Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

By Aarón Martínez
Illustrator and 3D designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 09/05/2015
, Illustrator and 3D designer

Learn Adobe Illustrator without any prior knowledge to create optimum vectorial graphics

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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Learn Adobe Illustrator without any prior knowledge to create optimum vectorial graphics


  • 98% Positive reviews (1.6K)
  • 75323 students
  • 6 courses
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Updated on 06/18/2020
  • 77 Lessons (10h 9m)
  • 31 downloads
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  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
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Domestika Basics · 6 courses included

This course has been updated in some video lessons to enhance the students' experience, improving the quality, explanation, and detail on what is taught.

If you want to bring your vectorial projects to life with professional expertise, this 6-course Domestika Basics taught by Designer and Illustrator Aarón Martínez will show you how. From printing specifics to digital formats, discover how the software works, learn how to use the tools, and apply everything you learn throughout the course with a variety of practical exercises.

Start by getting familiar with the interface, see how to create a document from scratch, and then give your first vectorial strokes to create basic shapes.

Then, enter the world of geometry, with the pathfinder tool to transform figures and create new ones with total freedom.

Master key tools to work with ease in Illustrator, such as pencil, brush, and pen. Once you understand how they work, see the different ways you have to digitize an image through vectors.

Learn all about color use in this software. Aaron explains the difference between the CMYK and RGB color modes and the basic characteristics of each. Create a Pantone color palette, discover tools such as the paint pot, and achieve unique results with pathfinder, linear and radial gradients, blending modes, and effects.

See how to work and modify a text to any form. Start by creating a linear text and inside a box, and then work your type in and around figures.

Learn how to edit typography, define kerning, tracking, weight, and line-spacing. Discover how to arrange text in a paragraph, align it, justify it, and more.

For the final course, learn how to customize your workspace by configuring a specific profile to your needs. Aaron gives you some advanced tips to help your workflow, according to your needs.

Finally, you see the most commonly-used printing formats and ideal digital formats for social networks, as well as learn how to export a PDF file for printing and compress it to prevent the document from being altered or lose quality.

Technical Requirements

    ⦁ A computer with Windows 7 (or higher) or macOS 10.12 (Sierra).
    ⦁ Adobe Illustrator CC (you can either buy it or download the 7-day trial version on the Adobe website.
    ⦁ It is recommended you have a graphics tablet, but it is not mandatory.


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Aarón Martínez

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Illustrator and 3D designer

Aarón Martínez is an illustrator and product designer. His creations are aimed at the real and visual function, which is achieved by carefully observing the environment, materials, and textures. His work covers several disciplines, from the creation of 3D characters for advertising or designing objects, to the design of machines that detect cancer.

He works freelance for several brands and agencies such as: Autodesk, Nexus studio, Enormous Brands, Cisco, Group W, Volkswagen, Flock, Moi, BBmundo, Usbek & RIka, History Land, and more. He is also a professor of 3D modeling and vector illustration.


Contents

Course 1: Getting Started

  • U1

    Presentation

    • Presentation
  • U2

    Our first document

    • Our first document
  • U3

    Walk through the interface: menu, tools and palette

    • Walk through the interface: menu, tools and palette
  • U4

    Adjustments to our document

    • Adjustments to our document
  • U5

    Work tables

    • Work tables
  • U6

    Color modes

    • Color modes
  • U7

    Creating basic figures

    • Creating basic figures
  • U8

    Round corners

    • Round corners
  • U9

    Eraser tool, scissors and blade

    • Eraser tool, scissors and blade
  • U10

    Selection tool

    • Selection tool
  • U11

    Climb, move and rotate

    • Scale, move and rotate
  • U12

    Groups

    • Groups
  • U13

    Layers

    • Layers
  • U14

    Practice: create, cut and organize

    • Practice: create, cut and organize

Course 2: Transforming Geometry

  • U1

    Presentation

    • Presentation
  • U2

    Creating generic icons with basic shapes

    • Creating generic icons with basic shapes
  • U3

    Magic wand and bow

    • Magic wand and bow
  • U4

    Pathfinder 1: unify and less front

    • Pathfinder 1: unify and less front
  • U5

    Pathfinder 2: intersection and exclude

    • Pathfinder 2: intersection and exclude
  • U6

    Fusion tool

    • Fusion tool
  • U7

    Distortion

    • Distortion
  • U8

    Practice: family of icons

    • Practice: family of icons

Course 3: Vectors

  • U1

    Presentation

    • Presentation
  • U2

    Pencil tool

    • Pencil tool
  • U3

    Brush tool

    • Brush tool
  • U4

    Pen tool

    • Pen tool 1
    • Pen tool 2
  • U5

    Creating brush tips

    • Creating brush tips
  • U6

    Anchor point

    • Anchor point
  • U7

    Smart guides

    • Smart guides
  • U8

    Illustration graphic styles

    • Illustration graphic styles
  • U9

    Vectorizing from images

    • Vectorizing from images 1
    • Vectorizing from images 2
  • U10

    Interactive tracing

    • Interactive tracing
  • U11

    Practice: interactive tracing

    • Practice: interactive tracing

Course 4: Using Colour

  • U1

    Presentation

    • Presentation
  • U2

    Remembering the color modes for our document

    • Remembering the color modes for our document
  • U3

    Color palettes

    • Color palettes
  • U4

    Plasta, contour and plasta

    • Plasta, contour and plasta 1
    • Plasta, contour and plasta 2
    • Plasta, contour and plasta 3
  • U5

    Paint pot

    • Paint bucket
  • U6

    Pathfinder split

    • Pathfinder split
  • U7

    Linear gradient

    • Linear gradient
  • U8

    Radial gradient

    • Radial gradient
  • U9

    Freeform gradient

    • Freeform gradient
  • U10

    Fusion modes

    • Fusion modes
  • U11

    Effects (Vector)

    • Effects (Vector)
  • U12

    Effects (Rasterization)

    • Effects (Rasterization)
  • U13

    Practice: badge with effects

    • Practice: badge with effects 1
    • Practice: badge with effects 2

Course 5: Use of Text

  • U1

    Presentation

    • Presentation
  • U2

    Text tool

    • Text tool
  • U3

    Text inside figures

    • Text inside figures
  • U4

    Character: how to choose a typeface / how to change to another weight / defining line spacing / defining tracking / defining kerning

    • Character: how to choose a typeface / how to change to another weight / defining line spacing / defining tracking / defining kerning
  • U5

    Paragraph: how to align the text / bleeds / space before or after the paragraph

    • Paragraph: how to align the text / bleeds / space before or after the paragraph
  • U6

    Opentype

    • Opentype
  • U7

    Convert to curves

    • Convert to curves
  • U8

    Modify text structure

    • Modify text structure
  • U9

    Deform

    • Deform
  • U10

    Color and volume

    • Color and volume
  • U11

    Text and pathfinder

    • Text and pathfinder
  • U12

    Displacement

    • Displacement
  • U13

    Clipping mask

    • Clipping mask
  • U14

    Practice: text with volume

    • Practice: text with volume

Course 6: Optimizing and Finishing

  • U1

    Presentation

    • Presentation
  • U2

    How to customize the workspace

    • How to customize the workspace
  • U3

    Actions

    • Actions
  • U4

    Symbols

    • Symbols
  • U5

    Global edition

    • Global edition
  • U6

    SVG

    • SVG
  • U7

    Work with CPU and GPU

    • Work with CPU and GPU
  • U8

    Print formats

    • Print formats
  • U9

    Web formats

    • Web formats
  • U10

    PDF

    • PDF
  • U11

    Practice: outputs to different formats

    • Practice: outputs to different formats 1
    • Practice: outputs to different formats 2

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About Domestika Basics

Domestika Basics is a series of courses focused on teaching the most commonly used software by creative professionals worldwide. The courses are taught in an easy, step-by-step fashion.
The content has been meticulously curated and is intended for both, beginning students going into a new creative field and more experienced professionals who need to polish their skills.
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    Domestika Basics gives you everything you need to get started on a new creative field and become an expert on it.

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    Discover its principles, techniques, and the tried-and-true methods you need to master it.

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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator. A Design & Illustration course by Aarón Martínez Best Seller

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

By Aarón Martínez
Illustrator and 3D designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 09/05/2015
  • 98% Positive reviews (1.6K)
  • 75323 students