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Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 5 of 12

Properties Panel


Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 5 of 12

Properties Panel


Lesson Info

Properties Panel

my properties panel is new in this version of illustrator. And what this has done is this has gone in and this has put a lot more information together in a much more usable area. With our control bar no longer here is the default. They've changed this so that we can get access to a lot more content whenever we have a specific item, shape or text selected. If I were to draw a shape here, just a very simple shape and I go over to my properties panel this allows me to go in and see the size and the shape in the location and something that has been desperately needed for so long. And illustrator, our flip vertical and flip horizontal. This is huge. There was no flip button for all these years. You had to go in and then you had to right click on something and then you had to transform and reflect, and it was needlessly frustrating. Now I can actually go in here and I can flip and I can rotate so much easier now you'll also see this little dot, dot, dot here in the lower right hand corner th...

at transform which gives you a whole lot more information. And this is where we can go in and we can change our corner style and we can edit our corner style as well. So a lot of cool things, given what we have, we also can go through when we can change the fill color of our object. Here we can change the stroke of our object as well. We can change the opacity, any type of effects that we would like to dio and then any sort of quick actions that they can possibly think of based on whatever it is that you're doing. So these are menu items that you confined if you know where to find these, these are going to be under the object menu in the color menu here. But illustrator put them all together here so that you can have quick access to them without having to hunt them down. Or you could also learn because it's like cheese. I've never seen any of these. Why don't I give that a shot? So lots of cool things here when you click on those little dot, dot, dot, as well as other content here. Now, if you have nothing selected at all these air going to be your document properties. So here is where we can change our units. Remember when we were drawing the shapes and their millimeters and you may not like that we could have gone to our preferences again. The properties panel brings us to us so we can edit our art boards here, weaken Ternana rulers and grids and our guides and our snap options as well. And we can set up our documents that upset our preferences all here. So get used to using your properties panel. We're going to use it a lot more throughout this entire class, and it's gonna be quite helpful. Toe have. So if you were looking for these things, check it out Over here. One frustration is it doesn't show what it is that you want. And that's probably because you either have your object selected when it shouldn't be or you have your object selected with a different tool, and it's going to give you different information. But the properties panel took me a little while to get used to it. I definitely like it. Good thing

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..