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Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

Illustrator Overview | Setting Up the Work Area | Using the Drawing Tools | Transforming Objects |
Using the Liquefy Tools
| Learning More About Applying Color | Additional Tutorials

Software Description:
Adobe Illustrator is a program used by both artists and graphic designers to create vector images. These images will then be used for company logos, promotional uses or even personal work, both in print and digital form.

Operating Systems

  • Mac
  • PC/Windows

Greate Software Sites

Tutorial Links

Useful Files

  • add links to files


  • Adobe Certified Associate Program - The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification allows you to demonstrate proficiency in Adobe digital communications tools. Become a Certified Associate and stand apart from your peers, boost your confidence, and expand your career opportunities.
    • Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator - Adobe conducted research to identify the foundational skills students need to effectively communicate using digital media tools. Based on feedback from educators, design professionals, businesses, and educational institutions around the world, the objectives cover entry-level skill expectations for graphic design and illustration.
Vocabulary: Gradient, Bounding Box, Masking, Layer
Video Tutorials:
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Illustrator Overview
Adobe Illustrator Workspace & Overview

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ACTIVITY 1 :Setting Up the Work Area
Setting Up the
Work Area P1

Setting Up the Work Area:
Linking & Embedding Files

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ACTIVITY 2: Using the Drawing Tools
Selection Tools

Pencil Tool

Creating Closed Paths: Pencil Tool
Smooth Tool

Erase Tool

Pen Tool -
Straight Paths

Pen Tool -
Curved Paths

Pen Tool -
Changing Curved Paths

Pen Tool -
Drawing Shapes

Pen Tool -
Curved Segments

Converting Paths With The Convert Anchor Point Tool

Splitting Paths

Drawing Shapes With the Shapes Tools

Using Symbols

Creating a Symbol

Symbol Sprayer Tool

The Brush Tool

Creating a Closed Brush
Applying Brushes
Creating a Custom Brush
Image Trace &
Live Paint Bucket

Live Trace Tool

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ACTIVITY 3: Transforming Objects
Rotation Tool

Scale Tool

Reflection Tool

Shear Tool
Transform Pallette
Warp Effect
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ACTIVITY 4: Using the Liquefy Tools
Warp Tool
Twirl Tool

Pucker Tool
Blend Tool

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ACTIVITY 5: Learning More About Applying Color
The Color Palette

The Stroke Palette

The Swatches Panel

The Color Picker


Applying a Gradient Mesh

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Additional Tutorials
Clipping Mask

3D Tool

P1: Gradient Background

P2: Create Clouds

P3: Bird Silhouette

P4: Create Lush Grass

P5: Create a Reflection

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Extra Tips:
Use to download decorative fonts

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