Getting Started With Illustrator CC

A step-by-step guide to mastering Adobe’s flagship vector graphics editor!

This course includes…

  • Unlimited lifetime access
  • Downloadable project files
  • 30 day money-back guarantee

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  • Project files included!
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Master vector shapes and objects!

Clear the confusion about how to create and work with vector objects. Learn how to manage them, manipulate them, and accurately select them!

Create accurate transformations!

Discover how to scale, rotate, and otherwise transform your vector objects — either by eye or by setting precise values!

Learn to work with non-destructive special effects!

See how you can apply a variety of special effects and transformations to your objects, all non-destructively!

Free course included!

Enrollment includes Foundations In Web Design, a free bonus course, at no extra cost!

  • Worksheets
  • Hands-on lessons
  • Other extras and goodies!

Let’s make sure this is a good fit

Before going further, let’s make sure you’re in the right spot. The info below will help…

Who is this course for?

Those wanting a solid understanding of design, including…

  • People who don’t know where to start, who just want simple answers.
  • People who want to become full or part-time designers.
  • Designers who want to expand their skills.
  • Employees who want to add to their skills, advance their careers, and become more marketable.
  • Those wanting to save the cost and headache of hiring an expensive web designer.
  • Hobbyists and those interested in doing design on the side.

Sound like a good fit? Then let’s get started! If not, then let’s find the right course for you.

Course description

In Getting Started With Illustrator CC, award-winning veteran trainer Geoff Blake walks you through the fundamentals of Adobe’s flagship vector graphics editor. You’ll start with the basics: Understanding vector artwork and how it differs from raster images, and how to navigate through and customize Illustrator’s interface. Then, it’s on to making precise, masterful selections with Illustrator’s variety of commands and tools. Next, you’ll create and manage your own vector artwork, and learn how to scale, align, and adjust your objects with ease. Typography, including handing text objects and create text along a path comes next, followed by more advanced Illustrator techniques like special effects, Pathfinders, and exporting your work into a variety of file formats. All this and more awaits in Getting Started With Illustrator CC!

Course prerequisites

It’s a good idea to be familiar with the following before enrolling in this course:

  • General computer skills (comfortable copying and pasting, navigating through folders…the basics).
  • A working copy of Illustrator CS4 or above (the free trial version is fine).
  • No prior experience with graphics is required.

Sound like a good fit? Then let’s get started! If not, then let’s find the right course for you.

“I love Geoff’s training courses. It’s like he’s sitting right beside me, taking me through everything step-by-step!”

Kris

Let a friend show you how

Hey, I’m Geoff. I help graphic designers, small business owners, and creative people just like you learn about web design, develop valuable, in-demand skills, launch online businesses and creative projects…and yeah, make more money! Learn more about me here.

Learning how to build websites is no different than figuring out perspective drawing, how to weave literary prose, or how to combine chords to make beautiful music. It’s like cooking or woodworking or learning how to fix your car…But for whatever reason, web design’s made out to be highly technical and overly complicated. Let’s change that.

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  • Unlimited lifetime access!

How does it work?

Watch these sample lessons

Get a feel for the casual, hands-on approach that your training takes, and have some fun along the way!

Aligning To A Key Object In Adobe Illustrator

See how to quickly and easily align to key objects — a secret weapon in Illustrator!

Exploring Adobe Illustrator’s Swatch Libraries

See what Illustrator’s hidden swatch libraries are all about to help take your projects further.

Using Adobe Illustrator’s Pathfinders

Discover how to create unique shapes using Illustrator’s Pathfinders.

What others are saying

People just like you are building dream web projects every day. A few would love to tell you how Ten Ton helped them get there.

“With Geoff’s excellent training, I graduated at the top of my 3-year college program in just 2 years.”

Ian’s story

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“It’s because of Geoff that I can now call myself a web designer and can get paid for it.”

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How does it work?

Course outline

Here’s a complete outline of all of the topics covered in this course

Chapter 1: Getting Started

  1. Welcome, Here's What We'll Learn
  2. Understanding Raster And Vector Graphics
  3. A Crash Course In Graphic File Formats

Chapter 2: Getting Comfortable in the Illustrator Environment

  1. Opening, Creating And Working With Multiple Documents
  2. A Tour Of The Illustrator Interface
  3. Customizing The Illustrator Environment
  4. Saving Saving Interface Workspaces
  5. Zooming And Navigation Techniques
  6. Using Illustrator’s Outline Mode

Chapter 3: Working With Selections

  1. Using the Selection Tool
  2. Using the Direct Selection Tool
  3. Free-Handing Selections With The Lasso Tool
  4. Selecting Objects Based On Colour
  5. Advanced Selection Techniques
  6. Saving And Reloading Selections

Chapter 4: Drawing Shapes & Paths

  1. Drawing Rectangles And Squares
  2. Drawing Ovals And Circles
  3. Drawing Rounded Rectangles, Polygons And Stars
  4. Drawing Lines, Arcs And Grids
  5. Drawing With The Pencil Tool (And Erasing Mistakes)
  6. Understanding Vector Paths
  7. Introducing Illustrator Brushes
  8. Using The Blob Brush

Chapter 5: Managing Objects

  1. Moving And Duplicating Objects
  2. Rotating, Reflecting, And Transforming Shapes
  3. Precisely Transforming And Positioning Objects
  4. Precise Positioning Using The Transform Panel
  5. Automatically Calculating In The Transform Panel
  6. Controlling Stacking Order
  7. Grouping And Ungrouping Objects
  8. Locking And Hiding
  9. Aligning And Spacing Objects Apart
  10. Aligning To A Key Object (sample lesson!)

Chapter 6: Working With Colour

  1. Methods For Applying Fills And Strokes
  2. Setting Stroke Options
  3. Creating A Dashed Outline Effect
  4. Exploring Illustrator’s Swatch Libraries (sample lesson!)
  5. Mixing And Saving Custom Colours
  6. Creating, Saving, And Using Custom Gradients
  7. Filling Objects With Patterns
  8. Copying Fills And Strokes

Chapter 7: Working With Type

  1. Creating Point And Area Type
  2. Importing Large Amounts Of Text
  3. Formatting Text
  4. Area Type Options
  5. Creating Type on a Path
  6. Converting Text To Shapes

Chapter 8: Going Further With Illustrator

  1. Introducing Layers
  2. Using Illustrator's Pathfinders (sample lesson!)
  3. Applying Special Effects
  4. Exploring The Appearance Panel

Chapter 9: Saving & Exporting Your Work

  1. Saving Your Work In Different File Formats
  2. Saving Your Work For The Web

Chapter 10: Wrapping Up

  1. Where to Go From Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

What is Ten Ton?

Hey, I’m Geoff, an award-winning teacher, artist, and designer. Ten Ton Online is my premium online training platform to help graphic designers, small business owners, hobbyists, and other creative rabble-rousers learn about web design. If you want to discover how to build beautiful looking websites, how you can develop valuable, in-demand skills, or how to launch and market online businesses and creative projects, you’re in the right spot! You can view the full list of courses here.

Can I sign up any time?

Yes. All courses are completely self-paced. This means you can enroll now, and start your course whenever you like.

How do I watch the videos?

After enrolling, you’ll be able to stream your course lessons on the web, to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Can I download the video lessons?

To best serve the community, lessons are provided as streaming video only. This is because courses are sometimes updated to provide users with the latest information and content.

How long will I have access to my courses?

All courses come with unlimited, lifetime access. This means you can access your course as often as you’d like, without any limitations.

Are there recurring monthly costs?

Nope. There’s just a single one-time enrollment fee for your course.

Are courses self-paced or scheduled?

Courses are completely self-paced, allowing you to work through lessons at your own speed. You can skip ahead or go back, and otherwise move through your courses as quickly or slowly as you’d like. You can find out more about how it all works right here.

Are project files included?

You bet! Courses come with downloadable project files, allowing you to get the most out of your learning experience. You’re encouraged to follow along, step-by-step, so you can gain real-world, hands-on skills.

What is your refund policy?

All courses come with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your course within 30 days of purchase, let us know. We’re here to help.

Where should I start?

Start with my free Foundations In Web Design course. It’ll give you a solid foundation in web design, and help you determine which direction you should head in based on your interests and goals.

I have more questions, how can I contact you?

You can contact me right here.

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$59

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  • Patrick Sierak

    Great course. A lesson on the pen tool would have been helpful though!

    • Great to hear you enjoyed the course Patrick. Agreed — the Pen tool should have been included. I’m planning on a free YouTube tutorial on it soon, so keep your eyes out for that. Thanks! -G

      • Patrick Sierak

        Awesome. You do an excellent job explaining and would love to hear your take on using the pen tool. Seems like there is so much you could spend a whole chapter with a bunch of lessons on it.

        Side note: Loved the HTML and CSS courses!

        Thank you for your awesome work.

        • Patrick! Sorry for my delay in getting back to you. Thanks very much for all the kind words. You know, I do have a hands-on lesson for the Pen tool that’s applicable to Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign’s Pen Tool. So, I’ll get to recording and posting that to Ten Ton’s YouTube channel shortly. You’ve motivated me to get it published! Thanks again -Geoff