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Mastering Illustrator Tools & Techniques for Creating Geometric Grid-Based Designs

via Skillshare


Level up your Illustrator skills & unleash your creativity by taming & mastering a range of tools & techniques for creating precise, eye-catching & unique geometric designs in Adobe Illustrator with our special tips & workflows ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

It is fascinating how many completely different things you can create by only using geometric elements as a basis for your design! Working with geometric shapes and creating precise, coherent and original work can seem like a complex and laborious process, but it does not have to be! Versatile tools available in Adobe Illustrator make the creation of even more elaborate geometric designs relatively quick and painless, and with this class I invite you to tame and master a range of Illustrator tools & techniques so you can easily work with precision, speed up your workflow and unleash your creativity by focusing on the most fun and important part of the creative process which is experimenting with different compositions and developing your visual ideas!

I am Jenya from Attitude Creative, and as a graphic designer I am naturally drawn to the innate perfection of geometric shapes. In this class I will share with you my special tips, tricks & workflows for creating bold, eye-catching & unique geometric designs in Adobe Illustrator and my favourite game-changing approach to developing and using custom geometric grids as a creative instrument and structural basis for your designs. Apart from showing you how to take full advantage of Adobe Illustrator's tools and techniques, I will also share with you how to methodically develop and tackle creating geometric designs one step at a time, and highlight design principles and considerations to help you make conscious design decisions and push the boundaries of your creativity.

Whether you are into creating elaborate geometric designs, or something minimalistic, or something in-between, this class will provide you with a framework which you can use to create:

  • surface patterns;
  • print designs,
  • illustrations & graphic art;
  • digital lettering & custom typefaces;
  • packaging designs;
  • logos & icons;
  • infographics.

This class is suitable for anyone who is interested in creating geometric designs, and I will walk you through everything you need to know to create precise and exciting geometric grid-based designs in Adobe Illustrator. Whether you want to create your very first geometric design in Illustrator or take your geometric designs and Illustrator skills to a next level and unlock your creative potential by exploring new creative techniques, this is a class for you!

In this class you will learn:

  • How to take advantage of document settings and Illustrator preferences to have a smooth workflow and work with precision;
  • How to easily create a range of standard but versatile geometric grids and how to get the most out of a range of Illustrator tools when devising custom grids;
  • How to use your grids to develop both shape-based and linear designs;
  • How to add more personality to your geometric designs by styling them in a number of different ways;
  • And how to finalise your designs and prepare them for output.

To make sure your get the most out of this class I have provided a number of downloadable resources which you can find in the Projects & Resources tab and additional tips available as notes to the videos throughout the class, as well as a detailed table of contents to make it easier for you to navigate through the class!

I cannot wait to see what you create!

Research & Inspiration:

  • Geometric Designs & Patterns board on Pinterest



To celebrate the launch of this class we are running a special contest in which you can win 1 Year of Skillshare Premium Membership!

To participate:

  • Post your project in this class before 12 pm EST on Monday, 23 September 2019;
  • Leave a review for this class;
  • Follow us on Skillshare.

Cannot wait to see your submissions! Good luck!



  • Introduction & Class Overview
  • Your Class Project & Contest
  • Understanding Geometric Grids
  • Illustrator Document Setup
  • Illustrator Preferences, Workspace & View Settings
  • Creating Standard Grids: Introduction
  • Creating Regular Rectangular & Square Grids
  • Creating Irregular Rectangular Grids
  • Creating Regular & Irregular Polar Grids
  • Creating Isometric & Hexagonal Grids
  • Combining Standard Grids
  • Creating Custom Grids: Design Considerations
  • Adding Custom Linear Elements to Your Grids
  • Tips & Tricks for Creating Geometric Shapes for Your Grids
  • Modifying Shapes Using the Live Shape Properties
  • Creating Custom Shapes Using Pathfinder
  • Composing Grid Elements with the Transform Tools
  • Repeating & Transforming Grid Elements with the Blend Tool
  • Design Considerations & Approaches to Creating Grid-Based Designs
  • Preparing Your Grids for Creating Shape-Based Designs
  • Developing Shape-Based Designs Using the Live Paint Bucket Tool
  • Combining Grid Modules into Larger Shapes
  • Creating Shape-Based Designs Using the Shape Builder Tool
  • Tips & Tricks for Creating Linear Designs
  • Tips & Techniques for Colouring Your Designs
  • Styling Geometric Designs: Introduction
  • Styling Your Designs Using Strokes
  • Creating Gaps Between Shapes by Offsetting Paths
  • Customising Your Designs Using Live Corners
  • Texturing Your Designs Using Patterns
  • Styling Your Designs Using Repeating Linear Elements
  • Developing Your Designs Using Gradients
  • Troubleshooting & Preparing Your Work for Output
  • Tips & Ideas for Tiling Geometric Designs
  • Saving Your Work for Web & Print
  • Final Thoughts & Conclusion
  • Bonus: Making of Geometric Design with Blends & Gradients
  • Bonus: Making of Geometric Grid Based Letterform

Taught by

Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand

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