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Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 1 of 12

Class Introduction


Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 1 of 12

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

we're going to get started with all about Adobe Illustrator Afraid of Cloud 2019. Okay, so when we open up, illustrator, I've developed this entire layout here for you and illustrator and we're just gonna walk through some of the basic stuff inside the illustrator interface. First off, we're dealing with the toolbar here. And when you launch Illustrator, you're going to see the toolbar and they have revised the toolbar slightly in 2019. If you've used Illustrator before, you'll notice that there's a lot of the tools that are no longer Bradley visible. And what they've done at the bottom of the toolbar here is given this little dot, dot dot and you're going to see this little dot, dot dot on several of the panels because this is where they have your extra tools. So if you've never used illustrator, then you can jump right into the tools. If you've use Illustrator before and you're wondering where those tools are, click on the bottom and it tells you how to go through and customize and y...

ou'll see any of the tools that Aaron Gray are already residing in your toolbar. Anything that is not in grey, you can simply click on, and it adds it to your toolbar. If you would like to revert back to the original toolbar that you were used, Teoh, you can go up to what I call the cheese grater and click on the Advanced, and this will bring you back to the full toolbar that you were used to using an illustrator. If you've used it before, this is what I've used. So you have that choice. If you're toolbar for some reason, disappears and you go being and you accidentally close it, not a problem. Go under the window menu and we can go to our tool bars and we can come back and you can bring up your tool bars again by simply clicking on tool bars and click on your basic or advanced. And that's gonna bring your tools back. One of the other things that can happen to when you're working is you may accidentally hit your tab key, and you'll notice that your panels will disappear. It's always nice to know what key that you've hit because your cat runs across your keyboard or piece of paper. Something lands on it, and you hit something you don't remember what it was. It's the tab key. And by the way, this happens in all the adobe applications. So Tab Key turns it on Tab Key turns it off. One of the other nice features about Illustrator is, and this is unique to illustrator. And this is one thing that I really enjoy is we have a lot of tools in the tool bar nested together. That's not the point that I enjoy. What I like about this is when I want to use a certain set of tools. I can click on the tools and I get a fly out menu because we have a lot of tools that are nested together. We'll use a lot of these drawing tools all the time, and I would like to have much quicker access to these rather than just simply clicking on the toolbar, waiting for them to come up and then scrolling through. So if you click and hold on the tool with the mouse, come over to the far right side of the panel, will get a vertical line here with a little arrow in it, and this is what's called a tear off by hovering your mouse over and holding and letting go, you will get a tear off panel so you have quicker access to be able to get to all of your nested tools. And this is fantastic because we do a lot of creation and illustrator and the main creation tools that we use all of our shape tools, all of our line tools. And I liked toe have those right there nice and handy. It's absolutely fantastic. Other important things that we're gonna have use for. Well, one of the very new features here is the properties panel. This comes up when you launch illustrator and the properties panel is kind of taking the place of the control bar. Now, if you've used illustrator before, the control bar used to sit at the very top of your illustrator screen and showed you a lot of important information based on your shape, your fill the color or your type properties, depending on what you were working on now that is no longer there. You can go and get that back. And as I say, you got the control bar and people like Oh my gosh, I have lost control. While you never want to lose control, but the newest version has it off by default. If you are used to using the control bar, you can still get that back by going into the window menu and calling up control, and you get this all back. One of the reasons why they took away the control bar as the default is because in today's world, laptops are only so big and the control bar keeps growing in size. This is a very common issue where your laptop doesn't show everything you need to see in the control bar. So the properties panel allows us to pack a whole lot more information in here when you have a smaller screen size. So because we're showing you all the new features here, yes, you can turn on and turn off the control bar here. We're going to get used to using the Properties panel and work our way through that. We're going to spend a lot of time in the Properties panel

Class Description


  • Navigate the Illustrator workspace
  • Draw and transform shapes
  • Create and apply color swatches
  • Choose and edit the perfect font for your project
  • Create a project from start to finish in Illustrator


The world’s top designers use Adobe® Illustrator® for its powerful, vector-based drawing environment – and now you can too. In this short course, Jason Hoppe takes you through the Illustrator basics to take a project from beginning to end. Learn helpful shortcuts and how to use core powerful tools to create and customize the graphics you need. Jason will show you how to create a new document, navigate the interface with ease, draw and manipulate shapes, apply color and text and save your file to be used across Adobe platforms. In Intro to Adobe Illustrator, learn the fundamentals to create high-quality vector illustration.


This class is for beginner designers interested in creating logos or graphics, freelancers building their business and brand, and anyone new to the Adobe Cloud.


Adobe Illustrator CC 2019


An Adobe® Certified Expert and Adobe® Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 17 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, color correction, and creative workflow management. Active in high-end electronic production since the industry’s inception, he’s also taught prepress and electronic design to hundreds of Seattle-based creative professionals and aspiring designers in various settings, including one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, live webcasting, and large group training. A founding Instructor at Creative Live, he currently teaches the Adobe® Creative Suite at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works and Seattle Central College.

You can find Jason’s website and blog with Adobe Illustrator tutorials at


  1. Class Introduction

    Entering Illustrator: what are the interface basics you need to know? Jason gives you a quick overview of toolbars, panels and notable features of the newest version of Illustrator.

  2. Zoom and Navigation

    Learn how to use different zoom options to navigate the workspace with ease and efficiency. Jason shows you how to use floating and nested panels, helpful shortcuts, and how to access presets and customize your workspace.

  3. Create a New Document

    Beginning a project presents options: do you use templates, presets, or custom options? Jason models how to create a new document.

  4. Drawing Shapes

    Logo design begins with the shape builder tool; learn how to use one of the most fundamental drawing tools in the graphic design toolkit. In this lesson, Jason demonstrates not only how to draw basic shapes, but also how to toggle between variations, how to use the selection tool, and the power of corner widgets in creating vector graphics.

  5. Properties Panel

    Learn why the properties panel is your home base and how to best utilize it.

  6. Live Shapes and Transform Panel

    Go beyond basic shape building: the transform panel offers what you need to create more complex shapes in vector art. What possibilities does a live shape offer? Which features can you toggle on or off? Watch Jason model shape transformation in real time.

  7. Drawing Lines

    Switch drawing modes from shapes to lines, as Jason teaches you how to draw lines and arcs, use the stroke panel to edit lines, and utilize the curvature tool. Learn how to easily create dotted lines and different line variations available in Illustrator.

  8. Combine Shapes

    How do you build a coffee cup out of simple shapes? Learn to add and subtract shapes and see shapes in a different way; in this lesson Jason models creating complex figures and step by step icon design.

  9. Transform Shapes

    Professional graphic designers don’t waste time painstakingly drawing complex shapes: learn how to create bursts, gears, splatters, and other shapes in a matter of seconds. Jason will teach you how to rotate, resize, duplicate, change, and group shapes together.

  10. Create and Apply Color Swatches

    Why should you use the color swatches panel? How can you quickly create different colored mock-ups of the same object? Jason shows you how to create new colors, apply them, and recolor artwork without time-consuming editing. Learn how to access your custom colors across the platform in Adobe Photoshop or InDesign as well.

  11. Choosing Fonts and Editing Text

    In this lesson, Jason demonstrates how to choose type, edit text, add color, and navigate through properties panel text options. What is the difference between point vs. paragraph text? What are the limitations of each? Jason models managing text challenges.

  12. Saving Your Files

    In closing, Jason shows you to save in different file formats, export file formats, and export assets to asset libraries if you want to work on a specific item in another Adobe application.


Pattianne Pascual

This is magnificent! What a beautiful gift. I am 56 and always learning. This free class inspired me even more. I will be telling everyone about creative live,sharing and urging others to buy some of these great classes and bundles. Thank you so very much,again and again.i look forward to taking classes on a regular basis.

Sherrie Alexander

Jason was super knowledgeable, made working in illustrator fun and simplified . Love his easy to follow instructions. As we all know starting up in illustrator can be overwhelming. Thank you so much I needed this!


Good course, very basic though. Although I wished more details could have been added. Jason's explanations were very good and thorough..