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Illustrator 101 2 Days | 9am to 4pm | $699 PLUS TAX

Illustrator has a lot of unique drawing features. We’ll focus on the basic ones here -- the ones you will use often. After this workshop you can start using Illustrator, with complete confidence, to create logos, illustrations, floorplans, posters, and banners. Students are encouraged to tell us of special requests. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills. 

Introduction

  • » round table
  • » sample files

the Workspace

  • » the work area
  • » the toolbar
  • » the palettes
  • » creating a new artboard
  • » creating several artboards
  • » navigating around your artboards
  • » preview vs outline mode
  • » preferences

Illustrator Essentials

  • » drawing simple line art and basic shapes
  • » resizing objects
  • » selecting artwork
  • » adding a fill or stroke colour
  • » outline vs preview mode
  • » using layers
  • » cloning objects

Adding Colour

  • » creating colours
  • » using Live Paint
  • » adding a symbol to your artwork
  • » expanding the symbol
  • » selecting same colour objects
  • » creating a colour group
  • » using the Colour panel
  • » adding Pantone colours
  • » adding effects
  • » the Appearance panel

Using Effects and Transparency

  • » applying Effects
  • » the Appearance panel
  • » editing Effects
  • » using graphic styles
  • » working with transparency
  • » working with multiple opacity
  • » working with blending modes

Working with the Drawing Tools

  • » the Pen tool
  • » drawing straight, and curved lines
  • » manually tracing images
  • » placing an image as a template
  • » the Line Segment and Arc tools
  • » the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools
  • » editing existing paths
  • » cutting and joining paths
  • » working with Live Trace
  • » combining shapes – the Pathfinder panel

Exploring Additional Colour Options

  • » creating gradients
  • » customizing an existing gradient
  • » creating and using patterns

Working with and Formatting Text

  • » placing type
  • » formatting type
  • » paragraph and character styles
  • » advanced techniques with text
  • » text on a path
  • » warping text
  • » text in a shape
  • » creating outlines
  • » check spelling
  • » find and replace

Organizing your Illustrations with Layers

  • » the Layers panel
  • » using layers to organize your illustrations
  • » moving items between layers
  • » paste remembers layers

Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. This outline is intended as a guide to provide structure for the workshop. Don’t be afraid to ask questions outside the box; our instructors are experts in the use of Illustrator at all levels and are prepared to answer your questions on the fly.

Custom Training. We love it when clients ask for custom training. Whether your team wants to combine certain topics from various courses or needs us to create a completely customized solution using your data, this is something we do really well. (Available for groups of three or more.)

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