Q. Will this learning path teach me how to become a better illustrator?
A. Unfortunately the answer to this question isn't as simple as it may seem. This learning path is focused on teaching you how to take the design and illustration skills you already posses and using th em inside of Illustrator. So while you definitely will learn how you can use new tools to improve your workflow, the focus of this learning path isn't to make you a better artist. However, the byproduct of improving your knowledgebase is nearly always that you become a better illustrator as a result. If you are brand new to illustration or design, you might want to check out our Design and Art tutorials first to get a more software-independent look at various techniques.
Q: What can I expect to get out of this learning path?
A. This learning path will teach you the overall fundamentals of moving around and working with Illustrator. If you've never touched Illustrator before and you're looking for a place to start, this is the learning path that you'll want to start with first.
Q: Do I have to follow along with the tutorial? Can I work on my own project?
A. The ultimate goal is to be able to transfer the techniques and tools you've learned in this learning path to your own projects. While everyone learns at a difference pace, we recommend a three-step process before trying to apply the techniques to your own projects. The first step is to watch each tutorial and take notes along the way. Secondly, watch the tutorial and follow along trying to replicate each step in the tutorial. Lastly replicate the project from the tutorial on your own trying not to watch the tutorials as much as possible. This helps to ensure that you not only are able to replicate what was taught in the tutorial but that you understand the techniques and tools that were used so you can then transfer them to your own projects.
Q: What is a learning path? How do I use them?
A. Learning paths are a series of courses organized into levels for easier organization. We recommend that you start with the first course in level one and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially. You can view all of our learning paths by clicking this link.
Q: What if the version of Illustrator in the tutorial is different than what I have? Can I still follow along?
A. Yes! While there are certainly new tools and features that get added with each new version of Illustrator, a majority of the core techniques taught are the same and can be transferred easily from version to version. Just keep in mind that due to file version differences it may not be possible to open project files that were created in a newer version of Illustrator if you're using an older version. And of course you can always post questions on our forums if you ever come across something that looks different in your version of Illustrator than in the tutorial.
Q. What if I have questions while going through this learning path?
A. We have set up a community specifically as a place for you to ask technical questions. Our community is frequented by the Digital-Tutors instructors, staff members, moderators and other helpful members that can answer your questions as you learn Illustrator. You can get to the community by clicking on the "Connect" tab at the top of the site or by clicking here.
Q. What if I don't use Illustrator? Can I follow along in my favorite illustration software?
A. While we highly recommend using Illustrator to follow along with this learning path, many of the core fundamentals can be ported to another piece of software if you are familiar with that software. However, because there are many features used throughout this learning path that are specific to Illustrator, we would recommend that if you are following along in another piece of software that you are already comfortable with that software.