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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 surveyed17153
  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%

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"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! "

"Creating a relaxed atmosphere, great lunches"

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"The trainer was well prepared and engaging, plus the environment is clean, well-lit and welcoming"

"Great atmosphere here. Small groups are great for discussions. "

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"Sonal was really knowledgable and friendly with great examples. Would definitely recommend,"

"Everything including food!"

"Everything! really enjoyed the course and can't wait to come back!"

"Always a great place to come for training and the tutors are knowledgeable about the subject. "

"everything trainer was fab, friendly and highly skilled!"

"The best part of this course for me was how hands on and practical it was. The exercises were the best way to put into practice and get my head around what Kate was explaining. Thanks Kate!"

"Casual environment and lunch were good and worked well to encourage learning."

"Organisation / Quality of the trainer & of the training / customer focused staff : welcoming, smiling and helpful / cleanliness of the facility"

"Teacher was great and classes were great"

"Great trainer, friendly staff and relaxed approached"

"Matt is a great teacher, and very enthusiastic about his topic."

"Went through the steps thoroughly and repeated steps if I needed him to. Everyone was also very friendly."

"I honestly have no points to improve! The whole experience was amazing! I've learnt so much over 2 days, Matt is a great teacher who was willing to answer every question we had and give unique examples depending on our individual requirements. The food was amazing I'm going to miss having lunch here! I also really liked the fact that the teaching rooms are so small with on 4 students in a session, it made the process so much smoother as Matt was able to give more attention to each of us. The screens on the walls are very handy too! All in all I was VERY impressed with the whole experience, I will definitely be coming back for more courses!"

"so helpful - really made the course personal to our group!"

"Very good at making students understand the fundamentals of each programme, rather than focusing on fancy tricks. "

"Very comfortable and relaxed environment to work in and great tutor! "

"It was all really great! Learnt a lot and would highlight recommend. "

"I had never used Illustrator (or InDesign or Photoshop) before and was very pleased with the level"

"Everything was beyond my expectations and i will be recommending you to my friends. Great course, great facility and good fun teacher! "

"Knowledgeable, patient trainer, attendant to needs"

"Matt was an enthusiastic and engaging teacher, I learnt a lot in a short space of time and he has convinced me to want to sign on to an intermediate class when I am ready. "

"Very informative and made me feel comfortable"

"great choice of beverages thoroughly took advantage of that lemon water"