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Adobe Illustrator is an illustration and drawing program designed for people who want to create vector-based graphics for design, web design or desktop publishing material. You will learn to create professional artwork and documents and to create and modify illustrations and use colour, shapes and layers effectively.

This course is available to be run on your site only.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Versions: CS6
  • Target Audience: This course will suit you if you need to create vector-based graphics for design, web design or desktop publishing material or if you need to create professional artwork and documents and create and modify illustrations

  • Start Illustrator and explore the Illustrator environment, navigate a document
  • Save and export in a variety of file formats to suit different purposes
  • Draw basic shapes
  • Apply colour to object fills and strokes
  • Apply and edit gradients and patterns
  • Arrange objects and use layers to manage artwork
  • Work with text and apply character and paragraph formatting
  • Work with images and draw objects
  • File saving options

Introducing Illustrator

  • The workspace, artboard and the tools panel
  • Displaying hidden tools and working with panels
  • Choosing and saving a workspace
  • Navigating and document views
  • Defining preferences

Essential techniques

  • Selecting with the selection tool
  • Selecting multiple objects
  • Making marquee selections
  • Working with objects
  • Alignment and distribution options

Document Setup

  • New document options
  • Print document, web document
  • Artboard options
  • Working with grids, guides and rulers

Drawing Shapes

  • Working with shapes and colour tools
  • Drawing shapes and lines
  • Editing path segments and resizing objects

Colour and Strokes

  • Working with fills and strokes
  • Applying colour
  • Adjusting stroke weight, joins and caps
  • Swatches panel and eyedropper tool

Gradients and Patterns

  • Working with gradients
  • Applying a pattern swatch
  • Scaling and moving a pattern and adjusting opacity

Layering and Arranging Objects

  • Selecting objects
  • Bring to front, send to back, hide layer
  • Creating, naming, locking and unlocking layers

Text and Images

  • Inserting and formatting text
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Working with text on a path
  • Transforming character objects
  • Placing and editing an image

Drawing with the Pen Tool

  • Drawing straight lines and objects
  • Working with curves
  • Converting anchor points

Document Output

  • Save options and file formats
  • Saving for a MS Office program
  • Saving as a PDF file or for the web
  • Printing an illustrator document

Exercise Files

Shortcut Keys

Please note there is no pre-course work for this course.

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