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Illustrator CC 2017 Essential Training

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Get started designing, drawing, and illustrating using Adobe Illustrator. This course covers how to use essential features so you can set up, create, edit, and finalize your design.

Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. This course covers core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, for the web, or for assets that will find their way into other applications. Tony Harmer explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each Illustrator drawing tool. 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
  • How to use exercise files
  • How to send feedback
1. Getting Started
  • What is Adobe Illustrator?
  • Installing Illustrator via Creative Cloud
  • Touring the Illustrator interface
2. Navigating Your Documents
  • Navigating a single document
  • Working with Illustrator's panels
  • Building and saving your own workspace
  • Creating and using custom views
3. Working with Artboards
  • What are Illustrator Artboards?
  • Creating multi-artboard documents
  • Exploring the Artboards panel
  • Changing the size and shape of Artboards
4. Working with Layers
  • Layers in Illustrator Files
  • Creating and editing Layers
  • Targeting objects inside the layers panel
  • Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
5. Drawing Basic Shapes
  • Using the Selection and Direct Selection Tools
  • Drawing basic shapes
  • Drawing with the line tools
  • The Pencil Tool and Brush Tool
  • Modifying existing shapes and paths
6. Transforming Objects
  • Grouping and Ungrouping objects
  • Using Isolation Mode to edit grouped artwork
  • Transforming Objects
  • Repeating transformations
  • Using Transform Each
7. Working with Fills & Strokes
  • Creating and using gradient fills
  • The Gradient Annotator
  • Adding strokes to your objects
  • Adding endpoints and dashed lines to your strokes
  • Creating variable width strokes
8. Working with Color
  • Understanding CMYK vs. RGB color
  • Understanding process, spot, and global swatches
  • Working with color groups
  • Loading .ASE files into Illustrator
9. Using the Appearance Panel
  • What are Appearances?
  • Exploring the Appearance panel
  • Applying multiple fills and strokes
  • Working with effects
  • Saving appearances as graphic styles
  • Bonus: Appearances, advanced demo
10. Creating Complex Shapes
  • Creating compound paths and shapes
  • Working with the Pathfinder panel and Shape modes
  • Smoothing and erasing paths
  • Creating artwork with the Shape Builder tool
  • Using the Shaper tool
11. Working with the Pen Tool
  • Mastering the Pen tool
  • Challenge: Using the Pen tool
  • Solution: Using the Pen tool
12. Working with Type
  • Creating point and area type objects
  • Using placeholder text
  • Exploring the type panels
  • Setting type onto a path
  • The Touch-Type tool
  • Adding Typekit desktop fonts to Illustrator
  • Converting text into paths
13. Using Raster Graphics in Illustrator
  • Placing linked images into Illustrator
  • Working with the Links panel
  • Embedding images into your Illustrator documents
  • Using clipping masks
  • Using the image trace panel
  • Converting pixels into paths
14. Libraries
  • What are CC libraries?
  • Adding content to CC libraries
  • Mobile tools and Illustrator
15. Printing and Exporting Artwork
  • Printing your artwork
  • Packaging files for print production
  • Legacy Save for Web
  • Using the Asset Export panel
  • Exporting image files
  • Deciding which courses to watch next
  • Bye for now

Taught by

Tony Harmer

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