Adobe Illustrator is an ancient program with obscure features that can be extremely frustrating to use if you don’t know its ins and outs. Once you do know how to use it well, however, it is incredibly powerful.
I’ve create this Adobe Illustrator for scientists tutorial on YouTube. The tutorial lasts 1h45 minutesI have optimized the content for scientists who are not interested in design-related issues like color management and drawing logos but rather want to create good-looking posters and graphs efficiently.
The tutorial covers the following:
- Part 1: Importing from other software including Matlab plots and Word equations
- Part 2: Selecting and aligning objects, using guides and layers
- Part 3: Resizing regular objects, lines and text separately
- Part 4: Groups, compound paths and clipping masks
- Part 5: Creating filled objects, lines, arrows
- Part 6: Creating and manipulating text, text columns, bullet points, exponents
- Part 7: Creating and editing curved lines and making complex shapes
- Part 8: Exporting for the web, print, or Powerpoint presentation
Part 8 can be viewed out of order if you wish but the others build on each other. Don’t forget to upvote if you enjoy it.
4 responses to “Video tutorial: Adobe Illustrator for scientists”
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Your videos are great!
It would be better if you upload the scripts which you used in the demo.