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Adobe Illustrator

The Importance of Illustrator and What it Can Do For You.

Adobe Illustrator is the most popular vector graphic software in use today. The application isn’t as well-known as Photoshop, but is equally important in the world of design and publishing. Professionals use Illustrator to build resolution-independent artwork, like logos, stationery, diagrams, maps, posters, and complex illustrations.

Course Description

In this course, we’ll cover the basics of working in Illustrator. We’ll learn how vector art works, how to create and edit bézier curves, and how to produce effective artwork using the application’s many features. We’ll also examine how to combine bitmap art from Photoshop with Illustrator vector art to produce sophisticated graphic designs.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for people who are new to Illustrator, and for existing users who would like a comprehensive overview of the application and its important features. It is also for people who regularly work with graphic designers, and need to exchange working files.

Course Structure

Although we use a structured curriculum, we customize every session to meet your specific needs. We like to foster an open dialogue in class, and encourage you to ask questions at any time. We also recommend that you bring any example files and materials to class, as it helps us better understand the types of artwork you’d like to produce.

Topics Covered

Because we adjust the subject matter of every course to better suit your needs, please note that this is a general guide of what we’ll cover:

• The differences between vector and bitmap graphics
• Comparing Illustrator to Photoshop
• Using the Pen tool
• Creating shapes using Illustrator’s other tools
• Selecting, editing and transforming objects
• The Align, Distribute and Pathfinder tools
• Using RGB, CMYK process and Pantone spot colours
• Colour, gradient and pattern swatches
• Text editing and typography
• Working with layers
• Using guides and grids
• Converting bitmaps and scanned artwork into vector graphics
• Colouring graphics with the Live Paint tools
• Creating alternate colour themes with the Live Colour tools
• Creating complex shapes by compounding simple shapes together
• Building and working with clipping masks
• Working with complex patterns
• Applying transparency and special effects
• Using Illustrator and Photoshop together
• Exporting to PDF, Office, bitmap, and other formats

Materials Needed

  • iMac, Desktop or Laptop (PC or MAC) computer with 8 GB of RAM, external drives as necessary
  • Illustrator Software


Andrew Strauss
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