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Adobe Illustrator CC - Advanced

Course Overview

Adobe Illustrator is the premier drawing program used by artists and graphic designers to create vector images. In this advanced course, students will learn advanced type options including converting text to outlines, using type styles, working with area type options, threading type and wrapping text. Students will also learn to create swatch groups, recolor artwork, create and use blends, apply the gradient mesh and use Live Paint. In addition, students will transform shapes using various methods, work with the Symbol tools, import and trace images, create clipping masks and opacity masks. Finally, students will learn to create Actions to automate repetitive steps and master Illustrator’s productivity tools.

Course Objectives

Advanced Type Options, Advanced Color and Swatches, Shape Building , Importing Graphics, Understanding Masking, Using Actions, Understanding the Perspective Tool, Illustrator Productivity Tools

Course Outline

1 - Introduction

  • Introduction

2 - Advanced Type Options

  • Converting Type to Outlines
  • Using Type Styles
  • Placing Type from Files
  • Using Find and Replace
  • Working with Area Type Options
  • Threading Type
  • Wrapping Text

3 - Advanced Color and Swatches

  • Creating Swatch Groups
  • Using the Color Guide Panel
  • Recoloring Artwork
  • Creating Patterns
  • Working with the Gradient Tool
  • Using Blends
  • Applying a Gradient Mesh
  • Using Live Paint

4 - Shape Building 

  • Using Advanced Pen Features
  • Transforming Shapes
  • Working with Effects and the Appearance Panel
  • Adding 3D Effects
  • Using Graphic Styles
  • Working with the Advanced Pathfinder Operations
  • Understanding the Shape Builder Tool
  • Using an Envelope
  • Working with Symbols
  • Using the Symbol Tools

5 - Importing Graphics

  • Placing Raster Images
  • Tracing Over Raster Images
  • Using Image Trace
  • Recoloring Traced Raster Images

6 - Understanding Masking

  • Understanding Clipping Masks
  • Using Opacity Masks

7 - Understanding the Perspective Tool

  • Creating a Perspective Grid
  • Adding Objects to the Grid
  • Attaching Shapes and Images to the Grid

8 - Using Actions

  • What is an Action?
  • Creating Your First Action

9 - Illustrator Productivity Tools

  • Mastering the Align Panel
  • Layer Tips and Tricks
  • Saving and Sharing Sets

10 - Conclusion

  • Course Recap

2 Hours, 43 Minutes

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