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Adobe Illustrator Advanced Course

Course Description

This advanced class consists of 12 different projects that cover the more advanced features of Adobe Illustrator.

Our instructors will lead you step-by-step through each project, teaching the correct workflow, how to master each tool and show you useful shortcuts to speed up your production. This hands-on training is a proven method for those looking master Illustrator.

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

  • Faux 3D Buttons - Advanced Design Techniques

In this lesson, you will use the powerful Appearance panel to create a simulated 3D button - a skill that can be used to crate amazing art in Illustrator.

    • Learn how to Work with the Appearance Panel
    • Use the Gradients Panel to Create Paux-ganic Texture
    • Manage Layers and Groups of Layers for Better Design

  • Infographic Design

In this lesson, you will harness Illustrator graphing tools and other features to create infographics.

    • Working with the Graphing Tools
    • Get Creative with Gradients to Create Shadow Effects
    • Work 3D to Enhance Graphs

  • Typography-Based Design Work

In this lesson, you will use several tools and techniques to create a Typography-based poster.

    • Work with Warping Text
    • Use the Appearance Panel to Create Multiple Strokes
    • Use Tools and Techniques to Change Visibility of Text

  • Advanced Tracing - Live Trace & Live Paint

This lesson will delve into Illustrator's power conversion features Live Trace and Live Paint to explain the good, the bad and ugly.

    • Live Trace and all Live Trace Options
    • Live Paint and Add Color to Vector Art
    • Learn about the Types of Art that are better as Vectors

  • Repetitive Art - Patterns & Transformations

In this lesson, you will use Illustrator's amazing Pattern Maker as well as a few hidden features to create amazing repetitive artwork.

    • Make Patterns in Illustrator
    • Use Anchor Points and Transforms
    • Use the Transform Effect


  • Advanced Blending Modes

In this exercise, we will use the infamous Blending Modes to create complex blending effects on your images.

    • Learn about Blending Modes
    • Apply Blending Modes to your Layers
    • What are the most Popular Blending Modes in Design
  • Text & Graphics: Formatting Techniques

In this lesson, you will learn more methods on combining text and graphics to create a one-page article.

    • Format and Connect Text Boxes
    • Wrap Text around a Graphic
    • Use a Gradient Mesh to Create Graphics

  • Vector Brushes

In this lesson, you will not only learn how to use vector brushes in Illustrator, you will learn how to create them.

    • Use and Define Brushes
    • Add Brush Art to Existing Paths
    • Create Vector Brushes

  • Vector 3D Art

In this lesson, you will use 3D Effects in Illustrator to create two very different types of 3D vector artwork.

    • Learn about the Extrude & Bevel Effect
    • Learn about the Revolve Effect
    • Position your 3D Artwork


  • Raster & Vector - Mixing Artwork

In this lesson, you will learn how to combine Raster and Vector graphic design together and learn how to manage their relationship in Illustrator.

    • Learn more about Raster Graphics in Illustrator
    • Work with the Mighty Appearance Panel
    • Create Vector Elements for your Raster Graphic


  • Advanced Color - Conversions & beyond

In this lesson, you will learn use some of the most powerful coloring features in Illustrator to alter and convert your artwork.

    • Create Professional Color Combinations
    • Convert and Alter Colors
    • Learn how to Reduce Colors in your Artwork


  • Perspective - Design Workflow

Use the powerful Perspective Grid in Illustrator to create 3D looking perspective vector artwork.

    • Learn about the Perspective Grid
    • Create a perspective Logo from Scratch
    • Manipulate Elements on the Grid


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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