Illustrator basics for new users
New to Adobe Illustrator? Discover how you can improve your illustrations with these easy tips and techniques.
Draw simple vector shapes and edit them with easy-to-use controls. Live Shapes are always editable, so you can keep refining with no loss in quality.
Try Create illustrations using simple shapes to start working with Live Shapes.
There are dozens of ways to sketch, trace, and draw in Illustrator. Draw smooth lines and freehand curves with the Pencil tool. Or create elegant curves and precise angles with the Curvature tool and adjust your drawing without switching tools.
Make your text stand out in a crowd. Combine the powerful typographic features in Illustrator with the vast library of high-quality fonts from Adobe Typekit — included with your Adobe Creative Cloud membership.
Try Set a beautiful title to create your first typographic design. We bet you’ll be captivated.
Perk up your art with colors effortlessly. You can select colors in several ways — choose a swatch in the Swatches panel or click along a spectrum in the Color Picker.
View How to use the Color Picker and start coloring your artwork.
Don’t waste time hunting for art in your project — make a habit of saving it in layers instead. When you add art to separate layers you can easily lock, hide, and select objects.
Watch Exploring the Layers panel to learn how to easily set up layered artwork.
Get inspired — view our Create article to learn more about Doublenaut’s design style and techniques.
Contributor: Doublenaut for The National Poster Retrospecticus