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LEARN ILLUSTRATOR

Illustrator can be frustrating for a new user. The goal of our Step by Step Tutorials, Challenges and Workflows is to give you structured learning environment to practice Adobe Illustrator. Our Premium Plus Membership is where all of our New Step by Step content is being published.

PREMIUM + RESOURCES

The Premium + Resources is our Active Learning Course Content (step by steps) that follows along to our Linear Workflow Model. The Tutorial Resources is everything in our folder from anchor point guides tablet friendly guides, brushes, textures.

WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES

The goal is to give you Active Learning Tutorials to follow along step by step within a Workflow. Our most popular YouTube content is our longer format Challenges which breaks down each step of the workflow.

HOLIDAY - WINTER

WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES

LEARN ILLUSTRATOR

FOCUS: For the Holiday Challenges and Workflows we will be continuing our Tablet Tutorials. We will be doing mostly the Pencil Tool for it’s flexibility and ease of use for beginners.

APPLICATION

Tablet Tutorials are a great time to practice on your own Tablet to test out Pressure and more importantly how sensitive it is as you are drawing. Pay attention to extra points and control as you are drawing.

ADVANCED

GROWTH MODEL: If you are looking to advance your learning for this month, look for keyboard shortcuts and how fast you can go without adding to many stray points.

DECEMBER

WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES

LEARN ILLUSTRATOR

FOCUS: We are hitting up some text and effects this month with the Type and Pen Tool. Most of our attention will be in the Appearance Panel and Layering multiple effects on top of each other to get professional results.

APPLICATION

We are going to go back and forth from using the Type Tool with fonts to creating your own Text using the Pen Tool. Any of the Pen Tool Workflows can be replaced by using a font of your choice and create outlines.

ADVANCED

GROWTH MODEL: Control your placement of Anchor Points when using the Pen Tool. Stay in the Appearance Panel to see how many Effects you can add on the the Text Logos.

NOVEMBER

WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES

LEARN ILLUSTRATOR

FOCUS: We are continuing our Tablet Series by focusing in on the Pencil Tool this month. The Pencil Tool is my go to tool for the Tablet. It allows for speed, but also offers a lot more control than the Blob Brush.

APPLICATION

Depending on your Tablet there is a lot to figure out on your end. How zoomed in or out do you like? How fast can you draw before you lose control? Can you modify the settings to match what your hand is doing?

ADVANCED

GROWTH MODEL: Draw as fast as you can before you get out of control. Play into our Editing Phase with faster application of your lines. See how much overlapping you can tolerate.

OCTOBER

WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES

LEARN ILLUSTRATOR

FOCUS: We are all about our Tablet Tutorials. We are kicking off with the Blob Brush. One of our most popular tutorials on YouTube is the Hippo. So we want to add on and show you my actual workflow.

APPLICATION

When we start with the Blob Brush it is highly important to get the settings correct. Once that is done, all you have to focus on is adding your pressure with the Tablet.

ADVANCED

GROWTH MODEL: There are quite a few tutorials that will start from the Photo. I highly recommend starting from the photo and doing your own drawing to see a complete workflow.

STRUCTURE

Our Linear Model is easy to understand for beginners to master the basics, but also flexible enough as you get more advanced.

DECISION MAKING

Once we break down each step into a logical sequence, a lot of the decision making is already done for us which makes it easy to understand.

PROBLEM SOLVING

Challenges + Workflows are broken down into shorter videos which allows for more problem solving and explanation during each step.

LINEAR WORKFLOW MODEL

( Structure ) The idea behind the Linear Workflow is to give you a very basic structure that you can build all of your designs. This is a very practical way of teaching the program which allows us to focus on the major building blocks, decision making and tool options as we go through each step of the design or building process.

Enhancing Learner Retention

( Nerd Alert ) The major flaw is people are trying to learn from tip videos on the internet. Tips Videos are around 15% retention which is great if you already have the other 85%. The extreme goal as an instructor is always 100% retention, which isn’t that far fetched if we follow some basic Instructional Learning Systems.

PREMIUM PLUS

WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES

PREMIUM + RESOURCES
LEARN NEW TOPIC

Our programs are designed around Instructional Learning Systems to enhance the your retention. This is the difference between 15% retention and our goal of 85-100%.

IMMEDIATELY APPLY

When we say Active Learning, this is just a nicer way of saying Force Learner Participation. When you immediately apply the information and repeat the skill your retention moves up to 85-100%.

UNDERSTANDING

Checking for Understanding is not a new concept. As an instructor, I am looking to see if the information is being learned and applied correctly.

BEST PRACTICE + ADVANCED TOPICS

( Developing ) The goal is to learn the program and advance your skill sets. The Challenge Series takes the idea of a simple step by step tutorial and pushes into a little more of the uncomfortable areas so we can move into more advanced topics. This is still done in a structured environment or step by step format since there is a bit more troubleshooting that has to be done.

CHALLENGES

Our Challenge Series is the most popular format on YouTube. It is also the format I get the most amount of requests to do more of in different subjects, designs or more advanced topics. The idea is to break down the steps of the workflow into smaller videos to do more of the explanation and problem solving.

BEST PRACTICE

The Challenge Series and Step by Steps are evolving into best practices and my current workflow. A lot of the older tutorials were exposure tutorials for just practicing a tool or procedure which might not be the best way of approaching it in Adobe Illustrator. The current Workflows + Challenges are structured around best practice to save you time and give you the fastest or easiest solution.

ADVANCED TOPICS

The goal with the Tutorials and Challenges is to start with the basic building blocks and then add on to them for more advanced topics. The goal is to give you plenty of options as your skills develop and advance in the program. The Workflows + Challenges allow us to take a little more time adding and layering effects to get more advanced designs.

PREMIUM PLUS

WORKFLOWS + CHALLENGES

PREMIUM + RESOURCES