Illustrator CC Basics, with Pete Collins

In this course, Pete Collins will share with an easy way to understand how Illustrator works as well as how to use some of the most important tools in order to get you up and running quickly.

Illustrator is such a powerful program, but getting started can be a bit daunting. After this introduction make sure to check out Corey Barker’s more advanced class.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 00:35)

Introduction video.

Lesson 2: What is Illustrator used for? (Duration 06:54)

Pete talks about what is the main concept for illustrator and why you might want to use it.

Lesson 3: Program layout and how it works (Duration 10:41)

Take a visual tour of the layout of Illustrator and begin to use a few of the tools.

Lesson 4: Layout and tools part two (Duration 13:43)

Round-out a tour of the layout and the main tools that you will use most often.

Lesson 5: It is all about shapes (Duration 08:13)

Illustrator is a shape making programs… it is all about making shapes.

Lesson 6: Making and editing shapes (Duration 09:11)

Learn how to make simple to complex shapes with simple tools and the Pathfinder.

Lesson 7: Paths and the pen tool (Duration 15:41)

Learn how to use the pen tool to begin to make more precise shapes.

Lesson 8: Extra tools and techniques (Duration 11:00)

Finish off this introductory lesson with a quick overview of some of the extra tools that are available for you to work with.

Meet Your Instructor: Pete Collins

Pete Collins is a "Photoshop Guy" with KelbyOne. He's a designer and photographer who has extensive wedding, events, stock, commercial, portraits experience. Not just an eye for grabbing a great…


  1. Great overview. I have played around with Illustrator a couple times but never really got into it. This overview will help. I hope there will be a follow-up course.

  2. Great class! It wasn't as extensive as Matt's Photoshop CC class on Monday, however, I still learnt a number of things here. One thing I will mention, found it hard to follow on a number of occasions as there was no cursor shown so I couldn't fully follow where you were clicking on certain menus, but other than that it was a really great watch. Thank you. - Fran //

  3. I had the same issue as Francesca, I found very difficult to follow at times, especially the pen tool section since the curser was not visible.

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