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Illustrator CC 2017 One-on-One Fundamentals

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Learn how to create amazing art and designs with Adobe Illustrator CC. In this course, the first of a series of three, explore working with artboards, drawing, and painting.

Design and create amazing works of art using the powerful vector-based drawing program—Adobe Illustrator. This comprehensive training is the first in a series of three courses by industry pro Deke McClelland. Learn how to create multipage documents with artboards; how to draw anything you can imagine with the Pen, Pencil, and Curvature tools; and how to start adding color to your artwork with swatches. Deke also covers drawing shapes, adjusting strokes, formatting text, and painting digitally, with or without a tablet. Each chapter should leave you with a new set of skills—and a sense of accomplishment.

As Creative Cloud evolves, this course gets updated. Check back for new movies, new feature reviews, and new ways to work.


  • Welcome to One-on-One
  • The new Illustrator CC 2017 interface
1. Working with Documents
  • A first look at Illustrator
  • Opening from the Windows desktop
  • Opening from the Macintosh Finder
  • The Start screen and Recent Files panel
  • Creating a new document
  • Points, picas, and other units
  • The advanced document settings
  • Modifying your new document
  • Saving your changes
  • Closing open documents on the PC
  • Closing open documents on the Mac
2. Working with Artboards
  • Pages of any size, at any angle
  • Using the Artboard tool
  • Undo, Redo, and Revert
  • Deleting and scaling artboards
  • Creating and duplicating artboards
  • Artboard tips and tricks
  • Introducing the Artboard panel
  • Autoarranging artboards
  • Artboards and rulers
3. Getting Around
  • Navigating your artwork
  • Zooming in and out
  • Using the more precise Zoom tool
  • Animated zooming and GPU Performance
  • Scrolling (or panning) a document
  • Specifying a custom zoom level
  • Working with multiple open documents
  • Panels and workspaces (important!)
  • Cycling between screen modes
4. Drawing Lines
  • Now, we draw
  • Creating center guides
  • Using the Line Segment tool
  • Drawing straight lines
  • Duplicating and extending
  • Using the Move command
  • Introducing the Scissors tool
  • Joining your line segments
  • Using the Arc tool
  • Using the Rectangular Grid tool
  • Using the Polar Grid tool
  • Using the Spiral tool
  • Adding a circular end to a spiral
  • Adjusting the curvature of an arc
  • Centering all artwork on an artboard
5. Drawing Shapes
  • And now, we draw better
  • Creating a time-saving template
  • Using the Ellipse tool
  • Live ellipses and pies
  • Drawing two perfectly aligned circles
  • Creating compound paths
  • Using the Rectangle tool
  • The dynamic round corner controls
  • Adding some simple reflections
  • Rotating your artwork into position
  • Using the Polygon and Star tools
  • Working with live polygons
  • Creating the perfect 5-pointed star
  • Repeating stars in alternating rows
  • Introducing the Group Isolation mode
  • Adding a drop shadow to a layer
  • Using the crazy Flare tool
  • The top-secret tilde key trick
6. Color and Swatches
  • How color works
  • The color modes: RGB vs. CMYK
  • Hue, saturation, and brightness
  • Selecting a color from the spectrum ramp
  • Creating and applying swatches
  • Working with global swatches
  • Searching swatches by name
  • Auto-deleting and adding swatches
  • Using the Eyedropper tool
  • Loading swatches from another document
7. Strokes, Dashes, and Arrows
  • The rich world of strokes
  • Adjusting the line weight
  • How strokes align to path outlines
  • Caps, joins, and miter limit
  • Making practical use of caps and joins
  • Dashes and arrowheads
  • Variable-width strokes
  • Numerically adjusting Width Points
  • Custom aligning strokes to paths
  • Creating a custom Width Profile
  • Creating a classic round-dotted outline
  • Drawing a quick-and-dirty gear
  • Combining multiple strokes
  • Offsetting strokes to simulate depth
8. Creating and Formatting Type
  • Text at its best
  • Setting up page margins
  • Placing and flowing text
  • Creating multicolumn text frames
  • The Smart Punctuation command
  • Working with point type
  • Formatting display text
  • Fitting headline and optical kerning
  • Formatting body copy
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Resolving widows and orphans
  • Finding a character with the Glyphs panel
  • Creating a paragraph style
  • Redefining a paragraph style
  • Creating type on a path
9. Building Custom Paths
  • Using Join and the Shape Builder
  • Using the Join command
  • Using the Join tool
  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • More ways to use the Shape Builder
  • Creating a real-world project
  • Creating an inset reflection
  • Coloring a path with the Shape Builder
  • Sculpting with variable-width strokes
  • Converting text to path outlines
  • Gap detection and path splitting
  • Drawing with the Shaper tool
  • Combining paths with the Shaper tool
  • Editing paths inside a Shaper Group
10. Using the Pencil Tool
  • The world’s best freeform drawing tool
  • Drawing freeform path outlines
  • The Smooth tool and Path Eraser
  • Extending and connecting paths
  • Drawing straight and perpendicular lines
  • Creating a tracing template
  • Combining the Pencil with a drawing tablet
  • Coloring your Pencil tool art
11. Painting and Erasing
  • The best tools for painting
  • Painting with the Blob Brush
  • Fusing path outlines together
  • Introducing the Eraser tool
  • Reassigning keyboard shortcuts
  • Merging selected paths
  • Releasing compound paths
  • Erasing and smoothing lumps
  • Painting with a few simple clicks
  • Reducing the roundness value
  • Painting with a drawing tablet
12. Using the Curvature Tool
  • Drawing one point at a time
  • Drawing with the Curvature tool
  • Working with smooth and corner points
  • Curvature tool curiosities
  • Creating quick smooth shapes
  • Tracing a custom path outline
  • Drawing slender, organic forms
  • Adding line art embellishments
  • Creating a paint-splattered background
13. Using the Pen Tool
  • The tool that can draw anything
  • Creating corner points
  • How smooth points work
  • Drawing smooth points
  • Creating cusp points
  • Using the Anchor Point tool
  • Real-world drawing with the Pen tool
  • Drawing perspective edges
  • Drawing a few distress marks
  • Drawing a long perspective shadow
  • Getting smooth results from smooth points
  • Giving a letter a 3D beveled edge
  • Combining curved and straight segments
  • A preview of round corners
14. Drawing with Round Corners
  • Making corners smooth
  • The round corner widget
  • Rounding off corner points
  • Changing the corner type
  • Rounding characters of type
  • Absolute vs. relative rounding
  • Drawing with rounded rectangles
  • Drawing an iPhone
  • Decorating an iPhone screen
  • Drawing a leather smart phone case
  • Colorizing a line art template
  • Turning corners into organic curves
  • Reshaping rounded paths
15. Making Screen Graphics
  • Saving for devices and the web
  • Aligning objects to the pixel grid
  • Aligning objects as you draw or modify them
  • Aligning text to the pixel grid
  • Introducing the Save for Web command
  • Scaling your art to suit its destination
  • For devices and presentations, use PNG
  • Saving an 8-bit graphic
  • Saving a JPEG image
  • Saving vector-based SVG files
  • Assigning a copyright
  • Using the Export for Screens command
  • Using the Asset Export panel
  • Until next time

Taught by

Deke McClelland

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