- Setting up your first Illustrator document and artboards
- Drawing and painting basic shapes with the brush tools
- Creating and formatting text
- Coloring artwork with fills, strokes, and gradients
- Working with paths to create free-form shapes
- Creatively applying dynamic effects that are automatic and editable
- Tracing scanned artwork to create digitally editable graphics
Skill Level Appropriate for all
- Hi, I'm Deke McClelland. Welcome to Abode Illustrator. Now whether we're talking about smooth line drawings, text treatments, or product art, Illustrator allows you to create the slickest graphics in the business. Walk into any retail store, or online marketplace, and just about everything you see was created in Illustrator. In the world of commercial art, this program reigns supreme. The purpose of these movies is to introduce you to Illustrator in the shortest time possible.
I make no attempt to cover every feature in the software. In fact, far from it. Instead, we'll focus our attentions on those features you need to create professional quality designs and illustrations. Specifically, I'll show you how to use Illustrator's wealth of drawing tools, both the easy ones, and the more demanding ones, to create smooth line graphics. I'll show you how to modify your lines and shapes, or what Illustrator calls path outlines, to get the precise effects your looking for.
And I'll show you how to combine path outlines, text, and other objects, to create fully realized works of art. Note, that I assume no prior knowledge. If you happen to know a thing or two about Illustrator, great, but if not, no problem. And if you've ever wanted to hone your graphic art skills, but you weren't even sure what questions to ask, this is the place to start. In the end, if you want to learn more, I'll point you in a couple of directions.
In the mean time, allow me to introduce you to Adobe Illustrator.