Adobe Illustrator CC Training

How To Take This Class

Live Instructor-Led Online Class

Cost: $975.00

  • Open enrollment class for individuals
  • Live class with an instructor
  • Free class retakes forever!
  • Six months of instructor email support
  • Hands-on exercises and student labs
  • Classes never cancelled due to low enrollment
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Onsite or Offsite Group Training

Cost: Based on number of students

  • For groups as small as 3 people
  • Class Held at our location or yours
  • Hands-on exercises and student labs
  • Customization at no extra charge
  • Six months of instructor email support
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Course Duration

3 Days

What Students Receive

Each student will receive:
  • A copy of Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book for use during and after class. This courseware manual, written by the Adobe Creative Team, is an essential reference for learning Adobe Illustrator.
  • A PC headset for communicating with your instructor and fellow students during your Illustrator Training Class
  • A course completion certificate upon successful completion of your Illustrator Training course
  • Six months of post-class email support from a Illustrator Instructor

Course Description

This Adobe Illustrator course is ideal for beginning to intermediate level students who want to master the key features of Adobe's powerful vector drawing software, Adobe Illustrator CC. In this hands-on course, students will learn step-by-step everything they need to know in order to use Illustrator CC to create illustrations and design a variety of documents from postcards to posters to brochures. This course covers covers the new Live rectangle and rounded rectangle functionality, preview a path as you draw with the Pen tool, new workflow for dealing with missing Typekit fonts, anchor point enhancements like repositioning the closing anchor point as you draw, and much more.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Select and align elements.
  • Create and edit shapes.
  • Transform objects.
  • Use drawing tools.
  • Work with type and layers.
  • Work with shapes and colors.
  • Work with brushes.
  • Apply effects
  • Work with Symbols
  • Integrate Illustrator with other Adobe products

Course Audience

This course is designed for both new and experienced Adobe Illustrator users who are interested in becoming more proficient in their use of Adobe Illustrator.

Course Prerequisites

Students should have experience using a computer to complete basic tasks.

Course Syllabus

  1. WHAT’S NEW IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CC
    • Creative Cloud Libraries
    • Curvature tool
    • Touch workspace
    • Area type Autosizing
    • Live Shapes
    • Typekit integration
    • Pen tool preview and drawing-related enhancements
    • Pencil tool enhancements
    • Path segment reshaping
    • Join tool
  2. A QUICK TOUR OF ADOBE® ILLUSTRATOR® CC
    • Getting started
    • Creating a new document
    • Sync settings using Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Drawing shapes
    • Applying color
    • Working with layers
    • Drawing with the Pencil tool
    • Editing strokes
    • Working with the Width tool
    • Creating shapes using the Shape Builder tool
    • Copying content
    • Working with symbols
    • Placing images in Illustrator
    • Using Image Trace
    • Creating a clipping mask
    • Creating and editing gradients
    • Working with type
    • Warping text
    • Working with brushes
    • Working with effects
  3. GETTING TO KNOW THE WORK AREA
    • Introducing Adobe Illustrator
    • Starting Illustrator and opening a file
    • Understanding the workspace
    • Adjusting the user-interface brightness
    • Working with the Tools panel
    • Exploring the Control panel
    • Working with panels
    • Editing panel groups
    • Resetting and saving your workspace
    • Using panel menus
    • Changing the view of artwork
    • Using view commands
    • Using the Zoom tool
    • Scrolling through a document
    • Viewing artwork
    • Navigating multiple artboards
    • Using the Navigator panel
    • Arranging multiple documents
    • Finding resources for using Illustrator
  4. TECHNIQUES FOR SELECTING ARTWORK
    • Getting started
    • Selecting objects
    • Using the Selection tool
    • Using the Direct Selection tool
    • Creating selections with a marquee
    • Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
    • Selecting similar objects
    • Selecting in Outline mode
    • Aligning objects
    • Aligning objects to each other
    • Aligning to a key object
    • Aligning anchor points
    • Distributing objects
    • Aligning to the artboard
    • Working with groups
    • Grouping items
    • Working in Isolation mode
    • Creating a nested group
    • Exploring object arrangement
    • Arranging objects
    • Selecting objects behind
    • Hiding and locking objects
  5. USING SHAPES TO CREATE ARTWORK FOR A POSTCARD
    • Getting started
    • Creating a new document
    • Working with basic shapes
    • Creating rectangles
    • Creating a rounded rectangle
    • Editing the corners of a Live Shape
    • Creating an ellipse
    • Creating polygons
    • Creating stars
    • Changing stroke width and alignment
    • Working with lines
    • Joining paths
    • Editing and combining paths and shapes
    • Using the Width tool
    • Outlining strokes
    • Working with the Shape Builder tool
    • Working with the Pathfinder panel
    • Using the Eraser tool
    • Working with drawing modes
    • Working with Draw Behind mode
    • Using the Draw Inside mode
    • Editing content drawn inside
    • Using Image Trace to create shapes
  6. TRANSFORMING ARTWORK
    • Getting started
    • Working with artboards
    • Adding artboards to the document
    • Editing artboards
    • Renaming artboards
    • Reordering artboards
    • Transforming content
    • Working with rulers and guides
    • Positioning objects precisely
    • Scaling objects
    • Reflecting objects
    • Distorting objects with effects
    • Rotating objects
    • Shearing objects
    • Transforming with the Free Transform tool
    • Creating a PDF
  7. CREATING AN ILLUSTRATION WITH THE DRAWING TOOLS
    • Getting started
    • Getting started with the Pen tool
    • Selecting paths
    • Constraining lines
    • Introducing curved paths
    • Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
    • Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
    • Converting smooth points to corner points
    • Combining curves and straight lines
    • Creating the ice cream illustration
    • Drawing the ice cream with the Pen tool
    • Drawing the dish with the Curvature tool
    • Finishing the ice cream dish
    • Editing curves
    • Deleting and adding anchor points
    • Converting between smooth points and corner points
    • Working with the Anchor Point tool
    • Cutting with the Scissors tool
    • Creating a dashed line
    • Cutting with the Knife tool
    • Adding arrowheads
    • Drawing and editing with the Pencil tool
  8. USING COLOR AND PATTERNS TO ENHANCE SIGNAGE
    • Getting started
    • Understanding color
    • Exploring color modes
    • Understanding the main color controls
    • Working with color
    • Applying an existing color
    • Creating and saving a custom color as a swatch
    • Creating a copy of a swatch
    • Editing a swatch
    • Creating and editing a global swatch
    • Using the Color Picker to create color
    • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
    • Creating a spot color
    • Creating and saving a tint of a color
    • Adjusting colors
    • Copying appearance attributes
    • Creating a color group
    • Working with color in the Color Guide panel
    • Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box
    • Editing colors in artwork
    • Assigning colors to your artwork
    • Painting with patterns
    • Applying existing patterns
    • Creating your own pattern
    • Applying your pattern
    • Editing your pattern
    • Working with Live Paint
    • Creating a Live Paint group
    • Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
    • Modifying a Live Paint group
  9. ADDING TYPE TO A POSTER
    • Getting started
    • Adding type to the poster
    • Adding text at a point
    • Adding area type
    • Converting between area and point type
    • Importing a plain text file
    • Working with overflow text and text reflow
    • Threading text
    • Creating columns of text
    • Formatting type
    • Changing font family and font style
    • Changing font size
    • Changing font color
    • Changing additional text attributes
    • Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
    • Changing paragraph attributes
    • Resizing and reshaping type objects
    • Creating and applying text styles
    • Creating and applying a paragraph style
    • Editing a paragraph style
    • Creating and applying a character style
    • Editing a character style
    • Sampling text formatting
    • Warping text
    • Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
    • Editing the envelope warp
    • Working with type on a path
    • Creating type on a path
    • Creating type on a closed path
    • Editing type on a path options
    • Wrapping text around an object
    • Creating text outlines
  10. ORGANIZING YOUR ARTWORK WITH LAYERS
    • Getting started
    • Understanding layers
    • Creating layers and sublayers
    • Editing layers and objects
    • Locating layers
    • Moving layers and content between layers
    • Duplicating layer content
    • Merging layers
    • Pasting layers
    • Changing layer order
    • Viewing layers
    • Applying appearance attributes to layers
    • Creating a clipping mask
  11. BLENDING COLORS AND SHAPES
    • Getting started
    • Working with gradients
    • Creating and applying a linear gradient to a fill
    • Adjusting the direction and angle of a gradient fill
    • Applying and editing a gradient on a stroke
    • Creating and applying a radial gradient
    • Editing the radial gradient colors
    • Adjusting the radial gradient
    • Applying gradients to multiple objects
    • Adding transparency to gradients
    • Working with blended objects
    • Creating a blend with specified steps
    • Modifying a blend
    • Finishing the blend
    • Creating and editing a smooth color blend
  12. USING BRUSHES TO CREATE A POSTER
    • Getting started
    • Working with brushes
    • Using Calligraphic brushes
    • Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork
    • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
    • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
    • Editing a brush
    • Removing a brush stroke
    • Using Art brushes
    • Applying an existing Art brush
    • Creating an Art brush using a raster image
    • Editing an Art brush
    • Using Bristle brushes
    • Changing Bristle brush options
    • Painting with a Bristle brush
    • Using Pattern brushes
    • Creating a Pattern brush
    • Applying a Pattern brush
    • Editing the Pattern brush
    • Working with the Blob Brush tool
    • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
    • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
    • Editing with the Eraser tool
  13. EXPLORING CREATIVE USES OF EFFECTS AND GRAPHIC STYLES
    • Getting started
    • Using the Appearance panel
    • Editing appearance attributes
    • Adding another stroke and fill
    • Reordering appearance attributes
    • Using live effects
    • Applying an effect
    • Editing an effect
    • Styling text with a Warp effect
    • Applying the Offset Path effect
    • Applying a raster effect
    • Working with 3D effects
    • Applying a 3D Rotate effect
    • Using graphic styles
    • Applying an existing graphic style
    • Creating and applying a graphic style
    • Updating a graphic style
    • Applying a graphic style to a layer
    • Scaling strokes and effects
  14. CREATING A PRODUCT MOCKUP IN PERSPECTIVE
    • Getting started
    • Understanding the perspective grid
    • Working with the perspective grid
    • Using a preset grid
    • Adjusting the perspective grid
    • Drawing objects in perspective
    • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
    • Duplicating content in perspective
    • Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
    • Moving planes and objects together
    • Bringing content into perspective
    • Drawing with no active grid
    • Adding and editing text in perspective
    • Moving a plane to match an object
    • Adding symbols to the perspective grid
    • Editing symbols in perspective
    • Grouping content in perspective
    • Releasing content from perspective
  15. USING SYMBOLS TO CREATE A MAP
    • Getting started
    • Working with symbols
    • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
    • Editing a symbol
    • Creating symbols
    • Duplicating symbols
    • Replacing symbols
    • Breaking a link to a symbol
    • Editing symbol options
    • Working with the Symbolism tools
    • Spraying symbol instances
    • Editing symbols with the Symbolism tools
  16. USING ILLUSTRATOR CC WITH OTHER ADOBE APPLICATIONS
    • Getting started
    • Combining artwork
    • Placing image files
    • Placing an image
    • Scaling a placed image
    • Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options
    • Placing multiple images
    • Applying color edits to an image
    • Masking images
    • Applying a simple mask to an image
    • Editing a clipping path (mask)
    • Masking an object with text
    • Creating an opacity mask
    • Editing an opacity mask
    • Sampling colors in placed images
    • Working with image links
    • Finding link information
    • Embedding and unembedding images
    • Replacing a linked image
    • Packaging a file
  17. PREPARING CONTENT FOR THE WEB
    • Getting started
    • Saving content for the Web
    • Aligning content to the pixel grid
    • Slicing content
    • Selecting and editing slices
    • Using the Save For Web command
    • Creating CSS code
    • Setting up your design for generating CSS
    • Working with character styles and CSS code
    • Working with graphic styles and CSS code
    • Copying CSS
    • Exporting CSS
    • Saving artwork as SVG