Introduction to
Adobe Illustrator for Laser Businesses

Get familiar with the foundation of Illustrator to learn laser file design
and excel in your laser business.


You could jumpstart your Adobe Illustrator knowledge to learn the overwhelming interface and tools to have a foundation to start more project-based laser file design. Then you could offer your laser business customers more creative and unique offerings.

That's exactly what this workshop, Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Laser Businesses, will do. It will guide you through the overwhelming interface, tool functions, workspace, and some basic tricks to prepare you to design project-specific laser files with me.

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I'm Holly McCaig, a graphic designer with over two decades of experience in the field. Since the 1990s, I have been using Adobe Illustrator extensively, and it remains my primary tool for creating laser files that I offer through The Laser Collective. Throughout my career, I have always believed in learning by doing. This philosophy has led me to acquire knowledge on the job, continuously refining my skills.

To provide you with more focused and specific training for laser file design, I have developed project-specific classes. By offering free foundation courses like this one, I eliminate the need to repeat basic information in each subsequent class. This approach allows you to seamlessly transition into each new project course, effortlessly diving deeper into the intricacies of laser file design.

Does this sound familiar?

You don't have the time to spend hours watching YouTube videos or taking a long and involved class.

You need quick and project-specific education to get to designing and making money.

This class will help you get started so you can dive into my more extensive courses.


Introduction to
Adobe Illustrator for Laser Businesses

This fast, down and dirty quick study will get you through the overwhelming interface, tools, and parts of Adobe Illustrator that can feel intimidating so you can move into project-specific laser file design courses faster.

By the end of this free workshop, you'll be able to:

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Learn how to set up a workspace in Adobe Illustrator that works for laser file designing.


Understand which tools specifically you'll be using in Adobe Illustrator and how they work.

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Where to locate exactly what you need in the navigation of the application.

Why Should I Take Your Course?

My free course on Introduction to Adobe Illustrator is a quick jumpstart.

I review all the basic things you'd learn at the beginning of any project-based workshop. You will learn exactly what you need to know to understand the interface, tools, and basic functions, and prepares you to dive into my project-specific courses without spending any money. And I won't have to repeat any of my other courses, saving you valuable time.

Less Time + Free Foundation = Jump Start Over Competition

Why you shouldn't take this course?

You expect to learn all the tricks and techniques to making laser files right now and want a full comprehensive Adobe Illustrator course.

With Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Laser Businesses You'll Get

Video Lessons

Self Paced

9 Quick Lessons

Lifetime Access

70 Minutes

Come Back for Reference

Course Framework


A quick welcome, who I am, and what to expect.

01 Intro To Illustrator

I'll explain the difference between Illustrator, a vector app, vs a pixel-based app.

02 The Interface

Learn how to create a new artboard and how to set up your workspace to access only what you need.

04 Navigation Tools

I'll help you learn tools like zoom in and out, how to move around on the artboard, and other tools with regard to scaling your artboard view.

06 The Basic Drawing Tools

Learn to access important tools like rectangle, ellipse, and pen tools. These basic shapes help you create your project, and I'll help you learn how to work together.

08 Type

I'll explain how type works in Illustrator and how to access glyphs for decorative text.

03 The Main Menu

We'll go through the Main Menu together and I'll help you learn where to find the most important functions for our future courses.

05 Selection Tools

Learn the various selection tool options so you can apply the one that works for your specific tasks.

07 Other Stuff

In this section, I combine a few things so we will talk about the align tools, the pathfinder options, layers, strokes, and the items you'll find in your palettes.

09 Color

Here I will explain how to access the color palettes and apply color to fills and strokes...the keys to helping laser apps identify layers.

This Course is Free

Why aren't you charging for this, Holly?

It seems like most of this information can be easily found online. However, my intention is to provide a convenient and efficient way to explore the interface and tools through my voice and experience. This way, you can easily grasp the location of various elements and concepts, allowing you to take one of my project-based courses confidently. I strongly believe in learning through hands-on experience, immersing oneself in a project, and acquiring the specific knowledge required to complete it. You can learn more efficiently and save time by focusing on practical applications. This free foundational course will serve as a comprehensive resource, eliminating the need for repetitive information across all future courses.


Can I take this workshop on my iPad?

Unfortunately no. While the iPad app is pretty robust, it will be completely different from what I show you on the desktop version. You can download a free trial on the Adobe website.

Why won't you teach this in other applications like Inkscape?

My nearly 27 years of graphic design experience is with Adobe Illustrator. I teach what I know and am comfortable with. That being said, you can probably apply some things I teach you, but the interface will be different.

Do you answer questions?

You can leave a question in the comment of that lesson or ask in my main Facebook Group. I ask that you do that rather than emailing or messaging me directly because others may have the same questions, and I will answer in those forums.

When will you have your paid workshops that let me learn more about project-based laser file design up and running?

Soon! I have two in the works right now. I expect them to be up by the end of May 2023.

I have questions about your course; how can I reach you?

Please use the contact button in the menu, and it will reach me!