Illustrator CC: Level 1

Master the basics of Illustrator vector graphics editor to create effective artwork for the Web and print media.

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Illustrator CC: Level 1

Master the basics of Illustrator vector graphics editor to create effective artwork for the Web and print media.

What you’ll be able to do — competencies

  • Navigate the document and identify and select tools from the tools panel 
  • Make selections using selection tools and use layers to organize and modify your work 
  • Create basic shapes such as rectangles, circles and stars 
  • Develop custom shapes
  • Apply color using swatches and patterns 
  • Use saving techniques for print and web 
  • Develop and apply gradients, gradient mesh and blends
  • Create and use type

Course description

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Illustrator is a powerful vector illustration tool used to create artwork for the Web and print media. Course topics include creating and editing shapes; drawing with the pen tool; using live trace and live paint; creating and manipulating color and fill swatches; and working with brushes. 


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  • Familiarity with your computer’s operating system, and file and folder management 


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Session 1 Topics 

  • Getting to Know the Work Area 
  • Open a document
  • Create a document
  • Open Illustrator: Explore and customize the user interface 
  • Utilize the navigation tools
  • Selecting and Aligning  
  • Various Selection Tools
  • Save Selection
  • Hide and Lock items
  • Align and distribute shapes
  • Group and ungroup items
  • Isolation mode

Session 2 Topics 

  • Operating the layers panel
  • Stacking Order
  • Layer Options
  • Layer Panel Menu Button
  • Creating and Editing Shapes  
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Bounding box
  • Live Corners
  • Shaper Tool
  • Pathfinder
  • Shape Builder Tool
  • Draw inside mode

 Session 3 Topics 

  • Developing custom shapes
  • Pen Tool
  • Line Segment Tool
  • Arch Tool
  • Pencil Tool
  • Smooth Tool
  • Path Eraser Tool
  • Eraser Tool
  • Adding and Removing Anchors
  • Refining a Curve
  • Cutting and Joining a Path
  • Image Trace
  • Stroke Panel
  • Variable Width tool
  • Applying multiple shape transformations 
  • Scale Tool
  • Reflect Tool
  • Rotate Tool
  • Sheer Tool
  • Free Transform Tool
  • Multiple Transformations

Session 4 Topics 

  • Working with color
  • Color Types
  • Color on Tools Panel
  • Color Panel
  • Swatch panel
  • Color Guide
  • Adobe Color
  • Edit Colors
  • Recolor Artwork
  • Creating and Editing Patterns
  • Live Paint
  • Gradient
  • Gradient Tool
  • Blends
  • Gradient Mesh

Session 5 Topics 

  • UtilizingType
  • Character Panel
  • Paragraph Panel
  • Type Tool
  • Text Along a Path
  • Touch Type Tool
  • Create Outlines
  • Adjusting the look of your objects with the appearance panel 
  • Stacking Order
  • Appearance Panel Options
  • Appearance Panel Menu Button

Session 6 Topics 

  • Saving
  • Save As
  • Save As Copy
  • Save for Web
  • Export As
  • Learning Paint Brush Basics 
  • Brush Panel
  • Calligraphic Brushes
  • Bristle Brush
  • Scatter Brush
  • Art Brush
  • Pattern Brush
  • Blob Brush

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