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Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 7 of 12

Drawing Lines


Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 7 of 12

Drawing Lines


Lesson Info

Drawing Lines

We use a lot of lines here in illustrator call outs, pointers, things like that. So we have our line section in the toolbar. Zoom back out here drawing lines. Command minuses him back out. There we go and tool lines in our toolbar. So line, arc, spiral. And then our grids right here, drawing lines. Pretty simple, drawing arcs as well. And then we're gonna edit these in the stroke panel so we can see how we can change the values, the qualities, the ends of the lines here and then the awesome curvature tool to curve our lines. This is pretty awesome. So we're gonna practice some line drawing here. I've got a few lines that I have already drawn. Drawing the line tool. You grab the line tool, you draw again. If you'd like to draw a straight line, hold down your shift key so that you can use horizontal, vertical or 45 degree angle with a shift key held down in a jump back to the selection tool here. And I'm going to select one of the lines that have drawn here calling up the properties pane...

l again in the properties panel I can control the length of the line here, but I can also go into the appearance panel here, and I can adjust the color of the stroke by clicking on the color feature right here and choosing from my list of colors. Or I could go in and create my own, which we're gonna do shortly. But I can change the color of those items in here by clicking on my color palette. I've cleaned up my color palette a bit. Here, I'm gonna go ahead and click on the stroke feature, which is going to call up a whole bunch of options here. I can set the weight of the line, and I can also do caps. I call this hot dogging the ends he around the ends right there instead of having blunt end caps as well. We don't use the corner feature in this because a corner feature is when we have a shape, and so corners on this are not gonna work unless we have an actual shape. We can have a dashed line, which allows us to go in and control the length of the dash. And then, if we would like to have the length of the gap as well. We can have our dashed lines if I hot dog the ends, I get little rounded dots here and there is no drop down list of all the different style lines. And, illustrator, you have to create every line, every style that you want. It's something that I've wanted for quite some time. Illustrator doesn't have it, but I am going to show you one trick that's going to be absolutely crazy. I want to create a dotted line. Actual dots here. Now, if I go win and I create these dots, I'm gonna go into my dash here and I'm gonna reduce down the size of hot dog the ends and I'm gonna reduce this down. And I want to create a dotted line and I get down to a one point ash and it's like, Oh, that kind of looks like a dotted line. Well, here's one of the crazy features with illustrator and a dotted line. If you want to create a dotted line, you go in and you do your little hot dog end caps and you set your dash to zero. Really? What you're doing is you're taking too hot dog dens and you're putting together is a perfect circle. That's how you create a dotted line and illustrator. I know that's how it is so I can turn on and turn off that dash line. Very simply, It remembers the last settings that you did. We also have the ability to do arrow heads and tails on the line as well. There's lots of them here, some good, some pretty cheesy. I call these ding blurs because they're not just arrows, heads and tails, so I can go with it and I can do an arrowhead in the tail. Now you'll notice these little ding blurs here are huge compared to the line, and it's like, Okay, have lost my entire line underneath the arrowheads. I can now go in and I can do the scale down, and I can scale those down so that they're not absolutely huge. Here's a quick little shortcut. That's kind of cool. I could go in here and type in the number that I want or use my down arrow. I'm impatient. If you do shift down arrow, that's gonna go up or down. We're going to go down if you're using down Arrow in 10% increments. So now you can set these little ding blurs on your line here to be any size that you want As you increase and decrease the weight of the line, they will also scare scale proportionately. And inevitably, what happens is you got him on the wrong ends. Well, to the right of the arrowheads, you have your little double arrows, which swaps your shapes right there. Pretty cool. Awesome. The Ark tool right here. Withdrawn an ark. And if you draw the ark, you get kind of like this. Bet, little arc. Right here. I normally hold down my shift key, and Arc gives you a perfect quarter circle. What do I use these four? I use these for highlight noodles. Stay tuned for that. I love highlight noodles. Almost as much as I love bacon, But highlight noodles rock as well. Okay, A couple other basic shapes here. The spiral tool. This is awesome. You draw the spiral right here, and you get this really cool spiral. If you draw your spiral and you use your up arrow, you're gonna get more line segments down Arrow. It's going to give you less line segments pretty cool to do. You can also, with any of these tools, simply click once on the art board and call up your dialog box to edit any of these items. While you're doing us cool stuff. We can also go in and we have our grid. If you would like to draw a grid structure here, fly swatter, as I call it, I can draw a grid structure up. Arrow gives me more rose. Right. Arrow gives me columns down arrow and left Arrow. Take those away. Yeah, that easy again. Click with that tool and you can set all your options here in the dialog box. Problem with these dialog boxes. There is no preview button, which is why I like to draw them manually. And no, those shortcuts last one is what I call my Spidey tool. And the Spidey Tool gives me my little spider web right here. Up Arrow down. Arrow will go ahead and do the concentric circles. Right? Arrow and left era will do the dividers. What I love about this tool is that you do not need to have dividers and concentric circles. You can have one of the other. If I want dividers. I can put them in with my right arrow. I can take them all out with a left Arab if I want just dividers and no concentric circles down. Arrow will take the circles away. I create a pie shape. Or I can create a spider web. Or I can go ahead and create a stovetop burner. Whatever it is, using the radio or the polar grid tool is what it's called. I know. Polar grid. Yeah, it's actually called the Polar Grid Tool, folks. It is basic drawing lines. Okay, that's how you doing.

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..