FREE Companion Lesson Plan for use with
The Adobe Illustrator Book for CS6 and CC WOW!, 2nd edition

Written and updated by Lisa Jackmore and Sharon Steuer, this lesson plan integrates the use of The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC, 2nd edition as the primary text for an Intermediate/ Advanced course on Adobe Illustrator.
The course is available as a 3-day seminar, or a 6/8-session class.

If you have the book, the free course outline is included in the WOWonline files you can download from Peachpit.
If you don’t yet have the book, email Sharon with the subject “Free Course” for a return email with the PDF course outline.
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Sharon’s “Artistic Painting” online video courses on (LinkedIn):

STEUER courses on

“Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes” and
“Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes”

In the first course, “Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes,” you’ll learn how to paint with the various natural media brushes inside Adobe Illustrator, one of the most overlooked sets of artistic tools in the entire Adobe Creative Suite. Along the way, she offers suggestions on how to customize these brushes to help express your creativity. Discover how to configure your workspace, adjust tool options, and set up a tablet. Then investigate the multiple styles of brushes in Illustrator—from Calligraphic, Bristle, and naturalistic Art brushes to Blob brushes and stroke profiles. Sharon also shows how to combine brushes and effects with other Illustrator features to maximize your control when drawing, painting, and adding expressive strokes in Illustrator.

In the second course, “Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes,” you’ll learn how to use art brushes, pattern brushes, scatter brushes, and brush-like symbols to warp, bend, repeat, stretch, scatter, and distribute objects along a path, and quickly populate scenes with complex groups of objects. You’ll learn how to scale, colorize, and modify your objects; create different versions of brushes; edit the underlying paths; and fix common mistakes. You’ll also see how to prepare artwork to make into brushes, resize brushes, and understand which brush or symbol is appropriate for different drawing situations. Plus, learn to paint with raster objects in dynamic new ways, and auto-generate corners for vector and raster pattern brushes.

If you’re not a current subscriber to you can sign up for a free trial to watch my course (and/or anything else you want to watch during that free trial!).

If you’re already a member of, you can find my course on, or go directly to the courses via Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes, and Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes.

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