the Illustrator Interface
8 Lectures 26:37

We look at the navigator tool that can be used to effectively navigate your document and artboard. It helps you to zoom in and out of specific areas on your artboard.

The Navigator

We will look at the process of navigating multiple documents that are open in Adobe Illustrator

Navigating Multiple Documents

We will look at the different panels located in illustrator. We will see what each panel does. We will also learn how to dock, undock, hide and bring up the required panels.

Panels in Illustrator

We will look at the process of creating and editing custom workspaces that suit your preference. You can build and go to your own custom workspace as you get familiar with the tool. This will really aid your speed and efficiency when working inside of illustrator

Custom Workspaces

We will look at the different screen modes in Illustrator that will help you change the way you experience working in Illustrator. You can choose to see all the tools all the time, or choose your own screen mode to suit your needs.

Screen Modes

You will learn how to set custom views inside of illustrator. Custom views can be set to view a specific part of your document, any time you want. You can always switch to the views that you have set, any time during work. This expedites the process of zooming in and out of your document every time you need to take a good look at things.

Custom Views

We will look at placing horizontal and vertical guides and then locking them to arrange our artwork


Learn how to lock and hide objects and layers inside of illustrator. Locking is an effective technique to ensure that a specific part of the artwork is not affected when you manipulate other parts of it. Hiding is another option to ensure the same , and also to see the objects behind an object that dominates the entire frame.

Locking and Hiding
3 Lectures 12:43

In this lecture, we will look at the method of working with multiple artboards and navigating between them for different projects

Working with Multiple Artboards

In this lecture, we look at the artboard tool and at the process of creating,resizing and manipulating the artboards using the artboard tool.

Art Board Tool

In this lecture, we look at the process of exporting the artboards that we have created. We will learn how to exclude certain artboards from being exported. We will also look at how to order the artboards to export them in the way we want to.

Exporting Artboards
4 Lectures 17:26

We take a look at the Layers Panel, one of the most useful panels in Illustrator. We will look at the process of creating,deleting and arranging the layers inside of this panel.

Layers Panel

In this lecture, we will look at the different methods to change layer positions in Illustrator. We will understand the importance of positioning certain layers in a certain way. We will look at the effect of changing the layer positions on our document. 

Layer Positions

We will extensively cover the process of arranging layers, including how to move a layer to another layer, how to target a specific layer, how to make a layer visible or invisible and how to remove a layer from a particular group of layers.

Arranging Layers

In this lecture, we will look at how to ungroup sublayers from the layer groups that they are in.

Un-grouping Sublayers
The drawing tools
7 Lectures 37:52

We look at the importance of paths in Illustrator. We will learn how to create paths using multiple tools inside of illustrator


We learn how to create lines and curves inside of illustrator. We will learn how to use the line segment tool, the curvature tool and also get a sneak peak into other tools that we could use to create lines and curves.

Lines and Curves

We will learn to use the amazing spiral tool. It is a nifty way to create spirals in illustrator. Instead of using the pen tool , this tool can be used to create even complicated spiral shapes.


We move on to closed  geometrical shapes. We will begin by looking at rectangles and ellipses. They are probably the most widely used drawing tools in Illustrator.

Rectangles and Ellipses

It is  quite difficult to use the rectangle tool to create stars or other polgons. This would be the reason why Illustrator has provided separate tools for these shapes. They are nifty and quite useful for the purpose.

Polygons and Stars

This lecture is for those people who are adept at freehand drawing or would like to become so. Albeit having provided simple tools for preset drawing, Illustrator has also provided you the option to create everything yourself. The freehand drawing tool is one way to do that. You can simply draw out a line or a curve, a star or an ellipse, even an entire constellation if you want to. Take a look at it!

Pencil Tool

In real life, you can only draw over a drawing that you have already made. Either so, or you will have to erase the existing drawing, make the addition, and then redraw the whole thing. Not here. In Illustrator, you have the option to draw in front, draw behind, or draw within an existing object. Check this lecture out to see what i mean.

Drawing Modes
Basic Selection and arrangement tools
8 Lectures 28:49

You are familiar with the normal selection tool in Illustrator. There is another phenomenal tool that helps you to select minute details. This is called the direct selection tool. Check it out.

Direct Selection Tool

We delve deeper into the concept of grouping and ungrouping in illustrator. 


It is terribly inconvenient to keep grouping and ungrouping layers very often. If you want to edit a particular element inside of a group, there is another way to do it, called the isolation mode. In this lecture, we look at this amazing way to edit your document without destroying the integrity of the groups that you have created.

Isolation Mode

When you want to create a large number of similar objects, you can use the duplicate tool. If you want to move an object to a different position, use the move tool. In this lecture, we will discuss both these tools.

Moving and duplicating

As the name suggests, scale tool is used to scale objects up and down. There is more to it than that. See the lecture for a full description and tutorial on how to use this tool

Scale Tool

Rotate tool is used to rotate the objects around an axis. You can even create a copy of the object while you rotate it. Learn how to use the rotate tool in this lecture

Rotate Tool

This is a rather  interesting and incredibly useful tool that can be used to create amazing patterns in Illustrator. It helps to transform each minor property of the object that you have selected and it can replicate this effect to make multiple copies of the object. Try it out.

Transform Each

The reflect tool can reflect your object about any axis. This is incredibly helpful when you create symmetric objects, like a face. You just have to create half the face and then reflect it to get the whole face.

Reflect Tool
Manipulating objects and their properties
4 Lectures 26:26

This tool can be used to fill an object with a gradient of colors rather than just one solid color

Gradient Fill Effect

Multiple strokes can be applied to a single object in Illsutrator. This lecture shows you how.


By far , you have learned how to apply a solid color stroke to an object. This lecture shows you how to apply a gradient as a stroke. This technique can be used to create a 3D looking stroke effect. Just take a peek.

Gradient Strokes

This is one of my favourite tools. The width tool allows you to dynamically change the width of a stroke, or a line segment or a curve to create a curvy line or a curvy curve :D In this lecture, we will create a string of beans using this technique

The amazing Width tool
5 Lectures 20:15

We look at the different color settings in illustrator. You will also get to know what setting to use for your unique purpose.

Color Settings

We will look at the process of creating custom color swatches. This is an extremely handy technique. You will develop your own unique palette as you work with color in illustrator. You will want to save these colors as swatches. There are different types of swatches based on the way they affect the selected objects. Take a look and you'll know.

Process swatches and global swatches

If you want to use a particular color, multiple times with the same accuracy, you can save it as a spot color. Its quite different from using a process color. Spot colors reproduce the exact same color that you saved, everytime you use them.

Spot Colors

You will learn how to create, group, ungroup and regroup color groups in illustrator.

Color Groups

Swatch Exchange is an amazing service provided by Adobe. You can go the adobe colors website and take a look at their color wheel. They have provided preset rules based on which you can create your own color swatches. You can even build your own set of rules and create custom color combinations that you could later save for use.

Swatch Exchange
3 Lectures 15:55

The appearance panel is one of the most versatile yet underappreciated panels in Illustrator. This is the first part of a two-part lecture. Through these lectures, you will learn how to effectively use the appearance panel for easier manipulation and organization of your artwork and to effectively modify the appearance of the object in question. Make sure you practice this section really well. 

Appearance Panel

The appearance panel is one of the most versatile yet underappreciated panels in Illustrator. This is the second part of a two-part lecture. Through these lectures, you will learn how to effectively use the appearance panel for easier manipulation and organization of your artwork and to effectively modify the appearance of the object in question. Make sure you practice this section really well. 

Appearance Panel II

You will learn how to create your own unique graphic styles and then save them as a graphics style library for use in future projects,

Graphics Style Library
Advanced Drawing Tools
6 Lectures 29:11

We will begin the advanced drawing section of this course by learning about compound paths and how you can create compound paths.

Compound Paths

The Path Finder panel is another useful feature of Illustrator. It houses the shape modes and path finder tools. These can be used to manipulate the order and appearance of paths in illustrator. Try it out in this lecture.

Path Finder

The Paint Brush is another freehand drawing option. You can choose the size and type of brushes to create unique brushstrokes. You can choose for the strokes to either be smooth or to accurately follow your mouse pointer.

Paint Brush

The eraser tool is similar to that in photoshop. In illustrator, however, you can confine the effect of the eraser to the boundaries of a particular object or a group of objects. Try this one out.


Very often, you will want to create complex shapes that cannot be created by the obvious geometrical tools in illustrator. In these cases, you will want to use the shape builder tool. The shape builder tool can combine different basic shapes to form advanced shapes. It can also be used to delete a specific shape from within a group of connected shapes. A remarkable tool. Try it out in this lecture.

Shape Builder I

Very often, you will want to create complex shapes that cannot be created by the obvious geometrical tools in illustrator. In these cases, you will want to use the shape builder tool. The shape builder tool can combine different basic shapes to form advanced shapes. It can also be used to delete a specific shape from within a group of connected shapes. A remarkable tool. We will look at this tool in detail in this lecture.

Shape Builder II
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About the Instructor
Prem Chand
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Engineer, Film Maker and Web Designer. A Multipotentialite.


I'm Prem and i am a multipotentialite. If you don't know what that means and want to know more , just google it. It is a fancy word for someone who is interested in vastly different areas and industries.  We have been told from a young age,either to find our passion and stick to it, or to get a job. I believe that is bad advice in this exponentially advancing digital world, because there is so much out there that you will be passionate about and want to work for. For example, you could be a programmer who also likes to play guitar professionally. I believe that you can do both, if you carefully manage your time. 

About Me :

I am interested in many areas and i strive to learn as much as i can about each of them, and so should you if you think you are a multipotentialite too. If not, that is fine too! We need all kinds of people :) 

Here is what i have done so far in life:

>> Born in the 90's. Grew up in a middle class family, in the tropical paradise, called Kerala. Google it.

>> Was put into the regular school system, just like most kids. We did not know any other route, and neither did our parents.

>> Went to University. Studied Civil Engineering, and then took my Masters in Computer Applications and another masters in Structural Engineering and Construction Management. 

>> Worked at a big construction company in India, as a Structural Engineer. I liked the work, but i wanted to do a lot more. I am a high-energy person. I worked for about 8 hours a day, and was bored for the rest of the day because i did not have much else to do. Therefore, I started learning about whatever i was interested in. 

>> Interests include : Software, Programming and Web Development, Business, Marketing, Graphic Design. Cinema, Video and Audio Production, VFX, 3D Modelling and Animation, Advertising, Music and Fine arts. 

>> So, with all these interests, i could not confine myself to just a day job. I went and worked in the Kerala Film Industry. Started out as a set assistant, worked later as a Focus Puller, Assistant Cameraman, Worked in post production as a VFX artist, and then became an assistant director and right when i was about to plan my first directorial project, my family immigrated to Canada, and later, I came along.

>> Restarting everything here in the west. What i've learned; Time is the most valuable asset. When you indulge in any activity, ask yourself this; " Could i be doing something better?"

Over the course of the next 5 years, i intend to create atleast 30 courses, spanning every area that i have studied and worked in.

 Take a look at what i have created, enroll and leave a feedback :) Thanks for reading :)