Illustrator Essentials

Adobe Illustrator Essentials Course

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Onsite

Training Modules (Overview)

  • Personalising your Workspace, Set Up Documents and Artboard
  • Templates and Layers
  • Curves and Shapes with the Pen Tool
  • Combine Shapes to Create Logos
  • Convert Hand Drawn Sketches to Vector Files
  • Masks and Patterns
  • Colour, Swatches and Gradient Panels
  • Special Effects with the Appearance Panel
  • Working with Type
  • Output Files for Print, Web and Adobe Programs

What You Get

  • Free Course Resit
  • Adobe Authorised Certificate
  • 12 Months Access to Help Desk
  • No Risk! Money Back Guarantee
  • Choice of Mac or PC
  • Step-by-step Course Book (Printed)
  • Adobe Certified Instructors
  • Professional Training Environment
  • Small Classes (average 4 to 8)
  • High Frequency of Courses

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Course Outline

The Illustrator Interface

  • Adobe CC Mobile Apps
  • Workspace Efficiency Tips
  • Explore the Start Workspace
  • Explore the Illustrator Interface
  • Customise Illustrator Preferences
  • Explore the Control Panel
  • Explore the Tools Panel
  • Hide/Show Illustrator Panels
  • Change Illustrator Workspaces
  • Use Illustrator Help
  • Illustrator File Types
  • The Artboard and Pasteboard
  • Use the Context Menu
  • Zoom and Pan a Document
  • Navigate using Document Tabs
  • Preview and Outline Views
  • Undo, Redo and Revert Changes

Illustrator Essentials

  • Graphic Formats
  • Explore Vector Graphics
  • Create a New Illustrator Document
  • Use Illustrator Templates
  • The Illustrator Artboard
  • Create Artboards/Artboard Tool
  • Delete Artboards
  • Use Rulers and Guides
  • Use Smart Guides

The Selection Tools

  • Use the Selection Tool
  • Use the Direct Selection Tool

Drawing Shapes and Paths

  • Explore Vector Paths
  • Draw Shapes using Shape Tools
  • Use Live Corners
  • Draw Straight Lines with the Pen Tool
  • Draw Curves with the Pen Tool
  • Change the Curve Direction
  • Adjust the Shape of a Curve
  • Add and Delete Anchor Points
  • Change, Smooth and Corner Points
  • Cut and Join Paths
  • Adjust the Weight of a Path
  • Create Rounded Endpoints
  • Outline Paths
  • Use the Curvature Tool
  • Draw Paths/The Pencil Tool
  • Smooth Paths/The Smooth Tool
  • Erase Paths/The Eraser Tool
  • Add Arrowheads to Paths

Combining and Warping Shapes

  • Use the Pathfinder Panel
  • Combine Shapes with the Shape Builder Tool
  • Apply Warp Effects

Arranging Objects

  • Group Objects
  • Isolate Groups
  • Move Objects
  • Duplicate Objects
  • Align Objects Accurately
  • Stack Objects
  • Lock and Hide Objects
  • Select Objects by Characteristics

Transforming Objects

  • Scale Objects
  • Shear Objects
  • Reflect Objects
  • Work with Live Shapes
  • Use the Transform Panel
  • Rotate Objects/The Rotate Tool

Colour

  • Understand Colour Modes
  • Apply Colour to Objects
  • The Colour Panel - Unsaved Colours
  • The Swatches Panel - Saved Colours
  • Create Colour Swatches
  • Global and Tint Swatches
  • Manage Colour Swatches

Type

  • Create Text in Illustrator
  • Adjust Text with Selection Tools
  • Convert Text from Point Type to Area Type
  • Import Text to Illustrator
  • Format Text Properties
  • Work with Glyphs
  • Convert Text into Vector Graphics
  • Create Type on a Path
  • Use the Touch Type Tool

Gradients and Patterns

  • Explore Gradients
  • Create Gradients - The Gradient Panel
  • Create Gradients - The Gradient Tool
  • Create Patterns

Infographics

  • Explore Elements of an Infographic
  • Create an Infographic

Layers

  • Using the Layers Panel Overview
  • Create a New Layer
  • Explore Layer Options
  • Move Objects to a Different Layer
  • Create Template Layers
  • Select all Objects on a Layer
  • Duplicate Layers
  • Merge and Flatten Layers

Placing Images

  • Explore Image Resolution
  • Place Images
  • Link and Embed Images
  • Use the Links Panel
  • Update Modified Links
  • Relink Missing Links
  • Embed and Unembed Placed Images
  • Package Files

Image Trace

  • Image Trace
  • Change the Display of a Tracing Object
  • Use Image Trace Presets
  • Explore Trace Options
  • Expand a Tracing Object
  • Release a Tracing Object

Clipping Masks and Transparency

  • Explore Clipping Masks
  • Create a Clipping Mask
  • Edit a Clipping Mask
  • Release Objects from a Clipping Mask
  • Set Transparency
  • Apply Blending Modes

Saving and Exporting

  • Examine Illustrator File Types
  • Examine Illustrator Format (AI) Options
  • Examine EPS Format Options
  • Examine PDF Format Options
  • Save Graphics for the Web and Screen
  • Export for Screens
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Completing InDesign Essentials will contribute 13 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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Very enjoyable course - David’s knowledge of the program is outstanding and his industry knowledge provides real life practical experience.

Lisa Portou, Executive Assistant

Excellent presentation and presenter. All the information given was very useful.

Cathie McDowell, Marketing Coordinator

Fantastic course - extremely enjoyable!

Sarah Corry, Marketing

Awesome instruction - it would have taken me weeks to teach myself.

Amelia Axford, UX Designer/Developer

David was an incredible facilitator and I would highly recommend this course as someone who hadn’t even opened Illustrator before and found it quite intimidating. I now have the confidence to go back to work and start creating.

Jacqueline Bahnert, Office Manager

The course was the perfect mix of basics and a few extra more. Annette was great and patient!

Sahar Khorram, Fashion Designer

My boss encouraged me to do this course to improve on the very basic Illustrator skills I already had. By the end of the first day I felt far more competent, not to mention more efficient at executing Illustrator drawings.

Esme Perrygrove, Production Coordinator/Junior Mac Artworker

I love the courses. I’ve taken InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator and they have helped me immensely in my work and for personal use. Thank you so much!

Danielle Barouche, Teacher/Artist

Course was very well organised very easy to learn, materials were very useful.

Vannia Leon, Fashion Designer

Would recommend to anyone, this course is great. I didn’t know how to use Adobe Illustrator at all and after this course I’m excited to go back and practice what I’ve learned in the workplace.

Grace Grimmett, Marketing Coordinator

Training Packages

Desktop Publishing Package

With a solid knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, you will be able to design anything you need for the print and digital worlds.

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