HD Video

CartoonSmart was the first training website to offer HD video. Seriously. Before YouTube was even founded, we realized screencasts needed to be way bigger than what others were offering. Nothing will replace books in the training spectrum, but sometimes you just want to put your feet up and watch someone else work. Since 2004, our customers haven't had to squint.

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Software to use

This wouldn't be an appropriately titled course if we didn't insist on using Adobe Illustrator, a vector illustration software. Unlike pixel art, vector art is created by one point connecting to another to form a shape. Vector illustration is precise but doesn't require the same steady hand and skillset that a traditional pencil-on-paper artist uses.

Your Instructor

This course is taught by Brian Zaikowski, a professional comic strip artist and decade-long user of Adobe Illustrator. Brian has taught nearly 50 hours of Cartoon Smart tutorials.


An entire reference library on video. 111 videos in total.


Professional artist, Brian Zaikowski brings teaches this amazing twenty-four hour Adobe Illustrator tutorial library. Yes, a full day's worth of videos. But don't go into shock thinking about giving up an entire weekend to watch all of these at once, because you don't have to tackle them in any particular order.

The videos in this collection are like books on a shelf, just waiting for the moment you need to learn everything about a particular tool or preference in Illustrator. Or for those true of heart that want to master Adobe Illustrator in a couple days, you can begin with the A's and start eating up these videos like popcorn. There's 111 in total, along with over 50 source files.


The Collection



The Tool Videos

  • Appearance Panel
  • Arranging Objects
  • Artboards
  • Art Brushes
  • Basic Shape Tools
  • Blend Menu
  • Blob Brush Tool
  • Browse in Bridge
  • Brushes Bristle
  • Brushes Pattern
  • Brushes Calligraphic
  • Brushes Scatter
  • Clipping Masks & Compound Paths
  • Color Settings
  • Copy and Paste
  • Create Object Mosaic
  • Crop or Trim Marks
  • Define Pattern
  • Document Setup
  • Edit Colors
  • Effects > Distort & Transform
  • Envelope Distort
  • Eraser Scissors & Knife Tools

  • Expand and Expand Appearance
  • Extrude and Bevel
  • File Info
  • Find and Replace
  • Flatten Transparency
  • Free Transform Tool
  • Graphic Styles
  • Gradient Mesh From Object
  • Gradient Mesh Tool
  • Grouping and Locking Objects
  • Hide and Show Objects
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Layers Panel
  • Lasso Tool
  • Line Segment Tools
  • Liquify Tools
  • Live Paint
  • Live Trace Supplement
  • Live Trace
  • Magic Wand Tool
  • New Document Options
  • New Window /New Views
  • Path Functions
  • Pen Tools
  • Perspective Grid
  • Pixel Preview Grid

  • Place...
  • Presets
  • Rasterizing Objects
  • Recolor Artwork
  • Revert to Saved
  • Rotate & Reflect
  • Save A Copy
  • Save As Vs. Export
  • Save for Microsoft Office
  • Scale Portions of Objects
  • Save for Web & Devices
  • Scale, Shear & Reshape Tools
  • Scripts
  • Selection Tools
  • Shape Builder Too
  • Slices
  • Symbol Sprayer
  • Templates
  • Text Wrap
  • Tool Alternates
  • Tool Panel
  • Transform Each
  • Transform Effect
  • Transform From Object Menu
  • Type Tools
  • Width Tool
  • 3D Revolve

The Preference Videos

  • Anchor Point and Handle Display
  • Anti Aliased Artwork
  • Append Upon Opening Legacy Files
  • Constrain Angle
  • Control Click to Select Objects Behind
  • Corner Radius
  • Disable Auto Add/Delete
  • Double Click to Isolate
  • FontPreview MissingGlyphs


  • Guides and Grid
  • Keyboard Increment
  • Leading Tracking Baseline Shift
  • Object Selection By Path Only
  • Reset All Warnings Dialogs
  • Scale Stroke and Effects
  • Select Same Tin %
  • Selection Tolerance
  • Show Tool Tips
  • Slices Hyphenation ScratchDisks


  • Smart Guides
  • Snap to Point
  • Transform Pattern Tiles
  • TypePath Asian English
  • Units of Measurement
  • Use Japanese Crop Marks
  • Use Precise Cursors
  • Use Preview Bounds
  • UserInterface / FileHandling / AppearanceBlack


Preview Videos

Watch various videos from the collection right now. Buyers of the course can download every video directly to their computer.


24 hours of training. One hundred and eleven videos.


Only $30. Like all CartoonSmart tutorials, you can download these videos directly to your computer along with source files for the projects. If you ever need to download your purchase again, you'll have access through Payloadz, our file delivery service.






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