Mastering Illustrator: 10 Tips & Tricks to Speed Up Your Workflow

DKNG Studios, Design + Illustration

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12 Videos (40m)
    • Introduction

      2:13
    • Quick Save for Web

      1:50
    • Using Global Colors

      2:56
    • Creating Custom Guidelines

      3:08
    • Working with Live Corners

      3:25
    • Targeting Layers

      3:46
    • Giving Depth to Simple Shapes

      4:10
    • Creating a Custom Pattern Stroke

      3:36
    • Creating Vector Halftone Patterns

      6:32
    • Customizing the Blend Tool

      4:09
    • Using an Opacity Mask

      3:51
    • Conclusion

      0:25
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About This Class

Join DKNG designers Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman for a 40-minute class revealing the Adobe Illustrator tricks of the trade they employ for a fast and efficient workflow.

Drawing on specific components of their work with Star Wars, Back to the Future, and SXSW, as well as personal design projects, this class covers everything from simple keyboard shortcuts to more complex visuals like pattern strokes and vector halftones, all the way up to the new "Live Corners" feature in Illustrator CC.

Whether you're just starting out with Illustrator or have been using the software for some time and just want to speed up your process, DKNG's 10 tips will unlock a better way to create, while keeping everything in vector form.

Please note: the examples in this class are demonstrated on a Mac. If you're illustrating on a PC, download this handy cheat sheet with keyboard shortcut equivalents.

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Want to see Dan and Nathan teach different styles? Join 20,000 fellow students in their other three Skillshare classes: Illustration for Designers, Rock Poster Design, and Halftones for Screen Printing.

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amazing class, learned more in the past 40 minutes than I have in the past 6 months or so of offhandedly googling tutorials
This class is filled with really useful tips presented in a clear, concise way. They do a great job of explaining exactly what they're doing and where they're clicking. I especially love that they show how the tools were used in an actual piece of artwork; it really helps me as a total beginner get an idea of what you can do with Illustrator.
This is full of neat tricks and tips that really unlock Illustrator CC's powerful tools.

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Design + Illustration

DKNG is a full service graphic design studio with a focus on the entertainment industry. We work directly with bands, venues, promoters and a range of independent and corporate clients.

Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman were both drawn to music and design at an early age, but didnt combine their talents until 2005 when the duo founded a design studio with the goal of fusing these two creative avenues. The pair has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the worlds most...

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