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Illustrator on the iPad: Typography and Type Effects

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Illustrator on the iPad has arrived. Discover what this easy-to-use—and surprisingly powerful—app has to offer when it comes to type and type effects.

Illustrator on the iPad has arrived. Adobe has reimagined their popular desktop design and illustration package to leverage the unique capabilities of the iPad. In this course, Nigel French highlights what this easy-to-use—and surprisingly powerful—app has to offer, showing graphic designers and illustrators what’s possible with type and type effects on the iPad. Nigel focuses on what users can accomplish when working exclusively within Illustrator on the iPad. He delves into simple and complex type effects, demonstrating the following features: the Shape Builder and the Combine Shapes options, clipping masks and compound paths, color and opacity, type on a path, and the exciting repeat options. Tune in to get up to speed with the Illustrator app, so you can quickly start creating great-looking type on your tablet.


  • Unleash the power of Illustrator on your iPad
  • Using Adobe Fonts on the iPad
  • Some notes on the course
1. Simple Type Effects
  • Basic type options
  • Modifying letter shapes
  • Giving type personality
  • Rotate type
  • Vertical type
  • Cracked type
  • Using variable type
  • Shaped text
  • Fully justified type
  • Hand drawn with the Blob Brush
  • Go bigger
2. Combining and Dividing Shapes
  • Create a monogram using Shape Builder
  • Create a 3D shadow effect with Minus Front
  • Create a type treatment using divide all
  • Custom drop cap
  • Minimalist type
  • Design negative space using divide all
  • Exclude overlap
3. Pattern
  • Grid repeat
  • Radial repeat
  • Radial repeat and clipping masks
  • Create a clockface with radial repeat
  • Mirror repeat
4. Clipping Masks and Compound Paths
  • Picture in type
  • Picture in type variant
  • Clipping mask entwine
  • Compound path entwined
  • Clipping mask opposites
  • Clipping mask positive and negative space
  • Clipping mask cropped type
  • Slicing type
5. Color and Transparency
  • Type and gradient
  • Gradients and transparency
  • Using blend modes
  • More blend modes
  • Blend modes and texture
  • Color SVG fonts
6. Type on a Path
  • Type along a path
  • Type around a circle, part 1
  • Type around a circle, part 2
  • Exploring type on a path
  • Skew
7. Shadows and Outlines
  • Drop shadow
  • Shadow only
  • Multiple strokes
  • Offset path
  • Shaded shadow
  • Dimensional shadow
  • Chromatic type
  • Stay connected

Taught by

Nigel French


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