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


Pete Collins is one of the "Photoshop Guys" with KelbyOne. He is the co-host of Photoshop User TV and regular contributor toPhotography Tips N Tricks and the Grid. Pete has a regular "Down and Dirty" article in Photoshop User Magazine as well as being the creator and host of "Pixel Fight Club" over on the KelbyOne member site. He has an a...

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  1. Profile photo of

    I think this was an excellent course and a fantastic presentation. I really enjoyed your presentation. Great teacher.

  2. Profile photo of robertzech robertzech

    Well thanks for that great introduction to Illustrator! The pen tool finally makes sense to me – and it’s not that scary after all!

  3. Profile photo of D. Lee Owen D. Lee Owen

    Great teacher. Makes the unknown a lot less frustrating…..

  4. Profile photo of bob.cady63 bob.cady63

    Certainly contains good information but not organized as well as other courses (felt like he was just rushing around within several lessons) and very frustrating and difficult to follow at times because that cursor was off.

  5. Profile photo of David David

    Still relevant. Helped me a lot.

  6. 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.

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    Yes! Now I understand the pen tool!

  8. 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 //

  9. Profile photo of Rick Rick

    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.

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