Course Description

Explore the basic skills that will allow you to take advantage of Illustrator's powerful tools. In this class you will manipulate the various palettes and navigate through the Adobe Illustrator environment. You will also create and modify paths using special drawing tools, and draw and edit geometric objects. You will apply fill and stroke attributes, colors, gradients, and transparency to objects and paths. You will also use layers to manage complex illustrations, enter and format type in an illustration, and create eye-catching type effects. Finally, you'll prepare Illustrator files for print and the Web.

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Who Should Attend

This course is intended for students who want to explore the basic tools and features of Illustrator for creating professional page layouts and designs.


An understanding of the Windows operating system.

Attend and You Will Learn / Expected Outcome

Attend And You Will Learn

Introduction to Illustrator®

  • Evaluating graphics scalability
  • Navigating, viewing, and measuring graphics
  • Customizing the user interface

Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes

  • Creating documents
  • Saving documents
  • Drawing basic shapes

Creating Graphics Containing Customized Paths

  • Drawing paths
  • Modifying paths

Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text

  • Inserting text
  • Flowing text along a path
  • Inserting bounded text
  • Threading text
  • Applying text styles
  • Inserting typographical characters

Customizing Objects

  • Importing and linking graphics
  • Altering the appearance of objects

Customizing Basic Shapes

  • Applying strokes
  • Filling shapes
  • Applying gradients
  • Applying graphic styles
  • Distorting text with text envelopes

Preparing Documents for Deployment

  • Updating text
  • Wrapping text
  • Hyphenating text
  • Optimizing content for print
  • Optimizing content for the Web
  • Optimizing content for PDF documents
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