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Illustration for Beginners

Discussion in 'Illustration Forum:' started by Wrams, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. Wrams

    Wrams New Member

    Hello everyone.

    I've been looking for websites to teach me the very basics of Illustrator. However, I can't find any. I also need something that explains what each and every tool does. I can use Photoshop with confidence but Illustrator is a no no. I've tried looking for Illustrator layouts with explainations of what each tool does but everytime I use google to find what I'm looking for it never shows me any links to what I'm looking for.

    If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be truely grateful.

    Thank you for any replies. :icon_thumbup:
  2. 10thWay

    10thWay Member

  3. Wrams

    Wrams New Member

  4. dogsbody

    dogsbody Member

    I had a terrible mental block with Illustrator for a long time. Fortunately when I was made redundant, the time before the last redundancy, there was a freebie course being run by a former tutor from the royal college of printing. Within a week I'd got my head around it enough to do this,

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  5. Wrams

    Wrams New Member

    Wow, Nice stuff. I like it. Thanks mate for sharing that. I hope one day I can make graphics like that. See I'm a Web Developer by trade (Freelance) so I really need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible.

    Thanks again for the viewing of that great image. ;)
  6. BlueBearAndy

    BlueBearAndy New Member

    hoping to find some good resources for illustrator tutorials too.

    new to it myself.

    VLAHAKISA Member

    The book

    There is a giant book that comes with the Illustrator software, did you not order the software with the disc and get the book?

    You know it's pretty easy to learn it by just sitting down and start using it off the bat, the sooner you start using it every day the quicker you will learn the tools. They aren't actually that complex you will find once you start getting to grips with them.
  8. rgregory

    rgregory Member

    You may find this site useful:


  9. rgregory

    rgregory Member

  10. Wrams

    Wrams New Member

    I have the creative suite 5 collection so never received any books what so ever as they didn't offer any at the time. Thanks for your reply, appreciated.

    Thank you everyone ;)
  11. Blue Eye

    Blue Eye New Member

    Honestly, I think the single biggest hurdle you need to get over with Illustrator is the Pen Tool (at least that's what I found)....

    You probably have a good amount of experience with that from Photoshop already. Almost everything I do in Illustrator starts and ends with it.

    That tool was the thing I struggled most with when I started learning Illustrator. Now I cant come to terms with the Gradient Mesh Tool AT ALL! :/
  12. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    Exactly what i was about to say :icon_notworthy:

    Have a look at this tut about the Pen Tool YouTube - Illustrator tools a beginner should master - Pen tool

    but it is worth looking through Youtube about all the tools. Good luck :icon_thumbup:
  13. offthewallcreative

    offthewallcreative New Member

  14. byronc

    byronc Member

    meh i have both illustrator and a new graphics tablet and have never used illustrator. Better get to it..:icon_yucky:
  15. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    If you can still buy them, the 'Easy Steps' books are really useful! Ive got one for illustrator CS, illustrator CS2, Photoshop CS, Indesign CS2, Quark Express 5 & Dreamweaver 8. Think I learned more from them, than I did from my tutors at college.

    VLAHAKISA Member

    That darned pen tool

    I agree, that pen tool is a b***ch :D I still don't know how to use it properly after 10 years :O

  17. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Since buying a tablet I've been moving away from the pen tool and towards brush and pencil. Just seems so much more intuitive and if you need to close a path there's always cmd J.

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