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Illustrator Bootcamp Training Course

Course Description

This is our most comprehensive Illustrator course, taking you from beginner to master in 5 days. Our trainer will take you step-by-step through a series of Real World projects and show you how the best professional designers use Adobe Illustrator in the Real World. You will learn hundred of tips, tricks, techniques and shortcuts so that you master this program. By the of the week, you'll be designing complex illustrations.


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This course is ideal for designers, marketers and anyone who is pursuing a career in graphic design. No prior experience of Illustrator is needed. Training available on both Mac and PC.

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


5 Days | $1695.00


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Detailed course outline

  • Getting to Know the Work Area
    • Introducing Adobe Illustrator
    • Starting Illustrator and opening a file
    • Exploring the workspace
    • Getting to know the Tools panel
    • Working with the Control panel
    • Working with panels
    • Working with 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 artboards
    • Using the Artboards panel
    • Arranging multiple documents
    • Finding resources for using Illustrator
  • Techniques for Selecting Artwork
    • Selecting objects
    • Using the Selection tool
    • Using the Direct Selection tool
    • Creating selections with a marquee
    • Hiding and locking objects
    • 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
    • Editing a group in Isolation mode
    • Creating a nested group
    • Exploring object arrangement
    • Arranging objects
    • Selecting objects behind
  • Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard
    • Creating a new document
    • Working with basic shapes
    • Creating and editing rectangles
    • Rounding corners
    • Working with the Rounded Rectangle tool
    • Creating and editing an ellipse
    • Creating and editing a circle
    • Creating a polygon
    • Editing a polygon
    • Changing stroke width and alignment
    • Drawing lines
    • Creating a star
    • Working with the Shaper tool
    • Drawing shapes with the Shaper tool
    • Editing shapes with the Shaper tool
    • Punching shapes with the Shaper tool
    • Combining shapes with the Shaper tool
    • Working with drawing modes
    • Working with Draw Behind mode
    • Using the Draw Inside mode
    • Using Image Trace
  • Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths
    • Editing paths and shapes
    • Cutting with the Scissors tool
    • Joining paths
    • Cutting with the Knife tool
    • Using the Eraser tool
    • Combining shapes
    • Working with the Shape Builder tool
    • Working with the Pathfinder panel
    • Creating a compound path
    • Using the Width tool
    • Outlining strokes
    • Finishing up the illustration
  • Transforming Artwork
    • Working with artboards
    • Adding artboards to the document
    • Editing artboards
    • Renaming artboards
    • Reordering artboards
    • Working with rulers and guides
    • Creating guides
    • Editing the ruler origin
    • Transforming content
    • Positioning artwork using the Transform panel
    • Positioning artwork using Smart Guides
    • Scaling objects
    • Reflecting objects
    • Rotating objects
    • Distorting objects with effects
    • Shearing objects
    • Transforming with the Free Transform tool
    • Creating a PDF
  • Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools
    • An intro to drawing with the Pen tool
    • Selecting paths
    • Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
    • 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 artwork with the Pen tool
    • Drawing a coffee cup
    • Drawing with the Curvature tool
    • Editing curves
    • Reflecting the spoon shape
    • Rounding corner points
    • Editing paths and points
    • Deleting and adding anchor points
    • Converting between smooth points and corner points
    • Working with the Anchor Point tool
    • Creating a dashed line
    • Adding arrowheads to a path
    • Working with the Pencil tool
    • Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
    • Drawing straight segments with the Pencil tool
    • Joining with the Join tool
  • Using Color to Enhance Signage
    • Exploring color modes
    • Working with color
    • Applying an existing color
    • Creating a custom color using the Color panel
    • Saving a 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
    • Adding a spot color
    • Creating and saving a tint of a color
    • Converting colors
    • Copying appearance attributes
    • Creating a color group
    • Creative inspiration with the Color Guide panel
    • Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box
    • Editing colors in artwork
    • Assigning colors to your artwork
    • Working with Live Paint
    • Creating a Live Paint group
    • Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
    • Modifying a Live Paint group
  • Adding Type to a Poster
    • Starting the lesson
    • Adding type to the poster
    • Adding text at a point
    • Adding area type
    • Working with Auto Sizing
    • Converting between area and point type
    • Importing a plain-text file
    • Threading text
    • Formatting type
    • Changing font family and font style
    • Apply fonts to text in Illustrator
    • Fixing missing fonts
    • Changing font size
    • Changing font color
    • Changing additional character formatting
    • Working with Glyphs
    • Changing paragraph formatting
    • Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
    • Resizing and reshaping type objects
    • Creating columns of text
    • 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
    • Wrapping text
    • 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
    • Creating text outlines
  • Organizing Your Artwork with Layers
    • Understanding layers
    • Creating layers and sublayers
    • Creating new layers
    • Creating sublayers
    • Editing layers and objects
    • Locating layers
    • Moving content between layers
    • Viewing layers
    • Reordering layers
    • Collecting into a new layer
    • Duplicating layer content
    • Pasting layers
    • Changing layer order
    • Applying appearance attributes to layers
    • Creating a clipping mask
  • Gradients, Blends, and Patterns
    • Working with gradients
    • Applying a linear gradient to a fill
    • Editing a gradient
    • Saving a gradient
    • Adjusting a linear gradient fill
    • Applying a linear gradient to a stroke
    • Editing a gradient on a stroke
    • Applying a radial gradient to artwork
    • Editing the colors in the radial gradient
    • 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
    • Creating and editing a smooth color blend
    • Painting with patterns
    • Applying an existing pattern
    • Creating your own pattern
    • Applying your pattern
    • Editing your pattern
  • Using Brushes to Create a Poster
    • 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
  • Creative Uses of Effects and Graphic Styles
    • Starting the lesson
    • Using the Appearance panel
    • Editing appearance attributes
    • Adding another stroke and fill to artwork
    • Adding another stroke and fill to text
    • Reordering appearance attributes
    • Using live effects
    • Applying an effect
    • Editing an effect
    • Styling text with a Warp effect
    • Editing text with a Warp effect
    • Applying the Offset Path effect
    • Applying a Photoshop Effect
    • Working with 3D effects
    • 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
  • Creating Artwork for a T-Shirt
    • Working with symbols
    • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
    • Editing a symbol
    • Working with dynamic symbols
    • Creating a symbol
    • Duplicating symbols
    • Replacing symbols
    • Breaking a link to a symbol
    • Working with Creative Cloud Libraries
    • Adding assets to CC Libraries
    • Using Library assets
    • Updating a Library asset
    • Working with the perspective grid
    • Using a preset grid
    • Adjusting the perspective grid
    • Drawing artwork in perspective
    • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
    • Moving planes and objects together
    • Drawing artwork with no active grid
    • Adding and editing text in perspective
    • Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
    • Moving a plane to match an object
    • Bringing content into perspective
    • Editing symbols in perspective
    • Releasing objects with perspective
    • Finishing up
  • Using Illustrator CC with Other Adobe Applications
    • 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
  • Exporting Assets
    • Creating Pixel-Perfect Drawings
    • Aligning new artwork to the pixel grid
    • Aligning existing artwork to the pixel grid
    • Exporting artboards and assets
    • Exporting artboards
    • Exporting individual assets
    • Creating CSS from your design
    • 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
  • Advanced Color Options
    • Taking a look at the finished illustration
    • Adding tonal values with gradients
    • Customizing an existing gradient
    • Saving the gradient
    • Applying a second instance of the gradient
    • Using the Gradient panel
    • Updating a gradient
    • Creating and using patterns
    • Creating a bounding box
    • Applying the pattern
    • Editing a pattern fill
    • Locating existing patterns
    • Finishing up the illustration
    • Creating a color group
    • Using the Color Guide
    Organizing your Illustrations with Layers
    • Getting to know the Layers panel
    • Using layers to organize your illustrations
    • Using the Layers panel to make selections
    • Creating new layers and moving items between layers
    • Paste remembers layers
    • Template layers
  • Using Effects and Transparency
    • Working with the Appearance panel and effects
    • Applying effects
    • Editing effects
    • Using graphic styles
    • Creating and saving graphic styles
    • Applying and modifying graphic styles
    • Working with object transparency
    • Working with multiple opacities
    • Working with blending modes
    • Saving and importing graphic styles
    • Applying graphic styles to layers and symbols
  • Exporting and Saving Files
    • Saving using the AI file format
    • Saving an illustration with layers
    • Making a template layer
    • Using the Transform Effect
    • Duplicating a Stroke
    • Saving different versions of the logo onto separate layers
    • Expanding appearance
    • Saving the first version
    • Using Live Paint
    • Using the Color Guide panel
    • Saving the third version
    • Using Recolor Artwork
    • Saving a layered PDF
    • Integration with other applications
    • Exporting for Photoshop
    • Integrating with InDesign
    • Integrating with Premiere and After Effects
    • Saving as EPS
    • Saving for the Web
  • Advanced Blending Techniques
    • Starting up
    • Using the Blend tool
    • Applying a gradient
    • Applying radial gradients
    • Applying gradients using Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh options
    • Adjusting the Mesh
    • Revisiting Blend options
    • More mesh work
    • Overlapping images
    • Applying a gradient mesh using the Mesh tool
    • Finishing up with the Mesh tool and automatically adding a Highlight
    • Using the Symbol tools
    • Creating a symbol
    • Modifying a symbol’s appearance
  • 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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230 W Monroe St
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Chicago
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Class times: 9.00am to 4.30pm

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