Adobe Illustrator Training Class

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Discover high quality drawing and illustration with Adobe Illustrator. You will start with an overview of Illustrator and work on lessons that will step you into a greater skill level. Discover the unique features of Illustrator, including how to create logos, professional type effects, complex airbrush effects and color control.

Cost: $795.00
Register more than a week prior to the class start date to take advantage of our early bird rate of $695.00

To register for this class, click the registration link above or call 215-643-8580 option 3.

Course Outline

Lesson 1

  • Getting to Know the Work Area
  • Working with the Tools Panel
  • 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
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Using the Navigator Panel
  • Understanding rulers
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Document groups
  • Finding resources for using Illustrator
  • Searching for a topic in the Search of Help box
  • Checking for updates

Lesson 2

  • Selecting and Aligning
  • Using the Selection Tool
  • Using the Direct Selection Tool
  • Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting similar objects
  • Aligning Objects
  • Aligning objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Group items
  • Working in isolation mode
  • Adding a group
  • Object arrangement
  • Arrange objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Applying selection techniques

Lesson 3  

  • Working with basic shapes
  • Accessing the basic shape tools
  • Understanding drawing modes
  • Creating rectangles
  • Creating rounded rectangles
  • Creating ellipses
  • Creating Polygons
  • Draw Inside mode
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Working with line segments
  • Joining paths
  • Creating Stars
  • Using Eraser tool
  • Using the Width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Combining and editing shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Pathfinder effects
  • Working with shape modes
  • Using Live Trace to create shapes

Lesson 4  

  • Transforming Objects
  • Working with artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards
  • Renaming Artboards
  • Reordering Artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting objects
  • Shearing objects
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Changing perspective
  • Multiple Transformations
  • Using the Free Distort effect

Lesson 5  

  • Drawing with the Pen Tool
  • Creating Straight Lines
  • Creating Curved Paths
  • Building a Curve
  • Curves and Corner Points
  • Creating the violin illustration
  • Selecting a curve
  • Drawing a curved shape
  • Drawing different kinds of curve
  • Drawing a violin shape
  • Creating the strings
  • Splitting a path
  • Adding arrowheads
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Editing curves
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Convert between smooth points and corner points
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Editing with the Pencil tool
  • Finishing the violin illustration
  • Assembling the parts
  • Painting the artwork

Lesson 6  

  • Color and painting
  • Color Modes
  • Understanding the Color Controls
  • Creating color
  • Building and saving a custom color
  • Editing a swatch
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Creating a Spot Color
  • Using the Color Picker
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color
  • Copying attributes
  • Creating color groups
  • Working with the Color Guide panel
  • Editing a color group
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Working with the Kuler panel
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Adjusting colors
  • Painting with patterns and gradients
  • Applying exisiting patterns
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying a pattern
  • Editing a pattern
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Editing Live Paint
  • Working with Gap Options

Lesson 7  

  • Working with Type
  • Importing a Plain Text File
  • Creating Columns of Text
  • Understanding Text Flow
  • Working with Overflow Text and Text Reflow
  • Threading Text
  • Resizing type objects
  • Formatting type
  • Changing the Font Color
  • Changing additional text attributes
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Saving and using styles
  • Creating and using a paragraph style
  • Creating and using a character style
  • Sampling text
  • Reshaping text with an envelope warp
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text on open paths
  • Creating text on closed paths
  • Creating Text Outlines

Lesson 8  

  • Working with Layers
  • Creating Layers
  • Moving Objects and Layers
  • Locking Layers
  • Viewing Layers
  • Pasting Layers
  • Creating Clipping Masks
  • Merging Layers
  • Applying Appearance Attributes to Layers
  • Isolating Layers

Lesson 9  

  • Working with Perspective Drawing
  • Understanding Perspective
  • Understanding the Perspective Grid
  • Working with the Perspective Grid
  • Using a preset grid
  • Drawing objects in perspective
  • Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
  • Attaching objects to perspective
  • Editing planes and objects together
  • Adding and editing text in perspective
  • Adding Symbols to the Perspective Grid
  • Transforming Symbols in perspective
  • Release content from perspective

Lesson 10  

  • Blending Colors and Shapes
  • Working with gradients
  • Creating and applying a linear gradient
  • Adjusting the direction and angle of gradient blend
  • Creating a radial gradient
  • Changing colors and adjusting the gradient
  • Applying gradient to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying the blend
  • Creating smooth color blends

Lesson 11  

  • Working with Brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Editing a brush
  • Using a fill color with brushes
  • Remove a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Create an Art brush
  • Edit 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
  • Changing the color attributes of brushes
  • Changing the brush color using Tints colorization
  • Changing the brush color using Hue Shift colorization
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Editing the Eraser tool

Lesson 12  

  • Applying Effects
  • Using live effects
  • Applying an effect
  • Editing an effect
  • Styling text with effects
  • Editing shapes with a Pathfinder effect
  • Offsetting paths
  • Applying a Photoshop effect
  • Working with a 3D effect
  • Creating a revolved object
  • Changing the lighting of a 3D object
  • Mapping a symbol to the 3D artwork

Lesson 13  

  • Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles
  • Using appearance attributes
  • Editing and adding appearance attributes
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Adding an additional stroke and fill
  • Using graphic styles
  • Creating and saving a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to an object
  • Applying a graphic style to a layer
  • Applying existing graphic styles
  • Applying an appearance to a layer
  • Copying, applying, and removing graphic styles

Lesson 14  

  • Working with symbols
  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing a symbol
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Replacing symbols
  • Renaming symbols
  • Working with the Symbolism tools
  • Copy and edit symbol sets
  • Storing and retrieving artwork in the Symbols panel
  • Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork
  • Symbols and Flash integration

Lesson 15  

  • Working with Adobe Bridge
  • Combining artwork
  • Vector versus bitmap graphic
  • Placing Adobe Photoshop files
  • Placing Photoshop files
  • Duplicating and editing a placed image
  • Embed a Photoshop image with Layer comp
  • Applying color edits to a placed image
  • Masking an image
  • Applying a clipping mask to an image
  • Editing a mask
  • Masking and object with multiple shapes
  • Release a mask
  • Creating an opacity mask
  • Sampling colors in placed images
  • Replacing a placed, linked image
  • Exporting a layered file to Photoshop
  • Illustrator and Adobe InDesign
  • Illustrator and Adobe Flash
  • Illustrator and Adobe Flash Catalyst
  • Illustrator and Adobe Flex

Lesson 16  

  • Saving content for the Web
  • Aligning content to the pixel grid
  • Slicing content
  • Selecting and editing slices
  • Using the save for Web command
  • Creating CSS code
  • Setting up your design for generating CSS
  • Working with character styles and CSS code
  • Working with graphic styles and CSS code
  • Copying CSS
  • Exporting CSS
  • Saving artwork as SVG


Our facility is conveniently located near these major cities:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, PA
Princeton, New Jersey, NJ
New York, New York, NY
Baltimore, Maryland, MD
Wilmington, Delaware, DE
Washington DC