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Adobe Illustrator Advanced Course

Course Description

On this advanced Illustrator class our instructor will teach you hundreds of tips, tricks, and techniques derived from actual projects from some of the industry's best Illustrator artists. They will lead you step-by-step through each project, teaching the correct workflow, how to master each tool, exciting ways to create complex effects, and shortcuts to speed up your production. This is an Adobe certified class.

Live face-to-face instructor. No minimum class size - all classes guaranteed to run!

Students should have already completed our Fundamentals class or have the equivalent experience prior to attending this course. Training available on Mac and PC.

View our full range of Illustrator training courses, or see below for the detailed outline for Illustrator Advanced.

2 Days | $895.00

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Detailed course outline

  • Your Creative Workspace
    • Organizing Your Workspace
    • Mastering Object Management
    • Managing Multiple Artboards
    • The Creative Cloud Workspace
    • Tracing a Template: Manually Tracing a Template Layer
    • Basic to Complex: Starting Simple for Creative Composition
    • Navigating Layers: Creating, Organizing, and Viewing Layers
    • Basic Appearances: Making and Applying Appearances
    • Guides for Arcs: Designing with Guides, Arc, and Pen Tools
    • Auto-Scaling Art: Apply Effects and Graphic Styles to Resize
  • Designing Type & Layout
    • Types of Type
    • Working with Threaded Text
    • Wrapping Area Type Around Objects
    • Formatting Text
    • Converting Type to Outlines
    • Using the Eyedropper with Type
    • Using the Appearance Panel with Type
    • The Glyphs Panel
    • Working with Legacy Text
    • Advanced Features of Multiple Artboards
    • New Type Features in Illustrator CC
    • Graphic Novel Cover Design: Illustrator as a Stand-Alone Layout Tool
    • Create an Identity: Working Efficiently with Multiple Elements
    • Really Organized: Streamlining File Output with Artboards
    • Moving Your Type: Setting Type on a Curve and Warping Type
    • Arcing Type: Transforming Type with Warps & Envelopes
    • Touching Type: Modifying Editable Letter Characters
  • Rethinking Construction
    • The Eraser Tools & the Blob Brush
    • Shape Builder Tool
    • Working with Live Paint
    • Using Image Trace
    • Aligning, Joining, and Averaging
    • Draw Behind and Draw Inside
    • Compound Shapes & Compound Paths
    • CC’s Live Corners and Path Editing
    • Working with Live Corners & Live Rectangles
    • Pen Tool Changes & Reshaping Paths
    • The New Pencil Settings (for other tools too)
    • Combining Paths: Basic Path Construction with Pathfinders
    • Coloring Line Art: Using Live Paint for Fluid Productivity
    • Blob to Live Paint: From Sketch to Blob Brush and Live Paint
    • Rapid Reshaping: Using Shape Builder to Construct Objects
    • Drawing Inside: Building with Multiple Construction Modes
    • Rounding a Corner: Using Live Corners to Create a Map Symbol
    • Pencil & Pen Paths: Using Drawing Tools to Edit Paths
  • Expressive Strokes
    • Width Tool and Stroke Profiles
    • The Expanded Stroke Panel
    • Brushes
    • Symbols
    • Raster Brushes and Auto-Corners in CC
    • Stroke Variance: Creating Dynamic Variable-Width Strokes
    • Brushes & Washes: Drawing with Naturalistic Pen, Ink, Wash
    • Painting Inside: Painting with Bristle Brushes & Draw Inside
    • Painterly Portraits: Painting in Layers with Bristle Brushes
    • Pattern Brushes: Building Characters with Pattern Brushes
    • Brush Corners: Pattern Brushes Made with a Raster Image
  • Color Transitions
    • Working with the Color and Swatches panels
    • Gradients
    • Gradient Mesh
    • Live Color
    • Color Features Updated in CC
    • Custom Coloring: Creating Custom Colors & Color Groups
    • Scripting Colors: Tools for Adding and Editing Colors
    • Kuler Colors: Using Kuler, Image Trace, & Live Color
    • Unified Gradients: Creating & Editing with Pen & Pencil Modifiers
    • Gradient Paths: The Basics of Gradients on a Path
    • Bending Mesh: Converting Gradients to Mesh for Editing
    • Transparent Mesh: Molding Transparent Mesh Layers
    • Recolor a Pattern: Creating Variations on a Color Palette
  • Reshaping Dimensions
    • Warps and Envelopes
    • 3D Effects
    • The Perspective Grid
    • CC Update to the Perspective Grid
    • Warp & Distort: Bending Forms to Create Organic Variations
    • The Keys to 3D: The Basics of Realistic 3D Modeling
    • One Perspective: Simulating a One-Point Perspective View
    • Amplified Angles: Creating Details with Two-Point Perspective
    • Modifying a Photo: Inserting Photographs in Perspective
    • Establishing Perspective: Aligning Grids & Planes to an Architectural Sketch
    • Perspective Shifts: Locking Station Point to Auto-Update Art
  • Mastering Complexity
    • Pattern Making
    • Transparency
    • Opacity Masks
    • Blends
    • Clipping Masks
    • Combining Complexity with Illustrator CC
    • Pattern Making: Navigating the Pattern Options Panel
    • Layered Patterns: Building Depth and Complexity in PEM
    • Roping in Paths: Using Masks and Pathfinders for Shapes
    • Adding Highlights: Using Transparency to Create Highlights
    • Moonlighting: Using Transparency for Glows & Highlights
    • Masking Images: Simple to Complex Clipping Masks
    • Opacity Masking: Smooth Transitions & Intertwining Objects
  • Creatively Combining Apps
    • Linking vs. Embedding in Illustrator
    • Illustrator to Non-Adobe Programs
    • Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop
    • Illustrator & Adobe InDesign
    • Illustrator, PDF, and Adobe Acrobat
    • Web Graphics
    • CC Features for Creatively Combining Apps
    • Place Multiple Files
    • The New CSS Properties Panel (for Web design)
    • Improved SVG features
    • Twist and Slice: Making Web Page Elements in Illustrator
    • Ready to Export: Exporting Options for Layers to Photoshop
    • Finishing Touches: Adding Scenic Entourage Elements & Using Photoshop for Lighting Effects
    • Planning Ahead: Working Between Illustrator & Photoshop

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.



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