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Illustrator Kindergarten

31 Episodes
06:04:29

About this Series

84%Essential 16%Advanced
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers

ALL Episodes in this Series

Episode 1
18min
Essential

Illustrator Quick Start

New to Adobe Illustrator? This episode gets you up and running in no time. We'll quickly look at creating a new document, show some shortcuts, dig around the interface, and save a file.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 2
15min
Essential

What's Your Vector, Victor?

Illustrator is a totally different animal than Photoshop. To simplify: Illustrator is Vector. If you don't know what that means, you should watch this episode before you start the series.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 3
19min
Essential

Applying Color Using the Swatches Panel

Illustrator has so many ways to create and apply color, that one might actually get confused. In this Episode, we won’t cover EVERYTHING, but we’ll give you enough to get you well on your way.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 4
18min
Essential

Adding Strokes to Paths

Now that you know what a path is, how do we change the look? One way is adding Strokes...and there are so many cool options. Let's have some fun!

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 5
14min
Essential

Adding Fills to Paths

Creating a path is step 1, but the fun begins when you fill the paths with color, gradients, or patterns. See how in this episode.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 6
7min
Essential

The Line Segment Tool

Drawing a line segment shouldn't need a whole episode, right? Well, you might be surprised. Have a look...it won't take long to learn something new.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 7
7min
Essential

The Arc Tool

You may think you have no use for the Arc Tool, and you may be correct. But it never hurts to know what a tool can do for you, just in case. In this short episode you’ll see it in action.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 8
5min
Essential

The Spiral Tool

Yep, the name of this tool pretty much gives away what we're going to be creating in this Episode: spirals. Let's all see how to use the Spiral Tool.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 9
8min
Essential

The Rectangular Grid Tool

So you know, the Rectangular Grid Tool also makes square grids. Now you know. See how, and much more, in this Episode.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 10
12min
Essential

The Polar Grid Tool

I need a bullseye right now, what tool should I use? Hmmmm...how about the Polar Grid Tool. Oh, what about a process diagram? Yep? Target? Yep. Check it out in this Episode.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 11
15min
Essential

The Pencil & Smooth Tools

This is one of my favs right here: the Pencil Tool. See just how powerful it is as we create and edit paths quickly and easily.

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 12
19min
Essential

Using The Paintbrush

The Paintbrush Tool can be deceiving. By itself, it’s not very impressive. Add the Brushes Panel, and a whole new world of design opportunities opens up.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 13
6min
Essential

The Curvature Tool

This has become a handy little tool I reach for when needing to add or create a curved line in a graphic. Simple to use, yet powerful in the right instance.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 14
10min
Essential

The Blob Brush Tool

At first glance this looks like just another “paint” tool…but it’s not. It’s a different animal, altogether, and after watching this Episode, you’ll see what I mean.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 15
7min
Essential

Mastering Squaretangles

Well, we can’t use circles for EVERYTHING. We surely need to make squares and rectangles on occasion. In this class you’ll see how to make rectangles, rounded rectangles, and squares with ease.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 16
4min
Essential

Creating Elipseses…uh…Elipsi?

This won’t take long…we’re drawing circles, right? Yes, but we also want to create correct circles that we won’t have to fix later after our art is more complex.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 17
5min
Essential

Making Polygons and Triangles

The name of this Episode says it all, we’re going to make Polygons and Triangles. But HOW are we going to make them is what’s really going on here.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 18
18min
Essential

Modifying Your Paths

You’ve made your path, maybe a square or a circle, with the shape tools, now what. Now what? Now is when the fun begins as you learn the many ways to modify a path to create new shapes.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 19
16min
Advanced

Widgets

I love Widgets. They give you the power to quickly modify paths in ways that would take forever using other methods. They make your paths more flexible and fun to work with.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 20
11min
Essential

The Warp Tools

Time for recess! Let’s take a break from our studies and play with some tools that are a bit…warped. That’s right, the Warp Tool and it’s siblings.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 21
10min
Essential

The Erasure Tool

Just erase it, you say. Yes...and then some. The erasure tool is usable as an erasure, but also as a creator of cool results.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 22
10min
Essential

Erasing Paths

There are a few tools which allow us to erase paths, and they each behave differently. So which one should we use? You’ll see in this Episode how they work so you can decide.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 23
7min
Essential

The Knife Tool

If you miss X-Acto knives and want to cut some pieces of art apart, Illustrator has just the tool for you: the Knife Tool. You’ll see just how fun it is to cut things apart digitally in this Episode.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 24
7min
Advanced

You Have to Know What a Compound Path Is

I know this Series is called Illustrator Kindergarten, but to understand some of the techniques, we have to learn a few higher level things…like what a Compound Path is.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 25
12min
Essential

The Shaper Tool

The Shaper Tool is relatively new to Illustrator and brings with it a new way to create, edit, and combine paths for new paths. It’s fun and powerful.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 26
13min
Essential

Follow Your Own Pathfinder

Creating paths is fun and easy, but to create more complex shapes, it’s time to call out the Pathfinder. Using the Pathfinder and overlapping paths opens a whole new creative world.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 27
10min
Essential

The Shape Builder Tool

You can almost pretend this tool is a magic wand that you wave over paths to create new art. Really! You don’t have to dress up as a Wizard, or anything, just pretend for a bit.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 28
15min
Advanced

The Live Paint Bucket Tool

This is NOT just a “paint fill” tool. No, it’s much more powerful than that. It not only fills closed paths, but it can fill overlapping open paths, even with a gap. #truth

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 29
22min
Advanced

Making Art from Type

Sometimes you just don't have art for your project. So use some type and make art out of it. You'll see how in this fun Episode.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 30
16min
Advanced

Placing Photos in Type

We see it everywhere: Photos in text. We see it on billboards, in magazines, on ads, and on cheesy bumper stickers. Now learn how to easily do it in Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 31
9min
Essential

I’ll Make You a Star

"Star" is a pretty vague term for any number of shapes that have multiple points. Well, if you know how to use it, the Star Tool gives you all of the options you need.

Adobe Illustrator
Art & Advertising
Russell Viers