Illustrator Advanced

2 days

Course Description

Adobe Illustrator CC is an essential design tool for anyone who needs to express ideas visually in print, on the web, and in any other medium. In this course, which is a combination of instructor-led demonstration and hands-on practice, you will learn the advanced techniques of working with Illustrator CC so that you can incorporate visual effects into your workflow.

Who Should Attend

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Illustrator CC.


Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: The Basics of Illustrator Objects

  • Overview of object types
  • Advanced understanding of Illustrator Objects
  • Using the Layer and Appearance panel to view objects
  • Converting one object into another object
  • Expanding Objects

Lesson 2: Object Construction

  • Shape and Line tools review
  • Using the Pathfinder panel
  • Working with Compound Paths
  • Drawing in Normal, Behind, and Draw Inside Modes
  • Aligning, Joining and Averaging
  • Reshaping Paths with the Pencil and Pen Tool
  • Using the Curvature and Pen tools
  • Using the Variable Width tool
  • Using the new Recolor Artwork panel
  • Working with the Live Paint groups
  • Drawing with the Shaper Tool & Shape Builder tools
  • Using Image Trace
  • Using the Eraser Tools & the Blob Brush

Lesson 3: Effects and Graphic Styles

  • Using the Appearance panel
  • Adding additional strokes and fills to objects
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Using Effects
  • Using and Editing Filters
  • Using and creating graphic styles
  • Applying Appearances to a layers

Lesson 4: Working with symbols

  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Creating and Editing symbols
  • Working with the Symbol tools
  • Using Symbol Groups with multiple symbols
  • Breaking a link to a symbol

Lesson 5: Creating Artwork with Perspective Grids

  • Working with the perspective grid tools
  • Choosing and adjusting a perspective grid
  • Drawing artwork in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Moving planes and objects together
  • Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
  • Moving a plane to match an object
  • Releasing objects with perspective

Lesson 6: Using Strokes

  • Using the Stroke Panel
  • Creating and Editing Multiple Strokes
  • Applying Brushes and Patterns to strokes
  • Using the Variable Width Tool and Stroke Profiles
  • Gradient Stroke Options

Lesson 7: Color Transitions and Blends

  • Creating and Editing Gradients
  • Using Gradient Meshes
  • Advanced Blend Options

Lesson 8: Reshaping Dimensions

  • Creating and Editing Warps & Envelopes
  • Using the 3D Effect options
  • Drawing with Perspective
  • Free Transform Effect

Lesson 9: Pattern Making

  • Creating and Editing Patterns
  • Applying Transformations to Patterns
  • Working with Layered Patterns

Lesson 10: Working with Opacity Masks and Clipping Paths

  • Using Clipping masks
  • Creating Layer Clipping Masks
  • Creating and Editing Opacity Masks

Lesson 11: Combining Apps

  • Placing Photoshop files
  • Saving Layered Photoshop files
  • Placing PDF files
  • Placing multiple images
  • Working with image links
  • Embedding and unembedding images

Lesson 12: Exporting artboards and assets

  • Exporting artboards
  • Packaging a file
  • Exporting individual assets
  • Creating Artwork for Devices and the Web
  • Saving SVG files
  • Creating Pixel-Perfect Drawings
  • Aligning new artwork to the pixel grid
  • Aligning existing artwork to the pixel grid
  • Creating CSS from your design
  • Copying and Exporting CSS