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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!

99 of 99 students recommendSee All

Excellent beginner course! I've been using Photoshop and After Effects for many years. I've been meaning to learn Illustrator for probably a decade but was always a little fearful of it and didn't know where to begin. I feel like this short class really gave me enough of a foundation I could now create just about whatever I want in Illustrator if I put enough time into it.
Kathryn Thomson

3D Modeling Motion Graphics Artist Animator

Fantastic class for beginners!





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!

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