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Adobe Illustrator Essential

Adobe Illustrator Essential

Duration: 10 Hours

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Essential
 
Overview
Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics program that allows you to create professional quality print, type effects and web designs.  This course is designed to teach delegates how to produce good-looking, high quality graphics such as logos and advertisements that include type and graphics.  Delegates will create professional looking logos, professional type effects and convert bitmaps to vector artworks through the use of colours, gradients, layers, fonts, and photos with illustrations and text effects.
 
Audience
Graphic designers or people transitioning into a design job or with design responsibilities.
 
Course Objectives
At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:
understand Bezier curves, create a logo using simple shapes, enhance logos/images, create logos using custom paths, use layers to manage complex illustrations, create type effects and prepare Illustrator files for print and use on web sites.
 
Prerequisites
No prior knowledge of Illustrator is assumed.
 
Course Contents
Introduction
o Custom workspace
o Control Palettes & menus
o Smartguides
o Rulers, guides, grids, snap to
o Outline & Preview modes
o Navigation & Scroll shortcuts
How Illustrator Works
Vectors v Bitmaps
Components for Images
Text, Shapes & Colour
Using the shape tools
Drawing with the line tools
Transforming tools
The ‘warp tool’ flyout
Symbols in Illustrator
Creating a logo
Drawing a tin can
Drawing a spoked wheel
Selecting, Copying and Moving
Rotating and Skewing Objects
Align, group and duplicate Objects
Hiding and Locking
Special Effects
Drawing Tools – e.g. rectangle, ellipse, polygon, Star
Fills and Colours
Drawing curves
The Average and Join commands
Eraser tool
Importing & placing images
Turning Bitmap into Vector
Basic Colours & Stroke palette
Types of Colour; Colour modes
Spot v Process colours
Gradient and Patterns
Dragging colour
Understanding & using ‘stroke’ and ‘fill’ attributes
Using Swatches
Use the Paint Bucket tool
Creating Text objects
Artistic and Paragraph text
Colouring and Filling text
Adding ‘point’ type
Adding ‘area’ type
Adding type to a vector path
Creating type outlines
Placing Text Around Objects
Linking Paragraphs
Type Effects
Find & replace & Spellcheck
Using Align and Distribute
Using ‘group’ and ‘duplicate’
Hiding and locking layer objects
Using ‘isolation mode’
Compound paths
Clipping masks
Creating & Editing Paths
Pen Tool
o Draw straight lines
o Draw continuous curves
Convert smooth points into corner
Convert points in an existing object
Move an anchor point or a line
Shaping a curve
Converting an anchor point
Pinch a curve inward
Add, adjust, delete points
Bezier curves
Previewing
The Print Dialog & Printing
Defining a crop area
Saving in non-Vector formats
Save for Web
Draw with the Paintbrush tool
Add/remove a brushstroke to an existing path
Convert a brushstroke to outlined paths
Creating and modifying brushes
Edit a scatter, art or pattern brush
Create a new brush library
Fill an object with a gradient
Create/edit gradient           
Use the Gradient tool          
Creating and editing Gradient meshes
Rotate, Scale or shear
Flip and slant
The bounding box
Use the Free Transform tool
Creating and Editing layers
The layers Palette
Create a sublayer
Hide and Lock
Remove layer effects          
Apply a Convert to Shape effect
Live shapes with text          
Inner/Outer Glow & Add Arrowheads
Automatically trace artwork
Converting objects
Scribble or tweak
Rough up a shape   
Twirling path points
Punk or bloat an object
Raster filters
Pen and Ink filter
Drawing
Images
Colour
Text
Lasso select
Working with Paths
Printing & Saving
Using Brushes      
Gradients
Transforming Objects
Layers    
Using and Editing effects
Using LiveTrace
Filters