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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Price:720 +GST
2 Days | 9am - 4:30pm

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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
  • CC Libraries

Geometric Objects

  • Selecting and deleting objects
  • Creating rectangles and ellipses
  • Creating polygons
  • Creating stars
  • Creating line segments
  • Live Shapes / Live Corners
  • The Curvature tool

Combining Paths

  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • Applying the Pathfinder commands
  • Transparency
  • The Join Tool

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
  • Joining endpoints


  • 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

  • The Pen tool in depth
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Converting anchor points on paths
  • Modifying paths
  • Editing paths ‘on the fly’
  • Using the Blob Brush tool
  • Creating simple Info-graphics icons
  • The tools to create Logos


  • 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
  • Transparency in gradients
  • Gradients on strokes

Creating Type

  • The type tools
  • Creating point type
  • Creating area type
  • Creating path type
  • Rotating type
  • Typekit

Styling & Editing Type

  • Selecting type
  • Changing the font family and style
  • Changing the font size
  • Changing the leading value
  • Applying hyphenation
  • Setting tabs
  • Creating type outlines

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

Working with Images

  • Importing Photoshop images into Illustrator
  • Managing linked images
  • Embedding and unembedding images
  • Using the grid
  • Aligning objects with the help of Smart Guides

Clipping Masks

  • Creating a clipping set
  • Transparency
  • Changing an object’s opacity or blending mode


  • Accessing the symbol libraries
  • Creating individual symbol instances
  • Replacing symbols in a document
  • Creating symbols
  • Deleting symbols from the panel
  • Editing symbols

More Selections

  • Using the Lasso tool
  • Saving selections
  • Selecting objects via a command


  • Creating a pattern
  • Editing a pattern

The Swatches Panel

  • Saving colors as swatches
  • Changing the tint percentage
  • Saving a gradient as a swatch