GETTING STARTED GUIDE
FREE STUFF: If you are NEW to the YouTube Channel or this is your first time to the website, I recommend starting with our FREEBIES. There are 2 short mini-courses and 33 full-length Step by Step Tutorials for you to go through.
LOGIN: We have multiple classrooms and adult-learners going through the full-length content. Please LOGIN to your Tutorial + Resources or Premium Plus to watch the full length Tutorials, Challenges and Workflows.
LOCATION: If you are looking for a specific Tutorial or Challenge from YouTube and do not see it on the list of FREEBIES, then it located in the TUTORIALS + RESOURCES. You can also view the full list of 50+ Challenges + Tutorials by clicking the link.
Website + Member Site
There are two locations to watch the full-length tutorials, challenges and workflows. A lot of the older content is on our step by step page of this website. This will be for beginners and is also shape and pen tool specific. The longer format Challenges, Workflows and Tablet Tutorials are hosted on our Premium Plus site. You will see a LOGIN button directly above this section. The Premium Plus is designed around our Linear Workflow and is the step by step follow. The Premium Plus page goes through all of the new content.
LEARN + APPLY
Tutorials + Resources is for those of you who like “Learning by Doing.” This is all Teaching 101, the more you APPLY what you just learned the more you will remember it.
When you immediately apply the information and repeat the skill your retention moves up to 85-100%. We have 54 Full length Challenges, Workflows and Step by Steps for you to go through.
50+ STEP BY STEPS
The full-length CHALLENGES + TUTORIALS are located in the on our Teachable site with 18 NEW Challenges for you to go through.
Properties Panel + Settings
We are going to hit the settings 2x for the Quick Set Up and again after we have gone through all of the Tablet Tutorials and Tools. At the end of the Quick Start Guide we will Set Up your Keyboard Shortcuts and Express Keys.
Tools + Options
We are going through all of my favorite Tools, Settings, Options and the Support Tools that go along with your Tablet Workflows. We will also show you how to modify and convert Pen Tool Tutorials to Tablet ones with our Tablet Friendly and Pressure Guides.
Tablet Friendly Guides
There has been a modification to our Guides so you can follow along with your Tablet. I have included Tablet Friendly as well as Pressure Guides to use for the Pencil, Blob Brush or Paint Brush tools.
Installing 200+ Brushes
Sounds like a hard task, but you can install them all in less than 5 minutes if we add them in your Brush Libraries as a User Defined. There are quite a few Brush Libraries you can install right now. The goal is to install them and save them as a User Default. The User Default process will save time hunting for the files in the folder. The Brush Libraries will Pop Up as soon as you hover your mouse over the User Default in your Brush Library.
We have our new 100+ Brushes with an extra 100+ Brushes as a Bonus. In the next 5 minutes, you can install all of your brushes. Open Illustrator or the Folder (Open All) All of the Brush Libraries will Appear. Follow along to the saving instructions.
How to Open Libraries
We are going to cover the easiest way of Installing your Brush Libraries. Open Adobe Illustrator. File – Open. Locate the Brushes Folder. Pick all of the Brush Libraries. Click on your Brushes Panel. Save Brush Library.
Saving User Default
Once the Brush Panel is Open. You will see all of your Brushes. Click on the upper right hand corner for the Brush Menu. Scroll Down to Save Brush Library. Click Save in the Default Area for Adobe. Your Brushes will now appear in User Defaults.
Using Texture Libraries
There are two types of Texture Files in our Tutorial and Challenge Resources. There will be Texture Libraries which will act just like a Fill or Swatch. Officially, these are Pattern Fills. The second is Vector Textures that can be used with Layer or Clipping Masks. We will go through each one and some fun ways of how to apply them to the Tutorials and your own artwork.
Open Texture File
File – Open the File. These are normal Adobe Illustrator files. Once Open. Click on the Swatch or Texture and drag into your working artboard. You might need to drag it in to your Swatches Panel if it doesn’t auto-populate.
Textures with Transparency
It is important to note that the Texture Fills are Transparent. So if you are looking to KEEP a value and just place the texture over it , remember to duplicate the shape or copy – paste in front before change the fill. It will be very obvious if you need to use a duplicate shape.
How to Use Pattern Fills
Once the Pattern or Texture is in your Swatches, treat it just like a normal Swatch with your Fill. It is that easy. Use as a fill or with your Blob Brush to add in some texture or values.
Changing Color or Size
If you are looking to change the color of the Pattern Fills. Double Click on the Swatch itself to Open the Pattern Options. Double Click on the Pattern Square. Select All and Change the Color. Save a Copy. If you scale an object and the Pattern gets distorted, just click back on the Swatch to reset the fill.