Adobe Illustrator CS6 is an awesome tool for making vector graphics. It’s probably the vector creation software of choice for most graphic designers and other professionals who create graphics for a living. Like all Adobe products, it’s packed with features, and comes with a steep learning curve. I learned how to use Illustrator at a rudimentary level in two Indiana University IT Training Workshops, “Illustrator CS6: The Basics,” and “Adobe CS6: Pen Tool Basics.” Now that I’m somewhat comfortable with the software, I practice on my own. My skills are improving a little, but if I’m going to become really good at Illustrator, I have to seek out some more training resources. (See the post I wrote for the Tips Blog about taking the skills you learn in a workshop to the next level).
There are a lot of Illustrator tutorials out there. I’ll share some of them with you now.
- Adobe Illustrator on Adobe TV. Learn the software from the source.
- Check the Adobe Illustrator Blog for more tutorials and tips.
- Vector Tuts+ has a lot of content including tutorials, articles, tips, and resources. Premium members can access features such as online courses and an ebook library.
- Astute Graphics’ blog has a quite a few free tutorials, tips, and tricks.
- Chris Spooner’s Spoon Graphics offers free Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials. You can find more content on his Facebook page too.
- An excellent source for technology training is lynda.com. Most lynda content is available to paying subscribers only, but if you’re serious about learning, it’s probably worth the expense. IU students, facutly, and staff get lynda for free!
I think those are enough resources to get you (and me) started. I’m collecting Illustrator tutorial resources on Pearltrees, check there once in a while to see if anything new shows up.