Adobe® Illustrator® Creative Cloud®: Essentials for Creating Projects


Adobe® Illustrator® Creative Cloud®: Essentials for Creating Projects


Lesson Info

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.


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