Adobe Illustrator Essentials

Adobe Illustrator Essentials

This is a comprehensive introduction to Adobe Illustrator. The course has been designed to enable anyone new or starting with Illustrator to produce professional graphics, designs and illustrations.

The course covers Illustrator’s sophisticated drawing and text controls, creating complex shapes, using adjustable strokes, painterly effects and the Image Trace and LivePaint features allowing you to create beautiful, professional artwork and designs.

Throughout the two days the emphasis is on practical, hands-on learning with a series of exercises designed to consolidate new skills and build confidence.

  • You Will Learn

    • To Use the Graphic Tools and Panels
    • To Create Shared Libraries & Assets
    • Use Artboards and Layers
    • Create Colour Swatches and Schemes
    • Use and Manipulate Type Effectively
    • Draw and Paint Brushes, Symbols
    • Working with Graphs
    • Place and Export Files
    • Create Stunning Scaleable Graphics
    • Create Infographics
  • Course Outline

    Introduction to Illustrator

    Getting Started

    Creating New Documents

    Exploring Panels & Workspaces

    Essential Shortcuts

    Artwork / Object Features

    Illustrator Panels

    Creating Shapes

    Drawing with Illustrator

    Painting with Illustrator

    Using Colour & Colour Themes

    Using Libraries & Assets (CC only)

    Using Layers

    Typography & The Type Tool

    Using Fonts from Typekit (CC only)

    Importing graphics

    Transforming objects

    Using Artboards

    Using Effects & Applying FX

    Using LiveTrace

    Using LivePaint

    Creating Infographics

    Saving and Exporting

    Printing Illustrator Files

    Adobe Draw & Line - Design on the Go

    This is a summary of the content covered. Please download the PDF for a more detailed outline.

  • Who Should Attend?

    Anyone who wants to create stunning vector graphics that will scale to any size and who would like to convert their designs to a digital format including;

    • Graphic Designers
    • Branding Designers
    • Illustrators
    • Exhibition Designers
    • Packaging Designers & Artworkers
    • Textile & Fashion Designers
    • Exhibition Designers
    • Marketing Professionals
    • Anyone wanting to Create Infographics
  • What is Illustrator used for?

    • Branding Design and to Create Logos
    • Illustrations and Maps
    • Infographics
    • Exhibition Graphics
    • Pop-Up Stands
    • For Creative Typography
    • Technical Drawings
    • For Packaging and Labelling
    • For Fashion Textile Design
    • For Wallpapers Designs
    • and much more...
  • Testimonials

    Very relevent - work undertaken was all work that i needed to do for my job. The training was specific to what i needed to do. Very professional. Very up to date and more than one machine to get used to all the media. Extremely friendly atmosphere. very relaxed. I felt very welcome the whole time i was there I would definately recommend this.
    Thoroughly enjoyable and found the course both useful and informative. Very nice setting to learn in.


    Really having fun with the designs and just love using the mac, never ever thought I would be saying that!
    Thanks again for your invaluable help couldn’t have got this far without you!


    Tina was a good Teacher, she was very patient and knowledgable. The class was very relaxed, the day went by in a flash and I learnt a lot. The course was only for one day, and was taught on a one-to-one basis. I would certainly book another!

Illustrator can be combined with companion programs such as Adobe InDesign, Quark XPress and Adobe Photoshop which forms part of most designers creative armoury.

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