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16 Videos (1h 16m)
    • Trailer - Welcome to Adobe Illustrator Course!

    • Workspace and Panels

    • Navigating and Zooming

    • Creating New Documents

    • Working with Multiple Documents

    • Guides and Grids

    • Understanding Paths and Points

    • Fills and Strokes

    • Selection, Direct Selection, and Isolation Mode

    • Using the Pen Tool

    • Using the Curvature Tool

    • Using the Line Tools

    • Using the Shape Tools

    • Using the Brush Tools

    • Using the Pencil Tools

    • [ACTIVITY] Trace and Stylize a City Landscape


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. That's me running the Illustrator booth years ago at Photoshop World:


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!

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This was exactly what I was looking for. I haven't used Illustrator since I was a junior in high school, 5 years ago and I don't really remember being taught how most of the tools worked. I just got the Adobe Creative Suite a few days ago and was excited to learn how to use the tools, but all the other classes, even the ones labeled "beginner" assumed you knew how to use the program. I was so excited when I finally found this class. I learned so much! I actually know what most of the tools do now and am excited to start creating!
Great basic introduction to adobe illustrator. I tried using it without taking a class and it wasn't intuitive for me. Now I can practice the skills I've gained and build on them to bring my creativity to life.
Excellent course! The teacher is great. He makes the class very easy to follow along with him as he goes over the different tools and their many options. I am just beginning to use Illustrator and after finishing this class I feel a lot more confident just messing around in the program. Thank you.





Chad Neuman, Ph.D.

Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Media Expert

I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, and careers!

I'm currently a full-time university professor of graphic design and digital journalism. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. 

And now, you can learn from me as well!

Get started by enrolling in my courses and learning new skills. I've worked as internet development director at an award-winning advertising design firm, as managing editor at two graphic design magazines, as webmaster at a regional newspaper, and have been a freelance graphic designer and writer for the past 20 years. I have a B.A. in Communication, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies, and a Ph.D. in Communication.

My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better at digital media and communication.