Graphic Design


Adobe Illustrator: Create a Quick & Easy Unique Illustration

Learn how to make an original illustration step by step from scratch in Adobe Illustrator for the web, video, and print.

4.10 (102 reviews)


2.5 hours


Sep 2021

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What you will learn

Create powerful custom illustrations in minutes using Adobe Illustrator or any similar free or paid program (Photoshop, GIMP, Painter, etc) using simple techniques and basic principles.

Understand image creation best practices regarding copyrights and using free stock images, original photos, and royalty-free images.

Develop the ability to make illustrations that can be used online, in videos, or for print, even if you CAN'T DRAW.

Make unique and inexpensive illustrated gifts for friends and family.

Save and make money creating your own illustrations for yourself and others.

Avoid headaches if and when you lose your work by learning the proper way to save your files.


This quick and dirty course will help you make original, custom illustrations using Adobe Illustrator (or any similar program) in just a matter of minutes that look professional and can be used online, in videos and animations, or for print purposes such as on a poster, letterhead, even a T-shirt or other products.

*Please note that free trial versions of Illustrator are available for download from Adobe's website.

Save money making your own illustrations (and stop paying others to do them for you) and develop skills that can help you start making money illustrating for others. You can also use these simple techniques to make unique illustrations as free gifts for friends and family.

You also don't need to know how to draw. There are actually a HUGE number of graphic designers who CAN NOT draw... but they make up for it by using techniques like the ones in this course and naturally, learning more about layout design, composition, color, typography, and other fundamentals of visual literacy.

You can decide how much time you will spend on each illustration which will then affect your end results. As you do more and more, you can be cranking these out in a matter of minutes and could actually make a little illustration business creating these for others on websites like Fiverr, Elance, and other freelancing websites.

What Students Are Saying:

"What a wonderful course ! Kristen is a great teacher and quickly answers any questions that you might have. I'm really excited about applying the techniques that I've learned in the course." -Diane Falck

I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Media at the brand new American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this Illustrator course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your illustration, software, and design skills today.


Adobe Illustrator: Create a Quick & Easy Unique Illustration
Adobe Illustrator: Create a Quick & Easy Unique Illustration
Adobe Illustrator: Create a Quick & Easy Unique Illustration
Adobe Illustrator: Create a Quick & Easy Unique Illustration



Welcome! Introduction to this Illustrator Course.

New to Adobe Illustrator? Here's the Crash Course to Get You Started.

Getting Set Up: All About Copyright Issues and Using Photos in Your Projects

Important Copyright Issues You Need to Know & Choosing a Photo as a Guide

75+ Resources to Get Free Images, Music, and Videos For Your Projects

Illustrator Basics and Copyright Issues Quiz

Let's Do IT! Make a Custom Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

Placing Your Photo as a Guide in Illustrator

Setting Up Your Brush and Making a "Drawing" Layer in Illustrator

Draw the Black and White Line Drawing in Illustrator

Pause Here to Learn How to Save Properly and Save Yourself Pain and Suffering

Adding Color: Option #1. Coloring With the Brush Tools in Illustrator

Adding Color: Option #2. Use The Live Paint Bucket Tool in Illustrator

Adding Color: Option #3. Cheat and Go Color It In Photoshop

Saving a Final Web Version in Illustrator

Saving a Final Web Version in Adobe Photoshop

Let's Review: Illustrator Essentials (And a Little Bit of Photoshop)

Extras, Resources, and Conclusion

Extra: 5 Easy & Free Tools That Will Free Your Creative Soul

Extra: The Only "Evergreen" Tools You Need to Know in Any Imaging Program

Extra: Take Your Best Digital Paintings & Start Selling Them Online (Case Study)

Extra: Link Your Online Store to Your Website and Social Media Pages

Extra Audio MP3: Color Tips For Your Images, Website, & Presentations

Photographer Credit for the Hamster Image

Thanks for Visiting My Online Classroom. Please Review and Don't Be a Stranger.

Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers

Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers


Tristan4 October 2019

I enjoyed the pace and examples of how to use the tools and where to find images! Thanks, great intro to illustrator course!

Carolina29 May 2019

I would have liked to get more from this course, considering it lasted just a few hours, probably it wasn't a good idea filling up with 30 min. podcast :/

Simge1 February 2019

This course was a great opportunity for me to start drawing and the teacher gives lots of tricks which are useful for the beginners. Also, I really like to learn the other portals that will give you more inspiration.

Altug2 May 2018

There is only one real example done in the course and i think it is an easy one. There should be a more complex example so that we can see how to color and draw exactly in the way that it would be useful for us in real life.

Huining16 February 2018

This course is just FANTASTIC. I am a total newbie, and honestly have never thought I would be able to draw any illustration that looks this professional on my own. But today, I can! The only thing I wish I could learn more is about coloring and shadows in the final finished illustration. Anyway, again, a very fantastic course for newbies like me who wants to learn about illustrations. Highly recommended!

John17 December 2017

The course was short but concepts were really explained well. Learned a lot and it also explained step by step process. Really helpful and useful!

Sandra6 December 2017

I love how in-depth this course was! All of her tips and tricks are definitely useful, helpful and clear to understand!

Diana4 August 2017

The course seemed to me bit short but nevertheless very useful. I have only basic of illustrator and I've learned here few important features especially how to combine the process with Photoshop etc. Thanks a lot Kristen. You are very generous on sharing things and ready to give valuable advises to students.

Diane9 July 2017

Kristen is an excellent instructor. She explains things at a pace you can follow along with. I did the course with Inkscape rather than Illustrator. It took a little bit of time to find the controls in that program, but I was able to create my first digital picture. Thank you Kristen!

Shameer29 May 2017

Finished the course in one sitting. The course helped in bringing me to speed with Adobe illustrator. Easy to follow instructions. Highly recommended for beginners.

Janis24 March 2017

Just what I was looking for so far. An easy way to get started in Illustrator!!! She also gives some good information on using copyrighted work, which is something that I have been concerned about. :) She shows a creative commons resource and discusses how to use it so you don't get into trouble. :)

Brandi15 February 2017

The tutor is clear and concise in her explanations, making her material easy to understand for the true novice. The skills learnt at the end of this course is well worth the money paid. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with a desire to learn how to create a digital illustration

Sunie3 January 2017

I am a beginner... very clear descriptions of things I did not know. Super Easy to follow. She obviously cares deeply about her work, because it radiates out of her. I am really enjoying this.

Chabrio6 December 2016

What I really like about this course is its simplicity. What I mean by that is you're not presented with a mass of tools, which you'll not be able to memorize anyway as a beginner. On the contrary, miss Palana goes straight to the point and provides you with a limited set of tools, the ones you REALLY need, and the practical methods and simple workflows necessary to start creating your own illustrations based on photographs or personal drawings. As a result, it makes you quickly self-sufficient and ready to learn even more by yourself. Because, let's face it, without a real experience, Illustrator, despite being a very powerful sofware, can also be very discouraging at first! With miss Palana, you're on very good hands to master the sofware and... enjoy using it! Plus, you'll learn one convenient way to use Photoshop in combination with Illustrator...

Dorothea2 November 2016

Kristen Palana teaches in an easy to understand, concise, yet complete way. I would recommend anyone to take her courses. I can't wait to use the skill information she shared in this course. She is great!


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