Intro to Adobe Illustrator: Basics & Setup


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Download your free trial for Adobe Illustrator here.

Recommended minimum computer specs (just my experience):

  • 16GB of RAM minimum. You will be frustrated pretty quickly with less.
  • 6-Core Processor or higher.
  • Decent graphics card. Doesn't have to be crazy. But something better than the default options.

My Setup:

  • Processor: 3.6GHz 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9, with Turbo Boost 5.0GHz
  • RAM: 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • Graphics Card: Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB of GDDR6 memory
  • Hard Drive: 2TB SSD storage

Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Creative Pen Display

2 External Hard Drives, Plus DropBox

  • 4TB: One used for my Mac's "Time Machine" Backups
  • 2TB: One used to backup my work files. Because I'm paranoid.
  • DropBox to have a cloud back up everything in case of a fire, and to give me access to everything from all my devices. I use the PLUS plan which is 2TB for $9.99/mo.

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