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Training in Versions?CS6, CS5, CS4
Class Length?2–3 Days
Delivery?This class may only be delivered on-site. Remote training is not available for this course.
Price ? $1,295-2,495 per Day*

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Work with pre­ci­sion, speed, and rock-solid sta­bil­ity on large, com­plex files in Adobe® Illustrator® soft­ware — pow­ered by the Adobe Mercury Performance System. A newly mod­ern inter­face stream­lines daily tasks. Enjoy a new trac­ing engine, quickly design seam­less pat­terns, and apply gra­di­ents to strokes.

What You Will Learn

  • Selection Tools
  • The Pen Tool
  • Using the Trace Tool
  • Type Basics
  • Transform Tools
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Gradients
  • Using Layers
  • Using Blends
  • Transparency
  • Exporting to EPS and PDF
  • Drawing on the Perspective Grid
  • Painting Realistically in Vector

Lesson Outline

The fol­low­ing is a list of pos­si­ble top­ics for you to use as a guide. Your course will be fully cus­tomized to your unique goals, work­flow, and learn­ing pace. Because every course Workflow Creative teaches is fully cus­tomized to each group, the fol­low­ing list of top­ics to be learned should be con­sid­ered a guide­line, one that will be expanded or altered as required to fit your needs.

Introducing the Workspace

  • Looking At the Workspace
  • Working with Panels
  • Customizing the Workspace
  • Changing the Magnification of A Document
  • Navigating Through A Document
  • Using Context Menus

What’s New in Adobe Illustrator

  • Efficient, flex­i­ble interface
  • Adjustable user inter­face brightness
  • Image Trace
  • Pattern cre­ation
  • Mercury Performance System
  • Gradients on strokes
  • Other enhance­ments
  • A Quick Tour of Adobe Illustrator
  • Lesson overview
  • Getting started
  • Working with artboards
  • Drawing shapes and lines
  • Applying color
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with the Width tool
  • Creating and edit­ing gradients
  • Placing Adobe Photoshop images in Illustrator
  • Using Image Trace
  • Working with the Color Guide panel
  • Creating and apply­ing a pattern
  • Working with type
  • Working with draw­ing modes
  • Working with brushes
  • Using the Appearance panel and effects
  • Working with strokes
  • Aligning con­tent
  • Working with perspective
  • Working with symbols

Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Understanding the workspace
  • Adjusting the user inter­face brightness
  • Working with the Tools panel
  • Exploring the Control panel
  • Working with panels
  • Resetting and sav­ing your workspace
  • Using panel menus
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Using the view commands
  • Using the Zoom tool
  • Scrolling through a document
  • Viewing art­work
  • Navigating mul­ti­ple artboards
  • Using the Navigator panel
  • Understanding rulers
  • Arranging mul­ti­ple documents
  • Exploring doc­u­ment groups

Selecting and Aligning

  • Selecting objects
  • Using the Selection tool
  • Using the Direct Selection tool
  • Creating selec­tions with a marquee
  • Creating selec­tions with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting sim­i­lar objects
  • Aligning objects
  • Aligning objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Working with groups
  • Grouping items
  • Working in Isolation mode
  • Adding to a group
  • Exploring object arrangement
  • Arranging objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Hiding objects
  • Applying selec­tion techniques

Creating and Editing Shapes

  • Creating a new document
  • Working with basic shapes
  • Understanding draw­ing modes
  • Creating rec­tan­gles
  • Creating rounded rectangles
  • Creating ellipses
  • Creating poly­gons
  • Working with Draw Behind mode
  • Creating stars
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Working with line segments
  • Joining paths
  • Using the Width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Combining and edit­ing shapes
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Pathfinder effects
  • Working with shape modes
  • Using Draw Inside mode
  • Editing con­tent drawn inside
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Using Image Trace to cre­ate shapes
  • Cleaning up traced artwork

Transforming Objects

  • Working with artboards
  • Adding art­boards to the document
  • Editing art­boards
  • Renaming art­boards
  • Reordering art­boards
  • Transforming con­tent
  • Working with rulers and guides
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting objects
  • Shearing objects
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Changing per­spec­tive
  • Applying mul­ti­ple transformations
  • Using the Free Distort effect

Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools

  • Starting with the Pen tool
  • Creating straight lines
  • Creating curved paths
  • Building a curve
  • Converting smooth points to cor­ner points
  • Creating the vio­lin illustration
  • Drawing curves
  • Selecting a curved path
  • Drawing a curved path
  • Drawing a closed path with curves
  • Drawing the vio­lin shape
  • Creating the strings
  • Splitting a path
  • Adding arrow­heads
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Editing curves
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Converting between smooth points and cor­ner points
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Editing with the Pencil tool
  • Finishing the vio­lin illustration
  • Assembling the parts
  • Painting the artwork

Color and Painting

  • Understanding color
  • Color modes
  • Understanding the color controls
  • Creating color
  • Building and sav­ing a cus­tom color
  • Editing a swatch
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Creating a spot color
  • Using the Color Picker
  • Creating and sav­ing a tint of a color
  • Copying appear­ance attributes
  • Creating color groups
  • Working with the Color Guide panel
  • Editing a color group
  • Editing col­ors in artwork
  • Working with the Kuler panel
  • Assigning col­ors to your artwork
  • Adjusting col­ors
  • Painting with patterns
  • Applying exist­ing patterns
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying a pattern
  • Editing a pattern
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Editing Live Paint regions
  • Working with gap options

Working with Type

  • Working with type
  • Creating point type
  • Creating area type
  • Importing a plain text file
  • Working with over­flow text and text reflow
  • Threading text
  • Creating columns of text
  • Formatting type
  • Changing the font size
  • Changing the font color
  • Changing addi­tional text attributes
  • Working with glyphs
  • Resizing type objects
  • Changing para­graph attributes
  • Creating and apply­ing text styles
  • Creating and apply­ing a para­graph style
  • Editing a para­graph style
  • Sampling text formatting
  • Creating and apply­ing a char­ac­ter style
  • Editing a char­ac­ter style
  • Reshaping text with a pre­set enve­lope warp
  • Reshaping text with an object warp
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text on an open path
  • Creating text on closed paths
  • Creating text outlines

Working with Layers

  • Creating lay­ers
  • Selecting and mov­ing objects and layers
  • Duplicating layer content
  • Moving lay­ers
  • Locking lay­ers
  • Viewing lay­ers
  • Pasting lay­ers
  • Creating a clip­ping mask
  • Merging lay­ers
  • Locating lay­ers
  • Applying appear­ance attrib­utes to layers
  • Isolating lay­ers

Working with Perspective Drawing

  • Understanding per­spec­tive
  • Understanding the Perspective Grid
  • Working with the Perspective Grid
  • Using a pre­set grid
  • Editing the Perspective Grid
  • Drawing objects in perspective
  • Selecting and trans­form­ing objects in perspective
  • Attaching con­tent to perspective
  • Editing planes and objects together
  • Adding and edit­ing text in perspective
  • Working with sym­bols in perspective
  • Adding sym­bols to the Perspective Grid
  • Transforming sym­bols in perspective
  • Releasing con­tent from perspective
  • Working with the hor­i­zon­tal plane

Blending Colors and Shapes

  • Working with gradients
  • Creating and apply­ing a lin­ear gra­di­ent to a fill
  • Adjusting the direc­tion and angle of a gra­di­ent fill
  • Applying a gra­di­ent to a stroke
  • Editing a gra­di­ent on a stroke
  • Creating and apply­ing a radial gradient
  • Editing the radial gra­di­ent colors
  • Adjusting the radial gradient
  • Applying gra­di­ents to mul­ti­ple objects
  • Exploring other meth­ods for edit­ing gra­di­ent colors
  • Adding trans­parency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with spec­i­fied steps
  • Modifying a blend
  • Creating and edit­ing smooth color blends

Working with Brushes

  • Working with brushes
  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Editing a brush
  • Using a fill color with brushes
  • Removing a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Creating an Art brush
  • Editing an Art brush
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Changing Bristle brush options
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Using Pattern brushes
  • Creating a Pattern brush
  • Applying a Pattern brush
  • Changing the color attrib­utes of brushes
  • Changing a brush color using Tints colorization
  • Changing the brush color using Hue Shift colorization
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Editing with the Eraser tool

Applying Effects

  • Using live effects
  • Applying an effect
  • Editing an effect
  • Styling text with effects
  • Editing shapes with a Pathfinder effect
  • Applying the Offset Path effect
  • Working with a 3D effect
  • Creating a revolved object
  • Changing the light­ing of a 3D object
  • Mapping a sym­bol to the 3D artwork

Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles

  • Using appear­ance attributes
  • Editing and adding appear­ance attributes
  • Adding another stroke
  • Adding another fill
  • Reordering appear­ance attributes
  • Applying an appear­ance to a layer
  • Using graphic styles
  • Creating and sav­ing a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to an object
  • Replacing graphic style attributes
  • Applying a graphic style to a layer
  • Editing a graphic style applied to a layer
  • Applying an exist­ing graphic style
  • Applying mul­ti­ple graphic styles
  • Applying a graphic style to text
  • Copying and remov­ing graphic styles
  • Creating web graphics
  • Aligning con­tent to the pixel grid
  • Slicing con­tent
  • Selecting and edit­ing slices
  • Using the Save For Web command

Working with Symbols

  • Working with symbols
  • Using exist­ing Illustrator sym­bol libraries
  • Creating sym­bols
  • Editing a symbol
  • Replacing sym­bols
  • Breaking a link to a symbol
  • Editing sym­bol options
  • Working with the Symbolism tools
  • Spraying sym­bol instances
  • Editing sym­bols with the Symbolism tools
  • Copying and edit­ing sym­bol sets
  • Storing and retriev­ing art­work in the Symbols panel
  • Mapping a sym­bol to 3D artwork
  • Working with sym­bols and Flash integration

Combining Illustrator Graphics with Other Adobe Applications

  • Working with Adobe Bridge
  • Combining art­work
  • Vector ver­sus bitmap graphics
  • Placing Photoshop files
  • Placing a Photoshop file
  • Transforming a placed image
  • Embedding a Photoshop image with layer comps
  • Applying color edits to a placed image
  • Masking an image
  • Applying a sim­ple clip­ping mask to an image
  • Editing a mask
  • Masking an object with a shape
  • Masking an object with mul­ti­ple shapes
  • Creating an opac­ity mask
  • Editing an opac­ity mask
  • Sampling col­ors in placed images
  • Working with image links
  • Finding link information
  • Replacing a linked image
  • Exporting a lay­ered file to Photoshop
  • Illustrator and Adobe InDesign, Adobe Muse, Adobe Fireworks, and Adobe Flash