Illustrator Fundamentals: An Introduction to Illustrator CC

3 days

FMC is an Adobe Authorized Training Center

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 three-day course, you will get a thorough overview of the interface, tools, and features of Illustrator CC. You will learn, step-by-step, the key techniques, as well as tips and tricks, for working in Illustrator CC. In this combination of instructor-led demonstration and hands-on practice led by Adobe certified instructors, you will learn the basics of working with Illustrator CC so that you can incorporate visual effects into your workflow.

Who Should Attend

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

Prerequisites:

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: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Introducing Adobe Illustrator
  • Starting Illustrator and opening a file
  • Understanding the workspace
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Arranging multiple documents

Lesson 2: Selecting and Aligning

  • Getting started
  • Selecting objects
  • Aligning objects
  • Working with groups
  • Exploring object arrangement
  • Hiding and locking objects

Lesson 3: Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard

  • Creating a new document
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Editing and combining paths and shapes
  • Working with drawing modes
  • Using Image Trace to create shapes

Lesson 4: Transforming Objects

  • Working with artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Create a PDF

Lesson 5: Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools

  • Getting started with the Pen tool
  • Creating the ice cream illustration
  • Drawing and editing with the Pencil tool

Lesson 6: Using Color and Patterns to Enhance Signage

  • Understanding color
  • Working with color
  • Painting with patterns
  • Working with Live Paint

Lesson 7: Adding Type to a Poster

  • Adding type to a poster
  • Formatting type
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Warping text
  • Working with type on a path
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text outlines

Lesson 8: Organizing Your Artwork with Layers

  • Creating layers and sublayers
  • Editing layers and objects
  • Pasting layers
  • Viewing layers
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Creating a clipping mask

Lesson 9: Blending Colors and Shapes

  • Working with gradients
  • Working with blended objects

Lesson 10: Creating Logos with Brushes

  • Working with brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Using Art brushes
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool

Lesson 11: Exploring creativity with effects and graphic styles

  • Using live effects
  • Applying Photoshop effects
  • Working with 3D effects
  • Creating a revolved object
  • Changing the lighting of a 3D object
  • Mapping a symbol to the 3D artwork
  • Where to put the Effect