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Welcome to our Getting Started Guide for our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable. Many of you are coming over from YouTube and have a sense of our Step by Step Teaching and Follow-Along Format. Over the last year, I have been posting our new Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Challenges, and Tool-Based Workflows to our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable. There are currently 100 Learning Modules on Teachable for you to Learn Adobe Illustrator.

What we are focusing in on during each Full-Length Module is how to Apply the Tools and Options of Adobe Illustrator and Immediately Apply them within a Workflow. One of the easiest ways to Learn Adobe Illustrator is through our Tool-Based Workflow Model. Our Workflow Model is my favorite way to teach Adobe Illustrator since it Builds in the Sequence and Order of Events as you are Practicing and Using the Tools.

What we are going to do in our Active Learning Getting Started Guide is go through How to Download our Illustrator Resources, Select a Unit Block, and Follow Along to our 100 Learning Modules on Teachable*.

WHO IS ACTIVE LEARNING FOR?  If you are a fan of our Tutorials and YouTube Channel, our Full-Length Learning Modules on Teachable are in a similar follow-along format (Active Learning). This curriculum is designed for those of you who like our Step-by-Step Process or like to "Learn by Doing." Follow Along to our 100 Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Challenges, and Tool-Based Workflows in our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable.

WHAT IS OUR WORKFLOW MODEL? We have different formats for our Tutorials, Challenges and Workflows on Teachable. A Tool-Based Workflow is my favorite way to teach Adobe Illustrator since it Builds in the Sequence and Order of Events. Practice using the Tools, Options, and Settings in Adobe Illustrator as you are going through the Learning Modules on Teachable. We have different Unit Blocks (below) to focus on each Tool-Based Workflow or Primary Building Tool.

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG ON TEACHABLE? We currently have 100+ Full-Length Learning Modules for you to Learn Adobe Illustrator on Teachable*. We have different Curriculum Paths or Unit Blocks to Follow Along within the Tool-Based Workflows. Some of you will simply click on a Learning Module that looks like the most amount of fun just like you would on YouTube. Our Active Learning Curriculum contains all of our 100 Learning Modules on Teachable.

ENROLL IN ACTIVE LEARNING

GETTING STARTED IN OUR ACTIVE LEARNING CURRICULUM: The first step in our Active Learning Curriculum will be to download and extract each of our Learning Module Resources, Brushes and Textures Folder. Follow Along to our Getting Started Guide before starting on a Unit Block or Learning Module. Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes our 100 Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules, 200 Brushes, and 400 Textures.

START WITH A UNIT BLOCK

SELECTING A UNIT BLOCK OR TOOL-BASED WORKFLOW: Our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum includes all of our 100 Full-Length Learning Modules on Teachable. I have organized the 100 Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules into Unit Blocks with a Focus on the Primary Building Tool (Tool-Based Workflow). Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes our Pen, Tablet, Pressure, Text and Shape-Based Design Unit Blocks.

FOLLOW ALONG ON TEACHABLE

FOLLOWING ALONG TO OUR 100 LEARNING MODULES ON TEACHABLE: If you are new to Adobe Illustrator, start with the Workflow Series or the 1st Learning Module (per Unit Block). Each Learning Module is in our full-length step-by-step format. After you have enrolled, you can follow along with any Learning Module. Our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes our 100+ Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules.

DOWNLOAD ACTIVE LEARNING RESOURCES

DOWNLOAD OUR ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES + TEXTURES: The first step in our Active Learning Curriculum will be to download and extract our Resource Folders. Our Active Learning Curriculum includes our 200 Brushes + 400 Textures to use along with the 100 Learning Modules (or use them with your own Vector Artwork.)

EXTRACT ALL + TROUBLESHOOTING: Our Resource Folders will come to you as a Zipped Folder. Remember to Extract each of the Resource Folders before using in Adobe Illustrator. After you have Downloaded and Extracted the Resource Folders, continue with our Getting Started Guide or start on any Learning Module.

2-SCREEN APPROACH. Once you have Downloaded and Extracted the Resource Folders, Switch Teachable (Videos) to a 2nd Device or Mobile Browser before starting on a Unit Block or Learning Module on Teachable. Our 2-Screen Approach will just prevent pausing + toggling back and forth from the Video to Illustrator. Try to keep Adobe Illustrator in Full-Screen on your Computer.

DOWNLOAD OUR 200 ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES specifically designed for Illustrators and Cartoonists to speed up their Workflows. I have updated the Brush Libraries to include more Pressure Sensitivity. You can use our Brushes with the Pen, Pencil or Paint Brush Tools. Download each of the Brush Zipped Folders: Original and Updated. Once the Folders have been Extracted, the Brushes are Ready for Illustrator. Follow Along to the Getting Started Guide to Learn How to Save the (Updated) Brushes to User Defined.

DOWNLOAD OUR 400 ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR BMP TEXTURES. Most of the Files are designed as Global Patterns to use with your Color Swatches or Layers Masks. Simply File - Place in Textures to use in Illustrator. You can also use with Transparency Masks and Transparency for Subtle Textures or Distressing. Once the Texture Folder has been Extracted, the Textures are Ready for Illustrator. Follow Along to the Getting Started Guide to Learn How to Place, Color BMP's and use Opacity Masks.

100 LEARNING MODULES ON TEACHABLE: Our Adobe Illustrator Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable includes all of our 100 Full-Length Learning Modules. Our (6) Unit Blocks are designed to give you 9-15 Hours within a Workflow so you can start as a Beginner and move through the Learning Targets to Creating Your Own Artwork.

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG (UNIT BLOCKS): If you are already Enrolled in our Active Learning Curriculum, you can search the 100 Learning Modules by Tool-Based Workflow, Unit Block or Focus in your Enrolled In tab. Type in the Search Bar (find): Pen, Pencil, Blob Brush, Shapes, or Text. The Learning Modules will automatically be arranged from Easiest to more Challenging (per Unit Block).

LEARNING MODULES: Learning Modules are organized by Primary Building Mode and will progress from Easiest to More Challenging (per Unit Block). If you are new to Adobe Illustrator, start with our Workflow Series in our Pencil or Pen Tool Unit Blocks. These Learning Modules will take more time to go through each step of the Workflow. Our Challenge Series will be more advanced by adding on more Value and Effects starting from your own Drawing or Sketch.

DRAWING FOCUS: A lot of our newer Tutorials, Challenges and Workflows have a Drawing for Illustrator Lesson to incorporate the Full-Workflow starting from the Drawing Step. Start on the Drawing for Illustrator Lessons after you have completed our Getting Started Guide or have completed some of our step by Step Tutorials and are ready to incorporate more of your own drawings into the Tutorials.

PEN TOOL FOCUS: The nice part of the Pen Tool Workflow is it is it have a high level of control over your Anchor Points but it can be frustrating as a beginner. Go through both methods of applying the Pen Tool and compare and contrast to your own artwork. Start on the Pen Tool Modules if you do not have a Tablet or if you are going to do more Professional Logo Based Vector Artwork.

TABLET-BASED FOCUS: The Pencil Tool is my go to tool for the Tablet and brand new users to Adobe Illustrator. It allows for speed, but also offers more control than Pressure Settings. I would start on the Pencil Tool Workflows if you are new to Adobe Illustrator and have a Tablet. Our Tablet Tutorials are very popular on YouTube so many of you will already have a Tablet to start.

TABLET-BASED PRESSURE FOCUS: We are focusing on our Tablet Series with our Pressure Tools in Adobe Illustrator. Our Pressure Workflow works best for a hand drawn look or cartoon style to a design. Start on the Pressure Workflows if you have a Tablet and are looking to use your Pressure Settings within your Workflow in Adobe Illustrator.

TEXT-BASED DESIGN FOCUS: Most of our attention will be in the Appearance Panel and Layering multiple effects for our Text Based Designs. There are some using Pen Tool Construction while others use Fonts as the Tutorial Resource. Our Text-Based Designs are in an Open Format to Use Your Own Fonts, Colors and Text. Start on the Type and Text Tool after you have completed the Pen or Pencil Tool Workflows.

SHAPE-BASED DESIGN FOCUS: We will be still building out in a Step by Step Format, however our Shape-Based Designs are in an Open Format or Template Building Format to add in your Own Fonts, Text and Colors. Our Shape-Based Tutorials are designed to be at the end of the Workflow Units so you can use your own artwork to insert into the Logos and Shape Based Designs.

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG (100 LEARNING MODULES): If you are new to Adobe Illustrator, start with our Workflow Series which are in a longer follow-along format designed for Beginners. There are different types of Learning Modules from our Workflows, Challenges and Pro Series Tutorials. Each Learning Module is labeled and will progress from easiest to more challenging (per Unit Block).

(UPGRADE) 100 LEARNING MODULES: If you have already downloaded our Brushes + Resources, you can follow along with our 100 Learning Modules on Teachable (Upgrade does NOT include Brushes + Textures).

(BEGINNER) START FROM RESOURCE: Our Active Learning Curriculum contains all of the 100 Learning Modules on Teachable. Each Block is labeled and will progress from easiest to more challenging (per Unit Block). Start with the 1st Module which will be in our Workflow Format designed for Beginners.

(CHALLENGES) START FROM SKETCH: Each of our 6 Unit Blocks contains between 9-15+ Hours of Learning Modules. The main goal is to be independently building within the Workflow. Our Challenge Series will start with a Drawing Lesson so you can be Building in Illustrator from your own drawing or sketch.

(PRO SERIES) START FROM SCRATCH: Our Pro Series Design and Text Tutorials will start from a Blank Artboard. These are designed for you to add in your own text, fonts, and artwork when going through the Design Tutorials. Pro Series Tutorials are in a Template Format so you can add in your own artwork.

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PENCIL TOOL WORKFLOW

USING PENCIL TOOL + TABLET

PRESSURE WORKFLOW

USING PRESSURE + SHAPE BUILDER + TABLET

PEN TOOL WORKFLOWS

BEGINNER TO ADVANCED (COLORING)

TEXT + APPEARANCE EFFECTS

USE YOUR OWN WORDING (FONTS)

SHAPE DESIGN + TEXT 

PLUG IN YOUR OWN TEXT + FONTS

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