Adobe Illustrator Online Class

Intermediate Adobe Illustrator Class
Class Name

Adobe Illustrator Level 2

Students will learn the finer points of the Pen Tool, Pencil Tool and cutting tools. The class will work with layers, learn to program actions, and create custom library elements such as swatches and brushes. In addition, students will learn about the basics of design, working with logos and corporate branding and using Illustrator's web-related features.

Students will be presented with 'real life' problems to solve in a practical, hands-on approach to learning the tools.

Week 1 - Guides, Paths and Cuts
  • Smart Guides
    • Smart guide preferences
    • One last guide to set
  • Pen Tool Path Shapes
    • Straight segments
    • Smooth points
    • Non-continuous curve
  • Working with Anchor Points
    • Adjusting as you draw
  • Setting Line Measurements and Validating for Errors
    • Setting line measurements
    • Attributes Palette
    • Validating measurements
Week 2 - Design Basics
  • Basic Design Principles
    • What is Design?
    • Basics of Design
    • Elements of Design
    • The Design Process
    • Finding Design Ideas
  • Illustrator's Design Tools
    • Grid
    • Artboard
    • Offsetting objects
  • Resources
Week 3 - Pencils and Brushes
  • The Pencil Tool Set
    • Pencil Tool
    • Smooth Tool
    • Erase Tool
  • The Brush Tool
    • Brush options
    • Brush types
      • Calligraphic
      • Scatter
      • Art
      • Pattern
  • Get Me Outta This!
  • A Word About Auto Trace
Week 4 -; Logos and Corporate Branding
  • Definitions
  • Logo Preliminaries
  • Symbolism and Trademark History
  • Criteria for Logo Development
  • Designing a Logo
  • Text to Outline
  • Don't Forget About Fonts!
  • Resources
Week 5 - Libraries, Layers and Actions
  • Libraries
    • Library Locations and Custom Libraries
    • Creating/Editing Custom Library Items
    • Working with Symbol Libraries
    • Few Final Words on Libraries
  • Actions
    • Action options
    • Creating a new action set
    • Recording an action
  • Scripting
  • Working with Image Maps
Week 6 - Illustrator and The Web
  • Input
  • A Word on Output Types
  • Color Gamut
  • Output Types
    • Dithering
    • Anti-alias
    • JPG
    • GIF
    • PNG
    • TIFF
    • SVG
    • SWF
  • Sharing files with PhotoShop
  • Illustrator and The Web
    • Slicing and Dicing
    • Slice Options
  • Working with Flash
    • Exporting a movie using version 9
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (G401) or sufficient life experience to be considered intermediate level Illustrator users. Students entering the class on a life experience qualification will need prior instructor approval.
  • Software: Adobe Illustrator version 9 or version 10 installed on their machines. The course will provide information for both Windows and Mac users.
  • Web space: Students must also have webspace available to post assignments, and the ability to post their homework in that webspace. Many of the Illustrator files will be quite large, so make sure you have sufficient space available. Check or for free space, however please try and avoid using free space such as GeoCities that place banners or other scripting on your pages. If you have questions, please check with your ISP for information on what's needed to post files on the web.
Class Books
You must have one of the following books:
Suggested Book: Illustrator 10 for Windows and MacIntosh [
Suggested Book: Illustrator 9 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual Quickstart Guide ]
Suggested Book: Illustrator CS for Windows and Macintosh
Course Price
  • Member Price: $120.00 US
  • Non-Member Price: $220.00 US
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Additional Information:
This online course is limited to 100 participants. 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: All Online Class fees are only refundable or creditable during the first week of class. A processing fee of five dollars ($5.00) will be charged for each refund request. If you have any questions please contact us

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. To get the start date of other courses, click on Open Class List link on the top navigation bar.

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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  • Member Price: $120.00 US
  • Non-Member Price: $220.00 US
  • Course Duration: 6 weeks
  • CEUs: 3.0
  • Web Course No: G402
  • Course Instructor: Peggi Rodgers
  • Co-Instructor/TA:
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Before you register for this class, please read carefully the Outline, Prerequisites, Requirements, Books, and Refund Policy section.

Instructor: Peggi Rodgers
Peggi RodgersFor the past 15 years Peggi has been involved in the field of print publications and web design, responsible for technical writing, art illustration, and a variety of layout design projects; utilizing both print and web-based media. She is a member of the Graphic Artists' Guild, National Writer's Union and a Member in Letters of the National League of American Pen Women. Her publication experience encompasses numerous articles in regional and national magazines, newspapers and scientific journals.

Illustrator 10 for Windows and MacIntosh book
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