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Illustrator Fundamentals: An Introduction to Illustrator

3-Day Live Class
10AM - 5PM

Adobe Illustrator 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. You will learn, step-by-step, the key techniques, as well as tips and tricks, for working in Illustrator. 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 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.


Upcoming Course Dates

Illustrator Fundamentals: An Introduction to Illustrator | Starts on 06/19/2023


Illustrator Fundamentals: An Introduction to Illustrator | Starts on 08/28/2023


Course Outline

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

Lesson 1: Getting Started

  • Restoring Default Preferences
  • Deleting and Saving Illustrator Preference Files
  • Additional Resources

Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Introducing Adobe Illustrator
  • Starting Illustrator
  • Opening a File
  • Exploring the Workspace
  • Changing the View of Artwork
  • Navigating Multiple Artboards
  • Arranging Multiple Documents
  • Working with the Tools and the Properties Panel
  • Using Context Menus
  • Working with Workspaces

Lesson 3: Techniques for Selecting Artwork

  • Selecting Objects
  • Selection Tools vs. Direct Selection Tool
  • Lasso Select Tool Techniques
  • Aligning Objects
  • Working with Groups
  • Exploring Object Arrangement
  • Hiding and Locking Objects
  • Selecting Similar Objects and Text

Lesson 4: Using Shapes to Create Artwork

  • Creating New Documents
  • 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
  • Using the History Panel
  • 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 with Tools
  • Using Effects to Transform Objects
  • Object Repeat Options
  • Puppet Tool Transformation
  • Using Global Edit

Lesson 7: Using the Basic Drawing Tools

  • Creating with the Curvature Tool
  • Creating Dashed Lines
  • Drawing with the Pencil Tool
  • Connecting Paths with the Join Tool
  • Adding Arrowheads to Paths

Lesson 8: Drawing with the Pen tool

  • Understanding Curved Paths
  • Drawing with the Pen Tool
  • Creating Artwork with the Curvature Pen Tool
  • Editing Paths and Points

Lesson 9: Using Color

  • Exploring Color Modes
  • Working with Color
  • Using the Eyedropper Tool
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Applying a Color Swatch
  • Working with the Color Panel
  • Creating Swatches and Spot Colors

Lesson 10: Adding Type to a Project

  • Adding Type
  • Formatting Character Options
  • Setting Paragraph Options
  • Resizing and Reshaping Type Objects
  • Creating and Applying Text Styles
  • Text and Subject Aware Text Wrapping
  • Warping Text
  • Creating Type on a Path
  • Using Text Outlines

Lesson 11: Organizing Your Artwork with Layers

  • Creating Layers and Sub-Layers
  • Editing Layers and Objects
  • Deleting Hidden Layers
  • Creating a Clipping Mask
  • Applying Appearance Attributes

Lesson 12: Gradient, Blends, and Patterns

  • Working with Gradients
  • Working with Blends
  • 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

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