Adobe Illustrator Tutorial Beginners

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial for Beginners

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest

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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial for Beginners using Pen and Gradient Tools.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial for Beginners we will be going through our resource document to build our cartoon character and practice using the pen, live paint, and gradient tools. We will be using a original drawing to show how to ink using the pen tool.

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Pen Tool

We will be using our 2 step approach to the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.

Flat Color

We will be adding flat color using Live Paint to build our flat color areas. We will add cast shadows using the knife tool.


We will add transparent gradients over our flat color and shadow layers to enforce our light source.

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Inking using the Pen Tool & Shapes

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Using Resource Folder

1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.

Using the Pen Tool

2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.

Custom Brushes

3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.

Using Live Paint

4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.

Coloring using Flat Fills and Gradients

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