Illustrator Fundamentals Training

Used by professional designers throughout the world, Adobe Illustrator is undoubtedly the most popular illustration software available. Whether creating graphics for print or the web, this is the software you need to know to be competitive in marketing, advertising or graphic and web design. The skills you will learn in this class are common to many other design programs as well, so this Adobe Illustrator training class is an ideal way to break into the industry.

Topics Covered:

  • Getting Started
    • Interface
    • Workspace
    • Artboards
    • Working with Layers & Artboards
    • Layers - Visibility and Preview & Outline Modes
  • Working with Type
    • Point Type
    • Area Type
    • Path Type
    • Touch Type
  • Shape Tools and Drawing Tools
    • Line Tool
    • Working with Ellipse & Polygon Tools
    • Editing Paths
    • Pencil & Smoothing Tools
    • Pen Tool & Convert Anchor Point Tools
    • Pen Tool Icons
  • Precise Drawing
    • Precise Drawing using the Rotate Tool
    • Applying Colors and Patters
    • Combining Shapes with Pathfinder
    • Creating Compound Paths
  • Drawing Excercise
    • Drawing Excercise
    • Creating a Template File and Using Multiple Layers & Artboards
  • Symmetrical Drawing
    • Symmetrical Drawing
  • Managing Colors in Artwork
    • Managing Colors in Artwork
    • Using and Combing Shapes to Create a Logo
    • Reflecting Elements for Symmetry
    • Cutting Out a Shape from a Path
    • Applying Custom Colors
    • Reusing Shapes in Logo Variations & Editing Paths
  • Tracing Images, Live Paint and Art Brushes
    • Creating Vector Drawings with Image Trace
    • Using Image Trace Presets
    • Coloring Paths with Live Paint
    • Setting Up a Tracing Template for Black & White Illustration
    • Creating the Basic Outline Paths with the Pen Tool
    • Creating Detail Paths with the Pen Tool & Blob Brush
    • Editing Paths with the Eraser Tool
    • Adding Fine Strokes with the Pen Tool
    • Creating a Custom Art Brush
    • Applying Custom Art Brushes
    • Editing the Brush Strokes
    • Modifying Path Contour with the Width Tool
    • Modifying an Artboard
    • Applying a Pattern Brush
  • Using Symbols
    • Using the Symbol Library
    • Using the Symbol Tools
    • Replacing a Symbol
    • Editing a Symbol & Recoloring Artwork
    • Creating a Scatter Brush
    • Copying Paths to Other Layers
    • Applying and Editing A Scatter Brush
    • Using a Clipping Mask
    • Glyphs & Outlined Type as Art Elements
    • Colorizing paths with Live Paint
    • Duplicating & Recoloring Artwork
    • Creating Pattern Brushes with Corner Tiles
    • Creating an Image Pattern Brush
    • Creating Patters with Pattern Maker
  • Using 3D Effects
    • Using 3D Effects & Mapping Symbols
    • Editing Symbols
    • Editing 3D Effects
    • Extruding Shapes and Text
    • Saving a Graphic Style
    • Applying Graphic Styles
    • Adding a Style with Additional Effects
    • Graphic Style Libraries
  • Gradients and Blends
    • Using Isolation Mode & Applying Gradient Fills
    • Applying Gradient Strokes
    • Creating and Editing Blends
    • Creating and Editing a Gradient Mesh
    • Using the Gradient Mesh Tool
    • Precise Drawing with the Reflect Tool
    • Gradient Mesh Command & Transparency Settings
    • Image Tracing High Resolution Images
    • Image Trace Panel - Details
  • Masking
    • Overview of Clipping Masks
    • Aligining to Key Objects
    • Creating Clipping Masks and Using Isolation Mode
    • Overview of Opacity Masks
    • Using the Appearance Panel & Scribble Effect to Create a Mask Shape
    • Applying a Drop Shadow Effect
    • Using Opacity Masks To Create Transparency
    • Modifying an Opacity Mask
    • Type Outlines & Compound Paths
    • Applying and Importing Text
    • Creating & Applying Styles
    • Editing Styles

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Mac or Windows skills: copying/pasting, right-clicking (contextual menus), finding files, switching between programs, exploring windows

Illustrator training offered at four locations: