ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

TABLET BASED TUTORIALS

TABLET + ILLUSTRATOR

STEP #1: TABLET INSTALLATION. Make sure you have installed your Tablet as well as the driver based on the manufacturer's instructions. The 2 things people miss are either the driver hasn't been installed or you haven't restarted your computer after installing the driver. The Quick Start Guide will be going through my preferred method of teaching and using Adobe Illustrator with a Tablet.

BRUSHES + PRESSURE

STEP #2: BREAKDOWN YOUR WORKFLOW. Many of you are new to your Tablet and potentially new to Adobe Illustrator. I am going to recommend breaking down your workflow into multiple steps so you can understand the program before forcing in your tablet. I do see a lot of mistakes when people try to combine too many steps all at once with their tablets, so keep it simple.

FOLLOW ALONG TUTORIALS

STEP #3: FOLLOW ALONG. The first thing to note is that everything is in a Follow Along or Step by Step Format in our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum the Website, YouTube and Teachable. I would plan 30 Minutes to an Hour per Individual Full-Length Module. We go in order to prevent Beginner Mistakes and do a lot of the troubleshooting within the Tutorials.

My Personal Settings

If you are still learning Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, I would keep the settings and options on your Tablet as simple as possible. I have most of my Express Keys turned OFF or DISABLED since I use the program's Keyboard Shortcuts. While you are learning a program, focus on applying the different tools using best practices.
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  • Firm Pressure Setting 
  • Disable Tip Double Click (Mouse)
  • Brush Size Up and Down ( ] [ )
  • Normal Tilt Sensitivity (or Off)
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  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts
  • DISABLE Express Keys
  • DISABLE Touch Strip
  • DISABLE Pop-Up Menu

Advanced Settings

(Advanced): As you are going through the tutorials on the website and playlists on YouTube, focus on what tools you are using in Adobe Illustrator. The goal of these tutorials is to build up time in the program so you know what tools you like and will operate within your workflow. Write down the tools you use with your tablet and add the most frequently used tools to your Express Keys. This will ONLY apply to those of you who have a Display Tablet (with Express Keys). Non-Display Tablets will use My Settings from above or Disable All Express Keys.
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  • Default or Right-Click
  • Undo ( Control/Command + Z )
  • Brush Size Up and Down ( ] [ )
  • Modifier ( Shift )
  • Pop-Up Menu
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  • Selection Tool ( V )
  • Primary Building Tool ( N or B or Shift B )
  • Custom Keyboard Shortcuts ( Edit )
  • Primary Editing Tool ( E )
  • Modifier ( Shift )

Pencil Tool Settings

I have provided you with 2 Pencil Tool Setting Preferences that you can try out. Double Click on the Pencil Tool to modify the settings within the Options Panel. The first group is for those of you who would like to edit and join paths on the fly as you are drawing. This will allow you to edit and modify the path as you are drawing. Note that the Alt/Option Key will act as the Smooth Tool and you just have to hover your cursor to Join Paths. The second Setting is for those of you who will be adding in Keyboard Shortcuts or using a 2-Step Approach. Most settings are turned Off.
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These Settings will Keep your Path Selected after drawing which will allow you to Join Paths and hold Alt/Option to gain access to the Smooth Tool. This process combines drawing and editing which can be slower.
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These Settings will allow you to get your lines down extremely quickly. I do recommend an overlap for corners so you can switch over to the Join Tool to join paths. (You can do this before or after applying brushes).
ACTIVE LEARNING

PREMIUM PLUS

Download our (updated) Adobe Illustrator Brush Libraries to Use with Your Own Vector Artwork or follow along with our tutorials and playlists. Our 200+ Adobe Illustrator Brushes include our 70 Cartoon, 100 Comic Strip, and 50 Vintage Mascot Brushes. As a free bonus, I have included the Anchor Point and Tablet Friendly Guides to follow along with our 100 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials Playlist on YouTube and 50 Step by Steps on the Website.
cartoon brush set
(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).
comic strip brush set
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).
mascot brush set
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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Free Bonus: I have included the  Anchor Point and Tablet Friendly Guides (as a Free Bonus) to Follow Along with the 50 Step by Steps on the Website or the 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube to Learn the Basics of Building, Applying Brushes, Editing, and Coloring in Adobe Illustrator. Follow Along with the Tutorials or use the Brushes with Your Own Artwork.
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HALFTONES + TEXTURES

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Download our Adobe Illustrator Brushes to use with Your Own Artwork. Many of you are coming from YouTube looking to download our (updated) Adobe Illustrator Brush Libraries. Follow Along to our Beginner Tutorials Playlist or use them with Your Own Artwork. *Follow Along with our Brushes Resource Guide to apply Brushes, Edit, and practice Basic Coloring Techniques.
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+ Add on our Adobe Illustrator Halftones Textures to use with Your Own Artwork. Our Halftone Textures include our Halftone Pattern Fills for Adobe Illustrator. Pattern Fills are as easy as clicking on a Swatch to apply using fills or strokes. *Follow Along with our Halftone Resource Guide to Apply Halftones using the Blob Brush, Live Paint, and Fills. 
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+ Add on our Adobe Illustrator BMP Textures to use with Your Own Artwork. Many of you already have our Illustrator Brushes + Resources. Our BMP Textures Bundle includes our 360 BMP Textures for Adobe Illustrator. *Follow Along with our Texture Resource Guide to Apply Textures using Clipping Masks and the Transparency Panel. 
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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