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Adobe Illustrator CC : Introduction

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Two Day Course

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.

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.

  • 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 more than 7 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

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  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




"Very useful course, trainer extremely knowledgeable and forthcoming, and as always, the food was great."



"Staff were very friendly"



"Rebecca was excellent and explained everything really clearly, this was a great introduction to Illustrator and I feel a lot more confident now"



"Good refreshments"



"Amazing support and hospitality, very knowledgeable trainer with personalised support throughout."



"Making us feel welcome, being hospitable, and coping with different levels of skills and experience"



"The tutor was fantastic and I would certainly come back to do another on of Vicki's courses"



"Explaining things clearly, helpful materials and great refreshments!"



"Very welcoming environment"



"really good teaching. Clear and engaging lots of exercises to do"



"Vicki was great at explaining things in a simple way, and being able to watch her go through the motions on the screen. Good to have time at the end to do our own thing and ask questions"



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"Everything was done wonderfully, i can't imagine a better training centre : ) Really really happy with everything. THANK YOU KATE x"



"Engaging trainer, decent amount of breaks, small class"



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"Tailoring the course outline to specific requirements for each candidate. There were lots of opportunities to answer questions in a practical way and lots of suggestions to improve specific problems."



"very nice staff"



"Very well organised tutor and well laid out areas that encouraged students to talk to each other!"



"Going at a pace that everyone was comfortable with. "



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"trainer really good at explaining things in steps "



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"Covering so many aspects of Illustrator. It was very thorough"



"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! "



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