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Illustrator Basics CS6 Course 1



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1 unit(s)

Product Description


  • This class is self-paced. All of the videos, pdf notes, and lessons will be available upon purchase of this class in zip format
  • The class has 5 lessons and 15 videos
  • Download the syllabus for this course here Illustrator Basics CS6 Course 1 Syllabus Self Paced
  • This class is filmed in Illustrator CS6. It is ideal for CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, and Cloud.


Welcome to Illustrator Basics Course 1! In this class, I'll walk you through the basics of this incredible program! Illustrator is the ultimate tool to build and design your own products, templates, cards, and more while streamlining your creative process.

INSPIRE YOURSELF… to do more. If you are ready to start creating FOR YOURSELF, then Illustrator is the program for you. This class is set up to help you get comfortable in a graphic designer’s favorite tool. You’ll be surprised at how much you will be able to accomplish after this introductory course!

This class is packed with step-by-step lessons, design theory, practical applications, and digital goodies that put me right there beside you as you get started. These techniques are EXACTLY THE SAME ONES I taught to college students in their introductory graphic design classes. You do NOT need to know how to draw to use Illustrator. Learn how to use the drawing tools, learn some introductory design vocabulary and make way for the path to creativity.


I used to teach this course in four lessons over a longer length of time. I was compelled to take that class and turn it into a five-lesson super-course. This class highlights the most important and most used features of Illustrator. Because of this, Illustrator Basics 1 is the prerequisite for my design courses.

This course includes five lessons. Lessons are 25-30 minutes long everyday. In addition to the normal lessons, there are 3 bonus lessons. Lessons are taught via video and class notes. Videos are broken into 10-15 minute segments to help you watch and practice the lessons in manageable portions.


Once you have purchased this course, you will receive a link to a zip download to all the coursework.


Carina Gardner has a Ph.D. in Design from the University of Minnesota. She also taught at the University of Minnesota Typography, Introduction to Graphic Design, Packaging Design, and Design Theory. Carina owns Carina Gardner, Inc, her design firm, and MiniLou, a kids toy company. She is the Creative Director of Carta Bella Paper Company. Carina also designs scrapbooking, home décor, fabric, diecutting, and digital scrapbooking products.

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  1. Clear, Simple, Fantastic

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Nov 2016

    Easy to follow. Notes are clear. Videos are great since I could back track and repeat if I missed a detail, which I did a few times. It is nice to know I can go back and play them again.

  2. Amazing Class

    Posted by Unknown on 25th Aug 2016

    Love the class. It's easy to follow and you learn fast.

  3. Great !

    Posted by Kokobohem on 4th Nov 2015

    I bought this class because i want to progress in illustrator. Carina is a great teacher and the price is good for all the great things that we learn !

  4. Worth it!

    Posted by Carol Wehner on 9th Aug 2015

    Super happy I purchased this! Carina is a terrific teacher. Her laid back style and clear instructions make it easy to understand the basic tools of Illustrator. My background knowledge of PS Elements has also played a part in the ease of learning, but without it, I'm confident that a novice could do this similarly. Great job, Carina!


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