Create a typography poster in Illustrator: a beginner's guide

Derrick & Jennah Mitchell, Digital Nomads & Online Teachers

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5 Videos (50m)
    • Illustrator intro, shortcuts, and the course

    • Using the Type Tool

    • Typography Shapes and Color

    • Typography Artboards

    • Exporting Your Files


About This Class

Overview: This beginner's course will teach you the basics of making a simple typography poster in Adobe Illustrator, including using the type tool, applying color, and exporting files for a finished project. Once completed, you will know how to make a new project for print from scratch, and how to save and export the files you need to print your project when finished. 

The Goal: The purpose of this mini-course is just to get you comfortable with Adobe Illustrator and to make something as quickly as possible; not to learn about every bell and whistle that there is within Illustrator. By the end of the course, you'll be comfortable with the basics of Illustrator and you'll be able to produce a project from beginning to end.

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Derrick & Jennah Mitchell

Digital Nomads & Online Teachers

Jennah has worked as a writer and project manager for close to a decade. In 2010 she first dabbled in telecommuting by starting a freelance company on the popular job board website Her business quickly grew, and in a little over a year she was employing over 5 other freelancers to help complete all of the projects in queue. Her time spent working as a telecommuter via Elance netted close to $100,000 - all while only working a few hours per day from home.

Derrick has spent his entire career in the creative arts and marketing sector. Starting back as early as high school where he turned homework into paying gigs, his love for all things art and technology driven has continued to grow. Working with brands such as MTV, Nintendo, and Netflix while employed as an intern for Seven 2 Interactive catapulted his career. His branding work and graphic design has been included in international publications for the design industry and regularly featured on trending websites.

His most current accomplishments have been as the exclusive designer for Falkor Defense. Under the direction of Clint Walker, Derrick created an elite, multimillion-dollar brand from scratch. Additional projects for clients include global marketing campaigns, trade show design and implementation, app designs, and more.

Derrick and Jennah are the owners of Mitchell’s Garage | Creative Media Chop Shop, located in Kalispell, Montana, where they helps businesses find success with both print and online marketing efforts. Mitchell’s Garage has been successful in reaching and working with clients all over the world, including Washington D.C., New York, California, Calgary, Austria, Australia, Washington, Colorado, and of course, throughout Montana. Derrick and Jennah have worked for clients both big and small, and have helped ideate creative content and marketing strategies for countless companies including LEGO.

They recently also created a company and website called WhyTelecom to help support telecommuters, entrepreneurs, and business owners around the world.