- 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
Skill Level Beginner
- 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 well as teach 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. Eleven, 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 going to love it. I've seen it happen too many times. I'm going to show you simple yet powerful tools you're already familiar with, like the pencil, eraser and 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 can 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.
1. Introduction to Vector Data
2. What Is Illustrator?
3. Fun with Shapes
Creating shapes12m 18s
4. The Humble Line Tool: It's Not as Simple as It Sounds
5. Illustrator Kindergarten
Drawing tools16m 56s
6. Modifying Your Paths
7. You've Made a Path, Now What?
8. This Isn't Your Average Brush Tool
9. Time for Some Words
10. Working with Your Art Gets Easier with Layers
11. Bringing in Photos and Other Graphics for More Fun
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