New Course: Introducing Illustrator (with Free Samples!)

Today, released Deke's new course---Introducing Illustrator---expressly designed for those of you who want to learn Adobe Illustrator from an experienced instructor who starts at square one, getting to know the powerhouse vector-drawing application, and create well-crafted illustrations with no previous experience required.

Introducing Illustrator: No Experience Required

This course may prove particularly interesting for those of you who know Photoshop fairly well and now have access to Illustrator via CC, as well. I don't know about you, but I often feel like training either starts in medias res or is so slow and plodding that I can barely keep my eyezzzzz...

Anyway, this isn't that. If you need proof, there are some unlocked movies you can check out at without a membership. (They always unlock a percentage of movies for anyone to access; just look for blue links on the table of contents page for any course.) Here's what's on offer (for free) in Introducing Illustrator

Getting around your illustration will give the most uninitiated novice a look at the navigation tools available in Illustrator. Having a few orientation skills will allow you to concentrate on your creative efforts instead of wrestling with document navigation.  

Using the Paintbrush tool will give you a glimpse into how you can create expressive strokes in Illustrator---either with a pressure sensitive tablet or by assigning one of Illustrator's artistic brushstrokes---both of which go into making this guy. Using the paintbrush in Illustrator

Combining and splitting paths will show you how to draw complex shapes by combining simpler ones, then deleting and combining as appropriate with the Shape Builder tool. Just look how a rectangle, and oval, and a circle combine (in a manner) to create half of an interstate sign. Use the Shapebuilder to draw complex shapes with more basic formsOf course, if these tidbits pique your interest, you can get a free week's sample membership at to check out the rest of the course by going to

Illustrator, meet the dekeNation. 

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I am so very glad that I am not you...

... because I am so very much over the way Adobe changes the user interface in an arbitrary way every couple of weeks.

I've started to look at this course of yours, because I want to be able to do basic drawings in Illustrator. And incidentally, for people like me this, this here, is the course that we have needed all these years. The One On Ones are great, but they are geared to those who aspire to Guru status rather than "can do some stuff in" status having not the time, inclination, talent or need to become Illustrator experts.

However even when I started watching it the interface had changed. The selection arrows had lost their stems, and the little green "Intersect" marker at location 0, 0 that you speak of in lesson 2 of chapter 1? It never happened. (Yes, smart guides were on. Yes, I used your sample document.) It only appears (in illegible, microscopic pink) if you have a drawing tool selected, not the selection tools.

Then today the 2018 update came out. The update process for which was painful and resulted in an application which is as slow as a glacier to launch, but also the Document Setup button? Nope, not there any more, in their wisdom they've moved it to a new Properties panel.

As a regular Photoshop user I get sooooo frustrated by CC's constant updates and the game of "so where have they put it now"? I only have to USE the things, I don't need to be making videos that need to be updated constantly.

So no, I'd rather be me than you. Actually I'd rather be me using boxed editions that don't change under your feet every few months with "improvements" that you need to re-learn just to get your work done, and which only change when YOU decide it's time to change.