- Workspaces & Preferences
Jump right into the Illustrator interface with Jason, as he orients you to the workspaces available to you, presets and how to program your preferences, the properties panel, toolbar access and more. Learn Illustrator basics: how to navigate easily between files and within files, zooming, and where to find what you need in the menu.
- Document Set Up
Setting up a new document yields many options; whether you’re working in web design or t-shirt graphic design, learn which presets are advisable. Jason explains artboards and basic navigation shortcuts.
- Shape Creation
Jason reviews how to draw basic shapes using the selection tool, line segment tool, spiral tool, grid tool and polar grid tool. Learn essential shortcuts for quickly creating and even duplicating shapes.
- Basic Shape Editing
In this lesson, Jason models not just how to edit shapes to create more complex objects for projects such as icon design, but also how to do so in the most efficient way. Jason models how which tools to use in the transform and appearance panels to rotate, skew and scale objects. See how to quickly make a pie chart, dashed lines, arrows and scaled duplications.
More complex projects can require many layered elements: Jason teaches how you to create, manipulate and lock layers, modeling best practices that graphic designers use and sharing his recommendations. See how to use a clipping mask with layers.
- Advance Shape Editing and Transforming
Take your shape and line editing to the next level in this lesson with advanced techniques. Jason shows you how to see complex shapes in logo design as basic shapes edited and joined together. Learn how to use corner widgets, outline mode, the convert point tool and the powerful curvature tool, cousin of the pen tool.
- Advanced Editing Tools
More powerful tools: add the scale, reflect, rotate, width shape, shear and free transform tools to your vector art toolbelt. Jason models in real time the plethora of possibilities these tools offer, showing you what they are best utilized for and how they work together.
- Grids & Alignment
High-quality design is clean. In this lesson, learn how to use grids and guides to streamline your process and ensure consistency. Jason covers challenges and possibilities that stroke brings to alignment and when to work with a grid and when to turn it off. See how to use custom and smart guides, distribute spacing and objects and how to snap to pixel.
- Advanced Construction
Watch a master at work: Jason shows you how to create almost anything from shapes. Jason orients you to the pathfinder panel and shows you how to use the shape builder tool, divide function, trim feature, merge, crop, and minus back and front features. In this lesson, Jason employs a wide use of Illustrator tools to model advanced vector illustration.
- Live Paint & Image Trace
Why reinvent the wheel when you can be resourceful? Some projects may require the use of existing images or photos; learn how to import and edit them in Illustrator with live paint and image trace.
- Symbols & Patterns
Leaves on trees, fields of flowers and people in a crowd: creating symbols makes all of these designs easier. Jason shows how to scale up your designs with symbols and patterns. Learn how to edit and transform them and also access a vast library of resources.
- Appearance Panel
Jason shows how to have more control over design elements using the appearance panel options. Learn how to create impressively complex shapes with just one object and how to save graphic styles to apply your favorite effects. Jason explains the difference between expand and expand appearance, the top hit on his blog.
What should you know before your apply effects to your designs? What is the difference between Illustrator and Photoshop effects? What possibilities do effects bring, what should you look out for, how can you edit them and what are quick effects fixes? Jason takes you through a step-by-step demonstration of the power of artistic effects
- 3D Effects
Effects make 3D illustration simple. Jason shows how to create objects like tubes, plates, and a wine bottle with just a few steps. He models how to apply the bevel, extrude, revolve and rotate effects, as well as how to map artwork onto and edit 3D surfaces.
- Type & Text
InDesign may be the best software for heavy type work, however you may need to work in Illustrator with some projects involving text. Jason covers the basics of editing type: converting between point and paragraph type, how to access formatting options, dealing with text containers and overflow type and working with OpenType.
- Type Styles
In this lesson, Jason shows you how to use paragraph and character styles to format text in a consistent and efficient manner. Learn how to work with spacing, bullets and fonts.
- Color Overview
Jason teaches you the basics of working with color in Illustrator: using the color panel, color guide and color swatches. Learn the benefits of creating global colors and how to access and create color themes and harmonies to strengthen your designs. Jason shows you how to quickly recolor artwork.
- Chart Features
In this lesson, learn how to create standout charts, or in Jason’s words, “not clip art-y”. Jason shows you his chart-making process and how he uses Illustrator’s chart features to create basic graphs and then edits them to create sophisticated graphics. See how to display data in an elegant way.
- Gradients & Blends
Gradients will surprise you: Jason models various graphics you can create by just applying the gradient tool. Learn how to create the illusion of a 3D object with the blend tool.
Upon finishing your project you’ll be faced with many options for saving, exporting and sharing your file. Jason breaks down the differences between the options you have, sharing his recommendations. Learn how to export assets, save to the creative cloud and package files.