Adobe Illustrator - L1/2


Adobe Illustrator - Level 1: Introduction

Course objectives:

Adobe Illustrator is a sophisticated graphics program capable of creating complex and attractive illustrations and effects. You can create logos, advertisements and other illustrations with Illustrator. In this course, drawing and manipulating simple shapes to create logos will be a start. You will also combine text and graphics to create advertisements.


This course requires a basic understanding of computers, such as using pointer and input devices.


People interested in creating attractive logos, ads, and illustrative effects. Our course enables delegates with no previous experience of Illustrator or any graphics program to produce effective drawings and illustrations, and those with a design background to effectively utilize and manipulate this drawing tool.

What you will learn:

Introduction to the interface

  • Overview of the Toolbox
  • Exploration of the palettes
  • Using the Info Bar
  • Understanding document
  • Magnification and views
  • Setting document preferences
  • Using the control palette

Drawing tools

  • An introduction to bézier curves
  • Understanding how to draw béziers curves and lines using the pen tool
  • Adding and deleting points
  • Using keyboard shortcuts to draw more efficiently
  • Cutting and joining paths using the scissors and knife tool
  • Using the pencil tool
  • Using the smooth pencil tool
  • Using the eraser
  • Editing paths using the reshape tool


  • Using the rectangle, ellipse, star, polygon and spiral tools
  • Using smart guides
  • Manipulating objects
  • Moving and copying objects
  • Controlling the stacking order
  • Using the Pathfinder palette
  • Grouping and disgrouping
  • Using the transform tools: scale, reflect, shear and rotate
  • Using the transform palette
  • Locking a point on the proxy box


  • Creating and editing type
  • Formatting type to include typeface, type size, type style, leading and kerning
  • Creating, editing and formatting text on a path
  • Creating and manipulating outline type
  • Using the type area tool


  • Using the colour palette
  • Creating process colours
  • Specifying spot colours
  • Choosing Pantone colours
  • Using the Swatches palette
  • Adding and deleting Swatches
  • Applying fill and stroke colour
  • Using the gradient tool
  • Exploring the gradient palette
  • Creating, editing and customizing pattern fills
  • Exploring the stroke options
  • Copying colour attributes to different objects
  • Using the Eyedropper tool
  • Using the Paintbucket tool
  • Creating blends
  • Creating a smooth colour blend
  • Specifying steps for a blend path
  • Specifying document colour modes


  • Importing images
  • Linking and embedding images


  • Correct usage of the selection and direct selection tools
  • Locking and unlocking objects
  • Using the Align palette

Saving and printing

  • Saving Illustrator files
  • Printing files

Related courses

  • Adobe Illustrator Advanced
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator - Level 2: Advanced

Adobe Illustrator is a sophisticated graphics program capable of creating complex and attractive illustrations and type effects. You might need to create logos, advertisements and other illustrations in Illustrator. In this course, you will start by drawing and manipulating simple shapes to create logos. You will also combine text and graphics to create advertisements.

Who should attend this Adobe Illustrator course?

To attend our Adobe Illustrator Advanced course you may have attended our Adobe Illustrator Introduction course or have an equivalent working knowledge of the software.

What are the benefits of attending this course?

This course focuses on the advanced features of Illustrator and power shortcuts to enhance your workflow. A methodical approach to using the vector drawing tools in Illustrator will be taught to help you unlock your creative potential.

Course Outline

Customizing Illustrator

  • Setting document preferences
  • Customizing the artboard size
  • Customizing document setup
  • Setting program preferences
  • Defining and recalling custom workspaces


  • Creating grids
  • Setting grid preferences
  • Exploring and using layers
  • Creating and deleting layers
  • Hiding layers
  • Specifying layer options
  • Organizing layers
  • Grouping layers
  • Moving and copying objects between layers
  • Creating template layers
  • Using the release to layers option
  • Selecting layer comps from Photoshop files


  • Creating graphs to include column, line, pie area and scatter graphs
  • Entering and importing data
  • Setting dynamic data linking
  • Breaking links to external data
  • Setting graph options
  • Converting graph designs
  • Creating marker and column design

Auto trace options

  • Tracing vector images
  • Understanding the trace options
  • Controlling the trace area - ie defining a partial image
  • Setting trace preferences
  • Using Live Trace to autotrace scanned work

Converting vector to bitmap

  • Rasterizing vector objects to PICT and TIFF formats
  • Exploring bitmap filters

Working with brushes

  • Using Art, Calligraphic, Pattern and Scatter brush effects
  • Creating and using your own art brushes
  • Brush options of selected object
  • Using the gradient mesh tool
  • Editing a gradient mesh
  • Adding colour to a gradient mesh
  • Changing the angle of a colour within a gradient mesh
  • Adding points to a gradient mesh

Using the appearance palette

  • Distinction between the filter and effect menu
  • Understanding the appearance palette
  • Clear appearance option
  • Maintain appearance for subsequent objects


  • Understanding and using the Actions palette
  • Creating an action Applying actions
  • Inserting menu options into an action


  • Linked and embedded images
  • Links palette options
  • Checking document Info to include font information, colour settings and imported graphic info

3D Features

  • Creating 3D shapes
  • Creating a custom symbol to wrap around 3D artwork
  • Setting light effects

Saving and exporting Illustrator files

  • Exporting Illustrator files to various formats
  • Using the path join and cleanup options
  • Specifying transparency
  • Exporting as Flash
  • Saving as PDF files
  • Printing files

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