Creating graphics made simple.

This online course was created for the beginner graphic designer who is new to Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator enables you to create professional vector artwork (images that can be scaled to any size without losing quality) for both print and web graphics.

While the program can be intimidating upon first glance, this course will walk you through the most essential and helpful tools showing you how to create your own designs and leaving you with a comfortable understanding and confidence in working in Illustrator.

This is a great class for those who want to learn how to create their own graphics. Whether you have no experience in Illustrator or a basic knowledge of the program, you will finish the course a more proficient designer with a handful of shortcuts that will make the process simple and enjoyable.


  • Work quickly and confidently in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Use the most common functions and shortcuts for any design.
  • Create, transform and design with text.
  • Use clipping masks and digital paper to create art.
  • Turn hand-drawn doodles into vector graphics.
  • Alter images using the live trace + paint functions.
  • Create shapes, templates and tags.
  • Save and print your work for optimal results.


Take the mystery out of Illustrator to design quickly and confidently.


Learn how to create a design board, practical steps for avoiding overspending and a step-by-step plan for decorating any room.


Create logos, images, digital products and marketing material for websites and social media.

"Thank you for making this so accessible and easy to understand. You are a great teacher!"


"This was such a fun class! Thank you for the instruction and all the examples. It was all so helpful! I’ll be sure to recommend it to friends in the future."


"This was so far my best investment this year, it saved me a ton of time and hassle. I’m not sure if i could figure it out all by myself. I was a bit concerned if i can follow through, because i don’t use my english very often & is not that perfect, but you made it as easy as pie, you truly are a blessed teacher."


"I enjoyed the Illustrator class and just purchased the trial that I had downloaded to take the class. I plan to go back over and over the lessons until I can do everything without having to go back to prompt my memory. I had used an older version of AI some time ago, so some was the same, but you took me further than what I already knew how to do. Thank you for all that you do!"

Lois A.

"I just wanted to thank you so much for putting the class together. In the past I had stumbled through teaching myself and GIMP but neither really ever did the things I really wanted it to do. Having someone to actually teach me the basics of Illustrator was wonderful! I feel like I was able to hit the ground running and spent SO MUCH time just playing—it’s so much fun!I also want to thank you because this class has finally given me the confidence I needed to move forward with my business, The Seasonal Supper. This is our first attempt to monetize the blog and while I joke that I have zero business sense, I do have pretty high standards for cute design so I knew that our product at least had to be cute!"

Lauren B.


Enjoy learning from the comfort of your home. Simply log into your account and the full class content will be waiting for you.

This online class is contains written lessons and videos with tips, tricks and techniques.

Start when it is convenient for you and come back again and again. There is no official start or end date ... just move at your own pace.

Upon registering, you'll have instant and unlimited access. No expiration, just pure fun!


Meet Emily, self-taught graphic designer who has over 15 years of professional experience. Her approachable teaching style will leave you feeling confident and prepared for creating designs on  your own. 


In addition to the teaching videos, you'll receive a printable shortcut guide. Print out a copy and keep near your computer for easy reference.


We know you'll enjoy the class, but if for any reason it's just not the right fit, let us know within 30 days and we'll gladly refund your purchase. 


  • INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATOR: Become acquainted with the basics of the tool bar and panel menus as well as how to set up an artboard.
  • THE MOST USED COMMANDS: Learn how to use, tips and shortcuts for the most common functions.
  • CREATING TEXT: Find out how to use fonts, glyphs, change cases, layer text and more.
  • USING CLIPPING MASKS: Combine shapes, lettering and backgrounds with the use of clipping masks.
  • DRAWING BY HAND: Learn each technique for drawing in Illustrator.
  • IMAGE TRACE + PAINT: Turn anything into a vector graphic with this powerful tool.
  • SAVING + PRINTING: Learn how to save your work, best practices for printing, resizing and adding crop marks.
  • STEP-BY-STEP PROJECTS: Put your skills to work by creating an invitation, gift tags and website logo.

After years of designing invitations, Christmas cards and artwork in sub-par design programs, I finally decided to learn Adobe Illustrator. I had heard it was the best program to use for graphic design and the only thing ‘real’ designers used, so I figured if I was going to take myself seriously as a graphic designer, I might as well use the correct tools. A little unsure and intimidated, I purchased a copy, installed it on my computer and opened it up.

It was even more complicated than I imagined.

I tried clicking on a few familiar looking tools, but ended up with criss-crossing lines and an oddly sized workspace.

After just a few minutes, I decided I was, in fact, not ready for the real deal.

For the next year or so, I stuck with my less-professional, but much less-intimidating programs to continue designing projects. Eventually, these programs were not giving me the results I wanted or the tools I needed and so out of necessity, I gave Illustrator another try. This time, a friend gave me a few pointers that helped immensely. Simple things like: here’s how to open a new document, and here’s what the pencil tool does.

Little by little, I clicked around trying out different tools, read forum conversations when I was stuck, and most of all, practiced. What was once super intimidating became very comfortable to navigate and soon all my designing was done in this once foreign program with better results and an easier workflow than with those previous programs.

The real test came five years later when my best friend and I decided to take an Illustrator class at our local community college. I was a bit nervous that I was using everything incorrectly, missing major functions and tools and just hacking my way through a very powerful design software and thus totally insulting everyone who actually called themselves graphic designers.

As it turned out, I had actually taught myself quite well.  What I’ve learned is that to create the graphics and printed items we use on a regular basis, you don’t need to be an expert in the ins & outs, every tool and shortcut and function of the program. You just need to practice, get comfortable with the different tools and develop your own style.

Now it’s your turn to give graphic design a try. 

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own artwork, design your family’s holiday cards, create a personalized invitation, customize your blog with one-of-a-kind graphics or brand your small business, learning to use Illustrator will open up all of those doors for you.  The best part is, you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

Is this class an exhaustive look at Illustrator?

Not at all.

Partially because I am not equipped to offer that, but also because if you are anything like me, we don’t need an exhaustive look at Illustrator. We just need the basics. The essential tools. The best functions. The common shortcuts.

Simplified Graphic Design.

I hope you are excited and ready to begin.






Feel free to watch this video to get a sneak peek into the teaching style and pace of the class (and for 5 great design tips & tricks!):




All of the lessons take place online and you can watch anytime. A Mac or PC work equally well.


You will need Illustrator in order to follow along and complete the projects.

Try Illustrator for 7 days for free or join the monthly subscription here.


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