Illustrator One-on-One: Fundamentals, updated for Creative Cloud (Still Thriving)

On Friday, released the CC version of Deke’s Illustrator One-on-One: Fundamentals course, which covers useful foundations for vector-based drawing in Illustrator from basic artboard management and interface navigation, to drawing with the line and shape tools, placing text, tracing line art, getting started with the pen tool, and more.

Welcome to Illustrator One-on-One Fundamentals

If you’re not a member of, you can get a free week trial at to check it out. If you’re not a member of Creative Cloud, Deke’s earlier titles—going back to CS3—are available from this playlist I created:

A playlist of Deke's Illustrator Fundamentals course for multiple versions

The Fundamentals course has all you need to feel like you might try one of Deke’s free Illustrator-based Deke’s Techniques as well. If you’re new to Creative Cloud you may be thinking it’s time to investigate something besides Photoshop for your creative endeavors.

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  • Arrow Tip Dual Color


    As a complete amateur (amateur is actually too haughty, and I can’t bring myself to even call myself a graphic designer because I’m not) I love your videos. They are one reason why I keep my membership at Going through the Fundamentals course, I saw another way to create the dual color for the arrow’s tip. Once the arrow tip is in place, copy and paste in front. Then delete the bottom left hand anchor point. This creates half of the arrow which can be filled with the desired color, red in this case.


  • No longer an amateur?


    At the point where you are figuring out new ways to do things, you have officially achieved beyond amateur status!