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This quick and dirty course will help you make original, custom illustrations using Adobe Illustrator (or any similar program) in just a matter of minutes that look professional and can be used online, in videos and animations, or for print purposes such as on a poster, letterhead, even a T-shirt or other products.

*Please note that free 30 day trial versions of Illustrator are available for download from Adobe’s website.

Save money making your own illustrations (and stop paying others to do them for you) and develop skills that can help you start making money illustrating for others. You can also use these simple techniques to make unique illustrations as free gifts for friends and family.

You also don’t need to know how to draw. There are actually a HUGE number of graphic designers who CAN NOT draw… but they make up for it by using techniques like the ones in this course and naturally, learning more about layout design, composition, color, typography, and other fundamentals of visual literacy.

You can decide how much time you will spend on each illustration which will then affect your end results. As you do more and more, you can be cranking these out in a matter of minutes and could actually make a little illustration business creating these for others on websites like Fiverr, Elance, and other freelancing websites.

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What Students Are Saying:

“What a wonderful course ! Kristen is a great teacher and quickly answers any questions that you might have. I’m really excited about applying the techniques that I’ve learned in the course.” -Diane Falck
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I’m a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I’m currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Media at the brand new American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).

Since 2000 I’ve been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this Illustrator course and join our growing learning community! Click the “Take This Course” button in the upper right corner and let’s get started building your illustration, software, and design skills today.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for newcomers to Illustrator as well as beginners interested in learning simple and basic techniques for getting started illustrating on the computer.
  • Advanced traditional fine artists and illustrators looking for ways to take their natural drawing talents from their sketchbooks to a computer environment will appreciate this easy, step by step approach.
  • Please note this is NOT an in-depth Adobe Illustrator course. Students looking for intermediate to advanced Illustrator training would be better off taking a longer, comprehensive course.

What Will I Learn?

  • Create powerful custom illustrations in minutes using Adobe Illustrator or any similar free or paid program (Photoshop, GIMP, Painter, etc) using simple techniques and basic principles.
  • Understand image creation best practices regarding copyrights and using free stock images, original photos, and royalty-free images.
  • Develop the ability to make illustrations that can be used online, in videos, or for print, even if you CAN’T DRAW.
  • Make unique and inexpensive illustrated gifts for friends and family.
  • Save and make money creating your own illustrations for yourself and others.
  • Avoid headaches if and when you lose your work by learning the proper way to save your files.

Course Highlights

  • Internationally recognised accredited certification on successful completion
  • Free accredited e-certificate
  • Study at your own pace, anytime and anywhere
  • Access to all courses with a monthly membership plan of £29
  • High quality video and text course materials
  • Efficient exam system, assessment and instant results
  • Improve your chance of gaining professional skills and better earning potential
  • Eligibility for NUS Extra card which gives you a discount from thousands of retailers

Requirements

  • This mini course requires no special equipment aside from a computer and an appropriate software program like Illustrator. (Free 30 days trials of Illustrator are available from Adobe).

Assessment and Certification

You can test your learning as you progress through the course by undertaking mock tests. On completion of the course, there will be an assessment consisting of multiple choice questions for which the pass mark is 60%. On passing, you will gain instant access to your e-certificate.  PDF and hard copy certificates can be ordered for an additional fee.

  • PDF Certificate – £9
  • Hardcopy by Post- £19
  • Both PDF and Hardcopy – £24

Tutor Support

With all our courses, you will receive access to dedicated tutors and technical support. You will also be provided with unlimited email, phone and live chat support to help answer any questions you might have whilst studying the course.

Course Compatibility

All our courses are fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, tablets and smartphones.

Career Path

Completing this course will help you to increase your knowledge and improve your skills and instil in you the confidence to progress. You will also be able to add your qualification to your CV, enhance your career and become more competitive within your chosen industry.

Course Curriculum

Introduction
Welcome! Introduction to this Illustrator Course 00:02:00
New to Adobe Illustrator? Here’s the Crash Course to Get You Started. 00:05:00
Getting Set Up: All About Copyright Issues and Using Photos in Your Projects
Important Copyright Issues You Need to Know & Choosing a Photo as a Guide 00:06:00
Let's Do IT! Make a Custom Illustration in Adobe Illustrator
Placing Your Photo as a Guide in Illustrator 00:03:00
Setting Up Your Brush and Making a “Drawing” Layer in Illustrator 00:03:00
Draw the Black and White Line Drawing in Illustrator 00:03:00
Pause Here to Learn How to Save Properly and Save Yourself Pain and Suffering 00:03:00
Adding Color: Option #1. Coloring With the Brush Tools in Illustrator 00:03:00
Adding Color: Option #2. Use The Live Paint Bucket Tool in Illustrator 00:03:00
Adding Color: Option #3. Cheat and Go Color It In Photoshop 00:04:00
Saving a Final Web Version in Illustrator 00:03:00
Saving a Final Web Version in Adobe Photoshop 00:02:00

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