Illustrator has always been the industry standard for creating logo design, icon design, typography and more. Whilst more high-end competitive tools are emerging, I personally trust that, in addition to the small likelihood that the global Monopole will change, a lot of concepts in Adobe Illustrator translate very well to software like Affinity Designer and Sketch (I am willingly ignoring InkScape, take that Linux geeks! Sue me)
On a separate note: It is truly heartwarming to see young companies making the giant global conglomerate, Adobe, sweat. A little industry competition in this field would definitely not harm creatives; if anything, it will push companies to leverage more of their cognitive energy and experience, to continuously improve the software and provide us with the best possible user experience.
The purpose of this article is not to teach you the tool. But it’s to rather guide you into further and more concentrated learning material for your Adobe Illustrator artistic endeavor.
With all that said, let’s get started!
Getting Adobe illustrator
Although I expect people reading this article to already have Adobe Illustrator installed on their machines, I think it’s rather polite to include a link to download for the rest of us. The good news is that you get to use this paid software for free for a period of one month! However, if you want to use it further, I suggest you support the developers and buy that piece of software *wink wink*.
Getting started using illustrator
My all-time favorite courses for getting started are the below (Yes, I have watched every second):
- Terry White: How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do
- Tasty tuts: The Complete Beginners Guide To Adobe Illustrator | Tutorial Overview & Breakdown
Using the Pen tool [Essential]
Since the software is mainly used for working with vector art, getting familiar with the Pen tool is essential (supposing you have figured out it exists on the getting started section). And for that, I have only two recommendations:
- Bezier Game: http://bezier.method.ac/
Practice [Start to Finish projects tutorials]
One of the most effective learning activities that I personally found powerful in design, is start-to-finish projects. This is why I included a list of video tutorials that go from start to finish.
- Tutvid Illustrator tutorials: Animal Silhouette Moonlight Vector Illustration – Illustrator Tutorial
- Flow Graphics How to Make Abstract Facets | Adobe Illustrator Tutorial
- Dansky How to Design a Logo with Shadows in Illustrator
- Swerve Illustrator tutorial: Flat design cartoon text by Swerve™
Fundamentals of Design
Now that you (hopefully) feel dominant over the tool, here is a YouTube playlist that will guide you on how to make aesthetically pleasing design through fundamentals and best practices (colors, typography, images, layouts…etc).
I hope this has been helpful, and I have reached my ultimate purpose of being useful to the mankind. Have a wonderful career! Cheers.