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Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator

Brad Woodard, Illustrator + Graphic Designer

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11 Videos (2h 19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting Started

    • 3. Preferences

    • 4. Free Form Building

    • 5. Building with Shapes

    • 6. Strokes and Lines

    • 7. Color

    • 8. Typography

    • 9. Exporting and Final Words

    • 10. Bitmap Textures

    • 11. Vector Patterns

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Project Description

Reproduce your favorite print ad using Adobe Illustrator


Show off your Illustrator chops by reproducing your favorite print ad in Adobe Illustrator. This assignment is a great way to train yourself in all elements of the software while also creating a beautiful composition. You'll be able to understand shape, line and color principles through reproducing an image, and will take those concepts to your illustration work moving forward.


Upload your print ad reproduction. A finished piece includes:

  • The original print ad
  • Your reproduced Illustrated version of the ad


Illustration by student David Gamboa


  • Printable Illustrator Hot Key Cheat Sheet - I created a little list of the top 20 hot keys that I use while I work in Illustrator. To help you out, print this out and keep it out and handy while you work. Hope it helps!
  • Related Discussion: Poster Inspiration. Share your favorite posters with the class to kickstart our inspiration. Check out the class favorites here
  • Vector Tuts + - This is a handy blog that shares articles and tutorials about working with Illustrator, via specific projects. I like to see how other people use the program, and it helps me learn new ways to use tools.  
  • Related Discussions: Additional Resources. Share any other resources that have helped you learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator with the class here