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

DKNG Studios, Design + Illustration

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12 Videos (40m)
    • Introduction

    • Quick Save for Web

    • Using Global Colors

    • Creating Custom Guidelines

    • Working with Live Corners

    • Targeting Layers

    • Giving Depth to Simple Shapes

    • Creating a Custom Pattern Stroke

    • Creating Vector Halftone Patterns

    • Customizing the Blend Tool

    • Using an Opacity Mask

    • Conclusion


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.


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.

745 of 749 students recommendSee All

Global Colors. Really? How have I wasted so much time in the past not knowing about this? That was well worth the price of admission. Good work guys, DKNG is always amazing and I always learn something. Thank you.
Wonderful class for beginner's and advanced users of Adobe Illustrator. I learned a few new tricks to add to my workflow and confirmed some of the methods I was already using. DKNG explain things as they go and use real examples to show what they're talking about. Great class.
Danny Sherman

Pixel pusher by day, freelancer by night.

Thanks for the class guys! Super informative and useful. I know I'll be using these tips on a daily basis





DKNG Studios

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 didn’t 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 world’s most talented musical artists.

With dynamically different skill sets ranging from fine art to film production, Dan and Nathan bring diverse talents and artistic perspectives to every project. DKNG strives to provide their clients with the image and recognition that they deserve. Their past clients have included ABC Family, MTV, Disney Channel, WB, IFC among others.