Step by Step Video Tutorials
Looking for fun step by step videos to learn Adobe Illustrator? Each of the tutorials are slow and easy to follow for brand new users. Each tutorial typically covers a building, coloring and shading method to demonstrate an entire workflow from start to finish.
Easy to Follow for Beginners
Each of our tutorials comes with and overview of the steps, anchor point guides, color palettes, and step by step instructions. Everything is provided through our resource folder for you to follow along.
Build Upon your Skill Sets
I am a big believer in repetition, especially to get all of the bugs out while learning the program. We have a variety of different tutorials that get more challenging as your skill sets and confidence grows with the completion of each tutorial.
Anchor Point Guides
Each of our tutorials comes with and anchor point guide to show the points and handles to follow along at home.
Pen Tool Basics
The guides make the tutorial very user friendly to gain mastery of the pen tool with a 2 step approach to inking using your mouse.
Point by Point Construction
We build each tutorial point by point using our Anchor Point guides so we can gain master of the pen, anchor, and direct selection tools.
Installing Cartoon Brushes
Open Brush Panel
Open your brush menu from the floating panels. If you don’t see the Brush icon, Go under Window- Select Brushes.
Click Open Brush Library
On the bottom- left hand corner of your Brush Menu you will see Open Brush Library icon. Click it and Select Other Library.
Select Brush Library File
In each tutorial we will mention what Brush Library File we are using. Simply Click on the File and Click Open. The Brush Library will pop up and be ready for use. If you are watching an older video use the Cartoon Brushes Library rather than installing them or creating New Art Brushes.
Installing Cartoon Brushes File and Video
On a lot of the older videos we mention a How to Install your Cartoon Brushes Video and File. You will see the file in the resource folder. This is if you are looking to create new art brushes for a different file size other than 5″ x 5″. Every tutorial can use the updated Brush Libraries for ease of use and to save time.
Saving Brush Libraries
Open Brush Panel
We will be duplicating the same process as above, but we will be adding them to the brush panel and then saving them as a library.
Delete the Brushes in the current Brush Menu
You can open a new blank document if you feel more comfortable. You don’t wan’t extra brushes when saving.
Select All your Brushes in the Pop Up Window
Open a Brush Library same as the above video. Select the top and bottom brush while holding down shift. Click Add to Brushes or drag over.
Save as Library
All your brushes should have loaded in the Brush Panel. Click Menu. Scroll down to Save as Library. You are looking to save in the default Adobe location.
All of your saved brush libraries will be in User Defaults in the Brush Library Menu.
Creating your Own Brushes
Open How to Install Cartoon Brushes File
This file is at the bottom of the Cartoon Brushes Folder. This is a great place to start with your brushes. Please note that this is ONLY for those who wish to change their artboard size or want to take the time to create their own brushes. The newer brush libraries will work on all of the older video tutorials.
Scale your Brushes to Match
Open the Brush File and paste it into the file you are working on. Scale the brushes to match the size of the thickest part. This will keep brushes close to a 1pt ratio and will prevent having to bump the stroke up each time.
Change or modify the brushes
Use the direct selection tool to edit the anchor points and handles. You can also draw out a segment and modify the path with the width tool.
Drag into Brushes
Create a New Art Brush. I would select scale proportionately. The directional arrow is only important on tapered brushes. Save Art Brush. When you are all done installing all your new art brushes, you can Save as Library from the Brush Menu.
Installing Color Swatches
Open Swatch Panel
Open your swatch panel. If you don’t see the Swatch icon, Go under Window- Select Swatches.
Click Open Swatch Library
On the bottom- left hand corner of your Swatch Window you will see Open Swatch Library icon. Click it and Select Other Library.
Select Swatch ASE Library File
In each tutorial we will mention what Swatch Library File we are using or if we are using Spot Colors. Simply Click on the ASE File and Click Open. The Swatch Library will pop up and be ready for use. Click on the folder next to move the pop up swatches into your swatches. This will be important when using Gradients.
Spot Color Using EyeDropper
On some of the older videos we use spot color using the eyedropper tool. First File – Place your Color Swatches. Double Check your layer is unlocked. Use the Eyedropper to select and move the colors to your swatches. Create a New Color Group if you are looking to reuse or save the colors.
Placing Anchor Point Guides
Create a NEW Document
Make sure you are following the tutorials and creating a new 5″x 5″ artboard. One of the mistakes beginners make is opening the resource folder and double clicking or opening the anchor point guide. We will be PLACING the image into the NEW document we just created.
Place Anchor Point Image
In your newly created file select File -scroll down to Place. Locate your downloaded resource folder. Please note that you will have needed to download a local copy during the previous step. Locate the APG you are using and click Place.
Resizing and Centering APG's
Some APG’s will already be formatted for a 5″x5″ artboard. Some Might need to be scaled using your selection tool. Hold Shift and drag from the corners until the image fills the space. In your Align Panel, have Align to Artboard Selected. You can see it in the Control Panel or in your floating Panels. (Window – Align) Click CENTER vertically and horizontally.
Creating a Template Layer
In your Layers Panel have the Placed image on its own layer. This is always the first step so you shouldn’t have any other elements on this layer. In your Layers Menu – scroll down to select Template. This will Lock Out the layer and give it some transparency. Create a NEW layer above the Template layer to start adding shapes or strokes.
Turn On Smart Guides
Under View – Turn on Smart Guides. To modify Smart Guides to make them more user friendly and not the most annoying things ever. Go to Preferences – Smart Guides. Turn Off: Measurement Labels, Alignment Guides, and Spacing Guides. You can also adjust the color so there aren’t hot pink lines flashing everywhere.
Large Handles and Anchors
In your Preferences- Selection and Anchor Display you can adjust the size of your handles and anchors. My recommendation is to have them larger than the default so your mouse has a bigger target to hit.
Two Screen Viewing
I highly recommend having Illustrator on your computer screen and have a second viewing device on a tablet or phone. Most phone screens are big enough to see the videos. This will make life so much better than constantly toggling back and forth on your computer between YouTube and Illustrator.
Ask More Questions
If you are struggling with any of the tutorials please do not hesitate to ask in the comments section of the video you are watching. Please don’t let the frustration build, throw your mouse across the room, or curse at your cat. I am pretty consistent about checking multiple times a day to troubleshoot any issues for beginners.
No Seriously, Ask More Questions
As soon as you are slightly stuck or want more clarification you should be asking a question through the YouTube Comments.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your tutorials. It’s one think to draw on paper, yet another to create artwork directly in Illustrator and yet again a completely different game to take hand drawn work into Illustrator. You’ve managed to make this process make sense and again, I thank you for your video tutorials, they’ve been a real godsend.jeremy rozen
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
awesome tutorial.I have finally completed my first illustrator project!!!Thank you.Pirata Loco
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
THANK YOU THIS IS MY FIRST DRAW THANK YOU FOR EXPLANING VERY WELL :DJonathan Juarez
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
Very clear and easy tutorial, indeed. Thank you so much! I’ve learned a lot through this clip.Hailie Burgess
thanks dude your tutorials really helped a beginner like me, keep up the awesome work!!!Giovani Linton
Love your video thanks so much. you blow Lynda.com out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
A hero amongst artists 🙂 perfect. Thank you!Payton Pellitteri
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
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
Wow and wow. Your tutorials are just fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing these. I had always wondered how someone got such lovely inked lines for a drawing in illustrator. Keep up the great workJason Crawford
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
Jason, thank you for the amazing tutorials. Very elegant and rational art style and workflow! I’ll probably go and watch every single tutorial.
Also thank you for sharing your brushes and sketches. Very useful resources!Riste Sekuloski
keep it buddy, u make good tutorial for a beginner like me. so pls. make more of it. thks its so helpfullDORMAN
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