Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator for Pattern Design

You're interested in learning pattern design? Getting comfortable with Adobe Illustrator is going to be key. I was completely overwhelmed when I first opened Illustrator. I hadn’t learned a new application for years and didn’t know where to start! The videos and written tutorials on the Adobe website didn’t make sense to me.  I wasted hours searching for YouTube videos that might be helpful. As you embark on this learning journey, having the right mind-set is critical. YOU CAN DO THIS.

Here are my suggestions.

Start Slow

There is so much to learn that it can be overwhelming. Start with the basics and get comfortable:

·      opening a new document,

·      understanding the different tool bars, and

·      setting up your workspace

Be Patient

Think of learning Illustrator like you’re learning a new language. It will be slow going at first. Then, at a certain point, you’ll realize you’ve gotten the hang of it! Things will start to make sense and it won’t seem so foreign anymore.

Learning Methods

Pick the method of learning that works best for you. If you are a visual learner, watch videos. If you learn best by reading, google the Illustrator guide. Read it online, buy a copy or go to your local library and check it out.

Have a Goal

Set a specific goal for yourself. Make it:

·      time-based, or

·      the number of hours per week you'll dedicate to learning, or

·      with a reward attached!

Make Something FUN

Take my From Sketch to Wrapping Paper class. It’s my most popular class and students love it because I walk you step-by-step through how to get started with Illustrator, make your first repeating pattern and you end up with your own unique wrapping paper!

My summer special price of only $10.00 expires on August 31st. Take advantage of this great introductory offer before it disappears!

Watch the introductory video to learn more.

Whatever you decide, get started in some small way TODAY. You'll be one step closer to your goal. Read my blog called Just Start for more encouragement.

To wrap up, it’s the end of the month! Before you go, join my tribe to get access to weekly free and paid content focused on art, creativity and pattern design.

My subscribers get wallpapers for their phone and laptop as well as a downloadable calendar. I put the calendar on my fridge. Super practical.

Here is this month’s design.

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Remember, It’s Never Too Late To Create.



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