Adobe Illustrator Part 1

Learn from the top professionals to create high quality logos, icons, infographics and more. Learn to create and format a vast variety of objects, shapes and text. With our Adobe Illustrator Training, learn how to apply patterns and gradients and use Adobe Color for cohesive color systems. Add special effects and combine images. Use your new skills to create powerful imagery that can be incorporated into any graphic design project, both print and digital.

  • Understand the difference between Adobe programs, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat etc.
  • Use Adobe Bridge to View, Open & Oragnize
  • Create new Illustrator documents
  • Set artboard size and color space, set up different artboard sizes, and export one or all artboards to PDF
  • Open documents created in other programs. Save as an Illustrator file (.ai), EPS, and PDF
  • Understand the Illustrator interface – windows, panels, tools, & customizing the workspace
  • Navigate the document – zoom commands and shortcuts, viewing the non printing items on the page
  • Use the Selection, Direct Selection and Group Selection Tools
  • Use the Select Menu or Magic Wand Tool to select similar items
  • Shapes: Oval, Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Star and Polygon
  • Lines: Arc, line segment, pencil, rectangular grid, polar grid and spiral tools
  • Transform objects with the scale, shear, rotate & reflect tools
  • Group, ungroup, lock and hide objects
  • Use and understand Group Isolation mode
  • Use the new Draw Inside command
  • Artistic vs. paragraph text, when to click and when to click and drag with the Text Tool
  • Text on a path, including text on ovals, circles, and lines
  • Create outlines from text and creating new font shapes
  • Character Panel: size, kerning, baseline shift, horizontal & vertical scaling
Adobe Illustrator Training at Ascend will teach you to be an expert in how to create, fill and stroke objects.

  • Stroke an Object- Dashed lines, joins, caps, weight and color
  • Fill & stroke options on the tool panel & how they work with the stroke, color & swatches palettes
  • Use offset strokes inside, outside or in the center of a path
  • Create process, spot, web & Pantone +® colors then add and save them to the swatches panel
  • Save colors in a Color Group for excellent color organization
  • Append swatches from other documents to pull colors into the active document
  • Specify and change global or non-global colors
  • Use the Live Color features
  • Create and apply gradients to objects
  • Use gradient opacity, and interact with gradients on screen
  • Apply a gradient to a stroke – control the options
  • Create new Layers, change the stacking order, move an object from one layer to another, select objects with the layers panel, lock and hide layers
  • Apply a basic fill and stroke with the Appearance panel in our Adobe Illustrator Training class
  • Understand how the Appearance panel works with Effects
  • Apply, modify and delete effects on objects
  • Use the pen tool to draw straight lines. Add and delete points along a path
  • Understand the basics of Bezier drawing with the pen tool
  • Pencil tool – Freeform drawing and editing with this powerful way to modify a path
  • Shape Modes – Add, Subtract, Intersect and Exclude. Understand how shape modes create “live objects” and how to work with them
  • Use the Width tool to modify the width of a stroke
  • Live Paint Group – understand the difference between grouping objects to painting them with live paint in our Adobe Illustrator Training class
  • Shape builder tool: create a new shape from overlapping areas
  • Blob Brush to draw with vector shapes
  • Size concerns for digital artwork
  • Setting up proper sizing for standard banner ads and icons.
  • Using resources for free imagery
  • Adding gradients and textures to your icons and banner ads
  • Setting up the document and choosing eye catching fonts and effects that fit the topic
  • Creating charts and graphs in Illustrator and importing from Excel
  • Choose a color palette and applying fills, strokes, tints for dynamic visual impact
  • Exporting infographics for both print and digital usage
  • Understanding how digital images rely on resolution on the web and mobile devices
  • Use Clipping Masks to put artwork inside of a shape
  • Use Compound Paths in conjunction with Clipping Masks
  • Blending basics, blend shapes from one to the other. Use to make highlights within an object
  • Use the basics of the Pattern Creator
  • Introduction to the new and improved Image Trace
  • Save an .ai file to be placed into InDesign and other programs
  • Place a .ai file into Photoshop
  • Export an Illustrator file as a .psd to open in photoshop
  • Export to .png, .jpg, .psd, & .swf
  • Use other file formats from Illustrator

Class Length: 3 Days
Price: $999

This open enrollment class is offered online with a live instructor. All instructors are Adobe Certified.

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