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Illustrator CC Essential Training (2013)

with Justin Seeley

Video: Welcome

Explore the basic elements of vector graphics and find out how to use the powerful drawing tools in Illustrator CC.
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  1. 1m 14s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 14s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. How this course is updated
      1m 6s
  3. 32m 54s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      8m 12s
    3. Touring the interface
      6m 37s
    4. Exploring the panels
      3m 18s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      3m 46s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 38m 52s
    1. Creating files for print
      3m 24s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 29s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    4. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    5. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    6. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    7. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    8. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    9. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 55m 28s
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      4m 24s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 57s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 27s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 7s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      3m 55s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 28s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 18s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 52m 23s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 32s
    7. Outlining strokes
      2m 5s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      7m 47s
  8. 22m 14s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    3. Open and closed paths
      4m 21s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      3m 57s
    5. Using the Scissors and Knife tools
      2m 55s
    6. Working with the Join tool (CC 2014.1)
      4m 44s
  9. 42m 57s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 9s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
    8. Working with the Curvature tool (CC 2014.1)
      5m 0s
  10. 26m 23s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      3m 26s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      4m 42s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 41s
    6. Using Pen tool keyboard shortcuts
      1m 52s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      7m 16s
  11. 35m 41s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      6m 22s
    2. Creating point and area text
      2m 55s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 30s
    4. Creating threaded text
      3m 44s
    5. Using the type panels
      8m 0s
    6. Creating text on a path
      4m 22s
    7. Converting text into paths
      2m 20s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      2m 34s
    9. Using Typekit desktop fonts
      2m 54s
  12. 33m 11s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Attribute stacking order explained
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
    7. Creating and using design libraries (CC 2014.1)
      5m 46s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 31m 47s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      3m 2s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      3m 37s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 24s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      2m 56s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      4m 52s
    6. Tracing photographs
      7m 29s
    7. Tracing line art
      3m 48s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      2m 39s
  15. 19m 22s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 6s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 34m 39s
    1. Printing your artwork
      3m 58s
    2. Saving your artwork
      1m 31s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 19s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 6s
    9. Packaging your artwork for commercial print
      2m 38s
  18. 1m 12s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 12s

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Illustrator CC Essential Training (2013)
Video duration: 0s 8h 13m Beginner Updated Oct 13, 2014


You can accomplish a wide variety of design tasks with Adobe Illustrator. This course focuses on core concepts and techniques you can apply to workflows for print, the web, and many other destinations.

First, author Justin Seeley explains the basic elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of the program's powerful drawing tools. Then he shows how to create documents and liven up a project with color, plus build complex shapes from simple paths and trace bitmap images and line art. The course also explores the benefits of using layers and symbols, and shows how to edit text, draw in perspective, and much more. The final chapter explains how to output your work in several formats and use Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign.

Topics include:
  • Understanding vector graphics
  • Creating documents for different contexts
  • Organizing artwork with rulers, guides, and grids
  • Making detailed selections
  • Resizing, rotating, and transforming objects
  • Creating swatches and color libraries
  • Working with fills and strokes
  • Using the Shape Builder and Image Trace features
  • Drawing and editing paths
  • Understanding the difference between point and area type
  • Adjusting the appearance of artwork with live effects
  • Printing, saving, and exporting artwork


(music playing) Hello, and welcome to Illustrator CC essential training. My name is Justin Seeley, and I'm a staff author at In this course, I'm going to start you off slow by going through some of the basics of Illustrator, like creating documents for print and web projects. And we'll also dive into creating shapes, like rectangles and circles. Once we've got those basics taken care of, we'll jump right into the fun stuff like creating complex shapes using Illustrator's Shape Building tool. I'll also be walking you through working with bit map images in Illustrator as well. And I'll go through my personal workflow for tracing both photos and line art using the Image Trace panel.

Finally, we'll go through outputting your artwork for both print and web. And I'll also show you how to use your Illustrator artwork in other Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop and InDesign. In short, this course is a soup to nuts overview of all things Illustrator. And by the end, you should have all the tools and knowledge you need to create rich and engaging artwork using this application. So if you're ready, let's jump right in and get started.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CC Essential Training (2013) .

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Q: This course was updated on 6/18/2014. What changed?
A: We revised chapters covering paths, working with type, and the Pen tool. These updates reflect changes to the Pen and Pencil tool behavior in the June 2014 update to Illustrator CC. These tools now offer greater fidelity and previews. We also added one new video, "Packaging your artwork for commercial print," which covers the enhanced packaging workflow.
Q: This course was updated on 10/13/2014. What changed?
A: We added tutorials to cover the most exciting changes to Illustrator CC 2014: the Join and Curvature tools and the all-new Design Libraries. These new movies are marked with the "(CC 2014.1)" tag.





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