Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator

Brad Woodard, Designer + Illustrator

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11 Videos (2h 19m)
    • Welcome to Class

      7:17
    • Getting Started

      10:16
    • Preferences

      8:25
    • Free Form Building

      14:30
    • Building with Shapes

      21:07
    • Strokes and Lines

      19:03
    • Color

      13:42
    • Typography

      12:13
    • Exporting and Final Words

      12:43
    • Bitmap Textures

      6:57
    • Vector Patterns

      12:42

Project Description

Reproduce your favorite print ad using Adobe Illustrator

ASSIGNMENT

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.

DELIVERABLE

Upload your print ad reproduction. A finished piece includes:

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

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Illustration by student David Gamboa

RESOURCES

  • 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