Illustrator Lite Course

Our Illustrator Lite course is designed for those who require a basic understanding of this dynamic vector program, but don't need to use all of Illustrator's features. If you simply need to edit existing Adobe Illustrator documents, draw shapes or understand how to manipulate paths and type, this one day course will teach you these skills and give you the confidence to use them effectively. If you need more in-depth knowledge of the program, you can then attend our 2 day Adobe Illustrator Essentials course.

Our instructors are Adobe Certified, industry experienced and passionate about training! Our training highlights the features and updates in the latest version of the software - Illustrator CC 2018 (Creative Cloud).

At City Desktop Training – an Adobe Authorised Training Centre – upon course completion participants receive a Certificate endorsed by Adobe.

  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • Illustrator workspace & preferences
    • Draw and combine shapes
    • Add colour, strokes and gradients
    • Draw curves and manipulate paths
    • Work with layers and blend modes
    • Create and manipulate type
    • How to save file types for print and web
  • What You Get

    • Reference notes to class exercises
    • Class exercises relevant to industry
    • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • Choice of Mac* or PC
    • After Course Support
    • Free Course Resit
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)
    • Bonus: Extra Reference Book
    Free Visual Quickstart Guide for Illustrator eBook (while stocks last)

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Price: 540 +GST
1 Day | 9am - 4:30pm

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    MAC or PC

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Course Outline


  • General Preferences
  • Units Preferences
  • Printing & Exporting
  • Basic printing options
  • Packaging files for output
  • Saving files in the Adobe PDF format

Creating & Saving Files

  • Creating a new document
  • Adding artboards to a document
  • Deleting artboards
  • Modifying artboards


  • Features of the Illustrator workspace
  • The Control panel
  • Custom tool panels
  • Isolation mode
  • Arranging document windows
  • Changing the zoom level
  • Configuring the panel groups and docks
  • Choosing, saving, managing, and resetting workspaces

Geometrics Objects

  • Selecting and deleting objects
  • Creating rectangles and ellipses
  • Creating polygons
  • Creating stars
  • Creating line segments
  • Live Shapes

Combining Paths

  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • Applying the Pathfinder commands
  • Transparency

Making Selection

  • Using the Selection tool
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Working with groups
  • Isolating individual objects

Move, Copy & Align

  • Moving objects
  • Copying objects
  • Aligning and distributing objects via buttons
  • Creating ruler guides

Fill & Stroke

  • Choosing colors via the Color panel
  • Changing the stroke weight, alignment, caps, and joins
  • Creating arrows
  • Creating a dashed stroke
  • Using the Eyedropper tool
  • Using the Swatches panel


  • The building blocks of a path
  • Moving points and segments
  • Reshaping curves
  • Adding points
  • Deleting points
  • Aligning points
  • Using the Pen tool


  • Transforming an object via its bounding box
  • Using the Scale, Rotate, Shear, and Reflect tools
  • Using the Transform effect


  • Creating layers
  • Deleting layers and objects
  • Duplicating layers and objects
  • Locking layers and objects
  • Hiding layers and objects


  • Applying appearance attributes
  • Editing appearance attributes


  • Applying Illustrator effects
  • Editing, duplicating, and deleting effects

Graphic Styles

  • Graphic Styles Basics
  • Creating, saving & applying Graphic styles

Pen Tools & Freehand Drawing

  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Converting anchor points on paths
  • Using the Blob Brush tool


  • Applying a gradient to an object’s fill or stroke
  • Creating a two-color gradient
  • Editing gradient colors via on-object controls
  • Changing the position, length, or angle of a gradient in an object
  • Spreading a single gradient across multiple objects

Creating Type

  • The type tools
  • Creating point type
  • Creating area type

Styling & Editing Type

  • Selecting type
  • Changing the font family and style
  • Changing the font size
  • Changing the leading value

Printing & Exporting

  • Marks and Bleed options
  • Producing crop and trim marks
  • Choosing a resolution for effects
  • Packaging files for output
  • Saving files in the Adobe PDF format