How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6

I love learning. I’m always learning (everyone is, whether they know it or not).

Due to a few different things I’ve become very interested in web design – the 3 top reasons being:

  • ESC zine (and Adobe InDesign is my thing, which I guess made Illustrator a lot easier for me in many ways)
  • An ongoing interest in typography and typeface design
  • An ongoing obsession with Creative Market. Check out my favourites there for some cute (possibly bordering on the kawaii) design goodness.

And so, with some time on my hands due to my very recent move to Belgium, I’ve been sitting down and watching tutorials on Adobe Illustrator. It’s amazing! This software can do so much stuff, such as make digital illustrations, create or modify fonts and whole typeface families, create logos, and much more. Check out this blog for an inspiration gallery that will give you a taste of the fantastic stuff that Illustrator can do.

Some observations on Adobe Illustrator that I’ve made already are:

  1. It’s way better if you use a digital drawing tablet such as the Wacom
  2. It’s hard at first but you speed up once you get used to using it. There’s millions of shortcuts and cool tools to remember, and sometimes it’s hard to remember where exactly those tools are within the interface … so, like most things, practice makes perfect.

Now, I’ve had a little bit of grounding in Adobe Illustrator from Áine Belton and Eileen O’Neill, and they’ve been so patient and helpful that launching into learning such an initially-daunting piece of kit has been really quite pleasant.

With no further ado, here’s the first video that I’ve watched today.

How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do, by Terry White

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