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Adobe Illustrator CC

Course Outlines

Our Adobe Illustrator CC courses are delivered by highly qualified instructors based here in the north east of the UK. All materials will be sent to attendees 2 days prior to the course.

Adobe Illustrator courses aren’t shown on our regular calendar – so, if you’d like to attend one, get in touch and let us know what dates you’d like. We’ll take care of the rest..

Illustrator Intro - 2 days - £265

  • Preference settings
  • Creating and saving workspaces
  • The Tools panel
  • Getting around – zoom and scroll
  • ‘Outline’ and ‘preview’ modes
  • Grids, guidelines and ‘smart guides’
  • ‘Undo’ and ‘redo’
  • Creating files for print
  • Creating files for web
  • Modifying your document
  • Managing multiple documents
  • Using rulers
  • The Artboard panel
  • Re-sizing artboards
  • Creating and copying artboards
  • Visibility and locking
  • Selecting objects with the layers panel
  • Sub-layers
  • Deleting layers
  • Grouping and naming layers
  • Changing the stacking order
  • Moving objects from one layer to another
  • Copying objects from one layer to another
  • Adjusting layer previews
  • RGB vs. CMYK
  • Adjusting Illustrator colour settings
  • Process vs. global swatches
  • Using the swatches and colour panels
  • Strokes and fills
  • The Colour Guide panel
  • The Selection tools
  • The Magic Wand tool
  • The Lasso tool
  • Selecting objects by attribute
  • Grouping objects
  • Isolation mode
  • Rotating and ‘stacking’ objects
  • Distorting and transforming objects
  • Repeating transformations
  • Reflecting and skewing objects
  • Aligning and distributing objects
  • The Pen tool
  • The Curvature tool
  • Joining and averaging paths
  • Using the Scissors and Knife tools
  • The Line tools
  • The Shape tools
  • The Ellipse tool
  • The Scale tool
  • The Reflect tool
  • The Rotate tool
  • The Shape Builder tool
  • Creating a mask
Accordion Content
Accordion Content
  • Point vs. Area type
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • ‘Placing’ text
  • Creating threaded text
  • Selecting type and choosing fonts
  • Adjusting type size
  • Leading
  • Tracking and kerning
  • Adding indents
  • The Symbol Sprayer tools
  • Using the symbols libraries
  • Creating new symbols
  • Breaking a symbol link
  • Redefining symbols
  • ‘Placing’ images
  • Embedding vs. linked images
  • Cropping images
  • Saving to legacy formats
  • Saving Templates
  • Saving for the web
  • Exporting your work
  • Illustrator in InDesign and Photoshop
  • Creating PDF files

Illustrator Advanced - 2 days - £265

  • ‘Attribute stacking order’
  • Applying multiple fills
  • Applying multiple strokes
  • Adjusting appearance with live effects
  • Saving appearances as graphic style
  • Using Live Paint
  • The Live Paint Bucket tool
  • The Live Paint Selection tool
  • Adding a path to a Live Paint group
  • Auto-tracing
  • Embedding vs. linking images
  • Auto-tracing and resolution
  • Adjusting layer previews
  • The Threshold option
  • The Noise option
  • Expanding and simplifying traced paths
  • Flipping and fusing shapes
  • Scaling resolution-independent vectors
  • Defining a perspective grid
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Applying artwork to the grid
  • 3D Revolve
  • 3D Bevel and emboss
  • 3D Revolve
  • Creating Illustrator graphs
  • Importing and editing data
  • Swapping between graph types
  • Changing graph settings
  • Selecting and colouring graph elements
  • Applying a design to a marker
  • Adding numeric values to a column graph
  • Designing your own graphs
  • Creating a 3D ‘pie’ graph
  • Designing an infographic project
  • Creating and editing a calligraphic brush
  • Creating and editing art brushes
  • Creating and editing a scatter brush
  • Creating and editing a pattern brush
  • Formatting and scaling brushed text
  • Editing a brush path
  • Expanding and filling brush outlines
  • Brushes meet text
  • Adjusting the bristles in a bristle brush
  • Introducing Envelope Distort
  • Editing the contents of an envelope
  • Warping an envelope mesh
  • Creating and editing an envelope mesh
  • Blending an envelope into a background
  • Creating radial and linear gradients
  • Applying a gradient fill to objects and live text
  • Using the gradient annotator
  • Editing multiple gradients
  • The blend point
  • Mixing gradients and blend modes
  • Adding transparency to a gradient
  • Drop shadows and dynamic effects
  • Assigning a gradient to editable text
  • Assigning a gradient to a stroke
  • Introducing the gradient mesh
  • Working with the Mesh tool
  • Adding colours to mesh points
  • Applying a gradient mesh to a shape
  • Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
  • Editing a linear gradient mesh
  • Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
  • Editing a radial gradient mesh
  • Creating a multi-colour blend
  • Editing blended paths
  • Adjusting the number of blended steps
  • Blending between levels of opacity
  • Applying a blend to a new path
  • Blending groups