Adobe Illustrator: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features

  • 4h 3m
  • Jason Hoppe
  • Rocky Nook
  • 2020

Adobe Illustrator: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features is your guide to building vector graphics, whether you’re creating logos, icons, drawings, typography, or other illustrations—and regardless of their destination: print, web, video, or mobile. First, with a complete Course that includes a set of projects and lessons derived from Adobe Certified Instructor Jason Hoppe, you will learn the procedures needed to use Illustrator effectively and professionally. Dozens of lessons are included that can be applied to any graphics you have in mind. Through these step-by-step lessons, you’ll be exposed to all of Illustrator’s features in practical contexts and its best practices for optimal workflows.

To complete the Course, we’ll supply lesson documents and their assets to download. These can even serve as starting points for your own projects.

Then, for greater depth of knowledge and subsequent reference, you’ll use the Compendium to uncover more of the “how” and “why” of Illustrator. With each topic easy to access, you can find and explore all of Illustrator’s key features and concepts in depth. With cross references between the Course and Compendium, the two parts of the book complement each other perfectly. Best of all, when the lessons in the Course are done, the Compendium will continue to serve for months and years to come.

Learn step by step how to:

  • Draw basic shapes and lines
  • Build graphics using Illustrator’s deep and diverse toolset
  • Create complex icons using the Pathfinder and Shape Builder
  • Use color with predictable and harmonic results
  • Work effectively with type
  • And much more!

About the Author

Jason Hoppe has been teaching graphic design and production for more than 20 years. He began his education when paste-up and traditional production were transitioning to the computer, and he embraced the earliest computers and technology. Being an early adopter, he has been using Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, and Pagemaker since they were first released.In the ’90s, he began teaching page layout and Photoshop at the Art Institute of Seattle, where he discovered a profound love of teaching. He currently teaches at the School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works, and Seattle Central College. He was the founding instructor of CreativeLive and has created more than 250 videos in graphic design and production.Jason is an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat, an Adobe Authorized Instructor, and has been named an Adobe MAX master. He has a degree in Advertising and Production, and a BFA degree in Swiss Graphic Design.His love of graphic design, infographics, production, photo retouching, and illustration keeps him current with all the software, and he writes a blog on all things Illustrator at lives in Seattle with his partner and two wonderful hairless cats.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • 1. Build with a Solid Base
  • Project— An Introduction to Illustrator
  • Project— Colors and Gradients
  • Project— Building Weather Icons
  • Project— Building Kitchen Icons
  • Project— Creating Plaid Fabric
  • Project— Building a Sewn Patch
  • Project— Big Build—Camping Gear in an Outdoor Scene
  • Project— Output
  • Preferences and Workspaces
  • Shape Creation
  • Advanced Construction
  • Editing and Transformation
  • Effects and Graphic Styles
  • Type and Text
  • Working with Color
  • Output