Adobe Illustrator CC

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Overview

Build a strong foundation for working with Adobe Illustrator CC through instructor-led, hands-on training. Create logos, illustrations and posters, and learn how to use the Shaper tool and Live Shapes, along with dynamic symbols to streamline graphics creation. You’ll gain vital skills to stay current with new features and learn proven tips and techniques from our Adobe Certified Experts.

Who Should Use Illustrator?

Creative professionals, graphic artists, multimedia developers, educators, instructional designers and all types of business users who want to create stunning digital images.

Available Courses

  • Intro (3 days)
  • Advanced (2 days)
  • Comprehensive (5 days – Intro and Advanced taken consecutively)

Prerequisites

  • A practical working knowledge of Mac OS X or Windows
  • Basic web knowledge

Training Sessions

Class time is 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breaks are provided throughout the day and lunch is typically scheduled from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Participants provide their own lunch. Refrigerator available.

Course outlines are guides and do not guarantee all the topics can be covered in the allotted time. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet individual class member needs.

Occasionally the DBC has to reschedule or cancel a class because it does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Should that occur, enrollees will be notified as soon as possible and offered alternative course dates.

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Adobe Illustrator CC – Intro

Day 1

Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Getting to know the Tools panel
  • Working with the Control panel
  • Working with panels
  • Resetting and saving your workspace
  • Using panel menus
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Using the view commands
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Scrolling through a document
  • Viewing artwork
  • Navigating artboards
  • Using the Artboards panel
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Finding resources for using Illustrator

Lesson 2: Techniques for Selecting Artwork

  • Selecting objects
  • Using the Selection tool
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Creating selections with a marquee
  • Hiding and locking objects
  • Selecting similar objects
  • Selecting in Outline mode
  • Aligning objects
  • Align objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning anchor points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Grouping items
  • Editing a group in Isolation mode
  • Creating a nested group
  • Exploring object arrangement
  • Arrange objects
  • Selecting objects behind

Lesson 3: Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard

  • Working with basic shapes
  • Creating and editing rectangles
  • Rounding corners
  • Working with the Rounded Rectangle tool
  • Creating and editing and ellipse
  • Creating and editing a circle
  • Creating a polygon
  • Editing a polygon
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Drawing lines
  • Creating a star
  • Working with the Shaper tool
  • Drawing shapes with the Shaper tool
  • Combining shapes with the Shaper tool
  • Working with drawing modes
  • Working with Draw Behind mode
  • Using the Draw Inside mode
  • Using Image Trace

Day 2

Lesson 4: Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths

  • Editing paths and shapes
  • Cutting with the Scissors tool
  • Joining paths
  • Cutting with the Knife tool
  • Combining shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with the Pathfinder panel
  • Creating a compound path
  • Using the Width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Finishing up the illustration

Lesson 5: Transforming Artwork

  • Working with artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards
  • Renaming artboards
  • Reordering artboards
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Creating guides
  • Editing the ruler origin
  • Transforming content
  • Positioning artwork using the Transform panel
  • Positioning artwork using Smart Guides
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting objects with effects
  • Shearing objects
  • Transforming with the Free Transform tool
  • Creating a PDF

Lesson 6: Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools

  • An intro to drawing with the Pen tool
  • Selecting paths
  • Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
  • Introducing curved paths
  • Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
  • Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
  • Converting smooth points to corner points
  • Combining curves and straight lines
  • Creating artwork with the Pen tool
  • Drawing a coffee cup
  • Drawing with the Curvature tool
  • Editing curves
  • Reflecting the spoon shape
  • Rounding corner points
  • Editing path and points
  • Converting between smooth points and corner points
  • Working with the Anchor Point tool
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Adding arrowheads to a path
  • Working with the Pencil tool
  • Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
  • Joining with the Join tool

Day 3

Lesson 7: Using Color to Enhance Signage

  • Exploring color modes
  • Working with color
  • Applying an existing color
  • Creating a custom color using the Color panel
  • Saving a color as a swatch
  • Creating a copy of a swatch
  • Editing a swatch
  • Creating and editing a global swatch
  • Using the Color Picker to create color
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Adding a spot color
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color
  • Converting colors
  • Copying appearance attributes
  • Creating a color group
  • Creative inspiration with the Color Guide panel
  • Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
  • Modifying a Live Paint group

Lesson 8: Adding Type to a Poster

  • Adding type to the poster
  • Adding text at a point
  • Adding area type
  • Working with Auto Sizing
  • Converting between area and point type
  • Importing a plain-text file
  • Threading text
  • Formatting type
  • Changing font family and font style
  • Fixing missing fonts
  • Changing font size
  • Changing font color
  • Changing additional character formatting
  • Working with Glyphs
  • Changing paragraph formatting
  • Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
  • Resizing and reshaping type objects
  • Creating columns of text
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Creating and applying a character style
  • Editing a character style
  • Sampling text formatting
  • Wrapping text
  • Warping text
  • Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
  • Editing the envelope warp
  • Working with type on a path
  • Creating type on a closed path
  • Creating text outlines

Lesson 9: Organizing Your Artwork with Layers

  • Understanding layers
  • Creating layers and sublayers
  • Creating new layers
  • Creating sublayers
  • Editing layers and objects
  • Locating layers
  • Moving content between layers
  • Viewing layers
  • Reordering layers
  • Collecting into a new layer
  • Duplicating layer content
  • Pasting layers
  • Changing layer order
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Creating a clipping mask

Adobe Illustrator CC — Advanced

Day 1

Lesson 10: Gradients, Blends, and Patterns

  • Working with gradients
  • Applying a linear gradient to a fill
  • Editing a gradient
  • Saving a gradient
  • Adjusting a linear gradient fill
  • Applying a linear gradient to a stroke
  • Editing a gradient on a stroke
  • Applying a radial gradient to artwork
  • Editing the colors in the radial gradient
  • Adjusting the radial gradient
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying a blend
  • Creating and editing a smooth color blend
  • Painting with patterns
  • Applying an existing pattern
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying your pattern
  • Editing you pattern

Lesson 11: Using Brushes to Create a Poster

  • Working with brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing a brush
  • Removing a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Applying an existing art brush
  • Creating an Art brush using a raster image
  • Editing an Art brush
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Changing Bristle brush options
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Creating a Pattern brush
  • Applying a Pattern brush
  • Editing the Pattern brush
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Editing with the Eraser tool

Lesson 12: Exploring Creative Uses of Effects and Graphic Styles

  • Using the Appearance panel
  • Editing appearance attributes
  • Adding another stroke and fill to artwork
  • Adding another stroke and fill to text
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Using live effects
  • Applying an effect
  • Editing an effect
  • Styling text with a Warp effect
  • Editing text with a Warp effect
  • Applying the Offset Path effect
  • Applying a Photoshop Effect
  • Working with 3D effects
  • Using graphic styles
  • Applying an existing graphic style
  • Creating and applying a graphic style
  • Updating a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to a layer
  • Scaling strokes and effects

Day 2

Lesson 13: Creating Artwork for a T-shirt

  • Working with symbols
  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Editing a symbol
  • Working with dynamic symbols
  • Creating a symbol
  • Duplicating symbols
  • Replacing symbols
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Working with Creative Cloud Libraries
  • Adding assets to CC Libraries
  • Using Library assets
  • Updating a Library asset
  • Working with the perspective grid
  • Drawing artwork in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Moving planes and objects together
  • Drawing artwork with no active grid
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
  • Moving a plane to match an object
  • Bringing content into perspective
  • Releasing objects with perspective

Lesson 14: Using Illustrator CC with other Adobe Applications

  • Combining artwork
  • Placing image files
  • Placing an image
  • Scaling a placed image
  • Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options
  • Placing multiple images
  • Applying color edits to an image
  • Editing a clipping path (mask)
  • Masking an object with text
  • Creating an opacity mask
  • Editing an opacity mask
  • Sampling colors in placed images
  • Working with image links
  • Finding link information
  • Embedding and unembedding images
  • Replacing a linked image
  • Packaging a file

Lesson 15: Exporting Assets

  • Creating Pixel-Perfect Drawings
  • Aligning new artwork to the pixel grid
  • Aligning existing artwork to the pixel grid
  • Exporting artboards and assets
  • Exporting artboards
  • Exporting individual assets
  • Creating CSS from your design
  • Setting up your design for generating CSS
  • Working with character styles and CSS code
  • Copying CSS
  • Exporting CSS

Adobe Illustrator CC – Comprehensive

Day 1

Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Getting to know the Tools panel
  • Working with the Control panel
  • Working with panels
  • Resetting and saving your workspace
  • Using panel menus
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Using the view commands
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Scrolling through a document
  • Viewing artwork
  • Navigating artboards
  • Using the Artboards panel
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Finding resources for using Illustrator

Lesson 2: Techniques for Selecting Artwork

  • Selecting objects
  • Using the Selection tool
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Creating selections with a marquee
  • Hiding and locking objects
  • Selecting similar objects
  • Selecting in Outline mode
  • Aligning objects
  • Align objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning anchor points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Grouping items
  • Editing a group in Isolation mode
  • Creating a nested group
  • Exploring object arrangement
  • Arrange objects
  • Selecting objects behind

Lesson 3: Using Shapes to Create Artwork for a Postcard

  • Working with basic shapes
  • Creating and editing rectangles
  • Rounding corners
  • Working with the Rounded Rectangle tool
  • Creating and editing and ellipse
  • Creating and editing a circle
  • Creating a polygon
  • Editing a polygon
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Drawing lines
  • Creating a star
  • Working with the Shaper tool
  • Drawing shapes with the Shaper tool
  • Combining shapes with the Shaper tool
  • Working with drawing modes
  • Working with Draw Behind mode
  • Using the Draw Inside mode
  • Using Image Trace

Day 2

Lesson 4: Editing and Combining Shapes and Paths

  • Editing paths and shapes
  • Cutting with the Scissors tool
  • Joining paths
  • Cutting with the Knife tool
  • Combining shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with the Pathfinder panel
  • Creating a compound path
  • Using the Width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Finishing up the illustration

Lesson 5: Transforming Artwork

  • Working with artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards
  • Renaming artboards
  • Reordering artboards
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Creating guides
  • Editing the ruler origin
  • Transforming content
  • Positioning artwork using the Transform panel
  • Positioning artwork using Smart Guides
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting objects with effects
  • Shearing objects
  • Transforming with the Free Transform tool
  • Creating a PDF

Lesson 6: Creating an Illustration with the Drawing Tools

  • An intro to drawing with the Pen tool
  • Selecting paths
  • Drawing straight lines with the Pen tool
  • Introducing curved paths
  • Drawing a curve with the Pen tool
  • Drawing a series of curves with the Pen tool
  • Converting smooth points to corner points
  • Combining curves and straight lines
  • Creating artwork with the Pen tool
  • Drawing a coffee cup
  • Drawing with the Curvature tool
  • Editing curves
  • Reflecting the spoon shape
  • Rounding corner points
  • Editing path and points
  • Converting between smooth points and corner points
  • Working with the Anchor Point tool
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Adding arrowheads to a path
  • Working with the Pencil tool
  • Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
  • Joining with the Join tool

Day 3

Lesson 7: Using Color to Enhance Signage

  • Exploring color modes
  • Working with color
  • Applying an existing color
  • Creating a custom color using the Color panel
  • Saving a color as a swatch
  • Creating a copy of a swatch
  • Editing a swatch
  • Creating and editing a global swatch
  • Using the Color Picker to create color
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Adding a spot color
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color
  • Converting colors
  • Copying appearance attributes
  • Creating a color group
  • Creative inspiration with the Color Guide panel
  • Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool
  • Modifying a Live Paint group

Lesson 8: Adding Type to a Poster

  • Adding type to the poster
  • Adding text at a point
  • Adding area type
  • Working with Auto Sizing
  • Converting between area and point type
  • Importing a plain-text file
  • Threading text
  • Formatting type
  • Changing font family and font style
  • Fixing missing fonts
  • Changing font size
  • Changing font color
  • Changing additional character formatting
  • Working with Glyphs
  • Changing paragraph formatting
  • Modifying text with the Touch Type tool
  • Resizing and reshaping type objects
  • Creating columns of text
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Creating and applying a character style
  • Editing a character style
  • Sampling text formatting
  • Wrapping text
  • Warping text
  • Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
  • Editing the envelope warp
  • Working with type on a path
  • Creating type on a closed path
  • Creating text outlines

Lesson 9: Organizing Your Artwork with Layers

  • Understanding layers
  • Creating layers and sublayers
  • Creating new layers
  • Creating sublayers
  • Editing layers and objects
  • Locating layers
  • Moving content between layers
  • Viewing layers
  • Reordering layers
  • Collecting into a new layer
  • Duplicating layer content
  • Pasting layers
  • Changing layer order
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Creating a clipping mask

Day 4

Lesson 10: Gradients, Blends, and Patterns

  • Working with gradients
  • Applying a linear gradient to a fill
  • Editing a gradient
  • Saving a gradient
  • Adjusting a linear gradient fill
  • Applying a linear gradient to a stroke
  • Editing a gradient on a stroke
  • Applying a radial gradient to artwork
  • Editing the colors in the radial gradient
  • Adjusting the radial gradient
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying a blend
  • Creating and editing a smooth color blend
  • Painting with patterns
  • Applying an existing pattern
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying your pattern
  • Editing you pattern

Lesson 11: Using Brushes to Create a Poster

  • Working with brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing a brush
  • Removing a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Applying an existing art brush
  • Creating an Art brush using a raster image
  • Editing an Art brush
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Changing Bristle brush options
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Creating a Pattern brush
  • Applying a Pattern brush
  • Editing the Pattern brush
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Editing with the Eraser tool

Lesson 12: Exploring Creative Uses of Effects and Graphic Styles

  • Using the Appearance panel
  • Editing appearance attributes
  • Adding another stroke and fill to artwork
  • Adding another stroke and fill to text
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Using live effects
  • Applying an effect
  • Editing an effect
  • Styling text with a Warp effect
  • Editing text with a Warp effect
  • Applying the Offset Path effect
  • Applying a Photoshop Effect
  • Working with 3D effects
  • Using graphic styles
  • Applying an existing graphic style
  • Creating and applying a graphic style
  • Updating a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to a layer
  • Scaling strokes and effects

Day 5

Lesson 13: Creating Artwork for a T-shirt

  • Working with symbols
  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Editing a symbol
  • Working with dynamic symbols
  • Creating a symbol
  • Duplicating symbols
  • Replacing symbols
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Working with Creative Cloud Libraries
  • Adding assets to CC Libraries
  • Using Library assets
  • Updating a Library asset
  • Working with the perspective grid
  • Drawing artwork in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Moving planes and objects together
  • Drawing artwork with no active grid
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Moving objects in a perpendicular direction
  • Moving a plane to match an object
  • Bringing content into perspective
  • Releasing objects with perspective

Lesson 14: Using Illustrator CC with other Adobe Applications

  • Combining artwork
  • Placing image files
  • Placing an image
  • Scaling a placed image
  • Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options
  • Placing multiple images
  • Applying color edits to an image
  • Editing a clipping path (mask)
  • Masking an object with text
  • Creating an opacity mask
  • Editing an opacity mask
  • Sampling colors in placed images
  • Working with image links
  • Finding link information
  • Embedding and unembedding images
  • Replacing a linked image
  • Packaging a file

Lesson 15: Exporting Assets

  • Creating Pixel-Perfect Drawings
  • Aligning new artwork to the pixel grid
  • Aligning existing artwork to the pixel grid
  • Exporting artboards and assets
  • Exporting artboards
  • Exporting individual assets
  • Creating CSS from your design
  • Setting up your design for generating CSS
  • Working with character styles and CSS code
  • Copying CSS
  • Exporting CSS