Adobe Illustrator - Fundamentals - 3 Days

Adobe Creative Cloud
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 08:00 AM - Thursday, 06 May 2021 12:00 AM

Adobe Illustrator is the preeminent drawing program for graphic artists today. This three day hands-on course is designed to provide a new user with the skills to do the most important tasks in Illustrator; such as create shapes with the drawing tools, work with art boards, layers, use precise drawing techniques, combine and replicate design elements, create patterns and textures, and so much more. Attendees will acquire a thorough real-world knowledge of how to work productively with Illustrator on all of their graphic  projects.


This course is taught Live On Line, so you can learn from the comfort of your home or office. Cost is $1,450.00 which includes all class materials - Class times: 8:00 am 4:00 pm PST.

If you don't own the software, you can download a free 30-day trial here

Course taught by an expert real-world Adobe Certified Instructor

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Basic knowledge of a Mac or PC computer

Basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop is helpful but not necessary

Attendees should have an affinity for art and possess some 

artistic talents and/or sensibilities

Course Outline

Application Overview

Illustrator Interface & Workspace

Work Area Control Palette
Work Page Pasteboard Rulers

Pop-Up Menus Scroll Bars

Tabbed Documents Application Window

Basic Palettes Tools Navigator Color

Stroke Layers Swatches

Palette Usage Collapsing Palettes

Joining/Separating Palettes Docking Palettes

Palette Options Workspaces

Saving & Editing 

Creating New Documents CMYK vs RGB

Changing Page Size Setting the Units File Management

Save vs. Save As Standard File Formats

AI, PDF, EPS, Template

Using Art boards

Navigation & Essential Shortcuts

The Tool Box and Drawing Shapes

Selection Tools (A.K.A. Arrows) Basic Text Tools

Basic Shapes Rectangle tool Ellipse tool Special Shapes

Keyboard shortcuts Pencil Tools

Line Tool

Polygon Tools & Line Tools

Pen & Pencil Tools

Drawing in Front, Drawing in Back & Drawing Inside

Selecting and Editing Paths

Selection Tool & Direct Selection Tools 

The Width Tool

Pathfinder Operations

Compound Paths & Compound Shapes 

Spitting and Joining Paths

Copying Paths

The Eyedropper Tool

Smoothing and Erasing Paths

Precise Drawing

Reflecting and Rotating Tools 

Aligning and Grouping Objects

Pen tool techniques

Pen Tools

Drawing lines and curves Editing paths

Simplifying Paths Cutting Paths & Shapes

Knife Tool Scissor Tool

Colors and Gradients

Color Modes

Process (CMYK), RGB, HSB, Web RGB

Creating/Applying Colors Basic Fills

Basic Strokes Editing Colors

Creating Color & Gradient Swatches 

Using Color Libraries

Live Color & Recoloring 

Artwork Blends & Gradient Mesh

Image Trace and Live Paint

Converting images to vector art 

Using Live Paint to colorize art

Creating Live Paint groups Selecting/Coloring Live Paint

Fills Strokes

Editing Live Paint groups Editing objects

Adding shapes to Live Paint Groups

Masking and Transparency

Clipping Masks 

Isolation Mode 

Opacity Masks 

Layer Opacity

Patterns and Brushes

Using Calligraphic, Scatter Art, Pattern & Bristle Brushes

Creating Seamless Pattern Tiles

Using Brush and Pattern Libraries

Appearance and Graphic Styles

The Appearance Panel

Using and Saving Graphic Styles

Effects and Symbols

Extruding Shapes

Extruding Type

Revolved Paths

Using Symbols and Mapping Artwork

Adding Symbols

Using Symbol Libraries

Editing in Isolation Mode Global Updates

Using Symbol Tools Setting Options

Envelope Distortion

From Top Object Warp

Mesh Editing

Envelopes Original objects


Point Type

Path Type

Area Type

Character and Paragraph Settings

Entering “Point” Type

Working with (single) Text Blocks Basic Character Specification Basic Paragraph Specification Editing Text

Proper Text Selection Spell Check

Find & Change (Search & Replace) Case Change

Stacking Order and Layers 

Stacking Order

Arrange menu

Paste in Front/Behind Layers vs. Stacking order Layer Panel

Creating Layers Viewing Layers Locking Layers Duplicating Layers Deleting Layers Reordering Layers

Moving Objects between Layers

Perspective Drawing

Perspective Drawing 

Working with a Perspective Grid Using different planes

Adding Artwork in Perspective Using Text in Perspective

Duplicating Objects

Copy and Paste

Paste in Front/Behind Option-Drag duplication Layer duplication Multiple Duplications

Transform Again


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