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Drawing Hacks in Illustrator CC for Non-Artists

with Erica Gamet

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    02:45
  •   06 How to Merge Shapes

    07:06
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About The Class

Anyone can draw if they have the right tools

Lacking in drawing talent? Illustrator’s drawing tools have got you covered. Erica Gamet is an Adobe Certified Expert and in this class, she guides you through the basics of creating graphics in Illustrator. The ability to create your own graphics you can then use in your designs frees you from having to pay for stock images or worry about copyright issues. 

Erica will guide you through a series of simple drawing projects, including: 

  • How to look at images as a series of shapes 
  • Building images from pre-made shapes 
  • Creating custom shapes with the pen and pencil tools 
  • Using the Pathfinder and Shape Builder tools 
  • Adding color, gradients, and using Live Paint tool 
 Bring your visions to life, and create graphics you can use in any application, from newsletters to presentations and beyond.


Software Used: Adobe Illustrator CC 2017


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:45
  2. 02

    Introduction to Creating Shapes

    24:59
  3. 03

    Draw Using Pen & Pencil Tool

    06:11
  4. 04

    How to Use Reflect & Rotate Tools

    08:38
  5. 05

    Make a Simple Badge

    11:59
  6. 06

    How to Merge Shapes

    07:06
  7. 07

    Create Animal Icons

    11:09
  8. 08

    Draw Using Blob Brush

    05:51
  9. 09

    How to Create a Layered Icon

    29:43

Meet Your Expert

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for an unbelievable 30 years! She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular presence at CreativePro Week’s PePcon and InDesign Conferences, and has spoken at ebookcraft in Canada and Making Design in Norway. When she isn’t staring at her computer, she can be found exploring her new homebase of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. ... read more

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  • user-aff127

    October 2017

    Erica is a fantastic instructor. As always, she provides clear instructions with helpful demonstrations, all while covering *a lot* of material (i.e., good bang for the buck here). I also appreciate her cheerful demeanor and fun sense of humor. I have experience with other creative cloud applications, but I haven't used Illustrator much yet simply because I didn't want to confront the learning curve. After this class, though, I'm excited to get started. Thanks for another great course, Erica!

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    June 2018

    Very informative class for a total newbie like me, and Erica is delightful. There are some very basic concepts that I have to figure out for myself though since she did move very quickly through some of the steps, i.e., how she zoomed in and zoomed out, etc. Otherwise, I learned a lot and recommend it especially for newbies like me.

  • RIcki

    April 2017

    Great presentation. Really lively and full of great stuff for an Illustrator beginner. I've attempted to use Illustrtaor before and been completely stumped. This makes it all seem possible. I tried to follow along by scribbling in Illustrator as we went along. I think it will take some practice to embed what I learned and also some time to play with the tools and their variations. I can finally see that Illustrator has some really useful possibilities.

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