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The Basics Of Illustrator by modernreligion The Basics Of Illustrator by modernreligion
I hope this is helpful. This tutorial is designed for beginners at Illustrator that just need a little push to help explore and develop tecniques to using the program. It covers topics such as:

- Drawing lines & curves with the pen tool
- Editing & coloring shapes
- In-Depth look at the Pathfinder tool & how to use it
- In-Depth look at the Gradient tool & how to use it

Please feel free to send me a note with any questions you may have, I'll do my best to answer them.

part two of this tutorial can be found here: [link]
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ujnasera Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
I am newbie to illustrator. I am doing picture book, I want to create images spread on double page. How do I arrange artboard for this. Could you please help me ?
bagusnenda Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
i m very love it...

awesome.. im a beginner.. :-) thanks
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Artist
I may be... a complete idiot. All I see is a JPG and the download is also a JPG.

Where do I find the tutorial?
Tobizord Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Just click the download button on the right under the favourite button.
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Artist
Oh, I see now! The preview image is small.

Thank you. I missed that it was a JPG, thought maybe it was supposed to be a ZIP with files.
Tobizord Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
Mezzochan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional
Thanks for making this, it really helped me! :3
MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay- thank you! Super helpful, learning illustrator right now. <3 Adding to resources folder.
D-D-Foxfire Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Thank you for taking the time for this.. I am just restarting using Illustrator after having been in Photoshop for years, so I think I will need to relearn. * was last version.. now have MANY changes.
kentwpotts Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for helping my begins!
pccinu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you i was looking for something like this to learn how to vector
cesca-specs Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super useful! Thanks!
Darkadee Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
amazing was searching for a tut like this
thanks bro for sharing :D
NoMoShi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for a useful and handsome tutorial! Love it, fav it.^-^
total-chocoholic009 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
thank you so so so so much! i can do so much now! photoshop is my comfort zone, and i was like really scared to get out of it! Illustrator isn't so intimidating now!!! you rock! i loved the vectoring tutorial too!!!
KindLittleMoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it it helped me so much!!!
ACatCalledMegan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Using your tutorial i did this lil thing. Still need to work on stuff but im happy with my first try at vectoring, thanks [link]
ACatCalledMegan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Life saver! Best basic tute ive found.
RainAngel63 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
This is a lot of help. Thank you for making this :D
Bnnie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
exactly what i needed.. thanks a lot!
innocent-rebel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for making this. This is exceedingly helpful!
acquamarine Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
thank's! I just didn't know how to approach that program. I used before Corel and that was easy, and when I saw all those palettes of illustrator it made me reluctant to proceed.
KipperMay Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for this tutorial! I'm in a intro to Mac graphics class and this helped me more than my class!
Roclista Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
I really like Corel Draw. But then I saw so many cool tools in illustrator that corel doesn't have. So... here I am. hehe
Your tutorial helped me a lot.
EQDesigns Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Great tutorial!


Doncreegan26 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Student Artist
I've mostly messed around with Photoshop CS2 for well over 2 yrs. now, however. Illustrator is rather foreign territory to me. Beginner or not, tutorial felt like a friend helping me out, by getting straight to the point--without boring me. I'm that type of person who likes to jump on thing right away! rolmaoff!
XsuRgeX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
I've been drawing and painting with photoshop and my works never my standards. I think Ur tutorial will help me find out if illustrator will be better for me.
Thanks, I luvz ya!
TempoPR Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
ily bro this help a lot thx
brake2 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
very usefull and easy to understand!
fresh83 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
uawsome, and u hit the nail on the head ...ive been looking for a tut like this and lmfao @ u scribling out all the unimportant stuff ...i like the way u think
Annmey Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Student General Artist
I'm learning Illustrator in school right now (yeah, I'm sitting in my classroom, lol), and this will be a huuuuuuge help!

Thank you!! :D
deepthoughtstudios Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008   Interface Designer
great tutorial, i figured i would be able to figure illy out a little, as ive been using PS CS2/CS3 for the past two years, but wow, its completely different!
Thanks for the tut, helped me out. Time for me to go through part 2...
MundoNiGenny62984 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool presentation. And I like the balloon vector.
akaH3RO Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
Thanks for this. I'm trying to learn Illustrator on my own and I've been trying to figure out how to combine shapes, I had no clue about the "pathfinder" tools, will save me a lot of future headaches!
TheChibiPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Thank you so much! I've been looking for a tutorial that doesn't confuse me, and this one is it xD
Bakem0n0 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Nice tutorial. :D
kendrakeng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
I already know how to use Illustrator, but I read through that, and that was a very comprehensive guide for beginners! Well done! :-)
the-perfect-drug Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
This REALLY helped me! I just started a computer graphics design class and the professor did a piss poor job of explaining this program. This made things a lot clearer. You're a life saver!
psychoidragon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
thank you so much for this ^^; i recently recieved adobe CS3 and illustrator came in it and even though i was interested in it i was completely confuzzled on how to use it....hahah thanks again for this :)
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NordKitten Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Thanks, this really helped :D
Krypten Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Gotta say, that I needed this too. Although I knew some of this already, but this made it clearer. Thanks man, I appriciate this :)
uberkleinschatzi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
thank you so much for this tutorial. using illustrator for my computer graphics class and i had no idea what i was supposed to do in there. lol
Amalphiya Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
Wow! Great tutorial; I've been looking all over the internet for something that is simple and yet extremely effective/informative! Thanks!
Dark-Jessa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
thanks a bunch for the tutorial! It helped me out alot! I was so confused with that pen tool...but now I'm starting to get the hang out it! ^_^
Wakamoley Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
thank you so much for this tutorial! i've been looking all over on how to subtract shapes and fill in colors, thank you again. great tutorial! ^^
mvjnz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007   Digital Artist
and now i have a question:)

how do i reset the colours in the gradient thingy to default?
mvjnz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007   Digital Artist
thanks for this tutorial. i feel i've mastered photoshop and moved on to learning illustrator, and thought the tools would be pretty much the same, but they work in a totally different way. but now i get it:)
in1972 Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
Thanks for this! I kinda got used to corel but i need to learn illustrator. Lovely. Thanks!
mamaimaiz Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
How helpful is it!!!

Thx a lot... :heart:
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