I’ve been doing web and graphic design now for over 6 years full-time. What started as a hobby has become my full-time job and I freaking love it. No one person taught me how to use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator and it has taken me years to get to a level where I am comfortable using both tools and knowledgeable enough that I can share some basic information that will ramp you up to speed and save you hours of head scratching.
Instead of typing out these instructions, I’ve taken the time to find the best tutorials on YouTube so you don’t have to wade through the crap and waste your time like I did.
This tutorial will cover these Adobe Illustrator basics:
- The Pen Tool
- The Curvature Tool
- Warping Text
- The Pathfinder Panel
- The Appearance Panel
- Using Image Trace
- The Shaper Tool
Adobe Illustrator: The Pen Tool
For me, this is the most useful tool in illustrator. You can take existing art and modify it so easily. As a beginner I used to purchase really simple things, like silhouettes and other items that I can now draw pretty easily in Adobe Illustrator.