Illustrator CC Basics By Pete Collins

1 hr 15 min

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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Introduction video.
Pete talks about what is the main concept for illustrator and why you might want to use it.
Take a visual tour of the layout of Illustrator and begin to use a few of the tools.
Round-out a tour of the layout and the main tools that you will use most often.
Illustrator is a shape making programs挞夆洛_ it is all about making shapes.
Learn how to make simple to complex shapes with simple tools and the Pathfinder.
Learn how to use the pen tool to begin to make more precise shapes.
Finish off this introductory lesson with a quick overview of some of the extra tools that are available for you to work with.
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Pete Collins

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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 shot, but the technical know-how to turn a good shot into a great one. Pete's Photoshop and post-processing skills can turn any picture idea t...


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  1. Profile photo of Rick Baker Rick Baker

    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. Profile photo of Francesca Hughes Francesca Hughes

    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 //

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    Yes! Now I understand the pen tool!

  4. Profile photo of MJS624 MJS624

    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.

  5. Profile photo of David David

    Still relevant. Helped me a lot.