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Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

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Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App

Brian Wood

Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

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52. Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App


Class Trailer
1 Class Introduction 01:23 2 What is Adobe Illustrator? 06:24 3 Explore the Interface 11:45 4 Create and Save New Documents 07:03 5 Zoom and Navigate 07:23 6 Working with Artboards 18:11 7 Introduction to Layers 18:53 8 Rulers and Guides 09:05
9 Shapes and Drawing 45:27 10 Aligning and Combining Shapes 15:31 11 Pen Tool 30:59 12 Manipulating Stroke and Fill 14:39 13 Creating and Editing with Color 17:36 14 Painting with Gradients 10:36 15 Getting Started with Patterns 08:11 16 Adding Text To Your Document 08:43 17 Formatting Text 11:35 18 Strokes and Variable Strokes in Adobe Illustrator 16:55 19 Rotating Objects in Adobe Illustrator 08:42 20 Effects and the Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator 10:58 21 Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator 12:43 22 Working with Linked Content in Adobe Illustrator 10:14 23 Packaging your Project for Handoff in Adobe Illustrator 04:28 24 Best Formats to Save Your Files 14:35 25 Select Like a Pro: Layers, Groups, & Other Unique Tools 33:57 26 Edit Paths Like a Pro in Adobe Illustrator 08:41 27 Editing Paths: Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator 03:31 28 Creating & Applying Brushes to Artwork in Adobe Illustrator 18:21 29 Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator 03:09 30 Editing Paths: Join Tool in Adobe Illustrator 10:46 31 Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator® 02:11 32 Pen Tool Shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator 16:44 33 Other Drawing Tools & Methods in Adobe Illustrator 07:05 34 Transforming Techniques in Adobe Illustrator 05:35 35 Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator 02:19 36 Get to Know Your Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator 17:42 37 Exploring Effects in Adobe Illustrator 10:01 38 Work Smarter with Graphic Styles in Adobe Illustrator 04:50 39 Color Inspiration in Adobe Illustrator 09:34 40 Type Effects in Adobe Illustrator 11:18 41 Masking Your Artwork in Adobe Illustrator 13:40 42 Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator® 15:47 43 Capture Artwork with Creative Cloud Apps & Adobe Illustrator 12:21 44 Tracing Raster Images in Adobe Illustrator 13:40 45 Blending Artwork in Adobe Illustrator 12:47 46 Using Symbols in Adobe Illustrator 10:47 47 Using a Perspective Grid in Adobe Illustrator 09:05 48 Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator 08:45 49 GPU Performance in Adobe Illustrator 03:51 50 Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator 06:49 51 App Integration in Adobe Illustrator 11:52 52 Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App 04:42 53 Shaper Tool in Adobe Illustrator 06:06 54 Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator 01:31 55 Text Enhancements in Adobe Illustrator 02:11 56 SVG Export in Adobe Illustrator 06:50

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Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App

I'm gonna get my list open here. So let me get my list going. It's hard when you go through a lot of different phases of Illustrator and you work with a lot of different versions, to keep track of what's new. There's just, there's so much going on it seems like, all the time. So let me, I've got a little list here I just wanna make sure that we do. Okay, we talked a little bit about working with libraries in the course itself. Libraries are phenomenal just because, as you can see, with the Libraries panel that we see in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, we can go and take this content and you can either pull from the apps, pull it right in here if you want to, or we can go and pull and create content from all the different applications, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and it's all right there. So we can use it as much as we need, as many times as we need. And like I said before, to be able to take these libraries and actually share them with people, is awesome. To me this the best...

part. If I take a library, and let's say I just created this and I wanna give this all to you, 'cause I'm a very nice person. I could come right here and click on Share Link. It's gonna take me out to the browser and it's gonna tell me, right now, you don't have this set up for sharing. We're actually gonna be able to see every one of our assets up here that we have available. I can say, let's create a public link. You can then come down here and you can either put in a bunch of email addresses if you want to send to people, or you can just copy the public link here and send that separately. However you want to do it. But what's gonna happen is, somebody's gonna click on that link, once they get this email, and it's gonna say, "Do you wanna add it to your Creative Cloud?" You can download it to your Creative Cloud. You're gonna get this library to work with then. There's been a lot of designers, a lot of artists that are creating artwork for Illustrator and for Adobe in general, that are sharing their libraries. And you can find that on the Adobe blogs. Sometimes they'll say that. They'll be like, "Hey, so-and-so just did a project for us. "Why don't you grab the library they used?" I love that. With the advanced options you get, say you can also just look at it or download it and look at it. So you've gotta, kind of pick what you want people to do. So, kinda' neat. And up here, once you get up here, if you try this, you can see that we can see all the different libraries that we have, let me go back, all the different libraries available. And you're gonna be able to see all the assets in each one and kind of do different things with them up here. So, alright, that is that. I forgot to mention this during the class, somebody had told me about a way to learn the pen tool. I think you had mentioned it, I forgot. There were a couple websites that I wanted to show you real quick and just mention. Adobe actually has a website called Play the Pen Tool Game. And, just search for Play the Pen Tool Game, and it's really, I just, I've done it. I did it for the first time today. I was looking at it and I'm like, "What is this?" It's really cool. You actually go through and you just say, let's start it out. It give you a little run through of what it is, and says, alright, press escape, and your path, play. You actually have to save the spaceship as it goes through the maze and not have it crash. So it does all these little things to make it so you have to kind of work with it, right? I'll let it crash anyway, that's fine, okay. There's another one called The Bezier Game. And it's a game, you just search for The Bezier Game if you wanna do that. And the idea here, this is the coolest thing in the world. That's SVG, by the way, anyway. And then tap on "get started". You're going in and you're like, let's skip. You have to create this path in so many nodes. It says you only have, like 10 nodes or something, and if you don't do it in 10, you fail. So it's trying to get your skill, up your game a little bit, to be able to work. It's kinda cool. It's a clever way to be able to get people in to the pen tool. Okay, let me get back over to Illustrator. I just wanted to mention that. I forgot about it. I'm gonna reset my workspace, just quickly. We also have, what's new in Illustrator, we have something called, and I should mention this, a Recent Files workspace. I haven't used it yet. I'm still kind of on the fence on whether I will, but I might. If I click on Recent Files, there's actually a panel in here called Recent Files. It's pretty much like the start screen. So you could have this off on the side and I can make it a little bit smaller, put other panels out here too. But you could use this to jump to the projects you've already opened, recent files, different things like that. You can create new files. There's a couple things that you can do in here to work with this. That's called the Recent Files workspace, so kinda cool.

Class Description

The world’s top designers use Adobe® Illustrator® for its powerful, vector-based drawing environment – and now you can gain fluency in it, as well! Join Brian Wood for a dynamic course on everything you need to know about Adobe Illustrator.

By walking you through a series of projects on Adobe Illustrator, Brian will give you a comprehensive toolkit that will answer any need, including:

  • Getting started in Adobe Illustrator and familiarizing yourself with its workspace
  • Creating color using a variety of methods
  • Creating and transforming artwork, working with text, and importing images
  • Tricks and techniques for drawing: selecting and editing, and working with layers
  • Creating custom patterns, brushes, and symbols
  • Exploring built-in visual effects libraries
You’ll also tackle more advanced Adobe Illustrator topics, like the perspective grid, Creative Cloud libraries, effects, live paint groups and selection, blends, and the shape builder tool.



I am a pretty computer literate person but an Ai beginner i.e. I am completely new to the Creative Cloud/Adobe Illustrator. (This is also the first time I've used CreativeLive.) I think this course it is fantastic. The pace is good as is the content which progressed logically and covers all the basics you'd hope it would. The course is 2 full days' worth of material but it is broken down into segments so you can revisit or skip through as you need to. The presenter is really personable and easy to watch (even for me, a Londoner!). I would also say I think it is pretty good value for money -- I am currently enrolled on a part time course, basically doing the same sort of stuff, and I have to say this is better and a bit cheaper! I definitely recommend it to you!


A brilliantly designed course. it's almost magic. It's everything you hope for in a follow-along software class. Brian Wood has engineered it so that you start on a project that just needs basics, and then you move on to more & more complicated projects, and almost without realizing it you've learned Illustrator. This doesn't just happen -- Wood has clearly put a LOT of effort into creating this course. Here's one trivial example: he doesn't overload you with a lot of keyboard shortcuts right at the beginning -- you start with the actions themselves, using the (admittedly tedious but easy) pulldown menus, and then after you're comfortable with what you're doing, he'll throw in the shortcut. It may seem obvious, but so many instructors feel they have to give you an extensive foundation of definitions, shortcuts, interfaces, etc., before you ever do anything. Good stuff to know, but you'll never remember it. Wood has you up and working almost immediately. And he's a joy to listen to, at a perfect pace. Highly recommended.

Philippe LIENARD

Top course. Very well explained, clear, good examples, pleasant teacher. I like it and recommend it. One suggestion, it would be nice to have a detailed table of content of the course in the material. For instance, it took me quite a while to find back the part of the course where how to make a gear was explained.