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Hey there, I'm Dan, and I'm not just a designer, but an Adobe Certified Professional and Adobe MAX Master Award winner. Join me as we embark on an incredible journey together learning Adobe Illustrator!

This course is tailor-made for those who are new to Illustrator and the world of design, as we start from scratch on our journey to becoming Illustrator superheroes! Together, we'll unravel the secrets and techniques that enable you to create anything your creative heart desires - from icons, logos, and postcards to beautifully hand-drawn illustrations.

Get ready to dive into the mesmerizing world of Adobe Illustrator, where we'll craft stunning looking graphics. But we won't stop at just learning the tools; we're about to unleash our creative powers by creating real-world, practical, and portfolio-ready projects. Together we will learn to:

  • • Master the art of drawing with simple shapes and lines.
  • • Unleash your creativity by combining and subtracting shapes using the Shape Builder.
  • • Create advanced custom logos and graphics.
  • • Explore the world of creative brushes, lines, and strokes to elevate your designs to the next level.
  • • Use the Width tool to enhance your lines and strokes adding a style.
  • • Conquer the pen, pencil, and curvature tools like a pro.
  • • Dive into the wonderful world of fonts and the art of mastering type.
  • • Use the intertwine feature to create interesting overlapping illustrations. 
  • • Learn the art of masking images and graphics.
  • • Discover the magic of distorting, bending, warping, and liquefying illustrations.
  • • Select and use color combinations like a true master of design.
  • • Craft your own unique repeating patterns.
  • • Transform real drawings into captivating stencil-style images.
  • • Export your creations for print, web, social media, and more.
  • • Acquire the techniques used by professional graphic designers.
  • • Work with your own mini-brief - creating a unique Farmer's Market brand and bringing it to life.
  • • Harness the power of Adobe's Generative AI features to push your creative boundaries.
  • • Working with mood boards to gather inspiration.
  • • Create realistic mockups to enhance your designs even further.
  • • Engage in a wealth of class projects to put your skills to the test.
  • • Stay ahead with a handy printable PDF cheat sheet.
  • • Access downloadable exercise files to help you practice and refine your skills.
  • • Benefit from forum support provided by the BYOL Teaching Assistant Team.
  • • Discover professional workflows and shortcuts to work more efficiently.
  • • Gain access to a treasure trove of additional resources and websites to supercharge your career.

But that's not all! I'll unveil Illustrator's hidden gems that will transform you into a pro at discovering and utilizing breathtaking vector based graphics. We'll dive into the latest Illustrator tools, including the mind-blowing Generative AI features that allow us to craft illustrations that were once thought impossible. 

Whether you've never even opened Illustrator or have struggled with it in the past, I'm here to show you the easy way to create breathtaking artwork and portfolio projects to be proud of. Join me as we go from Illustrator zeros, to Illustrator superheroes!


• All you need is a copy of Adobe Illustrator, you can get a free trial from Adobe here to get started.

Who this course is for

  • • Absolutely no previous Adobe Illustrator experience is required.
  • • This course is designed for newcomers to Illustrator and design in general, so no prior design, drawing, or illustration experience is necessary.
  • • This is a relaxed, well-paced introduction, perfect for producing a wide range of drawings, illustrations, logos, and portfolio projects. Only basic computer skills are necessary - if you can send emails and surf the internet, you're more than capable of mastering this course.

What you'll learn

  • • Drawing with Shapes & Lines
  • • Drawing with the Shape Builder
  • • Creating a custom logo
  • • Working with Brushes
  • • Drawing with the pen, pencil & curvature tool
  • • Learn how to work with type & fonts.
  • • How to vectorise an image in Illustrator
  • • How to curve text in illustrator
  • • How to trace an image in illustrator
    • How to warp text in illustrator
    • How to embed images in illustrator
    • How to mask images & graphics.
    • How to distort, bend, warp & liquefy illustrations.
    • How to make 3D illustrations. 
    • How to make your own repeating patterns.
    • How to create stencil style images from real drawings.
    • How to save, print & export for Print, web & social media.
    • Lots of real world exercises for you to practice.
    • Loads or class projects for you to complete.
    • Printable Cheat sheet.
    • You will get the finished files so you never fall behind.
    • Downloadable exercise files.
    • Techniques used by professional graphic designers.
    • Professional workflows and shortcuts.
    • A wealth of other resources and websites to help accelerate your career.