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In this learning path, you’ll start to master Illustrator by working on some practical examples. You’ll then move onto more specific projects teaching some of the most core skills an Illustrator user needs to know. By the end of these courses, you’ll not only be confident in your technical use of Illustrator, but you’ll have also picked up a lot of theory and technique for design and illustration.Get Started
Skills: Illustration, Graphic Design, UX Design, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Graphic Designer
A basic understanding of graphic design principles is helpful, but not required.
The goal of this section is to teach you the fundamental skills for using the software. You'll learn enough of the basics to know how to use Illustrator competently.
Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard vector drawing tool. It's used by print professionals as well as illustrators and web designers. Illustrator CC Fundamentals explains the key concepts and techniques for producing vector-based artwork. We review the elements that make up vector graphics such as paths, strokes, and fills. Additionally, we show you how to use the key drawing tools, including the Pen Tool. This course is designed to be the first in series by Train Simple that teaches all that you need to know about Adobe Illustrator. Software required: Adobe Illustrator CC.
Illustrator CC Building on the Fundamentals is a course that dives deeper into Illustrator CC. Learn various ways to become more efficient when making selections and how to get the most out of formatting and transforming objects. We also review various ways to manage color and work with gradients. Effectively work with fills and strokes and reuse content by taking advantage of symbols. We also cover how to work with bitmaps inside of Illustrator and how to properly use clipping and opacity masks.
Knowing your way around the Pen tool is a vital skill for vector drawing in Illustrator CC. In Illustrator CC Pen Tool, you will learn how to use the Pen tool with ease. You'll learn how to sketch with the tool as well as about libraries and outputs. Next, you'll move onto more intermediary lessons: drawing great curves and decorative drawing. Finally, you'll discover how you can add last details to finalize your sketch. By the end of this course, you'll be able to use the Pen Tool in Illustrator CC like a pro. Software required: Adobe Illustrator CC.
In this section, you’ll build on your foundation by learning how to put your technical skills to use with design and illustration theories and tools. This combination of theory and tools is the next step once a graphic designer or illustrator has a solid foundation of the software.
Creating your own personalized fonts and type can really take your project or brand to the next level. This course, Illustrator CC Designing Type With Graphic Styles, will walk you through the benefits of working with graphic styles in order to easily make your own type. In this short project, you'll master the Appearance Panel in Adobe Illustrator CC and create custom graphic styles for type and objects. You'll also learn about styling strokes and gradients along the way. Finally, you'll cover border styles, glyphs, alignment, and more to complete your project. By the end of this course, you'll have all the skills you need to create your own graphic styles for future projects. Software required: Illustrator CC.
From logo design to illustration, from posters to signage, from brochures to menus, your text is meant to be read, to convey a message. It can't do that if it isn't legible, readable, and well styled. Achieving these results is the art of typography. In this course, Illustrator CC Typography, you will learn not only the hows, but also the whys and whens of typography. First, you'll learn all about Illustrator's precision type controls and the ways to use them to create intricately-styled short type objects and highly readable, perfectly adjusted paragraphs of text. Next, you'll learn about the methods and rules for setting and perfecting typography in Illustrator, from single words and glyphs used in logo designs and posters, to complete threaded stories that span multiple artboards in brochures, menus, and more. Finally, you'll learn about formatting text and working with styles; meticulous adjustment of kerning, tracking, scaling, shifting baselines, and more. By the end of this course, you'll not only have the skills to set perfect type, but also the confidence and understanding to make the right typesetting decisions again and again, in every one of your designs. Software required: Adobe Illustrator CC.
In this course, Illustrator CC Drawing and Coloring with Live Paint, you will learn how to use some of Illustrator's intuitive and natural artistic tools. You'll explore these features by working on a dog detective illustration which will feature creating calligraphic brushes and using Live Paint for color. Software required: Adobe Illustrator CC.
The Recolor feature of Adobe Illustrator CC allows you to apply multiple color palettes to your artwork, extending it's versatility. In this short course, you'll learn how to unlock the power of this tool by repurposing a piece of artwork. Software required: Adobe Illustrator CC.
The Pen tool in Illustrator can create curves--but they often don't look smooth or polished. This course, Illustrator CC Curvature Tool, will show you how to use Illustrator CC 2014's Curvature tool (and others) to create beautiful curves in your artwork easier than ever before. First, you'll learn the basics of the Curvature tool: how to set your preferences for this tool and how to draw curves. You'll then move onto using the Anchor Point tool in order to refine your curves to make them look smoother. Finally, you'll learn some tricks and shortcuts with other tools such as the Reflect tool to end up with your final design: a curved frame with decorative flourishes. By the end of this course, you'll have a more in-depth knowledge of several Illustrator CC tools and you'll be able to create polished and flowing curved paths in your artwork.
In this course, you'll learn to use the Adobe Brush CC app to capture textures with your mobile device and bring them into Illustrator to make custom Art Brushes. Learn about Pressure Sensitivity and the many options for editing brushes and using Art Brushes creatively in Illustrator. Software required: Adobe Brush and Adobe Illustrator.
In this series of Illustrator tutorials, we'll talk about some of the tools and techniques we can use to draw and paint in Illustrator. We'll start by taking a look at the paintbrush tool. We'll go over the different ways to adjust the settings for the tool and also ways to define the brush strokes that we can create. We'll also use the blob brush tool and pencil tool. We'll take a look at how differently the tools create strokes and shapes and how we can utilize their strengths for the needs of our project. Next we'll take a look at the width tool and width profiles. We'll get an understanding how we can utilize this tool and the width profile settings to add weight and variation to basic line strokes. And finally, we'll learn the process of making a custom pattern brush. This course goes over some of the ways you can use the drawing tools in Illustrator to create great looking artwork. By the end of this Illustrator training, you'll have an understanding of how you can customize your tools to meet the needs of your project and illustrate more efficiently. Software required: Illustrator CC 2014.1.
These advanced level courses will spend more time covering techniques and skills, like advanced illustrations and font creation. Font creation specifically is a skill that many graphic designers today aspire to learn.
In this course, Illustrator CC Blends and Gradient Mesh, you'll learn how to use the blend options in Illustrator CC to blend objects and color in various ways. Additionally, this course covers how to use Gradient Mesh, how to apply one, and manipulate it so you get the results you're looking for. These two features allow you to create artwork with rich transitions, three-dimensional shading, and highlights. Software required: Illustrator CC.
Sometimes drawing with Illustrator's Perspective Tool can leave you perplexed - even when doing something so simple as turning off the grid after you choose the tool. In this course, Illustrator CC Perspective Tool, you will learn to customize and draw on the Perspective Grid in Illustrator. First, you'll learn about the perspective grid - switch from 1, 2, and 3-point perspective and draw on the correct grid plane. Next, you'll draw 2 realistic projects using 2-point and 3-point perspective. You'll draw an iPhone in 2-point perspective, and a gift box, complete with a bow, in 3-point perspective. You'll work with swatches, gradients, blending modes, effects, the pen tool, and shape builder tool. Finally, you'll learn to create cast shadows and reflections, using effects and opacity masks. When you're finished with this Illustrator course, you'll not only knowledgeable about the perspective tool, but you will also learn many advanced tips and tricks as you draw complex illustrations in Illustrator. Software required: Adobe Illustrator.
Creating art that has both depth and dimension can really help bring your work to the next level. In this course, Illustrator CC Working with 3D, learn you'll learn how to leverage Illustrator's powerful tools to create 3D effects. The course begins with an organized breakdown of Illustrator's 3D Effects panel and it's many settings. Next, you will learn how to map artwork to a 3D object, with believable lighting and shading. Finally, you'll learn a method for expanding 3D vector objects to make them fully editable and customizable. When you're finished with this course, you'll not only have a thorough working knowledge of 3D Effects, but also an understanding of how to apply them as a time-saving part of your Adobe Illustrator workflow. Software required: Illustrator CC (or Illustrator CS5 and higher).
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