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Illustrator Fundamentals Training Course

Course Description

On this 3-day beginner to intermediate class you will learn Adobe Illustrator by completing a series of Real World projects.


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 learn Illustrator.


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


This course is ideal for designers, marketers and anyone who is pursuing a career in graphic design. Training available on Mac and PC.

3 Days | $1195.00


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Detailed course outline

  • Getting Started

In this exercise, you'll familiarize yourself with Illustrator's layout, tool panels, shortcuts and set your preferences.

    • The Tools Panels Expanded
    • Keyboard Shortcut
    • Setting Preferences

  • Straight Lines

The Pen Tool is at the heart of Illustrator. This exercise gets you started drawing simple lines and shapes.

    • Using the Pen Tool
    • Adjusting the Workspace
    • Arranging Objects
    • Color Fills

  • Curves

Continuing in our quest to master the pen tool, this lesson walks you through creating curved lines and shapes.

    • Drawing Curves (Pen Tool)
    • Anchor Points and Direction Points
    • Default Fill and Stroke

  • Corners and Curves

Corners can be tricky to draw, but this template walks you through drawing them and makes it quite easy.

    • Drawing Corners and Curves (Pen Tool)
    • Adjusting Anchor Points

  • No Smoking Sign

Here you will get more practice drawing and creating strokes and fills. You will also learn about the incredibly important and useful Layers panel.

    • Fill and Stroke
    • Basic Shape Tools
    • Grouping Objects
    • Layers Panel
    • Working with Templates
    • Saving Illustrator Files: Options

  • Drawing a Super Hero

In this exercise you will use the Image Trace tool to convert a hand-drawn sketch into vector graphics so you can edit it in Illustrator. After tracing, you will add color and a background to make the graphic pop.

    • Live Trace and Live Paint
    • Tracing Hand-Drawn Images
    • Coloring Live Paint Objects
    • Brushes
    • Flare Tool

  • What's Behind the Green Door?

In this exercise, we are going to start with an illustration of three doors and add circular windows that reveal an image layer beneath each door. Compound Paths make this a snap.

    • Compound Paths
    • Group Selection Tool

  • Mask Till You Drop

Prepare for takeoff with the Clipping mask function! This exercise shows you how to fit complex patterns and artwork with equally complex shapes.

    • Clipping Masks (Shapes)
    • Blob Brush Tool
    • Eraser Tool
    • Reflect Tool

  • Masking with Type

Masking with text is another important Illustrator skill you shouldn't be without.

    • Type Tool
    • Clipping Masks (Editable Type)
    • Filling Text with a Photo
    • Placing Linked Images

  • 3D Shape: Milk Duds Box

You won't be an Illustrator dud once you finish this exercise. We'll show you how to edit and create realistic 3D shapes from flat art. Sweet!

    • 3D Extrude & Bevel
    • Creating Symbols from Artwork
    • Mapping Symbols onto 3D Objects
    • Lighting and Shadows for 3D Objects
  • Will It Blend?

This lesson is all about blends. You'll make them, twist them, color them and reverse them.

    • Blend Tool
    • Blending Options

  • Wavy Line Blend

In this exercise, you will take two wavy lines and use the Blend tool to make an incredible repeating line effect.

    • Blending Lines
    • Reflect Tool
    • Rotate Tool

  • Juggling Colors and Gradients

In this exercise, you will take a plain grayscale graphic and spice it up by adding colored strokes, fills, and gradients.

    • Dashed Lines and Stroke Options
    • Saving Colors as Swatches
    • Blending Modes
    • Gradient Tool
    • Saving Gradient Swatches

  • Combining Shapes with the Pathfinder

The Pathfinder is an excellent way to create shapes and special effects. Instead of drawing by hand, you will cut, overlap, and merge various shapes to create a finished illustration.

    • Merging Paths (Pathfinder)
    • Transparency Options
    • Grouping Objects

  • Patterns

Since the fashion industry uses Illustrator so much, knowing how to work with patterns is incredibly useful. You'll scale, rotate, and manipulate patterns to make the stripes on a shirt illustration look realistic.

    • Creating and Applying Pattern Swatches
    • Scaling and Rotating Patterns
    • Working with Layers
    • Align Panel

  • One-Page Advertisement

Illustrator's powerful text features are ideal for 1-page documents with graphics. In this exercise you will lay out text, type on a path, add a drop cap, and more.

    • Working with Type
    • Text and Character Options
    • Adding a Drop Cap
    • Type on a Path
    • Text Wrap
    • Fill Text with a Pattern

  • Styling Effects

In this exercise, you will use some of Illustrator's many styling effects to add some spice to a graphic.

    • Using the Appearance Panel
    • Transparency
    • Blending Modes
    • Drop Shadows
    • Arrowheads

  • Appearance and Graphic Styles

In this lesson, you will use effects to enhance text and save it as a style. Styles are a great time saver in Illustrator.

    • Graphic Styles
    • Appearance Panel
    • Multiple Fills
    • Auto-sizing Text Boxes

  • Illustrating a Shirt Design

In this exercise, you will see how Photoshop and Illustrator work together.

    • Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together
    • Creating/Editing Clipping Masks
    • Compound Paths

  • Layers, Artboards & Recoloring Artwork

In this exercise, we will show you how to work with groups and layers to edit specific parts of a document in isolation. You will also recolor artwork and learn how to work with different versions using multiple artboards.

    • Adding and Removing Layers
    • Creating and Using Multiple Artboards
    • Recoloring Artwork
    • Converting CMYK Art to Spot Colors

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.

Timetable

Chicago

230 W Monroe St
#610
Chicago
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Class times: 9.00am to 4.30pm

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