Who is this course for

Graphic designers or people switching to a design job or taking on design responsibilities. They will have some previous experience with Adobe Illustrator.

Assumed Knowledge

Have already taken the Adobe Illustrator 101 training course or knowledge of topics covered in that workshop.

What you will learn

  • Further adjust Bezier curves by creating Compound paths
  • Create Custom Brushes and various Graphic Style
  • Work with Transparency and other raster effects like drop shadows
  • Accurately adjust type in an artwork
  • Prepare documents for composite and commercial printing
  • Enhance the workflow
  • Integration of Illustrator with the rest of Creative Suite

You will also be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam at the end of this course

So you won’t just know Adobe Illustrator, you can prove it!


Preparing for different media

  • Create PDFs using presets
  • Edit PDF export options
  • Create separations with spot colour
  • Trace bitmap images
  • Improve the trace result


  • Use Live Tools
  • Generate a colour group
  • Recolour artwork with colour guides

Advanced effects and transparency techniques

  • Adjusting and applying effects such as drop shadow, outer glow
  • Using Photoshop effects

Advanced type features

  • Create character and paragraph styles
  • Horizontal and vertical scaling
  • Add text to a vector path
  • Add gradients to type

Create custom brushes

  • Calligraphy brushes
  • Scatter brushes
  • Pattern brushes
  • Art brushes
  • Bristle brushes

Advanced drawing techniques

  • Use the Pen tool
  • Use the Appearance panel
  • Work with compound paths
  • Use the Expand Appearance command
  • Use the Outline strokes command
  • Create and use Graphic Styles
  • Use Envelope Distort
  • Blend tool
  • Create clipping masks
  • Use the Width tool
  • Use Pathfinder
  • Create Transparency and opacity masks
  • 3D shading with the gradient mesh tool
  • Use the Perspective Grid Tool
  • Create and manipulate patterns

Advanced user interface features

  • Create and manage with multiple artboards

Setup for Print

  • Print terminology explained
  • Optimising the effect quality by adjusting Raster Effect Settings
  • Create overprint effects using the Attributes panel
  • Create trim marks
  • Setting up and assigning colour profiles
  • Preview artwork using CMYK soft proof
  • Optimise artwork using the Separations and Flattener Preview panel
  • Package option

ACA Prep

  • Using copyrighted material
  • Identify design project requirements and deliverable
  • Establish the purpose and needs for your target audience
  • Mock Exam
  • Exams

Course details

Evening class duration Weekend class duration Weekday class duration Course level
6 Intermediate - Green Belt - 201

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 6 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.