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Illustrator 2021 Essential Training

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Get started with Adobe Illustrator, the world's leading illustration and vector drawing application. Learn how to create artwork for print, the web, or use in other applications.

Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator 2021 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Instructor Tony Harmer covers the essentials of Illustrator 2021, including artboards, workspaces, layers, and shapes. Tony discusses vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of the drawing tools in Illustrator. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Tony also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more.


  • Welcome to Adobe Illustrator 2021 Essential Training
  • Installing Illustrator
1. Quick-Start Exercise
  • Walk-through setup
  • Walk-through
2. The Illustrator Environment
  • The Illustrator workspace
  • Panels
  • Panning and zooming
  • Using the Navigator panel
3. Selection
  • The Selection tool
  • The Direct Selection tool
  • The Lasso tool
  • Automatic selections
  • Saving selections
4. Shape and Line Drawing Tools
  • Drawing basic shapes
  • Drawing polygons and stars
  • Drawing with the Line tools
  • Drawing with the Grid tools
5. Color
  • Color models in Illustrator
  • The Swatches panel
  • Global swatches
  • Spot colors
  • Using tints
  • Color groups
  • The Color Guide panel
6. Strokes
  • Stroke attributes
  • Creating dashed and dotted lines
  • Creating arrowheads
  • Variable-width strokes
7. Arranging and Ordering
  • Aligning objects
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning points
  • Changing the stacking order
  • Using the drawing modes
  • Using layers
  • Targeting objects using layers
8. Groups
  • Working with groups
  • The Group Selection tool
  • Using Isolation Mode
9. Transforms
  • Using the specific Transform tools
  • Using the Free Transform tool
  • Using Transform Again
  • The Transform Each command
  • Transforms as an effect
10. Drawing by Construction
  • Compound paths and shapes
  • The Pathfinder panel
  • The Shape Builder
  • Live Paint
  • Clipping masks
11. Drawing Tools
  • The Pen tool
  • The Curvature Pen tool
  • The Pencil tool
  • Drawing with the Eraser tool
  • Improving paths
12. Using Guides and Grids
  • Using grids and guides
  • Making guides from objects
13. Gradients
  • Linear gradients
  • Radial gradients
  • Freeform gradients
  • Gradients on strokes
14. Patterns
  • Creating a pattern
  • Pattern strokes
  • Transforming patterns
15. Symbols
  • Static symbols
  • Dynamic symbols
16. Blends, Blending, and Transparency
  • Using blends
  • Using blending modes
  • Using opacity masks
17. Appearances
  • The power of appearances
  • The Appearance panel
  • Illustrator and Photoshop effects
  • Editing or removing effects
  • Graphic styles
  • The Brush tool
  • The Eyedropper tool
18. Type
  • Using point type
  • Character options
  • The Touch Type tool
  • Paragraph options
  • Using Type On A Path tool
  • Outlining type
19. Images in Illustrator
  • Placing images
  • Embedding images
  • Cropping images
20. Pixels to Vectors
  • Using Image Trace
  • Using Photoshop with Image Trace
21. Modifying Artwork
  • Recolor artwork
  • The Puppet Warp tool
22. Artboards
  • Working with artboards
  • Arranging artboards
23. Output
  • Packaging Illustrator files
  • Export as other file types
  • Asset Export
  • Next steps

Taught by

Tony Harmer

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