Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator

By ·Designer + Illustrator

Free with Membership
or Purchase for $25

Free With Membership

Become a member to get access to this class for only $9.95 a month. Or, purchase individually for the list price.

Learn More

Class Project

Reproduce your favorite print ad using Adobe Illustrator

Great news everyone! No longer do you need to struggle making your artwork digital, and forego even a Skillshare course because you have no experience with Adobe Illustrator.

This course is designed to teach you all the ins and outs of Illustrator, so that you can become comfortable and efficient with the program. Whether you have never even opened Illustrator, or have but are still intimidated by it, you are in the perfect class. With a multitude of short video tutorials, I will help you setup your project and workspace, demonstrate tool functions, and also share some incredibly helpful keyboard shortcuts and other tips that will save you hours on your project. 

What You'll Learn

  • Form Building. You'll learn how to build forms using shapes, the pen tool, lines, and brushes. 
  • Form Stylizing. You'll learn how to stylize your objects by using color and text manipulation tools.
  • Advanced Topics. You'll learn advanced illustration techniques using bitmaps, textures, clipping masks, and more.

castles

Student Ashley Perk's final project.

What You'll Make

You will be recreating one of your favorite print ads from history. The point of this project isn't simply to copy another artist's work, but rather to help you build something from the knowledge you learn in the course. I want you to focus on the tools rather than design principles, though hopefully you take something away from reconstructing great work and studying why it was successful. I will give you all you need to be able to come away with a finished digital piece of artwork. You will come away more confident and capable with the truly amazing program that is Adobe Illustrator. To ensure this, you have your classmates to help each other, who will be sharing resources, answering questions, and giving feedback all along the way.

Image Resources:  http://www.pinterest.com/bradwwoodard/advertising/

If you like this class, you might also like Learn InDesign Basics

Prerequisites

Software Requirements: Adobe Illustrator (If you don't have either one of these, you can download a free trial version of the Creative Suite 6 Design Suite at Adobe.com)

Level: Beginner

Brad Woodard

Designer + Illustrator

I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Austin, Texas with my wife and little boy. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started my career as an information designer and illustrator at Column Five Media. The digital illustration courses I took in college paid off, as I found that more and more clients were requesting illustration work in their designs. Merging both skills together I have been able attract all types of work, including my work in advertising at Arnold Worldwide.

Now, my wife and I run our own design and illustration studio full-time, named Brave the Woods.

You can also find me on DribbbleTwitterFacebook and Pinterest.  

Check out my other classes on Skillshare! Digital Illustration: Communicate with Color, Pattern & Texture & Lessons in Launching Your Creative Career: The Art of Self Promotion

View Full Profile

100% Positive Reviews (213 Reviews)

    • At a Glance

    • Membership Class

      Free With Membership

      Become a member to get access to this class for only $9.95 a month. Or, purchase individually for the list price.

      Learn More

    • 11 Video Lessons
    • 7.1K Students
    • 100% Positive Reviews (213)
    • Self-Paced Online Class
    • How does an online class work?

      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

    • Do teachers give project feedback?

      Teachers design and present all class content, but Skillshare is community based around student-to-student interaction. You'll be surprised at what you learn from your classmates!

    • When does a class end?

      Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.

    See All
    Free with Membership
    or Purchase for $25

    Free With Membership

    Become a member to get access to this class for only $9.95 a month. Or, purchase individually for the list price.

    Learn More