Illustrator CC: Level 1

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

course image

Course details

ceus icon CEUs 1.8

schedule icon Schedule Evenings

location icon Location Online

cost icon Cost

Registration details

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

expand drawer icon collaspe drawer icon

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. 


expand drawer icon collaspe drawer icon
  • Familiarity with your computer’s operating system, and file and folder management 


expand drawer icon collaspe drawer icon

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

Next available start dates

Online — Evenings

Registration closed expand drawer icon collaspe drawer icon
Illustrator CC: Level 1
hours icon

Total classroom hours

18 hours

schedule icon



Evenings, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 6 T - 4/9/2024 - 5/14/2024

Quarter: Spring

cost icon

Total cost


instructor icon

Instructor: Morgan Olson

Morgan Olson has been teaching graphics and animation courses for over a decade. She prides herself on customizing course materials in a dynamic theme that optimizes the needs of the students. Before teaching, she worked as an in-house graphic artist and a freelance animator and now owns her own graphic design business, MeMoDesigns.

notes icon


Online courses require an internet connection and the ability to interact both through audio and video using either a webcam/microphone, speakers/headset using a computer or via a mobile phone connection. Any costs associated with connectivity are the responsibility of the student.

Interested in custom learning solutions for your team?

Tombolo Institute Corporate Solutions offers tailor-made professional development programs to meet your organization’s goals.

Get started