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This course is part of the following workflow-oriented and product- or technology-oriented learning tracks: Graphic Design, Illustrator, Interior Design, Mobile Design, Motion & Animation Design, Scientific & Forensic, Web Design & Development

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What You Will Learn

  • Vector Versus Bitmap Graphics
  • Drawing with the Pen Tool
  • Using the Trace Tool
  • Type Basics
  • Transform Tools
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Using Layers
  • Transparency
  • Exporting to EPS and PDF

Lesson Outline

The following is a list of possible topics for you to use as a guide. Your course will be fully customized to your unique goals, workflow, and learning pace. Because every course we teach is fully customized to each group, the following list of topics to be learned should be considered a guideline, one that will be expanded or altered as required to fit your needs.

Introducing the Workspace

  • Looking At the Workspace
  • Working with Panels
  • Customizing the Workspace
  • Adjustable user interface brightness
  • Using Context Menus
  • Changing the Magnification of A Document
  • Navigating Through A Document

Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools

  • Starting with the Pen tool
  • Creating straight lines
  • Creating curved paths
  • Editing a curve
  • Converting between smooth points and corner points
  • Splitting a path
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Editing with the Pencil tool
  • Adding arrowheads
  • Creating a dashed line

Creating and Editing Shapes

  • Working with basic shapes
  • Understanding drawing modes
  • Creating rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses
  • Creating polygons, triangles, and stars
  • Working with Draw Behind mode
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Working with line segments
  • Joining paths
  • 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 Draw Inside mode
  • Editing content drawn inside
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Using Image Trace to create shapes
  • Cleaning up traced artwork

Color and Painting

  • Understanding color
  • Color modes
  • 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 appearance attributes
  • Working with the Color Guide panel
  • Creating color groups
  • Editing a color group
  • Working with the Kuler panel
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Painting with patterns
  • Applying existing patterns
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Editing Live Paint regions
  • Working with gap options

Working with Type

  • Creating point type
  • Creating area type
  • Formatting type
  • Importing a plain text file
  • Working with overflow text and text reflow
  • Threading text
  • Creating columns of text
  • Working with glyphs
  • Resizing type objects
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Creating and applying a paragraph style
  • Editing a paragraph style
  • Creating and applying a character style
  • Editing a character style
  • Sampling text formatting

Selecting and Aligning

  • Selecting objects
  • Using the Selection tool
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Aligning objects
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Grouping items
  • Working in Isolation mode
  • Adding to a group
  • Arranging objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Hiding objects
  • Applying selection techniques

Working with Artboards

  • Multiple pages in Illustrator
  • Working with artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards
  • Renaming artboards
  • Reordering artboards

Transforming Objects

  • Transforming content
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting objects
  • Shearing objects
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Applying multiple transformations
  • Using the Free Distort effect

Working with Layers

  • Creating layers
  • Selecting and moving objects and layers
  • Duplicating layer content
  • Moving layers
  • Locking layers
  • Viewing layers
  • Pasting layers
  • Merging layers
  • Locating layers
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Isolating layers

Working with Brushes

  • Working with brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Using a fill color with brushes
  • Removing a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Changing Bristle brush options
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Editing with the Eraser tool

Working with Symbols

  • Working with symbols
  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing a symbol
  • Replacing symbols
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Editing symbol options
  • Working with the Symbolism tools
  • Spraying symbol instances
  • Editing symbols with the Symbolism tools
  • Copying and editing symbol sets
  • Storing and retrieving artwork in the Symbols panel