Illustrator for Beginners Part 1 - Beginner's Guide to Adobe Illustrator / Design an Illustration

Chad Neuman, Ph.D., Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

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16 Videos (1h 16m)
    • Trailer - Welcome to Adobe Illustrator Course!

    • Workspace and Panels

    • Navigating and Zooming

    • Creating New Documents

    • Working with Multiple Documents

    • Guides and Grids

    • Understanding Paths and Points

    • Fills and Strokes

    • Selection, Direct Selection, and Isolation Mode

    • Using the Pen Tool

    • Using the Curvature Tool

    • Using the Line Tools

    • Using the Shape Tools

    • Using the Brush Tools

    • Using the Pencil Tools

    • [ACTIVITY] Trace and Stylize a City Landscape


About This Class


Learn Illustrator and start creating logos, infographics, vector art and more illustrations today!

In this beginner's course, students learn the essentials of Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard vector software, including

  • formatting and stylizing type
  • creating custom shapes
  • applying effects and styles
  • drawing with the brush and pen tools
  • tracing over photos
  • creating basic logos
  • using the various tools in Illustrator, including when to use certain ones
  • creating patterns, blends, and more

Instructor Qualifications:

I've used Illustrator for years as a freelance graphic designer, and I've also used Illustrator when I was Internet Development Director at an award-winning advertising design firm. While I was Managing Editor of two international graphic design magazines, one of the magazines I oversaw focused on Illustrator. That's me running the Illustrator booth years ago at Photoshop World:


For the past eight years, as I've continued freelance work, I've taught students Illustrator and logo design in classes such as Layout and Design, as a full-time university professor. My students have become full-time graphic designers and creative specialists after graduating.

I have a BA in Communication, an MA in Journalism and Media Studies, a PhD in Communication, and a passion for teaching.

Enroll now and let's get started learning and illustrating!

80 of 80 students recommendSee All

Good overview of the basics of Ai. The instructor goes a little fast. It's good to pause the course and noodle around in Ai with the concept he just introduced. I think he is using an older version of Ai, not the Creative Cloud edition. Overall very good though.
This is an excellent course for anyone new to Illustrator and presented in a very easy to follow style. An excellent tutor.
Highly recommend this class. Great instructions given at a perfect pace. Easy to follow along.
Amy Fancher

Artist and Designer





Chad Neuman, Ph.D.

Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, and careers!

I'm currently a full-time university professor of graphic design and digital journalism. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. 

And now, you can learn from me as well!

Get started by enrolling in my courses and learning new skills. I've worked as internet development director at an award-winning advertising design firm, as managing editor at two graphic design magazines, as webmaster at a regional newspaper, and have been a freelance graphic designer and writer for the past 20 years. I have a B.A. in Communication, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies, and a Ph.D. in Communication.

My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better at digital media and communication.