Illustrator essentials

Adobe Illustrator Essentials

Duration: 24 hours

Teaching Methodolody: Hands on

DESCRIPTION

Adobe Illustrator is a software application that allows the user to create vector graphics such as logos, letterheads, banners, posters, illustrations, leaflets, brochures, book covers, etc. The designs may contain complex shapes, images, type effects, etc.

OVERVIEW

Participants who take this course will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to:

  • Create, select, and transform shapes
  • Combine shapes and paths
  • Use the drawing tools
  • Use color ton enhance designs
  • Add and edit text
  • Work with layers, gradients, and patterns
  • Use brushes
  • Use effects and graphic styles
  • Use Illustrator with other Adobe Applications
  • Prepare content for the web

PREREQUISITES

Before enrolling in this course, participants should possess basic computer skills including mouse operation, creating folders, creating files and saving files into folders; and some experience with browsing the internet.

Adobe Illustrator Essentials 1
Adobe Illustrator Essentials 2
Adobe Illustrator Essentials 3
Adobe Illustrator Essentials 4

COURSE CONTENTS

00 - A Quick Tour of Adobe Illustrator CC

  • Getting Started
  • Creating a new document
  • Drawing a shape
  • Rounding the corners of a shape
  • Applying color
  • Editing color
  • Editing strokes
  • Working with layers
  • Drawing with the pencil tool
  • Creating shapes using Shape Builder tool
  • Creating a blend
  • Transforming artwork
  • Drawing with the Shaper tool
  • Sampling formatting with the Eyedropper tool
  • Placing an image in Illustrator
  • Using Image Trace
  • Creating and editing gradients
  • Working with type
  • Aligning artwork
  • Working with brushes
  • Working with symbols
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Working with effects
Illustrator Quick tour

01 - GETTING TO KNOW THE WORK AREA

  • Introducing Adobe Illustrator
  • Starting Illustrator and opening a file
  • Exploring the workspace
  • Getting to know the Tools panel
  • Working with the Control panel
  • Working with panels
  • Working with panel groups
  • Resetting and saving your workspace
  • Using panel menus
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Using view commands
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Scrolling through a document
  • Viewing artwork
  • Navigating artboards
  • Using the Artboards panel
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Finding resources for using Illustrator
Illustrator work area

02 - TECHNIQUES FOR SELECTING ARTWORK

  • Getting started
  • Selecting objects
  • Using the Selection tool
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Creating selections with a marquee
  • Selecting artwork with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting Similar objects
  • Selecting in outline mode
  • Aligning objects
  • Aligning objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning anchor points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Grouping items
  • Working in Isolation mode
  • Creating a nested group
  • Selecting using the Group Selection tool
  • Exploring object arrangement
  • Arranging objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Hiding and locking objects
Illustrator selection techniques

03 - USING SHAPES TO CREATE ARTWORK FOR A POSTCARD

  • Getting started
  • Creating a new document
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Creating and editing rectangles
  • Rounding corners
  • Creating a rounded rectangle
  • Creating and editing an ellipse
  • Creating and editing a circle
  • Creating and editing a polygon
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Drawing lines
  • Creating a star
  • Working with the Shaper tool
  • Drawing shapes
  • Editing shapes with the Shaper tool
  • Combining Shapes with the Shaper tool
  • Working with drawing modes
  • Working with Draw Behind mode
  • Using the Draw Inside mode
  • Editing content drawn inside
  • Using Image Trace
Using Shapes

04 - EDITING AND COMBINING SHAPES AND PATHS

  • Getting started
  • Editing paths and shapes
  • Cutting with the Scissors tool
  • Joining paths
  • Cutting with the Knife tool
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Combining shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with the Pathfinder panel
  • Creating a compound path
  • Using the Width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Finishing up the illustration
Combining shapes

05 - TRANSFORMING ARTWORK

  • Getting Started
  • Working with artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards
  • Renaming artboards
  • Reordering artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Distorting objects with effects
  • Rotating objects
  • Shearing objects
  • Transforming with the Free Transform tool
  • Creating a PDF
Transforming artwork

06 - CREATING AN ILLUSTRATION WITH THE DRAWING TOOLS

  • Getting started
  • An intro to drawing with the Pen tool
  • Selecting paths
  • Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
  • Introducing curves paths
  • Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
  • Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
  • Converting smooth points to corner points
  • Combining curves and straight lines
  • Creating artwork with the pen tool
  • Drawing a coffee cup
  • Drawing with the Curvature tool
  • Editing curves
  • Reflecting the spoon shape
  • Rounding corner points
  • Editing paths and points
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Converting between smooth points and corner points
  • Working with the Anchor Point tool
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Adding arrowheads to a path
  • Working with the Pencil tool
  • Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
  • Drawing straight segments with the Pencil tool
  • Joining with the Join tool
DRAWING TOOLS

07 - USING COLOR TO ENHANCE SIGNAGE

  • Getting started
  • Exploring color modes
  • Working with color
  • Applying an existing color
  • Creating a custom color using the Color panel
  • Saving a color as a swatch
  • Creating a copy of a swatch
  • Editing a swatch
  • Creating and editing a global swatch
  • Using the Color Picker to create color
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Adding a spot color
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color
  • Adjusting colors
  • Copying appearance attributes
  • Creating a color group
  • Creative inspiration with the Color Guide panel
  • Editing a color group in the Edit Color dialog box
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Working with Live paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
  • Modifying a Live Paint group
Using color

08 - ADDING TYPE TO A POSTER

  • Getting started
  • Adding type to the poster
  • Adding text at a point
  • Adding area type
  • Working with Auto Sizing
  • Converting between area and point type
  • Importing a plain-text file
  • Threading text
  • Formatting type
  • Changing font family and font style
  • Changing font size
  • Changing font color
  • Changing additional character formatting
  • Changing paragraph formatting
  • Resizing and reshaping type objects
  • Creating columns of text
  • Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Creating and applying a paragraph style
  • Editing a paragraph style
  • Creating and applying a character style
  • Sampling text formatting
  • Wrapping text
  • Warping text
  • Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
  • Editing the envelop warp
  • Working with type on a path
  • Creating type on a path
  • Creating type on a closed path
  • Creating text outlines
Adding type

09 - ORGANIZING YOUR ARTWORK WITH LAYERS

  • Understanding layers
  • Creating layers and sublayers
  • Editing layers and objects
  • locating layers
  • Moving layers
  • Duplicating layer contents
  • Merging layers
  • Pasting layers
  • Changing layer order
  • Viewing layers
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Creating a clipping mask
Working with layers

ASSIGNMENT - TRACING IMAGES

  • Placing the image on a host layer
  • Locking the layer
  • Using the Pen tool to trace the image
  • Coloring
Adding type

10 - GRADIENTS, BLENDS, AND PATTERNS

  • Getting started
  • Working with gradients
  • Applying a linear gradient to a fill
  • Editing a gradient
  • Saving a gradient
  • Adjusting a linear gradient fill
  • Applying a linear gradient to a stroke
  • Edit a gradient on a stroke
  • Applying a radial gradient to artwork
  • Editing the colors in the radial gradient
  • Adjusting the radial gradient
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying a blend
  • Creating and editing a smooth color blend
  • Painting with patterns
  • Applying an existing pattern
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying your pattern
  • Editing your pattern
Creating gradients

11 - USING BRUSHES TO CREATE A POSTER

  • Getting started
  • Working with brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing a brush
  • Removing a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Applying an existing Art brush
  • Creating an Art using a raster image
  • Editing an Art brush
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Changing Bristle brush options
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Creating a Pattern brush
  • Applying a Pattern brush
  • Editing the Pattern brush
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Editing with the Eraser tool
Using brushes

12 - EXPLORING CREATIVE USES OF EFFECTS AND GRAPHIC STYLES

  • Using the Appearance panel
  • Adding another stroke and fill
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Using live effects
  • Applying an effect
  • Editing an effect
  • Styling text with a Warp effect
  • Applying the Offset Path effect
  • Applying a Photoshop Effect
  • Working with 3D effects
  • Applying a 3D Rotate effect
  • Using graphic styles
  • Applying an existing graphic style
  • Creating and applying a graphic style
  • Updating a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to a layer
  • Scaling strokes and effects
Creating effects

13 - CREATING ARTWORK FOR A T-SHIRT

  • Working with symbols
  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Editing a symbol
  • Working with dynamic symbols
  • Creating a symbol
  • Duplicating symbols
  • Replacing symbols
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Working with Creative Cloud libraries
  • Adding assets to CC Libraries
  • Using Libraries assets
  • Updating a library asset
  • Working with the perspective grid
  • Using a preset grid
  • Adjusting the perspective grid
  • Drawing artwork in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Moving planes and objects together
  • Drawing artwork with no active grid
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
  • Moving a plane to match an object
  • Bringing content into perspective
  • Editing symbols in perspective
  • Finishing up
Creating artwork

14 - USING ILLUSTRATOR CC WITH OTHER ADOBE APPLICATIONS

  • Combining artwork
  • Placing image files
  • Placing an image
  • Scaling a placed image
  • Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options
  • Placing multiple images
  • Applying color edits to an image
  • Masking images
  • Applying a simple mask to an image
  • Editing a clipping path (mask)
  • Masking an object with text
  • Creating an opacity mask
  • Editing an opacity mask
  • Sampling colors in placed images
  • Working with image links
  • Finding link information
  • Embedding and unembedding images
  • Replacing a linked image
  • Packaging a file
Adobe applications

15 - PREPARING CONTENT FOR THE WEB

  • Saving content for the web
  • Aligning to the pixel grid
  • Slicing content
  • Selecting and editing slices
  • Using the Save for Web command
  • Creating CSS code
  • Setting up your design for generating CSS
  • Working with character styles and CSS code
  • Working with graphic styles and CSS code
  • Copying CSS
  • Exporting CSS
  • Saving artwork as SVG
Preparing content for the web