Course info
May 10, 2017
1h 56m

Have you ever needed to create flyers, postcards, or other promotional materials for your business? If so, this is the perfect course for you. In this course, Illustrator CC Simple Designs, you'll create, step by step, a polished design layout that's ready for printing. First, you'll learn how to bring your text into an Illustrator document, style it beautifully with fonts, and work with spacing and alignment. Next, you'll discover how to add images and stock illustrations to your design and how to work with color. Finally, you'll explore how to format your design for printing in-house or at a commercial printer. When you're finished with this graphics course, you'll not only have created a postcard and flyer, but you'll also have a working knowledge of Illustrator that will allow you to create your own designs, business cards, invitations, and more. Software Required: Adobe Illustrator CC.

About the author
About the author

Laura Coyle creates distinctive art with wide appeal. Her clients include major brands like Target,, Disney, and publications including Better Homes and Gardens and The Wall Street Journal.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Laura Coyle. I'm a freelance illustrator with clients like Target and Papyrus, and I'm excited to guide you through a design project I created especially for beginners because with Adobe Illustrator you can create amazing designs for printing and the web that will take you way beyond what you can do in a word processing program. In this course, we'll create a flyer and postcard for an electronics recycling day campaign. The major topics we'll cover include the interface and how to get around, importing text and styling it beautifully with type, layers and how to work with Illustrator's core tools, including color and swatches, and we'll touch on CMYK, RGB, and printer specifications. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid foundation. It's a great place to start with learning Illustrator on Pluralsight. Before beginning, it's helpful to know basic word processing skills like copy, paste, how to select text and change its size, but no previous Illustrator experience is required. So I hope you'll join me in my Illustrator CC Simple Designs course on Pluralsight.

Getting Started
If you've never worked in Illustrator, you're about to discover a great program that's going to give you the tools you need to create versatile layouts and designs. Illustrator is a vector art program, and vector art is made up of anchor points and paths. It's perfect for creating graphic art that requires crisp lines like typography and logos. And one of the major advantages of vector art is that it's infinitely scalable. Create a design in Illustrator, and you can use it on a business card. Then blow it way up to fit on a billboard. That's how flexible vector art can be. Illustrator is widely used by graphic designers, printers, web and mobile designers, so the work you create in Illustrator will be compatible with many workflows inside and outside of Adobe Creative Cloud. In this course, we'll create this flyer design project, and we'll also take advantage of Illustrator's flexibility to rework the flyer into a postcard. Creating layouts like this with typography is something Illustrator shines at, so you'll gain experience in this course creating a practical design. I'll keep us moving along quickly, so if this course peaks your interest in Illustrator and you want to learn every detail, there's a great Illustrator CC Fundamentals course on Pluralsight you can refer to. In this module, we'll set up our workspace, start a new document, and I'll demonstrate the basic tools you'll need for working and getting around in Illustrator.