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JeffK

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Hello all:
I'm primarily a Photoshop user - mostly self taught and a contributor to the PS forum here.
I've decided to add Illustrator to my workflow. I've been watching YouTube videos and searching for forums that can help me along the way.
For whatever reason, most of the videos I'm finding are visual only with no narration. So I'm slowing the vids down to more carefully watch.
As far as forums, I'm not having any luck. Since joining PS Gurus, I've learned quite a bit watching and participating but I can seem to replicate that in Illustrator.
So two questions:
1) What would you recommend as go-to videos/instructors to start picking up the essentials of Illustrator?
(would love it if I could find teachers like Unmesh Dinda, Aaron Nace, and Jesus Ramirez for instance)
2) What forums would you recommend that closely replicate the community that we have here on PS Gurus?
I realize there's a learning curve and willing to take my time. Just need a decent road map to follow.
Thanks for any help and guidance!
- Jeff
 

thebestcpu

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Hi @JeffK
I use LinkedIn learning and the have a free trial.
A course I recommend is their Illustrator 2021 Essential Training course
It goes through Illustrator step by step in a series of narrated videos with each video being only a few minutes each (so you don't go on overload).
Adding up all of the videos in this course it is over 5 hours long.
It all depends on how you best learn e.g. videos, books, etc yet
Here is the link to that particular training course:
https://www.linkedin.com/learning/illustrator-2021-essential-training

Note that LinkedIn Learning has quite a number of training videos on Illustrator and the above is just one. It also has a myriad of areas or training videos so its worth looking around. It of course has a ton on Photoshop as well.

Give it a look and see what you think
John Wheeler
 

JeffK

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Yes yes! Thanks for mentioning. I'm lucky enough to have free admission to Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning using my library card.
I think you had mentioned you're on the learning curve with Illustrator as well - any insights to forums?
Thanks again, John!
- Jeff
 

JeffK

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Yep - reminds me of the very old joke but still true:

Wandering around NYC, a tourist asks:
Q: How do I get to Carnegie Hall?
A: Practice, son, practice...
 

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