ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

TEXT-BASED DESIGNS

TYPE TOOL

The main goal by using the Type Tool is to give more non-drawing based solutions as you are learning the program. The Type tool also allows you to be creating your own as you are following along to the tutorials.

FONT-BASED

The Font you choose does not have to match what is being shown on screen. Think of your own style to start looking for fonts that will align with your subject, style or theme.

TEXT EFFECTS

We will be using the Appearance Panel to apply multiple different effects and strokes to the type and text. You can use your own colors to align with your own subject matter or style.

LEARNING TARGETS

LEARNING PHASE

The first Phase of the process is just to learn the program within the Linear Workflow Model. If you are still struggling and frustrated in Adobe Illustrator, I would recommend following along with the step by step along with the resources provided.

PRACTICE PHASE

The main goal is to transition into creating your own artwork as quickly as possible. The goal of this phase is to start replacing my resources with your own drawings or sketches. We do have Pre-Workflow and Drawing for Illustrator lessons to follow to start from your own drawing.

EFFICIENCY MODEL

We have 9-15 Hours within a Tool-Based Workflow. The focus is to go through the Growth Models to hit a level of proficiency to start adding on keyboard shortcuts and some speed into your workflow. This will come with time in the program. Don’t worry about keyboard shortcuts if you are still struggling with navigation.

CREATE YOUR OWN

Once you have completed all of the step by step lessons, I would move directly into creating your own artwork using the Tool-Based Workflow. The next step in the process is to bring your own artwork through the Text and Shape-Based Design lessons to get completed pieces for your portfolio.

Installing Fonts

The easiest fonts will be coming from Adobe Fonts. The process to Install them is very simple. I do recommend using the desktop or web version so you can navigate and actually see the fonts. Login to your Adobe Creative Cloud or into your Adobe account online. The desktop version will just move you to the web.

Find More Fonts: Use the Filters on the left hand side to select the classification that is best suited for the type of artwork you intend on creating. This might not be the same as what is on the screen.

Activate Font or Family: There is a “View Family” button on the web version. You will see a toggle that you can select to Activate the font or the entire family. The font is immediately ready to use.

Text + Type Focus

There are two ways of approaching the Text + Type Tutorials. The first is just follow along with the Tutorial. You can go through the Adobe Fonts or use free websites like dafont.com to find a similar font for the tutorial (it doesn’t have to be exact). I do recommend switching out the Fonts and the actual Text while following along. This will allow you to create your own as you are going through the tutorial.

  • Find Fonts you Like
  • Match Fonts to Style or Subject
  • Match Hand Drawn Fonts with Blob Brush Workflow
  • Select your own swatches from Color Themes
FONTS + STYLE GUIDE

When looking for Fonts, it is easier to think of what you are looking to create or have it done already. If you already have a subject in mind or a style in mind it will cut done on going through all of the fonts. Use the filters or categories that as you are going the the Font Sites or Adobe Fonts.

TEXT + WORDS

When we use the Type tool, take advantage that you can type in any word that you would like. The tutorial has been designed for you to be able to switch it out or use along with some of our tutorials that go from a photo.

COMBINE BUILD + TEXT

The main push with our breakout sessions is that you start to feel comfortable within a Tool-Based Workflow to start creating your own artwork take the finished artwork and run it through the text tutorials with your own subject matter in mind.

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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
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