Illustrator CC15

More Vectors Than You Can Shake A Stick At


Adobe Illustrator CC15

The newest test for Certiport- Illustrator is also one of Rob’s favorite apps. Like many PhotoShop™ users, when first learning it- he was frustrated with the tools and the different way of working! But once a designer learns how incredible Illustrator is- that you get to actually build infinitely scale-able images from scratch- you’ll be hooked!

Looking for the classic tutorials? Check ’em out here.

Rob Schwartz

Rob Schwartz

Guy Who Knows Some Stuff

Rob is the guy behind this site and these projects. What started as a classroom experiment led to this whole site dedicated to teaching design concepts to students and individuals! He’s fascinated by design, creative solutions to unique problems, and community dynamics. Though a successful educator, author, designer, and consultant- he enjoys his work as a father, friend, and mentor the most.


Project 1 - Intro

Illustrator 1- Intro to Illustrator CC15!

Get the low-down on Illustrator. How it works, how to set it up, and how to be super cool like me.

Illustrator Quiz 1


Project 2 - Basics

Illustrator 2- Illustrator Basics

Learn the basics of Illustrator, how to use these super cool tools to create totally original art- straight from your noggin to the screen!

Illustrator Quiz 2

Digging deeper with Shapes:


Project 3 - Logos and Design

Illustrator 3- Logos and Design

Learning about design is life changing. You begin to see things in terms of visual design, and you’re so much more aware of all the great beauty and design around you. This series mixes some great tips on creativity and design, and build a logo at the same time!

Illustrator CC15 Quiz 3


Project 4 - Badges

Illustrator 4- Badges

This set of tutorials gives you some great tips and tricks on working with lines and geometric shapes, tweaking logos, and organizing more effectively when working- Tons of new tips and tricks ahead!

We recommend taking the quiz before the tutorials AND after. This will help you know what to look for and also helps review you caught everything you need. Our quizzes are for LEARNING AND REVIEW! We know there are occasionally some errors in grading, so be sure to review any answers marked wrong- it might just be a grading glitch! (and it helps you guys focus on the review more!)

AI15- Quiz 4


Project 5 - Biz Cards

Illustrator 5- Business Cards

Working with print files, artboards, and some cool tricks and tips about team working and linked files.

Here’s another quiz. We sttongly recommend taking the quiz before the lessons and again after! This is proven to help you retain more of the content you’ll need to pass the certification because it preps you to look for key concepts, and also helps you review any core skills you might have missed!

Illustrator CC15 Quiz 5


Project 6 - Traced Poster Design

Illustrator 6- Traced Poster

Working with print files, artboards, and some cool tricks and tips about team working and linked files.

Take the quiz to prep yourself to listen for the core concepts you need, as well as helping you review anything you missed when you take it again at the end. Our quizzes are proven to increase your test scores if you review your wrong answers at the end! Also remember that sometimes the quizzes mark an answer wrong when you got it right. We’re looking into it, but be sure to review wrong answers at the end- you might have gotten it right!

Illustrator CC15 Quiz 6Illustrator CC15 Project 6 Sample Files


Project 7 - Pen Mastery

Illustrator 7- Pen Mastery

Here’s the intro to AMAZING illustrator work. These quick projects will help you learn how the pen works and develop some good habits for working with Illustrator. TRUST ME- even though some of these projects seem a little monotonous, it’s like coaching in sports. We’re trying to develop some muscle memory for you on important skills to have when editing vectors! Just do it and partner up with a friend. Knock them down fast and develop the skills for mastering the pen.

You’ll also need these files for these projects:

Download The Files
 NOTE: THE NEXT TWO VIDEOS CAN BE DONE IN EITHER ORDER. For some people it helps to do CMYK WARS first…  and others prefer to do Throwing Curves first. Try one (CMYK Wars is my suggestion) and then be sure to do the other one! 
  • 705- Throwing Curves – This is where the rubber meets the road! This is THE illustrator mastery skill. It’s just an intro, but the first steps on an important road!
  • 706- CMYK WARS!!! – A fun game to teach you to get used to “throwing” curves in illustrator!


Jump Over to CS tutorials

Want a real challenge? Try to create a self portrait using our tutorials from CC (the original CC release in 2014). The Pen works the same as it always has… the project is really about mastering the tool and creating an awesome self portrait. Check out our STUDENT SELF-PORTRAIT PORTFOLIO and the ILLUSTRATOR ORIGINALS PORTFOLIO for examples of amazing work using the Pen!