Adobe’s Illustrator is a very flexible program offering great possibilities to its users across the world. What amazes me though is not how good illustrator is but how afraid designers are to implement it in to their workflow! I’ve noticed this, time and time again. Designers especially those just starting fresh out of college tend to use mostly Photoshop and every so often Indesign for their work. I can easily understand why. Photoshop is definitely the more accessible program of the two, but it’s definitely not perfect for everything.
So if you’re among those people – afraid of illustrator – then this video is for you! It’s a collection of tips, tricks and workflow ideas I found throughout the years of working with the program. There are also some basic instructions on how to use some of Illustrators most frustrating tools. I’m looking at you Pen tool! And the most important thing of all? It’s just 25 minutes! So you won’t have the time to get bored! Well my voice might lead to some boredom but the content definitely not!
Here’s also a timetable so you can skip to the part that interests you the most. The things I do for you people!
1:17 | Tip 1: Keyboard Shortcuts
13:41 | Tip 2: Artboards
17:15 | Tip 3 Booleans
20:46 | Tip 4: Pen Tool
23:19 | Tip 5: Recolor Artwork
Even if you’re not convinced after watching this video, give illustrator a chance. Play with it for a month and try to wrap your head around it. Try also building some real world projects with it. After a while you will get this lightbulb moment where everything starts making sense! And this is where the magic begins!
So grab a cup of coffee put your phone on silent mode and press that play button!