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Introducing Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool for creating great artwork, but it can be hard to get started. This beginner’s guide teaches you what you need to achieve great results.


  • A bright and confident beginning
1. Meet the Document
  • Welcome to the Home screen
  • Creating a new document
  • Welcome to the interface
  • Resizing and adding artboards
  • Getting around your document
2. Guides and Shapes
  • Creating snapping guidelines
  • Creating custom margin guides
  • Drawing geometric shapes
  • Drawing straight lines
  • Creating a borderless background
3. Beautifully Smooth Lines
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Editing a path with the Pencil tool
  • Painting with the Blob Brush
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Simplifying path outlines
4. Text and Formatting
  • Installing fonts with Adobe Fonts
  • Creating and formatting text
  • Working with point type
  • Creating type on a path
  • Converting type to outlines
5. Fills and Strokes
  • Creating color swatches
  • Introducing the Appearance panel
  • Filling and stroking type
  • Applying variable-width strokes
  • Using the Gradient tool
  • Creating a radial gradient
  • Creating a freeform gradient
  • Using the Eyedropper tool
6. Edit and Organize
  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • Copy, Flip, and Join
  • Offsetting a path outline
  • Groups vs. compound paths
  • Select and isolate
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Introducing the Layers panel
7. Rotate, Reflect, and Scale
  • Using the Rotate tool
  • Using the Reflect tool
  • Using a Pathfinder operation
  • Rotating by the numbers
  • Duplicating a transformation
  • Using the Scale tool
  • Drawing a quick and easy penguin face
8. Precise Path Adjustments
  • Reshaping any path outline
  • Copy, Paste, Join, Offset
  • Using the Blend tool
  • Dynamic round corners
  • Adjusting control handles
  • Dragging curved segments
  • Using the Anchor Point tool
9. The Curvature and Pen Tools
  • Using the Curvature tool
  • Introducing the Pen tool
  • Drawing curves with the Pen
  • Smooth points and cusps
  • Drawing real-world paths
10. Dynamic Effects
  • Applying drop shadows
  • Editing a dynamic effect
  • Creating a perfect dotted outline
  • Using the Transform effect
  • Automatically tracing a photograph
  • Expanding a traced image
11. Live Paint
  • Introducing Live Paint
  • Editing a Live Paint object
  • Creating interwoven path outlines
  • Live Paint and gradients
  • Next steps

Taught by

Deke McClelland


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