Adobe Illustrator For Pattern Design and More: Turn Your Hand Sketches Into Illustrator Files

Danielle Broder, Designer

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10 Videos (45m)
    • Welcome!

      0:57
    • Part 1: Tools and Sketches

      0:36
    • Part 2: Import Prep

      0:33
    • Part 3: Illustrator Basics, Zoom, Pan, Arrows and Layers

      4:15
    • Part 4: Using the Pencil Tool

      5:56
    • Part 5: Reflecting and Shape Builder Tool

      8:20
    • Part 6: Using the Pen Tool

      10:37
    • Part 7: Using the Blob Brush

      5:16
    • Part 8: Image Trace

      8:25
    • Thanks for Watching!

      0:30

About This Class

Illustrator can be really intimidating.  If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, "Oh, I can't draw like that...I don't have a creative bone in my body", I WOULD HAVE A LOT OF NICKELS.

Most people learn Photoshop and leave it at that.  Illustrator scares most people because they believe that they have no artistic skill, but what they don’t realize is that you don’t need any type of formal artistic training to create beautiful work in this program.

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It's also not only for artists.  Anyone can have a simple idea their your head and bring it to life with a few clicks of a button.  You can use it to design a logo, edit images, overlay text, and you don't have to learn the entire program.  

It's an incredible tool to have at your disposal and I can't recommend learning it enough, no matter what field you're in.

I'm going to show you a few quick and dirty Illustrator tricks that will open you up to endless amounts of creative opportunities.  Even if you're not an artist! 

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In this class you will learn how to take simple, hand drawn sketches and import them into Illustrator for editing.  All you will need to complete this course is:

- a sketchbook, or some white paper

- pencil (optional)

- black pen (ballpoint or felt tipped)

- drawing tablet (optional)

- smartphone, camera, or scanner

- Adobe Illustrator

This class is ideal for aspiring textile or surface pattern designers, anyone wanting to take their designs to the next level, or anyone who wants to dip their toes into the digital design Kool-Aid.

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This class is geared towards textile design, however the skills taught in this course can be applied to many different outcomes.  For example:

- designing an invitation with custom artwork

- creating a hand drawn signature file for use in email, etc

- making custom images and text for blogs or social media use

Sky's the limit!  Grab your supplies and let's get rolling!

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21 of 22 students recommendSee All

A excellent beginners class for adobe Illustrator.
Suzy Mathews

Dream, create, and inspire

Thank you ! Lots of really good information.
Great teacher and really clear instructions!

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Danielle Broder

Designer

A native California girl, Danielle was brought up creating. After a carefree childhood of glitter, glue gunning, beads, and paint, she decided to step it up and get serious about her hobbies. Eight years of art school later, she found herself in San Francisco running a small textile design business known as The Recoverie (www.recoverie.com).

Danielle holds a double bachelors in illustration and interior design, and is also a self taught graphic designer and printmaker. She has been tea...

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