Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator online course
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Adobe Illustrator is currently looking for an instructor to teach this class. If you, or someone you know, is interested in teaching with please visit for more information.

This is a beginning through intermediate course for people interested in learning Adobe Illustrator. The course is suitable for individuals with little-to-no knowledge of Illustrator and digital illustration as well as those people who would like a refresher or introduction to some of the new tools available in the application.

We'll cover the basic drawing tools, page setup, artboard set up and use, then move on to some of the more advanced tools and techniques such as perspective grid, color management, print set up and more.

This course will utilize short videos which demonstrate the use of the tools as well as written lecture materials. Each week's assignment will offer an opportunity to try out the tools and techniques learned during that week

Applicable Job Roles: mobile application UI designer, software UI designer, web UI designer, Illustrator, logo designer, game designer, graphic designer, signage designer, icon designer

Week 1 - Overview of the Basics
  • Creating new drawings & opening old ones
  • Placing an image vs. opening an image
  • Page set up
    • Rulers, grids and guidelines
    • Smart Guides
  • Selecting an object
  • Manipulating an object
    • Bounding box
    • Sizing an object
  • Templates
  • Viewing your work
    • Document info
  • Bounding Box
  • Setting preferences
  • Saving your work
  • Adobe Bridge
Week 2 - Tools
  • Toolbars
    • Default toolbars
    • Customizing your toolbars
    • Using preset toolbars
  • Illustrator's Layout Tools
    • Grid
    • Perspective Grid Overview
    • Artboard/Workspace
  • Drawing Tools
  • Shape Tools
  • Painting Tools
  • Pen Tool Paths
  • Manipulating lines - Direct Select Tool
  • Manipulating lines - Width Tool
  • Anchor Points, End Points
  • Filling & outlining
  • The Pencil Tool Set
  • The Brush Tool
  • Undo the deed
    • Get me outta this!
Week 3 - Working with Objects
  • Transforming Objects and Working with Layers
  • Copying objects
  • Transforming objects
  • Pathfinder Panel
  • Attributes Panel
  • Positioning objects
    • Aligning & distributing
    • Stacking objects
    • Nudging
  • Tyin' 'em Together & Breakin' 'em apart
    • Grouping & ungrouping
    • Locking & unlocking objects & layers
    • Compounding & breaking apart objects
    • Hiding and showing objects & layers
  • Hackin' & A 'Hewin' - the cutting tools
  • Layers
  • Isolation mode
Week 4 - Color and Type
  • Type Styles
    • Using Styles with Type
    • Type Formatting and Appearance Attributes
    • Graphic Styles
    • Creating Custom Libraries
    • Working with Graphic Styles
  • Color Management
    • About Color
    • Color Guide
    • Kuler Colors
    • Color Groups
    • Adjusting Color
Week 5 - Advanced Tools
  • Live Paint
  • Live Trace
  • Image Trace
  • Symbols
  • 3D Modeling
  • Perspective Grid
  • Curvature Tool
  • Join Tool
  • Flare Tool
Week 6 - ClipArt, 3D, Special Effects, and Working with Images
  • Clipart
  • 3D Tips & Tricks
  • Effects
  • Special effects
  • 3D modeling
    • Adding art to your extrusion
  • Liquefy tools
  • Object creation tools
  • Envelopes
  • Appearance panel
Week 7 - Masks & Libraries
  • Blends
  • Meshes and Masks - More fun stuff!
  • Libraries
  • Actions
Week 8 Illustrator for Print Work
  • Overprinting
  • Print Presets
  • Trapping Printing Transparent Work
  • Printing Gradients, Meshes and Blends
  • Preparing Your Work for a Print Shop
  • Color Separation
  • Marks and Bleeds
  • Using Color Management in Print Work
  • Postscript Printing
  • Students should be comfortable with posting work in the classroom, as assignments will be turned in using a graphic format (.jpg).
  • Because of the length of the class, students must have a full version of Adobe Illustrator installed in their machines.
    • Version: Creative Cloud or CS6 - earlier versions will not have the tools needed to participate in this course. Students using CS6 will not be able to utilize lessons presented on tools only available in the Creative Cloud version. So installation of Illustrator Creative Cloud is highly encouraged.
  • There are no platform-specific requirements in this class so either a Mac or PC will be fine.
Course Books
None required. Materials are provided
Course Price
  • Member Price: $120 US
  • Non-Member Price: $220.00 US
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Additional Information:
Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

Refund Policy: Please read our "Terms and Refund Policy" before registering for this course.

Additional Cost: Book and software migh be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

Start Date: Click on the Register Now button to process to the registration page. You will see the start date of the class on that page.

How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures, reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class. Web Study certificate is also available. Click on the Certificates link on the top navigation bar for more information.


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