FREE BEGINNER CURRICULUM PATH
Getting Free Resources
Our Free Tutorials + Resources are delivered through your email. Simply fill out the form to start on your first tutorial.
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Beginner Curriculum Path
The Free Tutorials + Resources follows along to our first two weeks of our Beginner Curriculum Path. The Free Tutorials + Resources is specifically designed for a beginner to Adobe Illustrator.
Follow Along + Have Fun
Tutorials are paced out and are all meant to be followed along to. The time in the program learning and being active is the main focus on the free step by step tutorials.
Create a NEW Document
Make sure you are following the tutorials and creating a new 5″x 5″ artboard. One of the mistakes beginners make is opening the resource folder and double clicking or opening the anchor point guide. We will be PLACING the image into the NEW document we just created.
Place Anchor Point Image
In your newly created file select File -scroll down to Place. Go to your email with the tutorial resources for that individual lesson. You will only need the Anchor Point guide image for this step. If the tutorial uses a color swatch image and not an ASE file, you will do the same process of placing in your color swatch image.
Resizing and Centering APG's
Some APG’s will already be formatted for a 5″x5″ artboard. Some Might need to be scaled using your selection tool. Hold Shift and drag from the corners until the image fills the space. In your Align Panel, have Align to Artboard Selected. You can see it in the Control Panel or in your floating Panels. (Window – Align) Click CENTER vertically and horizontally.
Creating a Template Layer
In your Layers Panel have the Placed image on its own layer. This is always the first step so you shouldn’t have any other elements on this layer. In your Layers Menu – scroll down to select Template. This will Lock Out the layer and give it some transparency. Create a NEW layer above the Template layer to start adding shapes or strokes.
Installing Brush Libraries
Download the Brush Libraries. They will come in a zipped folder. You will need to extract all of the contents before installing your brushes. Our 100+ Brushes can be purchased separately or combined with our Tutorial and Challenge Resources. Link is in the menu for more details.
Open Brush Panel
Open your brush menu from the floating panels. If you don’t see the Brush icon, Go under Window- Select Brushes.
Click Open Brush Library
On the bottom- left hand corner of your Brush Menu you will see Open Brush Library icon. Click it and Select Other Library.
Select Brush Library File
In each tutorial we will mention what Brush Library File we are using. Simply Click on the File and Click Open. The Brush Library will pop up and be ready for use. If you are watching an older video use the Cartoon Brushes Library rather than installing them or creating New Art Brushes.
Saving Brush Libraries
Open Brush Panel
We will be duplicating the same process as above, but we will be adding them to the brush panel and then saving them as a library.
Delete the Brushes in the current Brush Menu
You can open a new blank document if you feel more comfortable. You don’t wan’t extra brushes when saving.
Select All your Brushes in the Pop Up Window
Open a Brush Library same as the above video. Select the top and bottom brush while holding down shift. Click Add to Brushes or drag over.
Save as Library
All your brushes should have loaded in the Brush Panel. Click Menu. Scroll down to Save as Library. You are looking to save in the default Adobe location.
All of your saved brush libraries will be in User Defaults in the Brush Library Menu.
Open Swatch Panel
Open your swatch panel. If you don’t see the Swatch icon, Go under Window- Select Swatches.
Click Open Swatch Library
On the bottom- left hand corner of your Swatch Window you will see Open Swatch Library icon. Click it and Select Other Library.
Select Swatch ASE Library File
In each tutorial we will mention what Swatch Library File we are using or if we are using Spot Colors. Simply Click on the ASE File and Click Open. The Swatch Library will pop up and be ready for use. Click on the folder next to move the pop up swatches into your swatches. This will be important when using Gradients.
Spot Color Using EyeDropper
On some of the older videos we use spot color using the eyedropper tool. First File – Place your Color Swatches. Double Check your layer is unlocked. Use the Eyedropper to select and move the colors to your swatches. Create a New Color Group if you are looking to reuse or save the colors.
Turn On Smart Guides
Under View – Turn on Smart Guides. To modify Smart Guides to make them more user friendly and not the most annoying things ever. Go to Preferences – Smart Guides. Turn Off: Measurement Labels, Alignment Guides, and Spacing Guides. You can also adjust the color so there aren’t hot pink lines flashing everywhere.
Large Handles and Anchors
In your Preferences- Selection and Anchor Display you can adjust the size of your handles and anchors. My recommendation is to have them larger than the default so your mouse has a bigger target to hit.
Two Screen Viewing
I highly recommend having Illustrator on your computer screen and have a second viewing device on a tablet or phone. Most phone screens are big enough to see the videos. This will make life so much better than constantly toggling back and forth on your computer between the website and Illustrator.
View on Website
Some of the YouTube versions have been cropped for time for a YouTube audience. (average view time is 5 minutes) The full step by step is on the Website and is commercial free.
The Free Step by Step Tutorials will be emailed to you in order over 2 weeks. The free resources include the anchor point guide and color swatches for the tutorial for that day. If you are looking for the all our Tutorial, Challenge + Workflow Resources and Brushes, the Getting Started Guide goes through the entire process.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your tutorials. It’s one think to draw on paper, yet another to create artwork directly in Illustrator and yet again a completely different game to take hand drawn work into Illustrator. You’ve managed to make this process make sense and again, I thank you for your video tutorials, they’ve been a real godsend.jeremy rozen
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
awesome tutorial.I have finally completed my first illustrator project!!!Thank you.Pirata Loco
I appreciate your videos. I have been an illustrator user for years and have my own ways of doing things. It’s great to see other ways of using tools and learning tricks I didn’t know were available! It’s also good to see you doing the same thing as me in other instances, confirming I’m on the right track!Andy Zenz
THANK YOU THIS IS MY FIRST DRAW THANK YOU FOR EXPLANING VERY WELL :DJonathan Juarez
Awesome tutorial! I don’t think I’ve picked up something so easily from someone who knows what they are doing. I managed to draw my first vector art and it was a joy! Great work keep it up!blitz145
Very clear and easy tutorial, indeed. Thank you so much! I’ve learned a lot through this clip.Hailie Burgess
thanks dude your tutorials really helped a beginner like me, keep up the awesome work!!!Giovani Linton
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
A hero amongst artists 🙂 perfect. Thank you!Payton Pellitteri
Brilliant video. So much great info packed in here. I’m just getting started drawing cartoons with my Wacom tablet, and this was a huge help. Thumbs up and thanks!Dorian Staten
Wow Thanks Jason…was really struggling with making images with basic shapes. Your tutorial is helping me out!!Kishor Rajani
thanks a lot you are really one of my favorites, I like the steps you give us, and I’m so thankful for that effort you do for helping us :)Wessam Lotfi
Thank you so much man, I loved the way you explain this, I spent days looking for a good tutorial vid, thanks a lot, gonna keep watching your videos!!!Karel Marccenaro
Wow and wow. Your tutorials are just fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing these. I had always wondered how someone got such lovely inked lines for a drawing in illustrator. Keep up the great workJason Crawford
These tutorials are amazing. Just started using illustrator and really glad I found your channel. The only videos that explain everything step by stepAida Stan
Jason, thank you for the amazing tutorials. Very elegant and rational art style and workflow! I’ll probably go and watch every single tutorial.
Also thank you for sharing your brushes and sketches. Very useful resources!Riste Sekuloski
keep it buddy, u make good tutorial for a beginner like me. so pls. make more of it. thks its so helpfullDORMAN
You are definitely one of the best teachers I’ve found dealing with start to finish creative process. Great work!!!Jasen Fisher
Thank you loads! Compared to other tutorials, yours are just really well-explained and easy-to-follow. Can totally see that you’ve got a passion for what you’re doing and that’s just wonderful! 🙂 Keep it up, you’re doing an amazing job. Yulia Kachurova