Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book (2023 Release)

Book description

Build valuable graphic art skills and create digital artwork using Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book (2023 release) uses real-world, project-based learning to cover the basics and beyond, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. For beginners and experienced users alike, you can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you. Learn to:

  • Create artwork, from precise drawings to stylistic paintings

  • Make logos, illustrations, posters, podcast covers, flyers, and more

  • Explore selections, shapes, and color

  • Progress to freeform gradients and layers

  • Work with dynamic symbols, artistic brushes, and creative effects

  • Efficiently export assets for the web, print, and more

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program doesan official training series from Adobe, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Purchasing this book includes valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book's "Getting Started" section to unlock access to:

  • Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book

  • Web Edition containing the complete text of the book, interactive quizzes, and videos that walk you through the lessons step by step

What you need to use this book: Adobe Illustrator (2023 release) software, for either Windows or macOS. (Software not included.)

Note: Classroom in a Book does not replace the documentation, support, updates, or any other benefits of being a registered owner of Adobe Illustrator software. This book covers Illustrator on desktop only. It does not address Illustrator on the iPad.


Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Where are the Lesson Files?
  5. Contents
  6. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book®
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the program
    4. Fonts used in this book
    5. Online Content
    6. Restoring default preferences
    7. Additional resources
    8. Adobe Authorized Training Partners
  7. What’s New in Adobe Illustrator (2023 Release)
    1. Intertwine
    2. Share for review (Beta)
    3. Retain text formatting when pasting text between Illustrator and InDesign
    4. Automate Illustrator workflows with quick actions
    5. More export formats for 3D objects
    6. Improved performance when placing multiple linked files
  8. A Quick Tour of Adobe Illustrator (2023 Release)
    1. Starting the lesson
  9. 1. Getting to Know the Work Area
    1. Introducing Adobe Illustrator
    2. Opening an Illustrator file
    3. Exploring the workspace
    4. Working with panels
    5. Changing the view of artwork
    6. Navigating multiple artboards
  10. 2. Techniques for Selecting Artwork
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Selecting objects
    3. Aligning objects
    4. Working with groups
    5. Exploring object arrangement
  11. 3. Make A Logo With Shapes
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Creating a new document
    3. Saving your document
    4. Working with basic shapes
    5. Working with drawing modes
    6. Using Image Trace to convert raster images into vector art
  12. 4. Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Editing paths and shapes
    3. Combining shapes
    4. Using the Width tool
  13. 5. Transforming Artwork
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with artboards
    3. Working with rulers and guides
    4. Transforming content
    5. Using repeats
    6. Working with the Puppet Warp tool
  14. 6. Using the Basic Drawing Tools
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Creating with the Curvature tool
    3. Creating dashed lines
    4. Creating with the Pencil tool
    5. Joining with the Join tool
    6. Adding arrowheads to paths
  15. 7. Drawing with the pen Tool
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Why use the Pen tool?
    3. Starting with the Pen tool
    4. Put your learning into practice!
    5. Editing paths and points further
  16. 8. Using Color to Enhance Artwork
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Exploring color modes
    3. Working with color
    4. Working with Live Paint
  17. 9. Adding Type to a Project
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Adding text
    3. Formatting type
    4. Resizing and reshaping type objects
    5. Creating and applying text styles
    6. Creating text lists
    7. Wrapping text
    8. Curving text on a path
    9. Warping text
    10. Creating text outlines
  18. 10. Organizing Your Artwork with Layers
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. What are layers?
    3. Creating layers and sublayers
    4. Editing layers and objects
    5. Creating a clipping mask
  19. 11. Gradients, Blends, and Patterns
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with gradients
    3. Creating blends
    4. Getting creative with patterns
  20. 12. Using Brushes to Create an Ad
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with brushes
    3. Using Calligraphic brushes
    4. Using Art brushes
    5. Using Pattern brushes
    6. Using Bristle brushes
    7. Working with the Blob Brush tool
  21. 13. Exploring Creative Uses of Effects and Graphic Styles
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Using the Appearance panel
    3. Using live effects
    4. Applying a Photoshop effect
    5. Applying 3D effects
    6. Using graphic styles
  22. 14. Creating Artwork for a T-Shirt
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Working with symbols
    3. Working with Creative Cloud libraries
    4. Working with global editing
  23. 15. Placing and Working with Images
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Combining artwork
    3. Placing image files
    4. Masking content
    5. Working with image links
  24. 16. Sharing Projects
    1. Starting the lesson
    2. Packaging a file
    3. Creating a PDF
    4. Creating pixel-perfect drawings
    5. Exporting artboards and assets
  25. Index
  26. Pearson’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  27. Contributors
  28. Production Notes

Product information

  • Title: Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book (2023 Release)
  • Author(s): Brian Wood
  • Release date: December 2022
  • Publisher(s): Adobe Press
  • ISBN: 9780137967407