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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17 Lessons (1h 24m)
    • 1. Trailer - Welcome to Adobe Illustrator Course!

    • 2. Versions of Creative Cloud, Toolbar Customization, and Mac vs. PC

    • 3. Workspace and Panels

    • 4. Navigating and Zooming

    • 5. Creating New Documents

    • 6. Working with Multiple Documents

    • 7. Guides and Grids

    • 8. Understanding Paths and Points

    • 9. Fills and Strokes

    • 10. Selection, Direct Selection, and Isolation Mode

    • 11. Using the Pen Tool

    • 12. Using the Curvature Tool

    • 13. Using the Line Tools

    • 14. Using the Shape Tools

    • 15. Using the Brush Tools

    • 16. Using the Pencil Tools

    • 17. [ACTIVITY] Trace and Stylize a City Landscape

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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. 

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!