Training Courses

Adobe Illustrator CC : Introduction

Two Day Course

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Overview

This is a comprehensive Adobe authorised Illustrator training course. The course has been designed to enable anyone new to Illustrator to produce professional graphics, designs and illustrations. The course covers Illustrator's sophisticated drawing and text controls, creating complex shapes, using adjustable strokes, using 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 including a series of exercises designed to consolidate new skills and build confidence. If you wish to tailor this outline to your exact requirements, please call or email. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Throughout the two days the emphasis is on practical, hands-on learning including a series of exercises designed to consolidate new skills and build confidence. If you wish to tailor this outline to your exact requirements, please call or email. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.

     

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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT

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Course Outline

  • Day One

    Welcome to Illustrator
    • About vectors and bitmaps

    Getting started in Illustrator
    • Opening illustrations
    • Creating new documents
    • Using document profiles
    • Saving Illustrator files
    • Exploring panels and workspaces
    • Useful shortcuts

    Artwork components
    • Outline vs Preview mode
    • Rulers, guides and grids
    • Intuitive Smart Guides
    • Paths, point and handles
    • Grouping objects
    • Introducing layers
    • Working in Group Isolation Mode

    Creating basic shapes
    • Using the Shaper tool
    • Manipulating shapes with the Shaper tool
    • Creating primitive shapes
    • Creating polygons, stars and spirals
    • Drawing lines, grids and arcs
    • Using the Live Corners widget
    • Transforming live shapes
    • Identifying live shapes in eh Layers panel
    • Converting to and from live shapes
    • Storing assets in CC libraries

    Applying colour
    • Colour models
    • Applying colour to objects
    • Spot vs process colour
    • Process and global process colours
    • Managing swatches
    • Creating colour groups
    • Loading swatch libraries

    Working with layers
    • Creating layers
    • Using layers effectively

    Drawing in Illustrator
    • Drawing with the Pencil tool
    • Drawing with the Curvature tool
    • Working with paths, points and direction handles
    • Drawing paths
    • Tips for drawing curves
    • Editing, manipulating and modifying paths
    • Adding and deleting anchor points
    • Splitting cutting and erasing paths
    • Using the Average and Join commands
    • Using the Join tool
  • Day Two

    Organising your artwork
    • Introducing multiple artboards
    • Editing the artboard size
    • Using guides and smart guides
    • Aligning and distributing artwork

    Painting in Illustrator
    • Manipulating stroke options
    • Creating dashed lines
    • Adding arrowheads to strokes
    • Using the Blob brush
    • Using Variable Width profiles
    • Using the Variable Width tool

    Placing imported graphics
    • Linked vs embedded images
    • Creating template layers

    Using Image Trace
    • Automatically tracing artwork
    • Converting Image Trace objects

    Using LivePaint
    • Creating LivePaint groups
    • Painting LivePaint objects
    • Detecting gaps
    • Modifying LivePaint groups

    Transforming objects
    • Using the Transform tools and menu commands
    • Using the Transform panel
    • Performing numerical transformations

    Creating complex shapes
    • Introducing the Shape Builder tool
    • Creating compound shapes
    • Expanding compound shapes

    Working with type
    • Using type tools
    • The Touch Type tool
    • Using the Character and Paragraph panel
    • Creating outlines from text
    • Creating type on a path

    Saving and exporting
    • Packaging your Illustrator file for hand-off
    • Creating Adobe PDF files
    • Exporting files from Illustrator

    Questions and answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed4960
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.7 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

"Vicki, my trainer, was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely come back and do further extension classes if they were with Vicki"

"I thought Vicki was a brilliant trainer - very friendly and knowledgeable, and she made the two days super fun. She also knew when we were flagging and needed a break! She made illustrator seem far less scary than I thought it would be, and broke everything down into manageable steps. Providing a pen & notebook is great - so useful. The lunch provided is really great quality too. I would definitely return for more courses here."

"There was a really good mixture of examples and practical exercises throughout, and the instructions were always clear and easy to follow. We had a small class (5), which was great - there was plenty of individual help as well as group instruction. I was given a notebook when I arrived which was handy - I'll be able to hold onto it for any future Illustrator notes. I really enjoyed it overall, and it is definitely going to be helpful for me going ahead!"

"Friendly and approachable trainer, good pace, lots learnt - great course."

"This course has been better than I ever could have anticipated. The class size (4) for us allowed Emile to help us individually when we were stuck, without holding up the other course participants. Emile explains things really clearly, and could adapt his explanations to the differing levels of ability in the class. A+++++!!!! Also, great venue and facilities, and of course tea + food."

"Emile was very knowledgable and was able to answer all questions, and provide personalised training to cover things specific to me. Great facilities, nice environment. I learnt a huge amount, and will be looking in the future for more opportunities. Many thanks Josh"

"Emile took the class slowly and helped everyone at their own pace. the examples were all great and I learned loads!"

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"Emile was incredibly patient. His pace was good and he gave lots of good examples to see how the different techniques could be used. He did well to tailor the course to each individual student. "

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"Teacher's knowledge and patience to explain and pay attention to each one of us."

"Very knowledgeable about program, fantastic examples and staff very easy to speak to."

"Very knowledgeable and friendly trainer. Good location of training centre near Borough tube station. Good lunch and refreshments"

"Staff were very welcoming and friendly. Comfortable environment to learn and work in. Food was amazing. Matt's was very knowledgeable, calming nature and willing to go through things again. "

"I really enjoyed the small class size and the environment. It was a very casual setting and a lot of breaks helped me concentrate. Free coffee was a giant bonus as well! Thank you!!"

"Really thorough look at the different tools available."

"knowledge of the software, friendly staff!"

"It was clean, the computers are good, it was easy to find thanks to the instructions"

"Organised, efficient, friendly"

"Small class, knowledgable tutor and interactive learning"

"Clear instructions, practical knowledge, interesting course. All in all, enjoyed the course and learned plenty"

"An excellent day. We zipped through the topics. Everything felt interesting and was taught at the right level."

"Explaining things clearly and patiently. "

"Fabulous lunches - need to come back just for the lunch"

"The trainer was incredible! thankyou! really good examples"

"The whole package is pretty good"

"Staff helpfulness, environment and openness to questions!"

"Knowledge of the course was excellent. Easy to follow and pick up despite struggling when trying on my own! A trainer helps a lot!"

"Peter was very outgoing and explained everything in a detailed and easy to follow manner. Thanks for the knowledge! "

"Excellent working space. Very knowledgeable staff."

"The trainer was very approachable and flexible with the course content"

"Very helpful and relevant. I learnt a lot in a short space of time. Facilities were great."

"Friendly environment, good trainer, helpful staff."

"Hazel is great relevant, fun, approachable, answering questions and individual help as needed so never felt I got left behind and gave up as so very often does happen. Thank you :-) Hospitatlity!"

"Vicki not only squeezed a lot into my course, but she patiently and attentively tailored the material to exactly my needs. Top course"

"Great course, learnt everything I wanted to. Really nice place with great relaxed atmosphere. Hazel was a great trainer!"

"The trainer was excellent and the reception team were so friendly and organisation was perfect"

"Vicki was great at explaining really complicated things in a way that I could understand them. She didn't mind having to repeat herself, especially with the shortcuts. "

"VERY SMOOTH OPERATION, FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS ARE GOOD, AS ARE ALL THE FACILITIES, THE EQUIPMENT AND TEAM - SO GOOD!!"

"Really friendly and helpful. Answered all the questions I had. Rebecca was very approachable and enthusiastic and really made me feel at ease. Everything I wanted from the course."