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Illustrator CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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Create amazing works of art and design with Adobe Illustrator CC 2019. This course showcases the fundamentals of Illustrator: drawing, painting, and working with artboards.

Discover how to design and create amazing works of art using Adobe Illustrator CC 2019, the world’s most powerful vector-based drawing program. This comprehensive training course is the first in a series of three courses by industry pro Deke McClelland. Learn how to work with artboards; how to draw anything you can imagine with the Pencil, Curvature, and Pen tools; and how to start organizing color in your artwork with the help of swatches. Deke also covers drawing shapes, adjusting strokes, formatting text with variable fonts, and painting freeform artwork, with or without a tablet. Each chapter leaves you with a new set of skills—and a real sense of accomplishment.


  • The most comprehensive Illustrator training
  • A few important items before you begin
01. Working with Documents
  • A first look at Illustrator
  • Opening from the Windows desktop
  • Opening from the Macintosh Finder
  • Introducing the Start screen
  • Creating a new document
  • The units of design: Points and picas
  • The Advanced document settings
  • Activate missing fonts
  • Modifying your new document
  • Saving your changes
  • Closing open documents on the PC
  • Closing open documents on the Mac
02. Working with Artboards
  • Pages of any size, at any angle
  • Using the Artboard tool
  • Undo, Redo, and Revert
  • Selecting multiple artboards
  • Creating and duplicating artboards
  • Five ways to resize artboards
  • Introducing the Artboards panel
  • Navigating between artboards
  • Aligning and distributing artboards
  • Automatically tidying up your artboards
  • Artboards and rulers
03. Getting Around
  • Navigating your artwork
  • Zooming in and out
  • Using the more precise Zoom tool
  • Zooming on a selection (or not)
  • Animated zooming and GPU Performance
  • Scrolling (or panning) a document
  • Specifying a custom zoom level
  • Working with multiple open documents
  • Customizing your panels (important!)
  • Saving your custom panels as a workspace
  • Cycling between screen modes
  • Trim view presentation mode
04. Drawing Lines
  • Now, we draw
  • Creating center guides
  • Using the Line Segment tool
  • Straight lines and the bounding box
  • 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
05. 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 five-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
06. Color and Swatches
  • How color works
  • The color modes: RGB vs. CMYK
  • Hue, saturation, and brightness
  • Selecting a color from the spectrum
  • 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
07. Strokes, Dashes, and Arrows
  • The rick 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
08. Creating and Formatting Type
  • Text at its best
  • Placing and flowing text
  • Converting between area and point type
  • Modifying the text frame
  • Creating custom margins guides
  • Changing the font and type style
  • Introducing variable fonts
  • Paragraph alignment
  • Type size and leading
  • Dialing in custom variable styles
  • Creating your own custom italics
  • Kerning characters of type
  • Roman hanging punctuation
  • Filling and stroking text
09. Building Custom Paths
  • Join and the Shape Builder
  • Using the Join command
  • Using the Join tool
  • Object > Path > Outline Stroke
  • 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 Tol
  • A world-leading 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 a path one point at a time
  • Drawing with the Curvature tool
  • Working with smooth and corner points
  • Creating and editing open path outlines
  • Tracing a photographic detail
  • Adding a basic textured fill
  • Shape-building a castle wall
  • A first look at gradients
  • Editing a shape with the Curvature tool
  • A first look at object blends
  • Duplicating and scaling a complex object
  • Drawing a custom letterform
  • Creating a rippling line segment
  • Adding a piece of vector-based clipart
13. Using the Pen Tool
  • The one tool that can draw anything
  • Creating corner points
  • Adding and deleting anchor points
  • How smooth points work
  • Drawing smooth points
  • Drawing cusp points
  • Using the Anchor Point tool
  • Real-world drawing with the Pen tool
  • Drawing a very complex path outline
  • Copying and repurpose path segments
  • Drawing a lot with very few points
  • Creating dimension with shadows
  • Shading the eye, ear, and nose
  • Drawing smoothly waving path outlines
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 smartphone 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
  • Asset export time-saving tricks
  • Until next time

Taught by

Deke McClelland

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