Illustrator Fundamentals: An Introduction to Illustrator

3 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 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 our experienced 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.


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 Started

  • Restoring default preferences
  • Delete or save the current Illustrator preferences file
  • Additional resources

Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Introducing Adobe Illustrator
  • Starting Illustrator and opening a file
  • Exploring the workspace
  • Changing the View of artwork
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Working with the Tools and Control panel
  • Working with Workspaces

Lesson 3: Techniques for Selecting Artwork

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

Lesson 4: Using Shapes to Create Artwork

  • Creating a new document
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Using Image Trace to convert images to vectors
  • Working with drawing modes

Lesson 5: Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths

  • Editing paths and shapes
  • Combining shapes
  • Working with the Pathfinder panel
  • Creating compound paths
  • Using the Width tool

Lesson 6: Transforming Artwork

  • Working with artboards
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Transforming content

Lesson 7: Using the Basic Drawing Tools

  • Creating with the Curvature tool
  • Creating dashed lines
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Joining with the Join tool
  • Adding arrowheads to paths

Lesson 8: Drawing with the Pen tool

  • Understanding curved paths
  • An introduction to Drawing with the Pen Tool
  • Creating artwork with the Pen tool
  • Editing paths and points

Lesson 9: Using Color

  • Exploring color modes
  • Working with color
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Applying an existing color
  • Working with the Color panel
  • Creating swatches and spot colors

Lesson 10: Adding Type to a Project

  • Adding type
  • Formatting type
  • Resizing and reshaping type objects
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Wrapping text
  • Warping text
  • Creating type on a path
  • Creating text outlines

Lesson 11: Organizing Your Artwork with Layers

  • Creating layers and sub layers
  • Editing layers and objects
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers

Lesson 12: Gradient, Blends, and Patterns

  • Working with gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating patterns

Lesson 13: Using Brushes

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