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Adobe Illustrator CC: The Complete Guide

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About The Class

Create graphics, drawings and logos quickly and at the highest professional standard.

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Utilize the drawing tools, editing skills and effects you need to turn simple shapes and into sophisticated logos, icons, charts, and complex graphics.
  • Develop the eye and confidence in using your imagination to create logos, icons and drawings you'll be proud to share with clients
  • Format, edit and apply styles to text with ease
  • Thoughtfully use Illustrator to streamline your workflow and add flair to branding, documents, and websites

ABOUT JASON'S CLASS:

Adobe® Illustrator® CC can help you create everything from web icons and product packaging to book illustrations and billboards -- but only if you know all the hidden features. Illustrator CC is one of the best vector graphics software programs available, designed to help you create icons, logos, drawings, type and more for the web, print, or your mobile needs. Yet the extent of the illustrator tools likely means that, if you are self-taught or just opening Illustrator CC for the first time, you're missing out on some key features that not only will bring your designs to the next level, but also streamline your workflow.

When you purchase this course you’ll gain access to an enduring resource to build your skills. You will also receive a tutorial material that acts as a reference guide as you explore the software and tackle new projects.

Join well-known software instructor Jason Hoppe to learn how to incorporate a company name into a logo, make a flyer or mock up your new website. In this 20 lesson workshop, Jason covers setting up your document to exporting your creation for use across devices and everything in between. As a boot camp, this course is structured to allow professional designers to spend about an hour or so each weekday to learn the ins and outs of Illustrator in just four weeks.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Adobe Illustrator newbies
  • Self-taught Illustrator users ready to uncover the hidden features and workflows design experts use
  • Those looking for explanations on Illustrator's latest new features, like the freeform gradient tool

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Illustrator CC 2019

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

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 CreativeLive, 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 www.jasonhoppe.com.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    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.

    44:59
  2. 02

    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.

    29:06
  3. 03

    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.

    44:40
  4. 04

    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.

    57:26
  5. 05

    Layers

    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.

    33:07
  6. 06

    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.

    45:11
  7. 07

    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.

    53:27
  8. 08

    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.

    38:55
  9. 09

    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.

    46:57
  10. 10

    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.

    32:16
  11. 11

    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.

    27:42
  12. 12

    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.

    28:00
  13. 13

    Effects

    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

    42:14
  14. 14

    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.

    42:17
  15. 15

    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.

    51:14
  16. 16

    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.

    44:10
  17. 17

    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.

    54:17
  18. 18

    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.

    38:38
  19. 19

    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.

    37:39
  20. 20

    Output

    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.

    27:58

Meet Your Expert

Jason Hoppe

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. In fact, Jason has been performing high-end electronic production since the ... read more

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  • pdf Gradients Tutorial
  • pdf Layers Tutorial
  • pdf Infographic - Watering Can Tutorial
  • pdf Symbols Tutorials

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Stock photographer J

    Stock photographer J

    September 2019

    OMG! Jason is seriously the Yoda of Illustrator. I have bought three of his courses as an experienced pro and I still keep learning things that blow my mind. Worth his weight in gold. Do not hesitate to buy

  • Jamie

    June 2019

    I genuinely enjoyed watching Jason's videos and learned a lot about Illustrator from him! Jason's enthusiasm about this application shows in all of his videos. He provides great information in a straightforward way, as well as how to fix common problems. I appreciate how he gives us advice on things that graphic designers will use in the future, such as shortcuts, design tips, and multiple ways to do something. If you are watching his videos, I would recommend: taking notes on everything, paying attention to which keys he's using during the video (the bottom of the screen shows which keys he's using while teaching), and skip back 15 seconds if you ever miss something.

  • Endre

    Endre

    March 2019

    The material is interesting, Jason is able to handle the material correctly. On the other hand, Jason presentation style has been spoiled. 1. He speaks very quickly, no space at all among the sentences. 2. Almost always moving the mouse cursor and click somewhere, the image is changing somewhere no expected. T follow the content is heavy during permanent movements on the screen. 3. He explain subsequently more times what the problem is, but the solution is delayed 2-3 minutes. Too much. 4. To follow and understand the new information is very difficult. 5. In the past before he clicked somewhere on the screen, said in advance to follow his action. In this course mostly click first, after screen change start to modify something and the menu already disappear which triggered the actual sub-window. 6. The lessons have a title, but impossible to identify which is running, If I did not start from the first sentence. Sorry to say, I was a fan of Jason, actually I can not watch him more than 20 minutes. Endre

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