Introduction

Master the basics of Adobe Illustrator fast. Learn all of the key skills that you need to use Illustrator as part of your day-to-day workflow.

Our certified Adobe trainers will quickly get you using Illustrator confidently and share lots of tricks of the trade that they’ve learned over the years.

This is a hands-on course. It includes plenty of time for practice so that you can try out what you are being taught for yourself.

By the time you finish, you’ll be comfortable using a wide range of Illustrator’s tools.

✔ A complete beginner’s course that covers all of the basics.
✔ Plenty of one-to-one attention and time to ask questions.
✔ Friendly certified trainers, small groups and a comfortable place to learn.
✔ All the materials and extras that you’ll ever need.
✔ Ongoing support and help with issues you have after the course.

What Will I Learn?

This course aims to get you comfortable working in Illustrator as quickly as possible.

With plenty of practice to consolidate what you learn, you’ll be up to speed in no time. The content of this training is in line with the Adobe Certified Expert exam.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Save time by using adjustable strokes, Image Trace and LivePaint.
  • Create stunning images and effects using layers, gradients and transparency.
  • Precisely create the effect that you want on any text or shape.
  • Quickly prepare your image for printing and creating an export files.

 

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Am I Ready For This Course?

This is a beginners course. You don’t need previous experience with Illustrator to attend it.

So long as you have a reasonable understanding of Windows, and the ability to work with multiple windows, navigate the desktop and an understanding of computer file storage (i.e. drives, files and folders) you’ll be absolutely fine.

The Training Day

Our courses run from 9.30am to roughly 4.15pm with refreshments throughout the day and a break for a tasty, freshly prepared lunch.

We offer a relaxed, fun learning environment and comfortable, fully air-conditioned facilities. We also have some of the nicest instructors on the planet!

Also, you’ll receive:

✔ A full-colour manual covering everything in the course so that you can recap.
✔ A USB stick for the course exercises to let you practice more in your own time.
✔ A Certificate of Attendance to show that you have been trained professionally.

  • The Illustrator window components
  • Exploring the Illustrator Interface.
  • Illustrator Palettes
  • Managing Files using Adobe Bridge
  • Using the Navigation Tools
  • The Adobe Help Centre
  • New Document Setup
  • Editing document setups
  • Creating new Documents
  • Creating and using shapes
  • Drawing Shapes Precisely
  • Manipulating shapes
  • Scaling Shapes
  • Duplicating Shapes
  • Aligning and Distributing shapes
  • Using shape mode commands
  • Using the pathfinder palette to create compound shapes
  • Grouping shapes
  • Rotating shapes
  • Adjusting stacking order
  • Exporting illustrations in different file formats
  • Adding Metadata to Illustrator files
  • Mixing swatches using the swatch palette
  • Saving Swatch Libraries
  • Loading swatch Libraries e.g. pantones, tricolour, Custom.
  • Adding swatches from a spot colour library
  • Applying colour to Illustrations
  • Exploring the colour palette
  • Storing colours
  • Creating and using spot colours
  • Applying colour to strokes and Fills
  • Modifying Stroke items
  • Aligning Stroke options
  • Using the Eyedropper tool
  • Drawing Paths
  • Locking and Unlocking Items
  • Using the pen tool to create paths
  • Using the Pencil and smooth tools
  • Creating Complex paths
  • Selecting and editing paths
  • Understanding anchor points
  • Editing Anchor Points
  • Cutting paths using the knife and Scissors
  • Creating text
  • Importing Text
  • Altering text
  • Using the area type tool
  • Creating type on a path
  • Position type on a path
  • Converting text to outlines
  • Creating a new layer
  • Adjusting the layer stacking order
  • Hiding and locking layers
  • Organising layer contents
  • Creating duplicate layers
  • Working with gradients
  • Creating a basic gradient
  • Adjusting gradients
  • Using transparencies
  • Preparing a document for print
  • Understanding print settings
  • Creating an exportable file

Adobe Certification

We are an Adobe Authorised Training organisation.