Illustrator Introduction

Illustrator Introduction

Audience

This course is for those who want to create beautiful artwork, illustrations and graphics using the power of Adobe Illustrator.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Duration

2 days. Hands on.

Course Objectives

Create beautiful artwork, illustrations and graphics using the power of Adobe Illustrator. Get taught with practical, hands-on exercises by some of London's best designers.

Delivered by an Adobe Authorised training provider.

What will I learn?

  • To use the drawing tools
  • Use layers and shapes
  • Create complex shapes
  • Work with colour
  • Create professional artwork
  • Free digital course assets
  • Free helpdesk support for 28 days

Course Content

Day One

Essential Illustrator Concepts
• Overview of Programme
• What are Vector Graphics?

Creating a Document
• Colour Space RGB & CMYK
• Resolution
• Pasteboard
• Multiple Artboards
• Tabbed open documents

The Illustrator Interface
• The Tool Bar (including shortcuts)
• Using the Control Panel
• Intro to Panels
• View Options
• Basic Shortcuts
• Basic Navigation
• Preview/Outline Options
• Preferences

Guides
• Rulers
• Creating Guides
• Hiding/Showing Guides
• Locking/Unlocking Guides
• Making/Releasing Guides
• Smart Guides
• Grids
• Snap-to Features

Panel and Workspaces
• In-Depth Functions
• Customising
• Saving a Workspace
• The Options Button

Creating Objects
• Exploring Object Options
• Shortcuts
• The Bounding Box
• Altering Objects

Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
• Exploring Object Options
• Shortcuts

Moving, Duplicating & Groups
• Moving & Copying
• Transform Again
• Multiple Copies
• Duplicating Shortcuts
• Group/Ungrouping

Object Hierarchy
• Send to Back/Send to Front
• Send Backward/Send Forward
• Shortcuts
• Intro to Layers and Sub Layers

Transformations
• The Reference Point
• Scaling
• Rotating
• Shearing
• Reflecting
• Shortcuts
• Free Transform Tool (Perspective)
• Transform Each

Selection Tools
• Exploring the difference
• Methods of Selection
• The Bounding Box
• Editing Objects with the Direct
• Selection Tool
• Selecting Objects within Groups
• Undo/Redo
• Multiple Undo/Redo

Open Paths
• Joining Points
• Averaging Points

Working with Colour
• Fill & Stroke Tool overview
• Shortcuts
• Colour Panel (for Custom Colour)
• Swatches Panel (for Saved Colour)
• Creating and Saving Colours
• Editing Colours
• Global Colours
• Pantone and Spot Colours
• Creating Swatch Groups
• Using Libraries
• Adobe Swatch Exchange

Gradients
• The Gradient Panel
• Introducing Gradients
• Editing Gradients
• The Gradient Tool
• Working with Gradient Libraries
• New Gradient Features

Day Two

Patterns
• Introducing Patterns
• Working with Patterns Libraries

Strokes and Paths
• The Strokes Panel
• Corners and Caps
• Alignment
• Custom Dash Options
• Outlining Paths
• Offsetting Paths
• Using & Creating Profiles
• Using Borders (through Brushes)
• Profiles

Basic Text Editing
• Creating Point Text
• Creating Area Text
• Text Formatting
• Area Type Options
• Creating Text Threads
• Using the Glyphs panel
• Checking spelling
• Using the Change Case function
• Convert Text to Outlines
• Style Sheets
• Text on a Path

Working with Images
• Placing images
• Image Masks
• Making/Releasing Masks
• Using the Links panel
• Rasterizing artwork

Working with Layers
• Overview, Purpose and Function
• Looking at Layered Files
• Working with layers
• Layers and object hierarchy
• Sub Layers
• The Layers Panel Explained
• Creating Layers
• Duplicating Layers
• Layer Groups
• Layer Shortcuts

The Pen Tool
• Drawing Paths with the Pen Tool
• Mastering the Pen Tool
• Editing Paths
• Editing Anchor Points
• Direct Selection Tool Shortcuts
• Shortcuts for Related Tools
• Pencil & Eraser Tools

The Align Panel
• Aligning objects
• Distributing objects

Pathfinder
• Combining Objects etc
• Shape Modes
• Pathfinder Modes
• Using Align & Pathfinder Together

Transparency & Blends
• The Transparency Panel
• Blend Options

Compound Paths
• Making Compound Paths
• Releasing Compound
• Paths Do’s and Dont’s of Compound Paths

The Corner Widget
• Overview
• Custom Settings

Saving and Printing
• Saving in Illustrator
• File types
• Printing in Illustrator
• Exporting in Illustrator
• PDF options
• Setting up page tiling
• Using the Crop Area tool

Questions and answers

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