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Adobe Illustrator Level 1: Introduction

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard tool for creating logos, maps, diagrams, vector illustrations, and more. In this class, you’ll learn to understand the appropriate uses for Illustrator, the difference between vector and raster graphics, and how to create complex graphics with simple components and tools.

The book is not required, but we recommend that you purchase it as a reference during and after the course. This book and its exercise files are made specifically for the CC2019 software used in our computer labs and may not be compatible with older versions of the software. The instructor can provide backwards-compatible files upon request.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Create and modify artboards
  • Use the drawing tools
  • Combine simple objects into complex shapes
  • Rotate, scale and reshape objects
  • Draw organic shapes with the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Create, use, and edit colors
  • Work with text
  • Create a PDF and submit work to a commercial printer

Course Content

Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Starting Illustrator and opening a file
  • Understanding the workspace
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Arranging multiple documents

Lesson 2: Techniques for Selecting Artwork
  • Selecting objects
  • Aligning objects
  • Working with groups
  • Exploring object arrangement
  • Hiding and locking objects

Lesson 3: Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard
  • Creating a new document
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Editing and combining paths and shapes
  • Working with drawing modes
  • Using Image Trace to create shapes

Lesson 4: Editing and combining Shapes and Paths
  • Scissors, Knife and Eraser tools
  • Shape Builder and Pathfinder tools
  • Compound paths
  • Width tool

Lesson 5: Transforming Artwork
  • Working with artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Creating a PDF

Lesson 6: Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools
  • Getting started with the Pen tool
  • Creating an illustration
  • Drawing and editing with the Pencil tool

Lesson 7: Using Color and Patterns to Enhance Signage
  • Understanding color
  • Working with color
  • Painting with patterns
  • Working with Live Paint

Lesson 8: Adding Type to a Poster
  • Adding type to the poster
  • Creating columns of text
  • Formatting type
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Warping text
  • Working with type on a path
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text outlines