Illustrator Advanced - 2 days

Adobe - Adobe Illustrator

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Course Overview

Understanding how to use Illustrator's advanced features will revolutionise the way you work. This course will build upon the knowledge from the Illustrator Introduction course by moving from simple illustrations to more complex ones. You'll go beyond the basics with features like filters and effects, explore more in-depth typographical adjustments and the printing process of your layouts.

What you will learn:
Further adjust Bézier curves by creating Compound paths
Create Custom Brushes and various graphic styles
Work with transparency and other raster effects like drop shadows
Accurately adjust type in artwork
Prepare documents for composite and commercial printing
Enhance the workflow
Integration of Illustrator with the rest of the Creative Suite

This is a two-day course running from 10am - 5pm.
Training is hands-on and tutor-led.
We provide a comprehensive training manual, lunch and certification.

  • Course Content

    Selecting and Transforming Objects

    Setting your selection preferences
    Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
    Using the Magic Wand tool
    Using the Lasso tool
    Selecting objects by attribute
    Grouping objects
    Resizing your artwork
    Rotating objects
    Distorting and transforming objects
    Repeating transformations
    Reflecting and skewing objects
    Aligning and distributing objects

    The Pen Tool de-mystified

    Understanding paths
    Understanding anchor points
    Drawing straight segments
    Editing a path as you draw it with keyboard shortcuts
    Inserting and removing anchor points
    Adding curvature
    Control handles
    Cusp points
    Drawing perfectly smooth outlines
    Tracing a freeform, curvy path
    Converting an existing anchor point
    Working with open and closed paths
    Joining paths
    Averaging and aligning paths
    Using the Scissors tool

    Working with Colour

    RGB vs. CMYK
    Adjusting Illustrator colour settings
    Process or global swatches
    Creating spot colours
    Using the swatch groups
    Working with colour libraries
    Importing swatches
    Using the Colour Guide panel
    The Colour panel
    Defining and using process colours
    Defining and using global process colours
    Defining and using spot colours
    Accessing colour libraries

    Working with Fills and Strokes

    Understanding fills and strokes
    Working with fills
    Working with strokes
    Creating dashes and arrows
    Creating variable-width strokes
    Using width profiles
    Outlining strokes
    Creating and editing gradients
    Applying gradients to strokes
    Applying and editing pattern fills
    Creating your own pattern fill

    Creating Shapes

    Understanding drawing modes
    Creating compound paths
    Creating compound shapes
    Working with the Shape Builder tool
    Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
    Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
    Smoothing and erasing paths

    Adjusting Appearance

    Exploring the Appearance panel
    The stacking order
    Working with multiple fills
    Working with multiple strokes
    Adjusting appearance with live effects
    Saving appearances as graphic styles

    Tracing an Image

    Auto-tracing in Illustrator
    Opening an image to embed it
    Placing an image to create a dynamic link
    Auto-tracing and resolution
    Adjusting layer previews
    Cleaning up with the Threshold option
    More clean-up with the Noise option
    Expanding and simplifying traced paths
    Flipping and fusing shapes
    Scaling resolution-independent vectors

    Live Paint

    Introducing Live Paint
    Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
    The Live Paint Selection tool
    Adding a path to a Live Paint group
    Constructing the base objects

    Working with Images

    Working with the Links panel
    Embedding images into Illustrator
    Cropping images with a mask
    Best file types to use
    Exploring the Image Trace panel
    Tracing photographs
    Tracing line art
    Converting pixels to paths with Image Trace

    Drawing in Perspective

    Defining a perspective grid
    Drawing artwork in perspective
    Applying artwork to the grid

    Printing, Saving, and Exporting

    Printing your artwork
    Saving your artwork
    Saving in legacy formats
    Saving templates
    Creating PDF files
    Saving for the web
    Creating high-res bitmap images
    Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign


    Importing correcting and editing data
    Swapping between Graph Type
    Changing the Graph Type settings
    Selecting and colouring graph elements
    The problems of making manual adjustments
    Creating graph designs
    Assembling sliding graph designs
    Making last-minute tweaks and edits
    Composing and customizing a graph

    Working with Brushes

    Introducing the Brushes panel
    Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
    Applying and scaling art brushes
    Applying and editing a scatter brush
    Formatting and scaling brushed text
    Editing the path outlines of an art brush
    Replacing an existing art brush
    Creating and refining an art brush
    Creating and editing a pattern brush
    Expanding and filling brush outlines
    Brushes meet text
    Adjusting the bristles in a bristle brush
    Creating brushes for a Fashion drawing
    Producing a children’s illustration utilising brushes

    Envelope Distortions

    Introducing Envelope Distort
    Editing the contents of an envelope
    Warping an envelope mesh
    Creating and editing an envelope mesh
    Blending an envelope into a background

    Gradients and the Gradient Tool

    Creating gradients
    Applying a gradient fill
    Using the gradient annotator
    Editing multiple gradients
    Creating a radial gradient
    Adjusting the midpoint skew
    Mixing gradients with blend modes
    Making a transparent gradient
    Drop shadows and dynamic effects
    Assigning a gradient to editable text
    Assigning a gradient to a stroke

    Gradient Mesh

    Introducing the gradient mesh
    Working with the Mesh tool
    Finessing the colours of mesh points
    Adding a gradient mesh to a shape
    Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
    Editing a linear gradient mesh
    Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
    Editing a radial gradient mesh

    The Blend tool

    The earliest dynamic functions
    The gradient-intensive illustration
    Creating a multi-colour blend
    Establishing a clipping mask
    Editing blended paths
    Adjusting the number of blended steps
    Using the Blend tool
    Blending between levels of opacity
    Applying a blend to a new path
    Placing one mask inside another
    Blending groups and adjusting the speed
    Rotating objects in 3D space

    Warps, Warp brushes and Meshes

    Introducing the warp tools
    Brush size
    Introducing Envelope Distort
    Editing the contents of an envelope
    Warping an envelope mesh
    Working with an envelope mesh

    Working with Type

    Creating a grid with guides
    Working with Point Type and Area Type
    Placing and flowing text
    Threading text
    Selecting type and choosing fonts
    Adjusting type size
    Tracking and Kerning
    Baseline Shift
    First Line indents
    Paragraph spacing
    Creating paragraph styles
    Redefining paragraph styles
    The Glyphs panel
    Creating text on a path
    Converting text into paths

  • Prerequisites

    You should already have taken the Adobe Illustrator Introduction training course or have solid knowledge of the topics covered in that course.

  • Qualification

    Every course comes with an Adobe Authorised completion certificate. This is either for the specific application (e.g. Acrobat, Flash, InDesign, Photoshop) or for a Masterclass, which might contain multiple applications.

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    InDesign Masterclass - 4 day

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