Illustrator Advanced Training

For close to 30 years, graphics design professionals have relied on Adobe Illustrator to create graphics, whether it be for print or for the web. Building upon the foundation skills learned in our Illustration Fundamentals class, this hands-on Illustrator Advanced course, taught by Adobe-Certified instructors, will teach you to create professional illustrations and graphic designs using advanced techniques and industry best practices. And since it is tightly integrated with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite, you will be able to leverage the skills learned to other Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop and InDesign.

Working With Color, Inked and Scanned Images

Creating smooth and bold vector graphics is what Illustrator is known for. Graphic artists work with layers and specific illustrator tools to add detail and depth to color, inked or scanned images. Through simple hands-on exercises, you will learn how to:

  • Create basic design elements
  • Colorize elements with the live paint bucket tool
  • Colorize elements using the pen and scissor tools with gradient fill
  • Add detail to an illustration using gradient mesh
  • Create color variations using the Recolor Art wheel

Working With Black and White Illustrations

With a powerful tool like Adobe Illustrator, your designs can be created and used for print. From something as small as a stamp to a large billboard, or even a charming design on a coffee mug. Use various drawing tools, brushes and gradients to enhance black and white illustrations. At the end of this section, you will understand how to:

  • Master the use of various drawing tools to create detailed black and white illustrations
  • Use the pen tool to achieve outlines and basic detail
  • Create geometric shapes using the ellipse tool
  • Use the blob brush tool for free form shape illustration
  • Customize the calligraphic brush tool
  • Create new variations for the calligraphic brush
  • Use the eraser tool to edit shapes
  • Add variation to stroke weights using width tool
  • Create custom art brushes
  • Use Path application of art brushes
  • Create additional art brushes
  • Apply and change gradients
  • Add final details and rearrange layer orders

Creating Seamless Repeating Patterns

Repeat or seamless patterns are important to various mediums in the industry such as illustration design, print and typography. Every vector or design professional must know the secrets and details about using seamless patterns, as well as the approaches to creating them. This section covers how to:

  • Create a basic design using Reflect, scale and groups
  • Repeat design elements using blends
  • Create more design elements using scale, reflect and groups
  • Create blends for groups of objects to repeat elements
  • Create tiling patterns using the outline view and aligning shapes
  • Apply and modify a pattern with pattern swatches
  • Avoid gaps by checking pattern accuracy

Advanced Techniques in logo design

Take your logo design to the next level by working with paths, the pathfinder panel and adding effects to the logo designs. This part of the training covers how to:

  • Design a corporate logo
  • Customize color gradients using Smart Guides
  • Create the basic logo design
  • Enhance the logo by adding and aligning line segments
  • Join separate paths using the Join Command and Join Tool
  • Edit and expand path appearances using stroke and object settings
  • Work with pathfinder panel
  • Use the scissor tool for advance techniques
  • Cut or merge shapes together with pathfinder
  • Add a drop shadow to a logo

Creating Complex Designs

Vector graphics are ideal for printing because the art is made of a series of mathematical curves. The results of vector based images are sharper and smoother lines that stay crisp even when resized. Low resolution raster graphics would blur or pixelate. This means that being able to convert between the two types is a vital tool for a graphic designer. In this section, the class teaches you how to:

  • Work with the Image Trace panel
  • Edit a vector art traced image
  • Duplicate layers easily
  • Recolor artwork

Using Typography to create designs

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type. It is central to the work and skill of a designer and goes beyond making words legible. In this section of the Illustrator Advanced training, you will learn how to:

  • Match fonts to colors in an image
  • Use type to create shapes
  • Modify letter shapes using paths
  • Combine shapes with type
  • Modify basic shapes into custom creations
  • Use Reflect tool to mirror and copy shapes
  • Edit and reshape individual anchor points
  • Use advanced layer techniques
  • Use Pathfinder panel to combine and divide shapes
  • Fill shapes using custom gradients
  • Work with the links panel to replace images


  • Adobe Illustrator Fundamentals: Basic navigation, formating text, drawing and manipulating paths, working with color, importing and managing graphics, exporting and printing graphics
  • Basic Mac or Windows skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows

Illustrator training offered at four locations: