Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator

In this course, students will learn more advanced techniques for working with paths, masks, fills, and strokes. Students will also learn how to use transformation tools, envelopes, filters, effects, and graphic styles. In addition, students will learn how to convert raster images to vector art and how to manage color settings, color separations, and print specifications.

Course Outline:

Getting to know the Workspace

  • Choosing a workspace
  • Opening a file
  • The document window
  • Using Artboards
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Creating New Artboards
  • Zooming and scrolling
  • Scrolling with the Hand tool
  • The Tools panel
  • Using tools and panels
  • The Control panel
  • Moving the Control panel
  • Panel groups and the dock
  • Custom work spaces

Illustrator Essentials

  • Using the shape tools
  • Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle
  • Finding or changing the shape’s dimensions using the Transform panel
  • Rotating and shearing using the Transform panel
  • Selecting artwork
  • The selection tools
  • Using shape and transform tools to create artwork
  • Using the transform tools
  • Adding a fill color
  • Viewing in Outline view
  • Using layers when building an illustration
  • Creating a new blank layer

Adding Color

  • Basics of the Appearance panel
  • Changing colors
  • Adding Effects
  • Creating a colorful illustration
  • Using Live Paint
  • Adding a symbol to your artwork
  • Expanding the symbol
  • Selecting the Same color
  • Saving a set of colors as a group
  • Creating a color group from selected colors
  • Using the Color panel
  • Adding Pantone colors

Working with the Drawing Tools

  • Working with the Pen tool
  • Drawing straight lines
  • Drawing curved lines
  • Drawing hinged curves
  • Drawing curved lines to straight lines
  • Drawing straight lines to curved lines
  • Shape Tools
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Editing existing paths
  • Adding and removing points
  • Cutting and joining paths
  • Working with Live Trace
  • Expanding Live Traced artwork
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Combining shapes using the new Shape Builder tool
  • Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool

Working with Text

  • Formatting type
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Formatting imported type
  • Paragraph and character styles
  • Text on a path
  • Warping text
  • Creating outlines

Working with Symbols

  • Cleaning out the symbol library
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing symbols
  • Importing a symbol library
  • Using the symbol sprayer tools

Saving and Exporting

  • Saving using the AI file format
  • Saving an illustration with layers
  • Saving a layered PDF
  • Integration with other applications
  • Saving as EPS
  • Save for Web

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