Illustrator Essentials Course

Create professional vector graphics for posters, flyers, logos, info graphics or even a creative fashion design using Adobe Illustrator. Our two day Essentials course is aimed at giving you all the skills you need to design eye catching graphics for print or the web.

Using the latest tools, you will learn how to combine and edit shapes to create logos, icons and info graphics, as well as gaining the skills to apply patterns, gradients and vibrant effects such as glows and drop shadows through the appearance panel. Illustrator is also a powerful typographic tool so you’ll learn how to enter, import and (most importantly) style your text to make your message stand out.

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)

    • Personalise your workspace, set up documents and artboards
    • Templates and Layers
    • Curves and shapes with the Pen Tool
    • Combine shapes to create logos
    • Convert hand drawn sketches into vector files
    • Understand masks and patterns
    • Colour, swatches and gradient panels
    • Special effects with the Appearance panel
    • Work with type
    • Output files for print, web and other Adobe programs
  • What You Get

    • Free Course Resit
    • Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • 12 Months Access to Help Desk
    • No Risk! Money Back Guarantee
    • Choice of Mac or PC
    • Customised Proprietary Courseware
    • Adobe Certified Instructors
    • Professional Training Environment
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 8)
    • High Frequency of Courses

Completing Illustrator Essentials will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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$630+GST
2 Days | 9am - 4:30pm

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Course Outline

The Illustrator Interface

  • Adobe CC Mobile Apps
  • Operating Systems, Versions, Menus and Shortcuts
  • Dialogue Boxes & Panels – some efficiency tips
  • The Start Workspace
  • The Illustrator Interface
  • Illustrator Preferences
  • The Control panel
  • The Tools Panel
  • Illustrator Panels
  • Illustrator Workspaces
  • Use Illustrator Help
  • Illustrator File types
  • The Artboard and the Pasteboard
  • The Context Menu
  • Zooming and Panning
  • Document Tabs
  • Preview and Outline Views
  • Undoing, Redoing and Reverting

Illustrator Essentials

  • Graphic formats
  • About Vector Graphics
  • Creating a new Illustrator document
  • Templates
  • The Illustrator artboard
  • The Artboard Tool
  • Creating artboards
  • Deleting artboards
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Smart guides

The Selection Tools

  • The Selection tool
  • The Direct Selection tool

Drawing Shapes and Paths

  • Vector paths
  • The Shape Tools
  • Live corners
  • The Pen Tool
  • Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
  • Drawing curves with the Pen tool
  • Changing the curve direction
  • Adjusting the shape of a curve
  • Adding or deleting anchor points
  • Changing smooth points and corner points
  • Cutting and joining paths
  • Adjusting the weight of a path.
  • Creating Rounded endpoints
  • Outlining Paths
  • The Curvature tool
  • The Pencil Tool
  • The Smooth tool.
  • The Eraser Tool
  • Adding arrowheads to paths.

Combining and Warping Shapes

  • The Pathfinder panel
  • The Shape builder tool
  • Warp Effects

Arranging Objects

  • Grouping Objects
  • Isolating groups
  • Moving objects
  • Duplicating objects
  • Aligning objects
  • Stacking objects
  • Locking and hiding objects.
  • Selecting objects by characteristics

Transforming Objects

  • Scaling objects
  • Shearing objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Live Shapes
  • The Transform Panel
  • The Rotate Tool

Colour

  • Colour modes
  • Applying Colour to objects
  • The Colour Panel - unsaved colours
  • The Swatches Panel - saved colours
  • Creating Swatches
  • Global and Tint Swatches
  • Managing Swatches

Type

  • Creating text in Illustrator
  • Adjusting text objects with the Selection tools.
  • Converting text from Point type to Area type
  • Importing text
  • Formatting text
  • Glyphs
  • Turning text into vector graphics
  • Type on a path
  • The Touch Type tool

Gradients and Patterns

  • Gradients
  • The Gradient panel
  • The Gradient tool
  • Patterns

Infographics

  • What is an Infographic?
  • Steps to help create an infographic

Layers

  • Layers Panel Overview
  • Creating a new layer
  • Layer options
  • Moving objects to a different layer
  • Template Layers
  • Selecting all objects on a layer
  • Duplicating Layers
  • Merging and flattening layers

Placing Images

  • Resolution
  • Placing files
  • Linking and embedding images
  • The Links panel
  • Updating modified links
  • Relinking missing links
  • Embedding and Unembedding placed images
  • Packaging Files

Image Trace

  • Image Trace
  • Changing the display of a tracing object
  • Using Image Trace Presets
  • Tracing options
  • Expanding a tracing object
  • Releasing a tracing object

Clipping Masks and Transparency

  • Clipping masks
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Editing a clipping mask
  • Releasing objects from a clipping mask
  • Transparency
  • Blending modes

Saving and Exporting

  • Illustrator File types
  • Illustrator format (AI) options
  • EPS format options
  • PDF format options
  • Saving graphics for the web and screen use
  • Export for Screens
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