Adobe Illustrator Training Courses

Illustrator: Level 1

Illustrator: Level 1

Course Description:

To meet the demands of individuals and organizations for flexible, reusable, and easily modified visual content, Adobe Systems has created a cadre of applications that collectively provide a scalable, end-to-end solution for nearly every type of visual design project one can contemplate. Called Creative Suite, the collection of applications perform specialized design tasks while interoperating among each other to deliver superlative content.

This course focuses on Illustrator, the component within used to create “drawn” graphics, while enabling its users to integrate content from other domains (such as photo-oriented graphics and animation, which belong to Photoshop and Flash). With Illustrator's many, easily used tools, you will discover that not only can you unlock the same creative impulses you've always had as you've picked up a pencil to sketch out an idea, but also capture those multiple ideas and “what ifs” during the creative process in ways that you never imagined. And for those of you who are just embarking on building your creative skills, you will be surprised at “how good” your work will appear even at the outset of your exploration of the world of graphic design.

This course is intended for designers, publishers, pre-press professionals, marketing communications professionals, or people switching to a design job or taking on design responsibilities and who need to use Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, or other graphic documents.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to use Adobe Illustrator to create illustrations that include graphics and text.

You will:
  • Identify the components and capabilities of Illustrator.
  • Create basic shapes.
  • Create custom paths.
  • Create graphics that contain custom text.
  • Customize objects.
  • Customize basic shapes.
  • Prepare documents for deployment.
Prerequisites:

To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer’s operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. You should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.

Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palettes, color modes, shapes, text, and paths is highly recommended.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Illustrator
  • Evaluate Graphics Scalability
  • Navigate, View, and Measure Graphics
  • Customize the User Interface
Lesson 2: Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes
  • Create Documents
  • Save Documents
  • Draw Basic Shapes
Lesson 3: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Paths
  • Draw Paths
  • Modify Paths
Lesson 4: Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text
  • Insert Text
  • Flow Text Along a Path
  • Insert Bounded Text
  • Thread Text
  • Apply Text Styles
  • Insert Typographical Characters
Lesson 5: Customizing Objects
  • Import and Link Graphics
  • Alter the Appearance of Objects
Lesson 6: Customizing Basic Shapes
  • Apply Strokes
  • Fill Shapes
  • Apply Gradients
  • Apply Graphic Styles
  • Distort Text with Text Envelopes
Lesson 7: Preparing Documents for Deployment
  • Update Text
  • Wrap Text
  • Hyphenate Text
  • Optimize Content for Print
  • Optimize Content for the Web
  • Optimize Content for PDF Documents
Appendix A: Adobe Illustrator Certification Exam Objectives
Illustrator: Level 2

Illustrator: Level 2

Course Description:

You have created simple artwork using the basic drawing and painting tools available in Illustrator. You now want to create complex artwork using advanced tools, options, and effects. In addition, you want to ensure that your artwork is ready for commercial printing and also save it for the Web. In this course, you will draw complex illustrations, and enhance them using various painting options. You will also use her techniques using painting tools, manage colors, format type, work with effects, prepare artwork for commercial printing, and prepare graphics for the web.

This course is intended for designers, publishers, pre-press professionals, marketing communications professionals, or people taking on design responsibilities who need to use Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, or other graphic documents.

Prerequisites:

To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with basic computer functions such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with Windows. You should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, and saving files.

Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palettes, color modes, shapes, text, and paths is highly recommended.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Customizing the Illustrator Interface
  • Set User Interface Preferences
  • Work with the Grid and Guides
  • Manage Workspaces
Lesson 2: Drawing Complex Illustrations
  • Combine Objects to Create Complex Illustrations
  • Work with Layers
  • Create a Perspective Drawing
  • Trace Artwork
Lesson 3: Enhancing Artwork Using Painting Tools
  • Paint Objects with Fills, Strokes, and Gradients
  • Paint Objects Using Live Paint Groups
  • Paint with Custom Brushes
  • Add Transparency and Blending Modes
  • Apply Meshes to Objects
  • Apply Patterns
Lesson 4: Customizing Colors and Swatches
  • Manage Colors
  • Customize Swatches
  • Manage Color Groups
  • Access Pantone Plus Color Libraries
Lesson 5: Formatting Type
  • Set Character Formats
  • Apply Advanced Formatting Options to Type
  • Adjust Hyphenation
Lesson 6: Enhancing the Appearance of Artwork
  • Apply Effects to an Object
  • Create Graphic Styles
  • Apply a Blend to an Object
  • Apply a Mask to an Object
  • Create Symbols
  • Work with Symbol Sets and Symbolism Tools
Lesson 7: Preparing a Document for Print Output
  • Set Up Artwork for Printing
  • Prepare Transparent Artwork for Printing
  • Manage Colors in Printing
Lesson 8: Preparing Graphics for the Web
  • Create Slices and Image Maps
  • Save Artwork in the SVG Format
  • Save Graphics for the Web
Appendix A: Adobe Illustrator Certification Exam Objectives

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