I had been trying to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator through books, but found it hard to stay focused as some of the written instructions were unclear.
I’ve learned the basics, but I felt I needed to see the steps and techniques visually so I could pick them up faster and easier.
When I had a problem I went online and found some videos on YouTube and other sites, but nothing that worked well for me.
When my friend mentioned Lynda.com, I decided to sign up and try it out myself. The price seemed extremely reasonable ($25-$37/month, see below for more details) and it had whole courses covering the ins and outs of the program.
The vast amount of information was impressive and it was easy to filter it according to the specific Illustrator topic I wanted to cover and my level of expertise.
Who is Lynda.com For?
Lynda.com is a fantastic resource for those involved in graphic design and web developers.
Over the years they have expanded their courses considerably to include more business, photography, and programming content.
It’s a very competitive job market now, so staying on top of your industry’s software is essential. If you’re a small business or freelancer, it’s even more so.
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Since 1997, lynda.com has provided education and technical training solutions for designers, computer graphics specialists, digital media users, and computer owners.
lynda.com products include web-based training, instructional books, CD- and DVD-based video training, self-paced online learning, and events for creative designers, instructors, students, and hobbyists.
lynda.com specializes in teaching fundamental design and graphics principles along with the latest computer software, digital media technologies, and techniques.
While they seek to offer lessons to benefit anyone with a computer, I think the site especially excels in creative software instruction.
The videos are broken down by topic clearly labelled so beginners and experts can find exactly what they need.
Membership Costs for Lynda.com
Lynda.com offers different online subscriptions, either a manageable monthly payment or a discounted annual payment.
The online subscription gives you access to 700 training courses with over 100,000 tutorials and instructional video lessons.
According to the site, they add new courses on a weekly basis and I can vouch that they regularly grown their course offerings since I’ve joined.
For those thinking of signing up, I’ve included the costs and the benefits of each membership level.
Monthly Membership Subscription
This basic membership comes with access to all the programs online and support
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