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11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator

with Russell Viers

Video: Welcome

11 simple tutorials that will get you comfortable with the interface and start you working with lines, paths, shapes, text, layers, and more.
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  1. 1m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
  2. 20m 20s
    1. Vector vs. raster
      6m 1s
    2. Understanding anchors and lines
      7m 39s
    3. Strokes and fills
      6m 40s
  3. 19m 49s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      4m 54s
    2. Exploring the interface
      4m 14s
    3. Using artboards
      5m 17s
    4. Saving and exporting
      5m 24s
  4. 12m 18s
    1. Creating shapes
      12m 18s
  5. 16m 8s
    1. Creating lines
    2. Line tools
      5m 39s
    3. The Grid tool, Live Paint, and the Shape Builder
      9m 31s
  6. 16m 56s
    1. Drawing tools
      16m 56s
  7. 24m 48s
    1. Fun with paths
      1m 34s
    2. The Pathfinder panel
      9m 55s
    3. Compound paths
      5m 8s
    4. Outline stroke
      4m 35s
    5. Offset paths
      3m 36s
  8. 19m 51s
    1. Transforming objects
    2. Duplicating objects
      3m 41s
    3. Aligning objects
      5m 28s
    4. Grouping objects
      2m 30s
    5. Arranging objects
      3m 54s
    6. Transform tools
      3m 23s
  9. 30m 42s
    1. Introduction to brushes
      3m 12s
    2. Using Illustrator brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Creating your own brushes
      5m 0s
    4. Editing brushes
      9m 8s
    5. Making unique borders
      7m 57s
  10. 19m 46s
    1. Fun with text
      1m 31s
    2. Point vs. area type
      7m 40s
    3. Using glyphs
      3m 39s
    4. Creating outlines
      6m 56s
  11. 24m 59s
    1. Mastering layers
      2m 2s
    2. Understanding layers, groups, and sublayers
      10m 0s
    3. Working with layers
      7m 12s
    4. Isolation mode
      5m 45s
  12. 22m 7s
    1. Working with photos and other art
      1m 15s
    2. Placing photos
      7m 22s
    3. Cropping photos (using clipping masks)
      8m 36s
    4. Placing Illustrator files
      4m 54s

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11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator
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In this workshop Adobe Certified Instructor Russell Viers distills his vast knowledge of Adobe Illustrator into 11 simple things that open up a whole world of possibilities. Before you know it you'll be playing around with art and logos and creating intricate designs by combining paths with the Pathfinder.

Topics include:
  • Creating shapes and lines
  • Modifying paths
  • Transforming objects
  • Using Illustrator's brushes
  • Creating your own brushes
  • Fun with text
  • Understanding layers, groups, and sublayers
  • Working with photos and other art
  • Placing Illustrator files
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(MUSIC). Greetings. I'm Russell Viers and I'm an Adobe Certified instructor in Illustrator. In fact, it's my favorite of all the Adobe products. I love it. I use Illustrator for fun. If you ever come over to my house for a party, yeah, we'll break out Illustrator and start designing logos. That's how much I love it. And I really love to teach it. I get to speak at conferences as, as well as, speak on site at design firms, ad agencies, and corporations that use this software extensively.

The inspiration for this course was the number of people I meet who own Illustrator, but never use it because they don't know what it does, or they tried it and didn't understand it, or just find it too daunting to even try to learn. That's why I've narrowed it down to 11 things you need to know to learn and love Illustrator quickly. 11, that's it. Once you learn these 11 things, you'll be able to use Illustrator to create and edit art, logos, et cetera. And you're gonna love it.

I've seen it happen too many times. I'm gonna show you simple, yet powerful tools you're already familiar with, like the pencil, eraser, a knife. Then, we'll ramp up to combining paths into more complicated designs with the Pathfinder. We'll even take text and convert it to art, so you could play with letters for logos and really creative designs. When I teach Illustrator to a room of total beginners, in less than two hours they're having a ball. Playing and creating all sorts of designs.

You will too. (MUSIC)

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