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Adobe Illustrator CC - Beginner

Course Overview

Adobe Illustrator is the premier drawing program used by artists and graphic designers to create vector images. In this introductory course, students will learn what Illustrator is about and when to use Illustrator. Students will learn how to use selection tools, create and save new documents, how to navigate, and how to use Adobe Bridge. In addition, students will learn how to create basic shapes, use drawing tools, master the pen tool, editing shapes, and using layers. Students will learn how to measure and transform objects, apply fills, strokes, and gradients, work with the CC libraries, and set type. Students will also learn to paint with brushes, apply special effects, and export to other file formats.

Course Objectives

Introduction to Illustrator, Drawing Basics, Measuring and Transforming Objects, Applying Fills and Strokes, Setting Type, Painting with Brushes, Applying Effects, Exporting from Illustrator

Course Outline

1 - Introduction

  • Introduction

2 - Introduction to Illustrator

  • Why Adobe Illustrator?
  • Using Selection Tools
  • Creating New Documents
  • Saving Adobe Illustrator Files
  • Navigating in Illustrator
  • Managing Workspaces
  • Using Adobe Bridge

3 - Drawing Basics

  • Creating Basic Shapes
  • Creating Additional Shapes
  • Using the Drawing Tools
  • Mastering the Pen Tool
  • Editing Shapes
  • Understanding Layers

4 - Measuring and Transforming Objects

  • Working with Rulers and Guides
  • Discovering the Transform Panel
  • Using Transform Tools

5 - Applying Fills and Strokes

  • Editing Fills
  • Modifying Strokes
  • Creating Gradients
  • Working with CC Libraries

6 - Setting Type

  • Using Type Tools
  • Adding Type on a Path
  • Discovering Type Panels
  • Inserting Special Characters
  • Working with Typekit

7 - Painting with Brushes

  • Discovering the Brush Panel
  • Creating Custom Brushes
  • Using the Blob Brush

8 - Applying Effects

  • Using the Appearance Panel
  • Understanding the Effects Menu
  • Using Transparency

9 - Exporting from Illustrator

  • Exporting to Other Formats
  • Creating PDF's
  • Understanding Metadata
  • Printing in Illustrator

10 - Conclusion

  • Course Recap

3 Hours, 46 Minutes

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