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Adobe Illustrator CC : Introduction

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Two Day Course


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.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • 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 per day

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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 surveyed18574
  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 Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Really great course. Rebecca was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had lots of opportunities to ask questions which was great. Would highly recommend this course and hope that I can come to the advanced one! "

"Good examples, good facilities"

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"Energy of the trainer was awesome! And also his knowledge is incredible! "

"everything. totally impressed. thank you very much. looking forward to the next one in two weeks."

"very thorough, efficient, a lot better than other places I have been to. "

"Providing everything I had hoped that the course would. The tutor was very helpful, patient and charming. "

"Brilliant tutor, pace was good, small group good, very helpful to start from basic and go through how to use tools. Having the big screen on the wall is brilliant. Regular breaks helpful."

"Fantastic, supportive environment. Format encouraged conversation between attendees. Great facilities and overall experience!"

"Thoroughly enjoyed this course! Sonal was incredibly helpful and explained everything very well - I felt I could keep up all the way through and will be leaving with a great knowledge of Illustrator. A very relaxed, friendly and professional set up."

"I would thoroughly recommend the Introduction to Illustrator course. Sonal was a great teacher - the pace was right and practical exercises were really useful. The course covers a lot without being overwhelming and I am coming away feeling armed with a lot of useful knowledge and tools."

"Sonal was brilliant. Really happy to help and approachable. I found it really useful the amount of time given to practice what she had taught"

"Building facilities. Knowledge of trainer. "

"Best course yet a lot of doing rather than talking"

"Sonal was amazing"

"Everyone was very friendly and I liked that the classes were small."

"super helpful course and really friendly tutor - learnt everything I was expecting and more!"

"Sonal was very helpful and knowledgable about the software. Everything was taught clearly and at a good pace that the class could follow along at! Very satisfied with the course!!"

"Small classes - friendly tutor"

"Really good examples and training exercises"

"Catering the course to people with different experience and abilities"

"excellent teacher, great learning environment"

"I feel confident that I can use all of the basic tools of illustrator, and I can look at a project made in illustrator and think about how it was made."

"Always leave so much more confident with a program than I ever though I would be!"

"matt knew exactly what I needed. He was really friendly and a fantastic trainer. The set up is fantastic and really well done. a true testament to training in the 21st century"

"very practical when giving a course, able to shape the course to the students' needs, also very helpful providing all the guides! "

"Everything was great, thankyou."

"Vicki was a really fun and engaging trainer who taught the basics of Illustrator really well. I now feel confident and excited to work with Illustrator on my own! "