Learn Adobe Illustrator in 30 Days Crash Course – FREE

adobe illustrator training course
Last updated on 1 July 2017

This is the most popular FREE Illustrator training course created for beginners interested to learn Adobe Illustrator. Each lesson will take around 20 mins to complete and you will be able to learn the basic fundamental techniques in 30 days. The course is updated to work with Illustrator CS to Illustrator CS5. No matter what version you installed, you will definitely benefit from this Illustrator crash course. The lessons are kept easy and simple so that anyone can be confident in using Illustrator after this crash course!

In this Illustrator training course, I will not be drilling down in detail how each feature works. However, I will be covering all the essential tools that are commonly used so that you can get started and have a feel of how illustrator works. At 30 days you will be able to draw illustrations, design your own logos and create special effects with this Illustrator training course!

This is one of the best courses for starters and beginners. So don’t miss this chance to learn Illustrator.

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Update July 2017 – More than 8,000 users have completed this Illustrator training course and recommended it to their friends! So start learning Illustrator today!

Illustrator Training – Week 1
Day 1: What is Illustrator
Day 2: Getting Started in Illustrator
Day 3: Drawing Basic Shapes
Day 4: Drawing with Pencil Tool
Day 5: Drawing with Pen Tool
Day 6: Weekend Break
Day 7: Weekend Break

Illustrator Training – Week 2
Day 8: Using Brushes
Day 9: Creating Compound Paths
Day 10: Working with Color and Strokes
Day 11: Editing Objects, Layers & Groups
Day 12: Transparency & Graphic Styles
Day 13: Weekend Break
Day 14: Weekend Break

Illustrator Training – Week 3
Day 15: Transforming & Moving Objects
Day 16: Basic Text
Day 17: Blending Shapes & Colors
Day 18: Photorealism with Gradient Mesh
Day 19: Using the Symbol Tools
Day 20: Weekend Break
Day 21: Weekend Break

Illustrator Training – Last Week
Day 22: Creating Special Effects
Day 23: Applying 3D Extrude & Bevel
Day 24: Distort using Warp Effects
Day 25: Applying Live Paint
Day 26: Masking using Clipping Path/ Opacity Mask
Day 27: Weekend Break
Day 28: Weekend Break
Day 29: Saving & Printing
Day 30: Final Project – Designing a Logo

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  1. i think this is awesome that you are going to do this!!! (can i hope that you will do one for photoshop cs3 too??) 🙂 can’t wait to learn along with these!

  2. this is just what I need as i am just about to add illustrator to my adobe knowledge.
    will be checking back over the next 30 days looking forward to it.
    FYI – the link for day 1 is missing an h
    (ttp://)
    Cheers!
    Alex

  3. Hi Ladyangora, I will see the response for this tutorial is before I decide whether I will write one for photoshop CS3. Thanks for your suggestions.

    Hi Alex, Thanks for the link fix! =)

  4. Wow REALLY AWESOME! And what a coincidence that i stumbled upon this on the first day! I can’t wait to follow this whole project by every inch!

    Tnx!

  5. hey this is cool!
    i’ve just installed illustrator a few days ago and i was looking for something like this

    thanks!

  6. Now, this sounds like a brilliant idea to me (especially since I want to learn Illustrator more), but you had better make sure you follow through with all of the tutorials 🙂

  7. You are so awesome for doing that. Thanks loads. I’ve been using illustrator for like a month now, but I still feel lost. I can make stuff, but I’m not sure if this is enough to get me a job, you know. I apologize for rambling. But yeah, thanks a lot. I’ll be visiting your blog religiously. 🙂

  8. That ideia is great, very usefull, but I will be thankful if you can write one about Photoshop CS3 too. I know how to do somethings, but a really good tutorial would be great. Thanks a lot ^^

  9. Hi Julia, thanks for your feedback. What do you like to accomplish with Photoshop? Photo montages, designing web interface, designing ads or posters?

  10. Hi Candy, I’m not too sure what job you would like. If you want to land a job as an illustrator, then you really need to have good foundation in drawing. However, if you are working as a graphic designer, illustrator can help you create character drawings and logos.

  11. Yeah, I’m actually currently looking for graphic designer jobs, since I’m only proficient in photoshop, illustrator, and indesign. I can draw, yeah, but not very good. Anyways, I have another question, but not sure if this is the right place to ask it. It’s concerning portfolios (PDF ones mostly) – I’m not sure what to include in it. Thanks again for replying. Greatly appreciated.

  12. Since that’s the case, I think illustrator can help you create icons, maps, line drawings, charts and diagrams easily. This are some ways illustrator would be useful for your job. For portfolio, it will depend on your strength and what job you are looking for. If you are good at brochure design and looking for a job in that area, then focus on it and put your few best pokiesaustralian.com pieces in. Then you can leave out your web projects and illustration drawings. If you have anymore questions in making your portfolio, you can email me. I will be happy to help.

  13. I think this is great. May I suggest that for next time instead of just having a weekend break that an optional “homework” assignment be given, some sort of project that would allow us to put together that week’s skills. For example, have us a make something and then after the weekend publish your own work flow and how you would get it done. I want to use this to make a web site for my site: tefilla.org

  14. This is a great idea! I just purchased Illustrator because I got a webmaster job for school, and I though it would be helpful know a little Illustrator here and there, and so far I like it, but I have no clue what true power the application holds. I will definitely follow along starting tomorrow! I can’t wait to see what this experience has to offer! Thanks!

  15. This is fabulous, thank you so much I have tried to learn it on my own but not doing very well LOL

  16. This is totally amazing ! Two days ago, I just thought I really wanted to know how to use Illustrator, because there are more and more tutorials for Illustrator, and I didn’t know anything about Illustrator. This sounds like a miracle.
    Thank you so much 🙂

  17. This is so great! I’ve been seraching for moth for a good tutorial on Illustrator. Thanks so much! Great work and my respect.

  18. I have been an Illustrator user since v1.0 but I still learnt something new and it helped me look afresh at how I go about using it.

    Thank you for a model of how to do a Tutorial.

    Excellent job, well done.

  19. Thanks for these lessons, really looking forward to going thru them. FYI, if you join anytime after week 3 starts, the feed readers arent shown more than 10 posts. Folks new to the site will want to get them all:) You can change this in the WP settings from 10 to whatever.

  20. Thanks for these lessons, really looking forward to going thru them. FYI, if you join anytime after week 3 starts, the feed readers arent shown more than 10 posts. Folks new to the site will want to get them all:) You can change this in the WP settings from 10 to whatever.Thanks for these lessons, really looking forward to going thru them. FYI, if you join anytime after week 3 starts, the feed readers arent shown more than 10 posts. Folks new to the site will want to get them all:) You can change this in the WP settings from 10 to whatever.

  21. this is absolutely great!! i bought a whole set of adobe programs, about a year ago and but i only use photoshop, after effects and premiere. i was wondering if you could make an adobe flash one.

    much love,

    sally

  22. This is great! I’ve been playing around with Illustrator for a while but I get frustrated with many of the tutorials I’ve read. It’s great that you’ve cut it down to a daily lesson that enables us to do it on our own pace. Thank you!

  23. I think it’s a very remarkable thing, thank you very much
    Mérida, Venezuela, located in South América

  24. This is a brilliant idea. I wish this was available sooner. However it is still helpful to me. Great job. I hope to see something like this course for Photoshop and Flash cs3.

  25. Quero deixar aqui o meu agradecimento a todos vcs que elaboraram essas lições sobre Ilustrator, me ajudou muito na minha caminha de aprediz.

    Obrigado!! Thanks!!

    Abração!! Gd.

  26. Thank you! This is really great.

    I want to translate in Turkish, can you let me to do this 🙂

    Of course i will give your donation link and blog link.

  27. Hello.

    Thanks for you tutorials. I was going to make a donation but it was there was an error. If you can email me your paypal account, would be more than happy to send the donation.

    Again, thanks for sharing your ideas. It’s really helpful for newbies like me.

    Take care.

  28. ok its really a nice tutorial and very effective too thank god we have people like you to teach the willing but needed. may god bless you all thanks again.

  29. please give me the websites which gives a correct idea about how to work in photoshop,illustrator & flash with works done so that i can have a clear idea of how to work in these softwares
    thanking u
    c.arun kirubhakar
    +91-9486036185

  30. Hi Brandi, I love this tutorial illustrator, May I publish it in Spanish in my blog?, Because many people do not understand English, I appreciate if I may, always mention this source.

  31. Thank god! Finally a CS3 tutorial that doesn’t assume you’re a fashion obsessed sandal-wearer with too much money (a mac user).

  32. Great job! I finally learned to do the artwork I always wanted to do. Since I am not a designer I really could use the tips you gave.
    Brilliant work!

  33. Really terrific tutorial. This is useful for all designers & artist.
    Very simple & …..

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  35. Hi, this is my first time and i want to use it because i got a job of my life time, so i think it will be helpful for me that i succeed in life to be the best graphic design

  36. Alex July 14th, 2008
    this is just what I need as i am just about to add illustrator to my adobe knowledge.
    will be checking back over the next 30 days looking forward to it.
    FYI – the link for day 1 is missing an h
    (ttp://)
    Cheers!

  37. I was looking for a css tutorial for a long time and ultimately i got it..its really easy to understand,,thanks a lot for sharing..

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