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Learn Adobe Illustrator from Scratch

A K., Graphic Designer and Creative Artist

Learn Adobe Illustrator from Scratch

A K., Graphic Designer and Creative Artist

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11 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Adobe illustrator intro video

    • 2. Toolbars and Panels in Illustrator

    • 3. Tabbed Documents in Illustrator

    • 4. Panels and Palettes in Illustrator

    • 5. Playing with Control Panel in Illustrator

    • 6. Changing Preferences in Illustrator

    • 7. Messing with Layers

    • 8. Stock Art in Illustrator

    • 9. Libraries in Illustrator

    • 10. Learning to Use Linked Assets

    • 11. Cloud Charts in Illustrator

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About This Class

Adobe Illustrator for Complete Beginners is the only course you need to completely understand the most crucial sections of this powerful designing software. During this course, you will come across the following lectures and tutorials. These 10 easy to follow Illustrator beginner level lectures will teach you how to work in illustrator like a seasoned graphic designer.

List of Lectures:

  1. Toolbars and Panels in Illustrator
  2. Tabbed Documents in Illustrator
  3. Panels and Palettes in Illustrator
  4. Playing with Control Panel in Illustrator
  5. Changing Preferences in Illustrator
  6. Messing with Layers
  7. Stock Art in Illustrator
  8. Libraries in Illustrator Clip
  9. Learning to Use Linked Assets
  10. Cloud Charts in Illustrator

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1. Adobe illustrator intro video: 2. Toolbars and Panels in Illustrator: In this video, I'll discuss tubers and panels in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. The illustrated workspace is comprised of tool Burson panels. So a good example of a toolbar is the toolbox right here. Now, this two columns set of tools are all the various tools that you use when creating your various artistic illustrations. And illustrator up here we have the control panel, which goes right across the top, and the control panel is a context sensitive control panel. And context sensitive means that the options they're gonna change depending on what type of object you have selected. On the right hand side going down the screen, we have our panels. Now, these panels, for instance, color or this one right here. Swatches can be expanded just by clicking on the icon. Now, notice that they're double arrows right here. And this allows you to expand all the panels or collapse. Um, so it's a toggle and the same thing over here with the toolbox. I'll go ahead and collapse that into a single column and then expanded again. Now notice how their little hash marks right here, right here and right here. Now, those hash marks indicate that you can drag and undock any of these tubers, So go ahead and click here and drag, and we can float that toolbox. Now the nice thing about floating it is that you can organize it according to your preferences. If you're trying to make space on the screen, you're working close up on something, you can move it around as needed, and clicking on the double arrows will collapse it to a single column and expand it. Same thing over here. I'll go ahead and click and drag and dragged that group of panels out onto the screen. I go ahead and expand it or collapse it. And any time you want to dock that back again, go ahead and click on the hash marks Dragon over here and you'll see Ah, blue line appears, and that tells you that you can dock that again. I release the most button and it's docked. Same thing with the toolbox. I'll go ahead and click and drag it over here, and that blue line appears and I can release it. And now it's Dr Game. Now you'll also notice here there's a drop down. I'll go ahead and click that and this gives you all the various options for your panels. You can doctor the top or doctor the bottom. There it is. Down there. Go ahead and click it and docket back the top and turn panels on and off by just clicking on one of these and one checking it. Now, if I expand this panel, you'll also see an options button right here on the upper right hand corner of every panel and I go ahead and click that that will give you the various options for that particular panel. So any time you need to make a change to a setting, go ahead and just click here and you can see, for instance, this one only has hide options, and this one has a number of different settings. So it's gonna change the number. Settings are gonna change depending on the type of panel that you clicked on 3. Tabbed Documents in Illustrator: In this video, I'll discuss tabbed documents in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. The Illustrator interface allows you to load multiple documents or create multiple documents and can see here that they're all in tabs by default so you can click on the tab and change between your documents very easily. Now. The tabs contained the name of the file, the zoom level of the file and the type of file and once again is quite easy just to switch between them. But there's much more you can do with these tabs. So, for instance, I don't click and drag this and move it and reorganize it. So that's very helpful. If you've got multiple documents and for your workflow purposes, you need to reorganize those tabs. You can just click and drag them. You can also do this. I'll go ahead and click and drag this and drag it down and notice how it floats as a window . And if I release the mouse button, we have now created a floating window for just this document, which is very useful if you need to be able to have the windows floating and organize them accordingly. So, for instance, I'll drag this one down as well. And here you have your different windows that you can switch between just by clicking on the window, and you can maximize it to get the maximum view available. Now I noticed that the tool burgers and the panels have disappeared, but you can just restore that to bring it back to its original level. Now you can also do this. I'll goto window and arrange and then choose. Tile now knows how the tabs now appears. Four different windows, and this is really useful. If you're working between documents where you need to say copy or click and drag from one document to another, it's quite easy. And it's a very useful way of being able to work with your documents. And often in the graphic sign environment, you're gonna wanna have several documents open. For example, Maybe one document is a poster you're working on. Another one is a logo. Another one is another logo. Another one is image of something, so it's a really useful way of being able to arrange your documents. Now let's go back and click on a range, and what I'm gonna do is se float all in windows. Now, when I selected that, everything becomes a windows. We've changed it from tabs to windows. And by the way, you can consolidate tabs. Notice how I just dragged this tab into this window and it joined it. So go ahead and dragon over here just to sort of illustrate how that works and knows that blue bar appearing. I'm gonna release it. Now we have our two tabs here, and then I'll take this one and drag it up here and release it and notice how we now have two tabs here so you can move your documents around and consolidate them in windows if you need to. It's very useful. I'll go back to window arrange and I'm going to choose consolidate all windows, and that brings us back to our main tabbed interface. So you're not limited to just the default view of tabs, and it can be very useful in different situations to be able to have those windows floating or consolidate tabs together in your work flow. When you're working with Adobe Illustrator 4. Panels and Palettes in Illustrator: In this video, I'll discuss panels and pallets in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. Now the panels and pallets could be found the right hand side of the screen, and I'll go ahead and expand those panels and you can see the various panels that are available to us. Now you can click on tabs to switch between the different groups. Now, for instance, we've got a color group here and here. We've got swatches, brushes and symbols, and I'll go ahead and collapse that, and you can also click here to expand the various panels and they'll stay there as long as you need it. Then you go ahead and collapse it just by clicking on the double arrows here. Now, if there's a panel that you don't see available on the group here, what you can do is go up to the window, drop down and you see all the various panels that are available here. So go ahead and scroll down. As you can see, there are a lot of them. So, for instance, if I wanted to see ah Flattener, preview will go ahead and select that, and it brings it up, actually, as a dialogue But you can dock it to the panel just by clicking and dragging and notice how that blue horizontal line has appeared. And I'll release it now and we've added it here and go ahead and collapse that let's do another one. Let's choose image trace again. Same idea. The panel appears a floating panel, but I can go ahead and click and drag it way from the blue box to appear and then release. And there it is, and I can bring it up in any time now. You can float those again just by clicking on the hash marks there and there you can see hash marks. So these air groups, this one has three. This one has to, but I'll go ahead and click and drag and just float that, and you can bring it back up and then expanded just by clicking on those double arrows. So it's quite easy to work with those panels and keep in mind that they are group's sound of them. If I right click on this one, for instance, you can see that says closed Tabb Group side, close a single panel button or enclosed the entire group. I want to and closing it doesn't mean it's gone forever. You could go back to the window, drop down and bring it back up again if you need to. 5. Playing with Control Panel in Illustrator: in this video, I'll discuss the context sensitive control panel in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. The context sensitive control panel is right here. I'll go ahead and click and float it, and you might want to do that. It really depends on what your preference, sir, but sometimes it helps to have more space, more real estate on screen so it doesn't hurt to float it. And you can also docket at the bottom of the screen. Notice There's a blue bar that appears when I drag it close to the bottom of screen. If I release it Aiken docket down there, so it's really a matter of preference, but I'll go ahead and put it back where we started and there it ISS. Now. The thing about the context says the tool birth is that it changes according to the context of the object that you click. So, for example, right now we see is nothing is selected, and the context has the tuber actually has settings for your documents, set up preferences and so on. She can actually see that it's not just the object itself that it's sensitive to its sensitive to If you have nothing selected, you're going to see some documents settings. But if I go ahead and click on this ah rectangle object, notice how the settings have changed. Now here we see the color and the stroke for that object and then some other options here, including shape and transform properties. Now go ahead and click away from that, and you can see how, when I d selected it that the settings reverted to the document settings, I'll go ahead and select the circle. Same idea. We now see the orange color and the magenta stroke for that object and then settings that are unique or applicability rather to a circle object. So the contexts of toolbar is a very important part of work with illustrator and just become accustomed to the way that is going to change according to the object that you select. And that makes it a very important part of your illustrator workflow. 6. Changing Preferences in Illustrator: In this video, I'll discuss preferences in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. You can access preferences and illustrator under the edit Drop down menu, or even easier. If nothing is selected on the control panel, you're going to see it preferences button right there. I'll go ahead and click it Now. The thing about preferences in Illustrator are that they're already pretty good the way they're set by default. But you may want to tweak your application, and there are some things that I like to tweak. For example, the keyboard increment. Now, right now it's at one point by default, and what the keyboard increment refers to is when you're nudging objects around the screen with the keyboard that they're going to move one point at a time. I typically like to make it six points, or if I want to change the dimensions, I may make it a dimension in inches, for instance. Now that brings us to the next. When I want to talk about which is units, I'll go ahead and click that and notice how under units that right now the general units, stroke units and type units are points well, points are a typesetting measure. And while there are the default setting an illustrator, typically you probably like to work with the real world measurement that year familiar with , for instance, inches or centimeters. So if you click here, you can see there's inches, millimeters and centimeters. I prefer inches, so go ahead and select that now with stroke, which is the outline. Typically, you want to stay with points, and that's my preference, because points while they're typesetting measure there are also graphic design measure, and simply put a point is 1 72nd of an inch. So 72 points are equal to an inch, and I like to stick with points. But again, you're not limited to that. You can change whatever you want. The same thing with type type is measured in points. That's the measurement that graphic designers use. But if you for inches millimeters or pixels, you're certainly able to do that here. They also have some settings for guides and grid. So, for instance, for the guys that we create, we can change the color here by clicking the drop down and choosing a different color. Or you can click on the little thumbnail right there and pick a color from the color picker . I'll go ahead and cancel that and change that back to science and how they're presented so that could be presented as lines or dots. And that's helpful. Sometimes you may want to have your guides presented as dots. I prefer lines because I see that sigh in line. I know it's a guide, but it's really a preference thing. Same thing with the grid, which is what you set up to allow you to align as snap objects into place and the game. You can change that color here, and you click on this thumbnail if you want to choose a specific color. And there are other things, too, like smart guys now smart guides, Air guys that appear automatically on the screen as you're moving things around to allow you to actually see how things are lined. It's a very neat feature, an illustrator, and you can change the color and the way they're presented here. There's also plug ins and scratched discs. Now, plug ins are additional little applications that you add the program to allow you to perform certain tasks that aren't available in the default installation of illustrator you can manage those here if you actually have plug ins and scratched discs are the disks that are used on your computer to store the memory information. Remember, your computers has a certain amount of memory. Some of that is used by the application, some used by the operating system and some used by other running applications. And what will happen is when your work with illustrator that memory that's needed is going to be mimicked in the form of ah disk file on your hard disk, and you can change which desk you want to use. If you have multiple disks, there are also things like the user interface so you can change the interface Here, for instance, you have dark, medium, dark, medium, light and light, and this is actually very useful. This isn't just a cosmetic thing when you're working with color, which you will be doing an illustrator, the color of the interface and the ambient lighting in the room that you working in are all going to affect how that color looks to you. So some graphic designers prefer that very high contrast dark color like that, and some designers prefer light, so it's really a preference thing, But keep in mind that it's more than just cosmetic. It's actually very practical to choose what your interface looks like in terms of the colors that you're working with. So there are plenty of settings here, and it would take a long time to explain every single setting. The best thing that you can do is actually to spend some time with settings and see if there's anything there that you'd like to tweak a gang. The default settings are normally enough for you get working with Illustrator. But for instance, I changed the measurements, which is normal. The first thing that I do when I install illustrators start working with it. 7. Messing with Layers: In this video, I'll discuss layers in Adobe Illustrator CC 2050. Now the layers panel can be accessed under window and layers. Or you can press F seven to bring it up. And here it is, right here on the right hand toolbar. Oh, go ahead and click it to bring out the panel now notice, Senate says. Layer one. There's a single layer, and we get a little thumbnail image of what that layer it looks like. And there's an aero next to it. If I click that arrow to expand, notice how, when expand it, we see a single group. I'll go ahead and expand that group, and there you can see all the objects in the group. Now the neat thing about the layers panel is this allows you to click any of the objects in the group and drag and notice how there's a straight line across. And if I release their I'm inserting it above the group and it's actually now no longer part of the group, so I select the group. You can see it. I select this group, but the orange rectangles no longer part of it. If I click the orange rectangle. There you go have selected that. So it's really super to be able to actually move things around. Now the practical purpose of layers is the ability to organize everything in your designs. For instance, if you're creating, say, blueprint, you could have different assets on different layers. Things like plumbing could be on one layer. Electrical could be another structural could be another. And that's just one example. There are many different reasons why you want to use layers. You can rename layers. I'll go ahead and double click that and just call this blocks and press enter. And to delete a layer, you simply just click down here. Now we can't delete this particular layer because it's only one layer there. But if I wanted to create a new layer, I would just click here and there's a new layer. I'll double click it, and I'll call this one circles. Now it's currently empty, and by the way, you could turn layers are enough. See this eyeball right here? You can actually turn it on and off, and all that does is just stop displaying at the layer is still there. I'll go ahead and turn it back on and you could turn on and off specific items in layer, for instance, this group or even parts of a group you can turn on and off now what I want to do first, to show you how you can actually create new objects on a layer. And I'm going to start by click on blocks because you draw on the layer that selected. So I'll go ahead and bring out the Ellipse tool drawn lips. Maybe give it a different color. And there it is. Now notice how a new object or a new line here has been added Set cold path and it's that blue block now. What I want to do is I want to move it to circles, so I just click and drag and hover over the circles layer and release. And there I've moved it, and I can go ahead and expand it and can see there's the path right there and notice, by the way, that there's a red bar here now. The red bar in the blue bar indicate Ah, the layer all it is as a helper, so when you create a new layer, you can assign a color to it. I'll show you here. I'll click on the control option and choose new layer, and we'll call this one triangles and notice how the color is right here so we can choose any color and click. OK, and now we have this green bar here indicating this is the third layer. So if you want to rename your layers and it's not, layer one layer to layer three. The color helps you identify which later you're on. Now there's one other option I want to show you, and that's how you can lock a layer. So over here in this empty area right here, you can click and notice how I've created padlock there. Know what that means is the layer is locked, and if I try to click on this object, I can't. It's not edible, and that's a great feature, because if you've created a layer and you're happy with everything on it, you may want to lock it so nobody can go and edit it, either intentionally or unintentionally, and you can certainly lock single objects on layers as well. So, for instance, here I'll just lock the green block, and if I try to select their I can't, but if I try to select the group, it will 11 to select. And if I try to move the group, no sign of green rectangle moved. So even when you lock something, if it's in a group that's not locked, you can move it so layers or one of those things that you really need to become comfortable with because they really help when you're creating your illustrations in Adobe Illustrator . And as you can see, it's quite easy to use and modify the layers. And as you can see, it's quite easy to use. Manipulate, modify. 8. Stock Art in Illustrator: In this video, I'll discuss stock art in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. To begin with, click on the Library Icon, etc. Adobe Creative Cloud Icon on the panel on the right hand side. And here is our library. Now we create new libraries that we can add to existing default library, which is called my library. And here there's a link for searching for photos at Adobe Stock will go ahead and click that, and it opens the website Now. This, of course, requires that you have a creative cloud account which gonna need to run illustrator anyway and you do everything through your creative cloud account. So notice here we have zero images and then we have our libraries. I'll click on images, and here, when I can do, is actually start to search for what I'm looking for. I'll type in a search on cars and you can search for photos, illustrations or vectors. Now I'm gonna turn off photos because we're talking about illustrator here, so I just want to see illustrations and vectors. But keep in mind that illustrator works great with photographs so you can certainly search for photos. But let's just look at what comes up when I click on go for illustrations and vectors. Okay, So as I scroll down, you can see there's an awful lot there, very high quality art that could be used for a number of different purposes. Now, if you see something you like, you go ahead and just hover over it, and you see a shopping current icon here where you can click by the license and save that filed the desktop. You can click on the download button to save a preview to the desktop, and then you could find similar images. I'll start with that. So click on, find similar images and you can see that it brought up a lot of black background images, some of them diagrams, some of them cars. Now, any time you find one that you want to download a. Go ahead and hover over this one. Click on this safe preview to desktop, and then when I can do is open that, and there it is. Now it's got the watermark on it, but you can actually access that and check it out and playing around with it a bit, and if you like it, then you can buy the license so you can use it for a variety of purposes. So the nice thing with library is, once you've actually purchased it, it's automatically going to sink with whatever library choose, and it'll be available in every application that you have. That is a creative cloud application that has access or could read that type of files over example. A JPEG file would certainly be as something you can use an illustrator or photo shop or any number of creative cloud applications. And the other thing is that it gets sink. So down here you'll see the creative cloud logo, and it tells us when I have her over it that all libraries air up to date. Well, whenever he add anything to your library, whether it's from an application you're working with or from the Adobe stock site, it's gonna be sink with two library so that wherever you go whenever you log in with your creative cloud account, you're gonna have access to that asset, which is great for people who travel a lot, and they need to be able to access that content on the fly 9. Libraries in Illustrator: In this video, I'll discuss libraries in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. The library's panel can be found right here is the adobe creative cloud icon, and if you don't see it, just go up to a window and there it is right there and you click it to bring it up. But it's right here. So go ahead and expand that and notice how is empty right now. Now what I want to do is add new library and then add some assets to it. You have two ways to add assets. You can go to Adobe Stock and purchase a licence for an image, or what you can do is create your own artwork and add it to library. So let's start by creating new library. Click here. Choose create new library. Call this Jamey's library and click create. Now that I've done that, if I click on the down area can see we have Jamey's library, my library, my images at landscape so you can create his main libraries as you want, and they all get sink to automatically with your creative cloud account, which means that wherever you are when you log in with your creative cloud account. You can have access to that library from photo shop illustrator and other Dobie applications. So what I'll do is show you how you can add anything to library. I'll go ahead and click on this circle and click and drag and notice how we have a plus symbol. And when I released the most button, it gets added to the library. Now, down here, we actually see a little action going on. The tells us that is being sink with the cloud. So let's do that again and watch what happens with this icon when I add this to the library , it's sinking now and then. If I hover over, it tells me that all my libraries air up to date, so these two objects have now been added to the library. Now, to change the name of it, you go ahead and click on any asset. I'll double click on the 1st 1 and call this rectangle Double click on this one and call this circle so you can rename them, and that helps in organizing your assets. If you work a lot with photo shop illustrator and other creative cloud applications and you have a lot of library assets. It's very helpful. One to create different libraries for different applications. For instance, when I say applications, I don't mean applications. As in software applications, I mean applications, as in what you're going to use it for. So, for instance, images, landscapes, I could create 14 let's call this one technical drawings and that really helps in being able to actually manage everything and notice how, when you create a new library that we get this stock information here, learn how to use libraries and search stock, and I can switch between my libraries just by clicking here to see that library. Now, how do I get that asset back onto my screen? Well, that's really simple. I go ahead and click the Asset Dragon over here and release, and I've added that. And if I click it and dragging a game, you can add as many as you like. So the nice thing about the library is it allows you to quickly access and add those assets to your illustrations and Adobe Illustrator and other creative cloud applications 10. Learning to Use Linked Assets: in this video, I'll discuss linked assets in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015. I've got this graphic and what I want to do is place it in this blank document. So I'm gonna go to file place and choose the graphic. Now down here, there's an option for linking. I'll go ahead and select that and I'll click place and then click to place the graphic. Now that's great. But what I'm gonna do is go ahead and bring up the link panel under window links. And here you can see in the links panel that we actually have our graphic right there. It gives us information about it, including the original location. Now the idea behind linking is that you can place graphics and that could be photographs as well into year illustrator documents and then make changes to those graphics. And if changes are made, they'll be reflected in the new document in the Illustrator documents. So let's go to the original, and I'll just change the color of the font and then save it Now. Once it's saved, I'll go back here collapsed that, and notice how there's an exclamation point warning symbol right next to the name of the graphic. I'll go ahead and just click this and always telling us. And here's a warning prompted. We have that some files are missing or modified in the links panel. Would you like to update them? Now? I'm going to choose. No, you could choose. Yes, but to do that, you can also do this. Click on the link here and then just click on Update Link and notice how when I updated the link, that illustrator reread the original file and has now shown us the graphic with the modify text color. So linking in illustrator is a really neat way of being able to ensure that you're working on assets that are being updated and links Panel and illustrator will notify you when there's a change to something. And that's really great, because now what you can do is have that linkage between your various files and not have to worry about changing multiple things. For instance, if I had placed that in here and then later on decided to change the color, I would have to go on modify this document. Well. Illustrated doesn't for you automatically 11. Cloud Charts in Illustrator : In this video, I'll discuss creative Cloud charts and Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 still started. CC 2015 has a great new feature now it's called Creative Cloud Charts and charts aren't new to Creative Cloud, but what is I'll go ahead and create a chart? Is this little helper below where I can click edit on Creative Cloud Now what happens is that charts been added to my library right here, and then a browser will open, and here, when I can do, is go ahead and work on my chart. I'll close this and there's the chart. Now I can start to play with the elements, for instance, adding ticks, minor grade lines, minor tics and so on changes, spacing, the charts size and so on. I can modify the data if I need to. And once I'm done adding the chart, I can go ahead and click Save now that charts now been saved by Creative Cloud Library, which means that I'll go back here, notice how the chart has automatically changed with those grid lines, and that's a really nice feature of Creative Cloud where you have that ability to put those assets in your library and be able to access them from anywhere, work on them through a Web interface and then republish them and share them using the creative cloud. So it's a neat new feature in Illustrator CC 2015. As you can see, it's very easy to use, and it's one of those things you want to familiarize yourself with, because often charts are a great way of displaying and communicating data to people quickly and easily, and it's really great to be able to edit that chart directly from your browser.