Who is this course for

Graphic designers or people transitioning into a design job or taking on design responsibilities who need to use Adobe Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements or other graphic documents. They may have little or no experience with Illustrator, although they may already use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic computer skills are necessary to complete this course. These skills include; a basic understanding of a computer’s operating system, launching an application, creating and saving files, and copying files from CDs and other media.

What you will learn

  • Draw and understand Bezier curves
  • The root of drawing in Illustrator
  • Create a logo using simple shapes
  • Accurately place and measure objects in the Illustration window
  • Trace and colour your hand drawn artwork with Live Trace
  • Live Paint and Live Colour
  • Save illustrations for both print and web purposes
  • Further adjust Bezier curves by creating Compound paths
  • Create Custom Brushes and various Graphic Styles
  • 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 and
  • Integration of Illustrator with the rest of Creative Suite


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 and symbol sprayer options

Modifying Objects

  • Lasso select and the other goodies in the select menu
  • Be precise using smart guides
  • Grids and guidelines
  • Align
  • Group and duplicate to achieve better results
  • Transform objects with twirl
  • Bloat and other warp tools
  • Layers palette: hide and 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 and patterns

Text in Illustrator

  • Point
  • Area and type on a path
  • Import body type and 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 and devices

Creating Complex Illustrations

  • Working with compound paths
  • Use expand appearance to modify individual elements
  • Keep your paths simple and cleaned up
  • Outline strokes technique and 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 and 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 and 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 and Actions panel
  • Release to Layers command for quick web animations
  • Get the best from Illustrator to Flash (SWF)

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
Jumpstart - Zero to Hero

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.