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Room 204 (2nd floor)
Phone: 612.624.1584
Email: smartmedia@umn.edu
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Phone: 612.626.8262
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Adobe Illustrator is a few steps up from Microsoft Paint.  Essentially, Illustrator is a powerful illustrating platform that is based on vector graphics.

Library Ebooks:

Real World Illustator CS5

Real World Adobe® Illustrator® CS5 by Mordy Golding

Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative

"Adobe Illustrator CS5: Learn by Video" by Chad Cheilus/ Russell Viers/ Video2Brain

Selected Lynda Tutorials:

Introducing Illustrator:Get to know Illustrator—the industry-leading drawing program—and immediately start making smooth vector-based drawings and type treatments, with no experience required.

External Websites:

About Graphicsoft - About.com offers great resource for people who are just starting out with illustrator. It has all the essential tools and skills tutorial needed to master the basic skill of illustrator. If you're beginner, who doesn't know where to start, start HERE!

Abduzeedo - There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials.

Designrfix - Offers a variety of Illustrator Artwork & Adobe Illustrator tutorials, tips and techniques.

Gomediazine - Real world advice from working artists and designers. This website is for those who need help creating designs. Also, it is designed for those who are wanting to progress to the next level. Gomediazine is easy to navigate through and find what you're looking for.

Good Tutorials - This website has a  large database, and new tutorials are uploaded regularly. This is a great resource for beginner and intermediate users of Illustrator. Easy to navigate through and find what you are looking for.

Layer Magazine - Search what you're looking for by typing what you wish to retrieve in the search bar. Layer magazine is updated regularly and will definitely have what users are looking for.

Pixel2life - Pixe2life has over 80,000 tutorials. Under their Illustrator category, many useful tutorials can be found. Whether you're a beginner or a professional graphic designers, this website is one of the best website that offers tutorials free of charge.

Tutoralzied - Learn about drawing techniques, how to use effects and patterns, text effects, and 3D graphics creation. This website is designed for beginners who are seeking to progress to the next level.

Vectips - Vectips is designed exclusively for illustrator tips, tutorials and tricks. Great website for those who are not familiar with Illustrator.

Veerle Pieters Blog - Veerle Pieters is a popular figure in the world of vectors. She posts tutorials that are basic, as well as advanced on her blog. You can find what you are looking for by typing in what you are looking for in the search bar.

Featured Tutorials From Around the Web:

How To Setup and Design Business Cards in Adobe Illustrator

Media Consultation Appointment:

Get help with a media project by making an appointment to sit down with a professional consultant! Appointments must be made between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Please make your appointment with at least one week of notice to insure the best chance of finding a time that works for you and your consultant. We are unable to accommodate multiple consultations for the same individual unless it is for an entirely different task, however, both your consultant and/or the SMART Learning Commons (smart.umn.edu) desk staff will be able to give you limited on-demand support during staffed hours. If you will be late or must reschedule you must contact the consultant directly or the SMART Learning Commons. Failing to notify us may result in not being able to reschedule. Your consultation appointment generally will last 1 hour for most appointments. Questions? You can contact Jennifer Veile (https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/staff/jennifer-veile).