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Illustrator CC 2018 Essential Training

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

Illustrator—the world's leading vector illustration software—can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. This course teaches 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. Instructor Tony Harmer shows you how to get around the interface, and explains elements of Adobe Illustrator, such as artboards, workspaces, layers, and shapes. He discusses vector graphics—which are composed of paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to create and edit them using the Illustrator drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize artwork into groups and layers. Tony also covers typography and text editing, color, expressive brush drawing, effects, leveraging CC Libraries, printing and export, and much more.


  • Welcome
  • How to use the 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 panels in Illustrator
  • Building and saving your own workspace
  • Creating and using custom views
  • The 2018 Properties panel
3. Working with Artboards
  • What are Illustrator artboards?
  • Working with multi-artboard documents
  • Changing and rearranging artboards
4. Working with Layers
  • Layers in Illustrator files
  • Creating, arranging, and deleting layers
  • Targeting objects inside the Layers panel
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 Anchor Display
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 and 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
10. Creating Complex Shapes
  • Creating compound paths and shapes
  • Working with the Pathfinder panel and Shape modes
  • Creating artwork with the Shape Builder tool
  • Using the Shaper tool
  • Smoothing and erasing paths
11. Working with the Pen Tool
  • Mastering the Pen tool
  • The Curvature tool
12. Working with Type
  • Creating point and area type objects
  • Exploring the type panels
  • Adding Typekit desktop fonts to Illustrator
  • Setting type onto a path
  • SVG fonts
  • Converting text into paths
  • The Touch-Type tool
13. Using Raster Graphics in Illustrator
  • Placing linked images into Illustrator
  • Embedding images into your Illustrator documents
  • Cropping images
  • Using clipping masks
  • Using the image trace panel
  • Converting pixels into paths
14. Creative Cloud and Illustrator
  • What are CC Libraries?
  • Adding content to CC Libraries
  • Mobile tools and Illustrator
  • Opening PDF files in 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

Taught by

Tony Harmer

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