Who is this course for

This course is intended for graphic designers, small business owners, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print. Also ideal for students who want to break into the industry.

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example, you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.

What you will learn

Illustrator 101: Yellow Belt

In this introductory course, even those with no formal training in illustration will be guided towards creating their own professional graphic project using Adobe Illustrator. Using both the classic features and the new and improved tools in the latest version of Illustrator, everyone in the class will leave with the ability to create and incorporate vector graphics for different projects. No matter which form of design or development participants are already involved in, the ability to create vector graphics is a lucrative skill.
This introductory course, even those with no formal training in illustration will be guided towards creating their own professional graphic project using Adobe Illustrator. Using both the classic features and the new and improved tools in the latest version of Illustrator, everyone in the class will leave with the ability to create and incorporate vector graphics for different projects. No matter which form of design or development participants are already involved in, the ability to create vector graphics is a lucrative skill.

Illustrator 201: Green Belt

If you want it to, Illustrator can truly revolutionise the way you work. On the Illustrator 201: Green Belt course, you’ll learn how to create complex vector graphics using advanced features such as filters and effects, explore in-depth typographical adjustments, and consider the printing process of your layouts. With the solid knowledge of Illustrator that the Hotshot course provides, anyone can create truly spectacular graphics for design and web development.

Adobe Certified Associate Exam

After the Photoshop 201: Green Belt course you will be able to take the ACAExam.

Illustrator 301: Black Belt

If you’d like to reach the top of your field in digital illustration, you’ll need to become a master of the medium. On the Illustrator 301: Black Belt course, you’ll learn not just the most advanced features of the program, but also the time-saving tips and tricks that can have you creating superb work in half the time.

Outline

Creating basic Documents

  • Explore the prebuilt Document Profiles
  • Shortcuts to navigate the Artboard effectively
  • Create custom Workspaces

Drawing in Illustrator

  • Draw Paths with the Pen tool
  • Add
  • delete or adjust points along a path
  • Understand how Bézier Curves work
  • Freeform Drawing tools
  • Live Trace to transform images or hand drawn sketches
  • Into vector artworks that can be further adjusted
  • Create Logo using simple Shapes
  • Discovering basic Blends
  • Symbols in Illustrator & Symbol Sprayer options

Modifying Objects

  • Lasso select and the other goodies in the Select Menu
  • Be precise using Smart Guides
  • Grids & Guidelines
  • Align
  • Group & Duplicate to achieve better results
  • Transform objects with Twirl
  • Bloat & other Warp tools
  • Layers palette: Hide & Lock Objects
  • Intro to Isolation Mode for effective editing

Working with Colours in Illustrator

  • Difference between Swatches and Colour palette
  • Applying colour to Stroke and/or Fill
  • Adjusting Stroke attributes with Stroke panel
  • Introducing Gradients & Patterns

Text in Illustrator

  • Point
  • Area and Type on a path
  • Import Body Type & fix Spelling Errors
  • Find and Replace Text or Insert Typographic Characters
  • Create Text Outlines to design your own fancy headlines

Outputting your Artwork

  • Defining cropping area
  • Saving your artwork in vector formats
  • Save for Web & Devices

Creating Complex Illustrations

  • Working with Compound Paths
  • Use Expand Appearance to modify individual elements
  • Keep your paths Simple & Cleaned Up
  • Outline Strokes technique & option to add
  • multiple Attributes to an Object
  • Share the appearance attributes with Graphic Styles
  • Create Custom Brushes: Calligraphy
  • Scatter
  • Pattern or Art – to place objects along a path
  • Graphs – use your artworks instead of a simple bars

Modifying Artworks

  • Discover Envelope Distort
  • Utilize Clipping Masks for advanced design
  • Live Paint as an easy way to colour artwork
  • Learn about Transparency & Opacity Masks
  • Stylize with Drop Shadows and Outer Glows
  • Explore Gradient Mesh & its ability to add realistic
  • 3D Shading and highlights to 2D graphics
  • Learn the difference between Filters & Live Effects
  • Advanced Blending techniques

Advanced Typographical Features

  • Character Palette – adjust the kerning
  • Baseline shift
  • Horizontal & vertical scaling
  • Paragraph Palette – Justification and Hyphenation options
  • Use the 3D feature to extrude text or other Illustrator objects

Printing your Artwork

  • Simulate multiple pages in Illustrator using the artboard and document setup
  • Flattening Transparency for raster effects like drop shadows
  • Glows and blurs
  • Creating separations with Spot color vs. Process colour

Enhancing your workflow

  • Live Colour for perfect Complementary / Analogous colours
  • Creating Smart objects
  • Dragging-and-dropping and exporting layers into Photoshop
  • Editing options for PDFs
  • Explore Links & Actions palettes
  • Release to Layers command for quick web animations
  • Get the best from Illustrator to Flash (SWF)

Advanced Techniques

  • Working with Artboards
  • Creating templates
  • Drawing and transforming objects
  • Pen tool best practices
  • Brush types and the Blob brush tool
  • The Width tool and options with Strokes
  • Working in Isolation mode
  • Opacity and Clipping masks
  • Live paint
  • Recolour Artwork
  • Gradients
  • Tracing photographs and pixel images
  • Advanced type features
  • Working with Live effects and the Appearance panel
  • Graphic styles
  • Working with Symbols
  • Shape builder tool
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Preparing for Web and Flash
  • Preparing for print

ACA Prep

  • Copyright
  • Design principles, elements, and image composition
  • Design project requirements and deliverable
  • Adding descriptive metadata to images
  • Mock exam

Course details

Evening class duration Weekend class duration Weekday class duration Course level
Creative License

How to book

Simply select your start date from below and pay online to book your course.

If you are joining us during a weekday class then the lessons begin at 09:30 and finish at 16:30. This class will run for weeks.
If you are joining us during an evening class then the lessons begin at 18:00 and finish at 21:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.
If you are joining us during a weekend class then the class starts at 10:00 and will finish at 17:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.