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Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

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What is Adobe Illustrator?

Brian Wood

Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

Brian Wood

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2. What is Adobe Illustrator?


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1 Class Introduction Duration:01:23
2 What is Adobe Illustrator? Duration:06:24
3 Explore the Interface Duration:11:45
5 Zoom and Navigate Duration:07:23
6 Working with Artboards Duration:18:11
7 Introduction to Layers Duration:18:53
8 Rulers and Guides Duration:09:05
9 Shapes and Drawing Duration:45:27
10 Aligning and Combining Shapes Duration:15:31
11 Pen Tool Duration:30:59
12 Manipulating Stroke and Fill Duration:14:39
14 Painting with Gradients Duration:10:36
15 Getting Started with Patterns Duration:08:11
16 Adding Text To Your Document Duration:08:43
17 Formatting Text Duration:11:35

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What is Adobe Illustrator?

How's everybody doing? Great. Great, all right. So, like Jim said today is all about beginners, today is just about getting started, getting warmed up, kind of getting used to Illustrator. I'm not gonna kill you about it, we're not gonna go crazy, but we've got a lot of ground to cover today, so, what I really wanna do is I wanna talk for a few seconds here about things like who is the class for. Illustrator is for anybody that needs to create general artwork. Vector based artwork. I know a lot of people who do marketing, print designers, web, I actually do web, I do web design, web developing. UI, UX, people that do production, just about anybody that needs to get in and create vector artwork, and we're gonna talk more about what vector artwork is versus raster artwork. What will you learn? Okay, we're gonna learn a lot today. We're gonna talk about what Illustrator is, I'm gonna go a little further into that and show you guys some cool examples of Illustrator artwork. We're gonna...

go through and just learn about the interface, talk about creating documents, working with art boards. How many of you guys have worked with art boards? Okay. Work a little bit with art boards, we're gonna go through and talk about color, type, shapes, drawing, all kinds of stuff, but once again we're starting from ground up, which is great. And at the end we're gonna go through and talk about what it is all about, what is saving in the different formats that we need to use? I hate this slide. Who am I? I wrote the book, yes. I've written the book for the past six versions and I do a lot with Illustrator, a lot with Illustrator. I actually have a website,, Twitter if you guys wanna jump on. I wanna tell you my YouTube channel because I've got a lot of great free, it's YouTube, free videos on Illustrator, inDesign, Photoshop, all that stuff you guys can take a look at. Let's get started, shall we? Does everybody have Illustrator open? Let me close this up here. All right so I wanna talk first about what Illustrator is, because Illustrator is one of those programs that kind of fits into the creative cloud these days. We have Illustrator, inDesign and Photoshop. How many of you have used inDesign? Okay. How many of you have used Photoshop? That's kind of a silly question, I know. But Illustrator fits in there because it is vector. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna open up a file that I've got. You don't have to do this, just kind of hang out for one second. And I wanna talk about what vector versus raster is. Now when we work with Illustrator we're actually creating artwork. I'm gonna zoom in here. We're creating artwork that is composed of points and paths. Okay? You're gonna be drawing a lot of things. Does anybody like to draw or is good at drawing? When you hear drawing I'm not trying to scare you because there's a lot of ways to create in here, we don't have to be good at drawing, okay? We're creating artwork, that's a great thing. Vector artwork is actually clean and smooth which means that we could create a logo that's this big, you could take that thing and scale it up to the side of a billboard and it would still look and print beautifully because it's vector. It's made of little points called anchor points and paths between them. It's all based on math. We don't need to go further than that. How many of you work in Photoshop? I already asked that, I know. But when you work in Photoshop you work with raster images. Raster images basically composed of pixels of color, so you kind of have a mosaic, and when you create these little pixels of color if you try to scale that and go bigger without the help of Photoshop it's gonna look really bad, okay? Because it's gotta take those color squares and just make them bigger so you're gonna start to see a stair step pyramid type thing going on, okay? This is why we love vector. Vector can do all kinds of things. What I'm gonna do real quick here is I'm gonna open up some examples that I just, I've got about six billion in here but we're gonna run through a few of these, okay? You can create logos, you can create artwork for tee shirts. I know companies that will actually create the dashboard of a card when they want to design it using Illustrator. We can go in and do things like work on web design for instance. This is actually a web design right here. We can do UX and UI prototyping if we want. This is a beautiful design, which is actually one of the files in my book created in here. You can see it has kind of a vector quality. When I click on objects out here you'll notice if I zoom in here a little bit that it actually is made of little points that we could go in and we could actually start to work with and start to edit. That's vector right there. Beautifully illustrative. But also you can be a little more realistic if you want to. There's some really cool things you can do in here. But a lot of us are gonna use it simply. There's a little more artwork, I'll show you that one. We can use it for objects that we're gonna use in inDesign. We can create vector artwork for that. We can take this stuff over to Photoshop if we want to and combine the two using raster images and maybe vector artwork for logos and different things like that. This is an example. Yeah, this is my signature. Whenever I do PDF forms, I came in here with the pencil tool and went, and just use that for my PDF signature. You're gonna see we can create things like, let's say marketing materials if we want to in here. This program has what are called artboards, or just think of them as pages, okay? We can go in and we can do things like add type or lay down type. We can work with raster images directly in here. We can create our different vector artwork and we can save about up to 100 pages if we want to in single file. So we have a hundred art boards we can work with. And then of course we can go a little more realistic if we want to. This is an example of using raster artwork that we can bring in here maybe from Photoshop or something like that, and create ourselves a design. These are some logo icons that we're creating here. Maybe for web, UI, UX, that type of thing. And then a lot of us are gonna use this for just logo design. We can do logo design in here, do a lot of different types. I'm just gonna quickly run through a few of these. This is for one of my companies right here. There's another one obviously, that's mine. But the idea here is that when we see logos out in the world a lot of times we want to be able to take that logo and scale it. We want to use it on a business card, we want to use it on letterhead, whatever we're doing, website, et cetera, and here this affords us the ability as vector artwork to do that. Does that kind of make sense? The vector thing? Okay.

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.