TABLET-BASED WORKLFOWS

There is a lot of interest in using your Tablet along with Adobe Illustrator. We are focusing on our Tablet Series with the Blob Brush and Pencil Tools. The Pencil Tool is my go to tool for the Tablet. It allows for speed, but also offers more control than the Blob Brush. If you are looking for an Efficiency Model along with using Pressure, I would lean toward the Blob Brush Workflows. Follow Along to the Getting Started Guide for more Information on the Tablet Settings and Workflows before starting on an Individual Module. Enroll in Tablet-Based Workflows

  • Need Tablet to Follow Along
  • Great for Hand-Drawn Designs
  • Best Use of Efficiency and Control
  • Great for Cartoons or Illustrations


ACTIVE LEARNING

Our Active Learning is designed to give you time in the program to advanced through our Learning Phases from Learning the Program to Creating your Own Artwork.

TABLET-BASED WORKFLOW

We are focusing on our Tablet Series with the Blob Brush and Pencil Tools. The Pencil Tool is my go to tool for the Tablet. It allows for speed, but also offers more control than the Blob Brush which we will use along with the Tablet Pressure Settings.

WORKFLOW SERIES

One of the easiest ways to Learn Adobe Illustrator is through the Workflow Model. What we are focusing on during each module is How to Apply the Tools, but I also want to give you a Structure and Sequence to Build your Own Artwork in Adobe Illustrator.

PENCIL TOOL WORKLFOW

This is one of my favorite workflows for beginners who are looking to use their tablet. The workflow is great for beginners since it is so easy to get started with and get great results. If you have a tablet and are struggling with the Pen Tool, try converting some of the older tutorials over to the Pencil Tool. The 2020 Version has updated the Simplify – Path feature which will clean up a lot of the extra points the Pencil Tool. Enroll in Tablet-Based Workflows


  • Great for Hand-Drawn Designs
  • Best Use of Efficiency and Control
  • Great for Cartoons or Illustrations
  • Not Great for Logos


PENCIL TOOL WORKFLOW

The Pencil Tool Workflow is extremely easy to Learn if you are New to Adobe Illustrator. This is for those of you who just want to get your lines down so you can add on line weight or for those of you will have more value layers.

TABLET SETTINGS

I have my settings set for my own natural hand movements. As you are going through the Workflows, try to adjust the settings so you can can feel more natural with your own hand movements to avoid extra or stray anchor points.

FLEX OPTION

The nice part of the Pencil Tool Workflow is it is very flexible with where you can take it depending on your own line quality or style in terms of line variation, strokes or no line at all.

BLOB BRUSH WORKFLOW

The major decision and choice for this workflow will be that you want to use your tablet and the pressure settings to get a hand-drawn look to your designs. The Blob Brush Workflow is really easy to learn and adapt to your own artwork. Have you own drawings or photos available, so you convert the lessons in the Active Learning Modules to your own artwork quickly. We will go through the Learning Targets in the next section. Enroll in Tablet-Based Workflows


  • Great for Hand-Drawn Designs
  • Best Use of Pressure and 
  • Very Fast Workflow for Efficiency
  • Great for Line Work or Cartoons 
  • Complex Illustrations 
  • Mimicking Brush Pens


BLOB BRUSH WORKLFOW

Pressure and the Blob Brush is usually a design decision rather than just a speed or efficiency choice. Since you are manually adding on your own pressure, it will give you a more “hand-drawn” look or mimic what is happening on your paper.

PRESSURE SETTINGS

The main goal as you are going through the Tutorials, Challenges and Workflows is to first find a Blob Brush setting that mimics or matches the line quality your are looking for. This will be for those of you who already have a distinct drawing or inking style and are bringing them over to Adobe Illustrator.

EFFICIENCY MODEL

The nice part of the Blob Brush Workflow is it is our Efficiency Model, which combines a lot of our steps together. As you are going through the Workflows, compare and contrast to your own artwork so you can start to select the coloring and value methods that best match your own design style.

Active Learning Curriculum: I have been posting Full-Length Tutorials, Challenges and Workflows over the last year to Teachable*. So what we are going to do in this Guide is catch you up on how to go through the 100 Full-Length Learning Modules on Teachable*.

Active Learning is a Retention Model to Learn New Topics Quickly by Immediately Applying the Information. What we are focusing in on during each Step by Step Module is how to Apply the Tools and Options of Adobe Illustrator within a Workflow. Many of you are coming over from YouTube and like the Follow Along Process of Learning.

One of the easiest ways to Learn Adobe Illustrator is through our Workflow Model. What we are focusing on during each Learning Module is How to Apply the Tools, but I also want to give you a Structure and Sequence to Build your Own Artwork in Adobe Illustrator. The idea in Premium was to give enough Follow Along Step by Steps for a Beginner to Learn, but leave enough in an Open-Format as you Advance through the Learning Targets to our Pro Series.

ACTIVE LEARNING

Our Active Learning Curriculum is designed to give you time in the program to advanced through our Learning Phases from Learning the Program to Creating your Own Artwork. The goal of our Step by Step Classroom Series, Challenges and Workflows is to give you structured learning environment to practice Adobe Illustrator.

WORKFLOW MODEL

One of the easiest ways to Learn Adobe Illustrator is through the Workflow Model. What we are focusing on during each module is How to Apply the Tools, but I also want to give you a Structure and Sequence to Build your Own Artwork in Adobe Illustrator.

FOLLOW ALONG

The goal of our Tool-Based Workflows is for you to Practice the Tools and Options so you can apply the concepts to your own artwork. Each of the Learning Modules aims to be completed in an hour, so you have plenty of time for the rest of the day to apply the concepts to your own artwork or continue with another Module.