HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG

GETTING STARTED GUIDE

If you are looking to follow along to our Beginner Playlists on the Website or YouTube, Download our  Adobe Illustrator Brushes + Resources. You can Follow Along or use the Resources with Your Own Artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Our Getting Started Guide will assist you with our Tutorial Resources and How to Follow Along with our Tutorials and Playlists on the Website and YouTube.
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DOWNLOAD OUR TUTORIAL RESOURCE FOLDER. Our Tutorial Resources are included with the Brushes, Textures, and Active Learning Curriculum. If you are following along on YouTube, you can download the resource for our Beginner Playlist. For those of you following along with me on Teachable, the 100 Learning Module Resources are located in the Getting Started Guide. Follow Along to the Getting Started Guide to Learn How to Download Resources, Place Guides, and Create Template Layers.
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DOWNLOAD OUR ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES. I have updated the Adobe Illustrator Brush Libraries to include more Pressure Sensitivity. You can use our Brushes with the Pen, Pencil, or Paint Brush Tools. Download each of the Brush Zipped Folders: (Original and Updated). Once the Folders have been Extracted, the Brushes are Ready for Illustrator. Follow Along to the Getting Started Guide to Learn How to Save, Apply and Edit the (Updated) Brushes to User Defined.
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DOWNLOAD TEXTURES BUNDLE. Textures are designed as BMP Files to use with your Transparency Panel, Blending Modes, and Opacity Masks. Simply File - Place in Textures to use in Illustrator. We also have our Pattern Fills to use with the Blob Brush and Live Paint for Spot Textures. Textures will come at the end of the workflow, so you just need to Download and Extract the Folder as you are Getting Started. Follow Along to the Getting Started Guide to Learn How to Place, Color BMP's and use Opacity Masks.
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STEP #1: DOWNLOAD ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES + RESOURCES. You can download our  Adobe Illustrator Brushes + Resources to Follow Along with our Tutorials or Use them with your Own Artwork. Our Tutorial Resource Folder is Included with 200 Illustrator Brushes to Follow Along with the 50 Step by Steps on the Website or 100 Tutorials Playlists on YouTube.
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STEP #2: PICK AN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR TUTORIAL. The list of 50 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials will focus on our Build Tools, Illustrator Brushes, Editing Tools, and Basic Coloring Techniques. This list is organized from easiest to more challenging as you scroll down. Each of our Tutorials and Challenges is in a Follow Along Format. Click on any of the Thumbnails to Start a Tutorial.
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STEP #3: FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE + YOUTUBE. If you are Following Along on YouTube, I recommend starting with our Adobe Illustrator Beginner Playlists (YouTube 100). Our 50 Step by Steps (website) will have more content than what is available on YouTube. Follow Along to the Tutorials to Learn the Basic Building Tools, Editing Options, and Coloring using the Live Paint Bucket.
Downloading Resources: The Resource Folder will be in its own section on Teachable. Look for the Pink Paper Clip (icon) for the Direct Download. Once you have Downloaded the Folder, Extract All. I do recommend remembering the location of the folder on your own computer for fast access.
Troubleshooting: Try to avoid opening directly from the folder to prevent error messages. Swatch Files will look like Adobe Illustrator Icons, they will give you an error message if you Open them Directly from the Folder. Follow Along to the Getting Started Guide (below) to Place Anchor and Tablet Friendly Guides.
Organization + Resources: The folder is already organized by the Tutorial (subject). Start on the Video Tutorial (on the Website or YouTube) first. We will Place in our Guides after we Create our Artboards. Depending on the Tutorial, there will be a few options for Guides With or Without Anchor Points or Handles.

DOWNLOAD BRUSHES + RESOURCES

200 Illustrator Brushes: Designed for  Illustrators who are looking to speed up their workflows. Use the Cartoon Brushes with the Pen, Pencil, or Paint Brush Tools to Apply different Line Variation to your Vector Artwork.
Anchor Point Guides: If you are following along with our Pen Tool Tutorials, there will be Anchor Point Guides for you to use. I do recommend using the Guides as you are Getting Started so you know where to Place Anchor Points.
Tablet Friendly Guides: Tablet Friendly Guides are simply the completed path without Anchor Points or Handles. You can use this with the Pencil Tool, Blob Brush, Paintbrush, or Pen Tools in Adobe Illustrator.

*I have included the Anchor Point and Tablet Friendly Guides with our  200 ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES for our 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube and the 50 STEP BY STEPS on the WebsiteDOWNLOAD BRUSHES + RESOURCES

Creating a New Document: Open Adobe Illustrator. File - New. Create an Artboard 5" x 5" or 360px x 360px. All of our Tutorials, Challenges, and Workflow will follow along within this same size. You can modify the size of the artboard at any time using the Artboard Tool.
Placing Resource Images: Under File dropdown to Place. Find the Downloaded and Extracted Tutorial Resource Folder on your computer. The Tutorial Resource Folder is organized by the Tutorial, Challenge, or Workflow by the name. You can select the Anchor Point or Tablet Friendly Guide to Place into the Artboard.
Scale to Fit (Transform): Once you have placed it in the Tutorial Resource Image, the image automatically is selected. In the Transform section in the Control Panel enter 5" or 360px in the largest value. The Maintain Proportion (chainlink icon) should be selected. Click Enter. Align to Artboard (center).
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BONUS: ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES, TEXTURES + RESOURCES. Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes all of our Anchor Point Guides, Tablet Friendly Guides, 200 Illustrator Brushes and 400 Textures to Follow Along to our 100 Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules on Teachable.
Creating a Template Layer: The idea behind the Template Layer is to see the Reference Image while not becoming too distracting when building in Adobe Illustrator. There are a few ways to modify the Transparency of the Resources and Lock Out the Layer. Do this step after you have placed, scaled, and centered the tutorial resource image.
Creating a Basic Template Layer: Have your Resource Layer Selected. (It will usually be your only layer) In your Layers Panel, select the Menu in the Upper-Right Hand Corner. Drop down to Template. This will create a 50% Opacity and Lockout the Layer. Create a New Layer above to start working in Adobe Illustrator. (It will give you an error message (no sign) if you try to draw on the Template Layer)
Using Transparency Panel or Properties Panel: The Transparency Panel can be found in multiple locations. Have your Resource Image selected, and use the Opacity Slider to manually adjust the Opacity or Transparency. My personal settings are between 10-25%. Lockout the Layer and Create a New Layer above to start working in Adobe Illustrator.
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BONUS: ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES, TEXTURES + RESOURCES. Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes all of our Anchor Point Guides, Tablet Friendly Guides, 200 Illustrator Brushes and 400 Textures to Follow Along to our 100 Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules on Teachable.
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(Updated) Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Brushes specifically designed for Cartoonists and Illustrators who are looking to speed up their workflows. Use Cartoon Illustrator Brushes with the Pen, Pencil or Paint Brush Tools to Apply different Line Variation to your Vector Artwork. Includes 70+ Cartoon Brushes (libraries include the Updated Cartoon, Cartoon 2, and Original Cartoon Brush Libraries).
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Includes Hand Painted + Comic Strip Sets to get a lived in feel back into your Vector Art. Comic Strips and Hand Painted are painted based on some of my favorite artists and cartoonists. These brushes are designed to look ready for the Sunday Paper. Includes 100+ Brushes (libraries include the Updated Comic Strip, Hand-Painted, Paintbrush, and Fine Liner Brush Libraries).
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Jittery Hand, Caffeinated Cartoonist + Rough Ink to Mimic Paper Bleed and Caffeine. Designed to be a little less stiff with your vector art. Use these Brush Libraries to get more of a distressed look or ink bleed back in your own Vector Artwork with heavy ink and a little more wobble. Includes 50+ Brushes (libraries include the updated Caffeinated Cartoonist, Rough Ink, and Jittery Hand Brush Libraries).
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Follow Along with our YouTube Playlists. I have included the Anchor Point and Tablet Friendly Guides (as a Free Bonus) with our 200+ Adobe Illustrator Brushes for our 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube and the 50 Step by Steps on the Website. Our Beginner Playlists will cover the Basics of the Adobe Illustrator Tools, Editing Options, Applying Brushes, and How to Color using Live Paint. 

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Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
I really love your channel, thanx for your tutorial really helpful 🙂 Sara Abdalla • 1 year ago
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Such a cool drawing ! My favorite in this series !!!! Espermaschine • 1 year ago
I appreciate your videos. I have been an illustrator user for years and have my own ways of doing things. It's great to see other ways of using tools and learning tricks I didn't know were available! It's also good to see you doing the same thing as me in other instances, confirming I'm on the right track!Andy Zenz
Awesome tutorial! I don't think I've picked up something so easily from someone who knows what they are doing. I managed to draw my first vector art and it was a joy! Great work keep it up!blitz145
Great job Jason, you make it look so easy. And it actually was. Thumbs up!Little Richard • 5 months ago
That was a fun tutorial. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for such a detailed, easy to follow tutorial! Daniel Huckabay • 1 year ago
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
Brilliant video. So much great info packed in here. I'm just getting started drawing cartoons with my Wacom tablet, and this was a huge help. Thumbs up and thanks!Dorian Staten
Wow Thanks Jason...was really struggling with making images with basic shapes. Your tutorial is helping me out!!Kishor Rajani
thanks a lot you are really one of my favorites, I like the steps you give us, and I'm so thankful for that effort you do for helping us :)Wessam Lotfi
Keep up the good work Jason. I’ve been doing Lynda.com tutorials for a few months now and I got more out of your videos than what I’ve received at Lynda. Keep it up and Thank You!!bobby jacobs • 1 year ago
These tutorials are amazing. Just started using illustrator and really glad I found your channel. The only videos that explain everything step by stepAida Stan
You are definitely one of the best teachers I've found dealing with start to finish creative process. Great work!!!Jasen Fisher
Thank you loads! Compared to other tutorials, yours are just really well-explained and easy-to-follow. Can totally see that you've got a passion for what you're doing and that's just wonderful! 🙂 Keep it up, you're doing an amazing job. Yulia Kachurova
Thank you so much man, I loved the way you explain this, I spent days looking for a good tutorial vid, thanks a lot, gonna keep watching your videos!!!Karel Marccenaro
Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
I appreciate your videos. I have been an illustrator user for years and have my own ways of doing things. It's great to see other ways of using tools and learning tricks I didn't know were available! It's also good to see you doing the same thing as me in other instances, confirming I'm on the right track!Andy Zenz
Awesome tutorial! I don't think I've picked up something so easily from someone who knows what they are doing. I managed to draw my first vector art and it was a joy! Great work keep it up!blitz145
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
Brilliant video. So much great info packed in here. I'm just getting started drawing cartoons with my Wacom tablet, and this was a huge help. Thumbs up and thanks!Dorian Staten
Wow Thanks Jason...was really struggling with making images with basic shapes. Your tutorial is helping me out!!Kishor Rajani
thanks a lot you are really one of my favorites, I like the steps you give us, and I'm so thankful for that effort you do for helping us :)Wessam Lotfi
Keep up the good work Jason. I’ve been doing Lynda.com tutorials for a few months now and I got more out of your videos than what I’ve received at Lynda. Keep it up and Thank You!!bobby jacobs • 1 year ago
These tutorials are amazing. Just started using illustrator and really glad I found your channel. The only videos that explain everything step by stepAida Stan
You are definitely one of the best teachers I've found dealing with start to finish creative process. Great work!!!Jasen Fisher
Thank you loads! Compared to other tutorials, yours are just really well-explained and easy-to-follow. Can totally see that you've got a passion for what you're doing and that's just wonderful! 🙂 Keep it up, you're doing an amazing job. Yulia Kachurova
Thank you so much man, I loved the way you explain this, I spent days looking for a good tutorial vid, thanks a lot, gonna keep watching your videos!!!Karel Marccenaro