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Illustrator: Quickstart

Learn the Basics of Adobe Illustrator
In this course you will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator by creating logos, business cards, letterhead and will practice drawing with vector tools.

The easy way to learn Illustrator is by starting to use it!

Details & Requirements

Length: 2 Hours 31 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner

Tags: Specialties Workflow

Required Software: Illustrator

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

Applying Fonts

Varying Formats


Global Colors


Vector Outlining


6m 40s

Lesson 1: The Basics of Illustrator

Vectors, workspace and tools defined

10m 16s

Lesson 2: Creating Type-Based Logos

Managing fonts, creating documents and creating text

13m 32s

Lesson 3: Creating Type-Based Logos

Advanced text editing, using color, applying effects and logo design basics

14m 1s

Lesson 4: Creating Business Cards 1

Making shapes, arranging type & objects and how to layout text & graphics in Illustrator

3m 21s

Lesson 5: Creating Business Cards 2

Rotating & scaling shapes and making a horizontal business card

3m 12s

Lesson 6: Creating Business Cards 3

Designing a square business card and working with strokes

9m 16s

Lesson 7: Creating Business Cards 4

Grouping objects, designing with effects & gradients and working with different units of measure

3m 21s

Lesson 8: Creating Business Cards 5

Using opacity with gradients, using the eyedropper tool with text and economical design concepts

5m 57s

Lesson 9: Creating Business Cards 6

Editing & managing artboards, advanced shape editing and design concepts

14m 23s

Lesson 10: Creating Stationery 1

How clipping masks work, multiple artboards & documents, layer basics, importing & using images and opacity control

7m 10s

Lesson 11: Creating Stationery 2

Saving files, artboard tips & tricks, controlling copy/pasting locations and controling colors professionally

7m 24s

Lesson 12: Creating Stationery 3

Organizing with layers, using coordinates to positon objects and working with global colors

8m 37s

Lesson 13: Creating Stationery 4

Advanced layer management, getting advanced with clipping masks and more design concepts

8m 16s

Lesson 14: Creating Stationery 5

Moving objects from layer to layer, navigating through layers and creating our final design

9m 49s

Lesson 15: Shortcuts 1

Shortcuts: the basics, tips & tricks and creating your own shortcuts keys

6m 1s

Lesson 16: Shortcuts 2

Shortcuts for tools, expanding on tools, tips & tricks and how to find the shortcuts for tools

9m 49s

Lesson 17: Shortcuts 3

Object manipluation, compoound path basics, using groups, hiding & locking objects and color shortcuts

3m 16s

Lesson 18: Shortcuts 4

Manipulating values, coordinates, text and palette options quickly

6m 50s

Lesson 19: Shortcuts 5

Pen-tool specific shortcuts for drawing, outlining objects and manipluating paths as you create them

Source Files

Contains Illustrator files for the completed business card, stationery and logo designs as well as photographs and Illustrator shortcut guide

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