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Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud: Essentials for Creating Projects

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    01:23
  •   02 What is Adobe Illustrator?

    06:24
  •   03 Explore the Interface

    11:45

Class duration: 10h 28m

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About The Class

Get Up and Running with Adobe Illustrator


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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:23
  2. 02

    What is Adobe Illustrator?

    06:24
  3. 03

    Explore the Interface

    11:45
  4. 04

    Create and Save New Documents

    07:03
  5. 05

    Zoom and Navigate

    07:23
  6. 06

    Working with Artboards

    18:11
  7. 07

    Introduction to Layers

    18:53
  8. 08

    Rulers and Guides

    09:05
  9. 09

    Shapes and Drawing

    45:27
  10. 10

    Aligning and Combining Shapes

    15:31
  11. 11

    Pen Tool

    30:59
  12. 12

    Manipulating Stroke and Fill

    14:39
  13. 13

    Creating and Editing with Color

    17:36
  14. 14

    Painting with Gradients

    10:36
  15. 15

    Getting Started with Patterns

    08:11
  16. 16

    Adding Text To Your Document

    08:43
  17. 17

    Formatting Text

    11:35
  18. 18

    Strokes and Variable Strokes in Adobe Illustrator

    16:55
  19. 19

    Rotating Objects in Adobe Illustrator

    08:42
  20. 20

    Effects and the Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator

    10:58
  21. 21

    Adding Photo Images in Adobe Illustrator

    12:43
  22. 22

    Working with Linked Content in Adobe Illustrator

    10:14
  23. 23

    Packaging your Project for Handoff in Adobe Illustrator

    04:28
  24. 24

    Best Formats to Save Your Files

    14:35
  25. 25

    Select Like a Pro: Layers, Groups, & Other Unique Tools

    33:57
  26. 26

    Edit Paths Like a Pro in Adobe Illustrator

    08:41
  27. 27

    Editing Paths: Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator

    03:31
  28. 28

    Creating & Applying Brushes to Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

    18:21
  29. 29

    Editing Paths: Knife & Scissor Tool in Adobe Illustrator

    03:09
  30. 30

    Editing Paths: Join Tool in Adobe Illustrator

    10:46
  31. 31

    Editing Paths: Isolation Mode in Adobe® Illustrator®

    02:11
  32. 32

    Pen Tool Shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator

    16:44
  33. 33

    Other Drawing Tools & Methods in Adobe Illustrator

    07:05
  34. 34

    Transforming Techniques in Adobe Illustrator

    05:35
  35. 35

    Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

    02:19
  36. 36

    Get to Know Your Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator

    17:42
  37. 37

    Exploring Effects in Adobe Illustrator

    10:01
  38. 38

    Work Smarter with Graphic Styles in Adobe Illustrator

    04:50
  39. 39

    Color Inspiration in Adobe Illustrator

    09:34
  40. 40

    Type Effects in Adobe Illustrator

    11:18
  41. 41

    Masking Your Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

    13:40
  42. 42

    Using Creative® Cloud® Libraries in Adobe® Illustrator®

    15:47
  43. 43

    Capture Artwork with Creative Cloud Apps & Adobe Illustrator

    12:21
  44. 44

    Tracing Raster Images in Adobe Illustrator

    13:40
  45. 45

    Blending Artwork in Adobe Illustrator

    12:47
  46. 46

    Using Symbols in Adobe Illustrator

    10:47
  47. 47

    Using a Perspective Grid in Adobe Illustrator

    09:05
  48. 48

    Crash Recovery in Adobe Illustrator

    08:45
  49. 49

    GPU Performance in Adobe Illustrator

    03:51
  50. 50

    Curvature Tool in Adobe Illustrator

    06:49
  51. 51

    App Integration in Adobe Illustrator

    11:52
  52. 52

    Creative Cloud Libraries in Adobe Illustrator App

    04:42
  53. 53

    Shaper Tool in Adobe Illustrator

    06:06
  54. 54

    Smart Guides in Adobe Illustrator

    01:31
  55. 55

    Text Enhancements in Adobe Illustrator

    02:11
  56. 56

    SVG Export in Adobe Illustrator

    06:50

Meet Your Expert

Brian Wood

Brian Wood is a web developer, the author of 14 books, including Adobe Muse CC Classroom in a Book and Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 Classroom in a Book. The author of numerous training titles including Muse, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator and more. ... read more

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  • KATIE Y

    January 2016

    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!

  • jackflash

    July 2016

    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

    November 2017

    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.

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