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Illustrator – Beginner Fundamentals Course

Illustrator Beginner Fundamentals is for anyone with little to no previous Illustrator experience. This course will give you the fundamental skills needed to create vector graphics. Use these skills to design logos, business cards, postcards or poster designs.

One-on-one Course Training

This course is taught in four one-on-one personalized sessions. You will receive hands on help to understand why and how to create vector graphics in Illustrator. The course starts with a tour of the Illustrator’s tools and workspaces. After you are familiar with the application interface you will learn how to build and edit shapes, work with color, and create effective typography.

Complete 4 Session Course: $600.00 (6 hours total)
Individual Session rate: $187.50 per session (1.5 hours each)

How it works:

  1. Purchase the complete course or parts of it.
  2. Watch your email for a purchase confirmation that includes a link to schedule your sessions.
  3. Click on the email link to view my calendar. Select available times that works best for you.
  4. Watch your email for a booking confirmation and a link to the online conference room.
  5. Click on the email link at the time of your scheduled session. You will need speakers and a microphone.

Prerequisite: You should have Illustrator CC or Illustrator 6 installed on your computer.

Every session is customized to your specific needs. Outlines are based on the average time required to cover the material. You may progress at a faster or slower rate. The complete course includes 6 total hours of one-on-one coaching. If needed, additional sessions can be purchased separately. If you learn at a faster rate, intermediate content will be added in the last session.

Illustrator Beginner Fundamentals Session 1

User Interface, Layers and Artboards

1.5 hours
  • Illustrator Interface
  • Tools, Panels, Workspaces
  • Navigating a Document
  • Essentials Workspace Properties Panel
  • Artboards
  • Working with Layers
  • Targeting Objects in Layers

Illustrator Beginner Fundamentals Session 2

Shape Building

1.5 hours
  • Drawing Basic Shapes
  • Selection and Direct Selection Tools
  • Transform and Duplicate Objects
  • Object Stacking Priority
  • Draw Lines with Pen Tool
  • Bezier Curve Anchor Points and Handles
  • Pencil and Brush Tools

Illustrator Beginner Fundamentals Session 3

Working with Color

1.5 hours
  • Understanding CMYK vs RGB
  • Apply Color Quickly with Eyedropper Tool
  • Color Swatches, Global Swatches, Pantone Colors
  • Color Groups
  • Color Libraries and Adobe Color for Inspiration
  • Adobe Capture for Color Inspiration
  • Gradient Color Fills
  • Introduction to Recolor Art

Illustrator Beginner Fundamentals Session 4


1.5 hours

  • Finding and Installing Fonts
  • Typekit Fonts
  • Point Type and Area Type
  • Understanding Leading, Tracking and Kerning
  • Setting Type on a Path
  • Touch-Type Tool
  • Variable Width Fonts
  • Converting Text to Paths