Our Adobe Experts Will Make Learning Multimedia Software Easy And Quick!

Adobe Illustrator – Level 1

Duration: 14 hours (2 days)

Target audience: graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, and anyone who needs to create quality graphics

Prerequisites: ability to work in PC and/or Mac O/S environments

Related courses: Adobe Illustrator Level 2, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro

Software version: In addition to the current software version, Documedia teaches previous versions and we can provide customized training that focuses on new features. Please contact us for details.

Course description

In this course, participants will start with an overview of Illustrator and work on lessons that will expose them to the variety of tools used to produce high-quality vector graphics.

About Adobe Illustrator

According to Adobe, “Adobe Illustrator software allows you to create sophisticated artwork for virtually any medium. Industry-standard drawing tools, flexible color controls, and professional type controls help you capture your ideas and experiment freely, while timesaving features such as easier-to-access options let you work quickly and intuitively. Improved performance and tight integration with other Adobe applications also help you produce extraordinary graphics for print, web and interactive, and mobile and motion designs.”

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you should be able to effectively use the tools in Illustrator to create vector graphics.

Unit 1 – Getting to know Adobe Illustrator

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Identify the uses, advantages and purposes of Adobe Illustrator
  • Recognize the main elements of the interface such as the palettes and the menus
  • Make useful changes to the preferences

Unit 2 – About vector graphics and bitmap images

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of working with vector graphics
  • Identify raster graphics and when to use bitmap images

Unit 3 – Setting up artwork in Illustrator

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Identify different types of guides and helpers
  • Work with ruler guides and grid lines
  • Create and setup a new Artboard

Unit 4 – Drawing – paths and shapes

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Draw lines, curves and various shapes
  • Modify lines and shapes
  • Change and modify stroke and fill

Unit 5 – Working with objects

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Select and deselect objects
  • Group, lock and hide objects
  • Arrange object appearance with the alignment command
  • Distribute objects

Unit 6 – Transforming and distorting shapes

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Scale, rotate, skew and reflect objects
  • Distort shapes with the direct selection tool

Unit 7 – Applying colour

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Apply colours to shapes and text
  • Define process colours and swatches
  • Identify and import spot colours
  • Create and edit gradient colours

Unit 8 – Using type

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create and modify text lines and text frames
  • Import and format text flow
  • Format character and paragraph properties
  • Create character and paragraph styles

Unit 9 – Using layers

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Create and use layers for complex objects and shapes
  • Move objects between layers
  • Lock, show or hide layers
  • Create a template

Unit 10 – Saving and exporting

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Save in various vector graphic formats and PDF
  • Export to raster formats

Unit 11 – Printing

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Configure the print setting for the Artboard
  • Create a print preset for consistent output

Teaching method

The concepts will be presented by your instructor and procedures will be demonstrated step-by-step. This will be followed up by practical exercises where you will be able to apply your newly acquired skills with the guidance of your instructor.