Was an Adobe CC Subscription Under Your Christmas Tree? Now What?

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Dec 26, 2017 Dec 26, 2017

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An Adobe CC subscription would be a fabulous Christmas gift.

In our days of doing 3 tutorials a week, we discovered that one of the busiest weeks of the year, on our website, was always between Christmas and New Years.

We pondering attempting to learn Adobe Illustrator. It was Adobe’s first app (going back to when an “app” was an “application” or “program.”  The current CC version is numbered 22. After 22 development cycles Illustrator has become both very powerful and very intimidating if someone is new to “Ai,” as it’s often called. Where does a new subscriber start?

When our friend is facing a huge project, we often hear her say "How do you eat an elephant?"

And the answer is, "One bite at a time".

The Illustrator elephant is the vector art industry leader. So, if it seems like a gargantuan elephant to learn, especially if you are just starting with a CC subscription, try this:

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/ai-basics-fundamentals.html?playlist=/ccx/v1/collection/p...

Brian Wood, who you may know for the deeper dive learning resource, “Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book” has some start-up help. Here are Brian’s helpful videos, which provide the bite-sized Illustrator tutorials that we think you or your Ai newbies will appreciate:

1. Take a tour of Illustrator  (4:13 minutes)

2. Zoom & Pan (3:49 minutes)

3. Create a New Document (4:11 minutes)

4. Save Your Work (3:09 minutes)

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Advocate ,
Dec 27, 2017 Dec 27, 2017

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Janet+L+Stoppee  wrote

Brian Wood, who you may know for the deeper dive learning resource, “Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book” has some start-up help.

By the way, the latest "Classroom in a Book," which Janet references, was released 10 days ago.

You can read more about it, here:

Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release) | Peachpit

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Dec 29, 2017 Dec 29, 2017

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Here's a complete list of the content in the great series:

1. Take a tour of Illustrator (4:13)

2. Zoom & Pan (3:49)

3. Create a New Document (4:11)

4. Save Your Work (3:09)

5. Draw simple shapes (5:02)

6. Create lines (4:36)

7. Combine shapes (3:43)

8. Trace to make shapes (4:06)

9. Transform artwork (5:01)

10. Work with groups of content (3:51)

11. Align content (3:30)

12. Cut and erase artwork (4:45)

13. Change the color of artwork (4:19)

14. Create color swatches (4:13)

15. Add dashed lines and arrows (4:18)

16. Create color gradients (4:23)

17. Recolor artwork (3:06)

18. Add a line of text (3:14)

19. Add paragraphs of text (2:27)

20. Format text (3:58)

21. Place text on or inside a path (2:12)

22. Reshape text (3:45)

23. Understand paths and curves (3:34)

24. Draw with the Pencil tool (5:12)

25. Draw with the Curvature tool (4:53)

26. Edit paths and shapes (4:19)

27. Join artwork together to combine paths (5:01)

28. Change the order of content (3:37)

29. Understand layers (3:42)

30. Create and edit layers (4:20)

31. Organize content with layers (4:05)

32. Understand and navigate artboards (2:53)

33. Create artboards (4:03)

34. Edit artboards (3:51)

35. Add images (4:29)

36. Understand effects (3:16)

37. Add effects (3:20)

38. Add creative brush strokes (3:35)

39. Share your Illustrator files (3:28)

40. Save as PDF (2:18)

41. Export images (3:01)

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