Adobe Illustrator Boot Camp

4-Day Public Session  |  4-Day Live Online Session

Course Outline for Adobe Illustrator Training

I. Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Working with the Tools Panel
  • 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
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Using the Navigator Panel
  • Understanding rulers
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Document groups
  • Finding resources for using Illustrator
  • Searching for a topic in the Search of Help box
  • Checking for updates

II. Selecting and Aligning

  • Using the Selection Tool
  • Using the Direct Selection Tool
  • 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
  • Group items
  • Working in isolation mode
  • Adding a group
  • Object arrangement
  • Arrange objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Applying selection techniques
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III. 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 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

IV. 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
  • Multiple Transformations
  • Using the Free Distort effect

V. Drawing with the Pen Tool

  • Creating Straight Lines
  • Creating Curved Paths
  • Building a Curve
  • Curves and Corner Points
  • Creating the violin illustration
  • Selecting a curve
  • Drawing a curved shape
  • Drawing different kinds of curve
  • Drawing a violin shape
  • Creating the strings
  • Splitting a path
  • Adding arrowheads
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Editing curves
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Convert 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

VI. Color and painting

  • 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 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 and gradients
  • Applying exisiting patterns
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying a pattern
  • Editing a pattern
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Editing Live Paint
  • Working with Gap Options

VII. Working with Type

  • Importing a Plain Text File
  • Creating Columns of Text
  • Understanding Text Flow
  • Working with Overflow Text and Text Reflow
  • Threading Text
  • Resizing type objects
  • Formatting type
  • Changing the Font Color
  • Changing additional text attributes
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Saving and using styles
  • Creating and using a paragraph style
  • Creating and using a character style
  • Sampling text
  • Reshaping text with an envelope wrap
  • Wrapping text around an object
  • Creating text on open paths
  • Creating text on closed paths
  • Creating Text Outlines

VIII. Working with Layers

  • Creating Layers
  • Moving Objects and Layers
  • Locking Layers
  • Viewing Layers
  • Pasting Layers
  • Creating Clipping Masks
  • Merging Layers
  • Applying Appearance Attributes to Layers
  • Isolating Layers

IX. Working with Perspective Drawing

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

X. Blending Colors and Shapes

  • Working with gradients
  • Creating and applying a linear gradient
  • Adjusting the direction and angle of gradient blend
  • Creating a radial gradient
  • Changing colors and adjusting the gradient
  • Applying gradient to multiple objects
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specified steps
  • Modifying the blend
  • Creating smooth color blends

XI. Working with Brushes

  • Using Calligraphic brushes
  • Editing a brush
  • Using a fill color with brushes
  • Remove a brush stroke
  • Using Art brushes
  • Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
  • Create an Art brush
  • Edit 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 the 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
  • Edit an Art brush
  • Using Bristle brushes
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
  • Painting with a Bristle brush
  • Editing the Eraser tool

XII. Applying Effects

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

XIII. Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles

  • Using appearance attributes
  • Editing and adding appearance attributes
  • Reordering appearance attributes
  • Adding an additional stroke and fill
  • Using graphic styles
  • Creating and saving a graphic style
  • Applying a graphic style to an object
  • Applying a graphic style to a layer
  • Applying existing graphic styles
  • Applying an appearance to a layer
  • Copying, applying, and removing graphic styles

XIV. Working with symbols

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

XV. Combing Illustrator Graphics with other Adobe Applications

  • Working with Adobe Bridge
  • Combining artwork
  • Vector versus bitmap graphic
  • Placing Adobe Photoshop files
  • Transforming a placed image
  • Embed a Photoshop image with Layer comp
  • Applying color edits to a placed image
  • Masking an image
  • Applying a clipping mask to an image
  • Editing a mask
  • Masking an object with a shape
  • Creating and 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

XVI. Your Creative Workspace

  • Organizing Your Workspace
  • Mastering Object Management
  • Managing Multiple Artboards
  • Digitizing a Logo: Learning to Use a Template Layer
  • Basic to Complex: Starting Simple for Creative Composition
  • Guides for Arcs: Designing with Guides, Arc, and Pen Tools
  • Nested Layers: Organizing with Layers and Sublayers
  • Basic Appearances: Making and Applying Appearances
  • Auto-Scaling Art: Apply Effects and Graphic Styles to Resize

XVII. Designing Type & Layout

  • Types of Type
  • Working with Threaded Text
  • Wrapping Area Type Around Objects
  • Formatting Text
  • Converting Type to Outlines
  • Using the Eyedropper with Type
  • Using the Appearance Panel with Type
  • The Glyphs Panel
  • Working with Legacy Text
  • Advanced Features of Multiple Artboards
  • Create an Identity: Working Efficiently with Multiple Elements
  • For Client Review: Creating Presentations for Artboards
  • Book Cover Design: Illustrator as a Stand-Alone Layout Tool
  • Curvaceous Type: Fitting Type to Curved Paths
  • Moving Your Type Setting: Setting Type on a Curve and Warping Type
  • Arcing Type: Transforming Type with Warps & Envelopes
  • Brush Your Type: Applying Brushes to Letterforms

XVIII. Rethinking Construction

  • The Eraser tools & the Blob Brush
  • Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Using Live Trace
  • Aligning, Joining, and averaging
  • Draw Behind and Draw Inside
  • Compound Shapes & Compound Paths
  • Combining Paths: Basic Path Construction with Pathfinders
  • Coloring Line Art: Using Live Paint for Fluid Productivity
  • Blob to Live Paint: From Sketch to Blob Brush and Live Paint
  • Rapid Reshaping: Using Shape Builder to Construct Objects
  • Interlock Objects: Using the Pathfinder Panel & Live Paint
  • Drawing Inside: Building with Multiple Construction Modes

XIX. Expressive Strokes

  • Width Tool
  • The Expanded Stroke Panel
  • Brushes
  • Symbols
  • Brushes & Washes: Drawing with Naturalistic Pen, Ink & Wash
  • Pattern Brushes: Creating Details with the Pattern Brush
  • Symbolism Basics: Creating and Working with Symbols
  • Painterly Portraits: Painting in Layers with Bristle Brushes

XX. Color Transitions

  • Gradients
  • Gradient Mesh
  • Live Color
  • Custom Coloring: Creating Custom Colors & Color Groups
  • Color Guidance: Inspiration from the Color Guide Panel
  • Scripting Colors: Tools for Adding and Editing Colors
  • Kuler Colors: Using Kuler, Live Trace, & Live Color
  • Unified Gradients: Controlling Fills with the Gradient Annotator
  • Folding Gradients: Simulating Paper Folds with Gradients
  • Contouring Mesh: Converting Gradients to Mesh and Editing
  • Recolor Black: Using Live Color to Replace Blacks
  • Reducing Color: Going Monochromatic with Live Color
  • Transparent Mesh: Molding Transparent Mesh Layers Going

XXI. Reshaping Dimensions

  • Wraps and Envelopes
  • 3D Effect
  • The Perspective Grid
  • Wrap & Distort: Bending Forms to Create Organic Variations
  • 3D with a 2D Twist: Using 3D Effects to Achieve 2D Results
  • One Perspective: Simulating a One-Point Perspective View
  • Amplified Angels: Creating Details with Two-Point Perspective
  • Modifying a Photo: Inserting Photographs in Perspective
  • Establishing Perspective: Aligning Grids & Planes to an Architectural Sketch

XXII. Mastering Complexity

  • Transparency
  • Opacity Masks
  • Blends
  • Clipping Masks
  • Roping in Paths: Using Masks and Pathfinders for Shapes
  • Floating Type: Type Objects with Transparency & Effects
  • Adding Highlights: Using Transparency to Create Highlights
  • Opacity Masks 101: Transparency Masks for Blending Objects
  • Simple Masking: Applying the Basics of Clipping Masks
  • Blending Elements: Using Transparency to Blend and Unify
  • Warping Blends: Creating and Warping 3D Blends
  • Moonlighting: Using Transparency for Glows & Highlights
  • Creating Depth: Gradients Add Dimension in Space

XXIII. Creatively Combining Apps

  • Linking vs. Embedding in Illustrator
  • Moving Illustrator files to other Programs
  • Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop
  • Illustrator and InDesign
  • Illustrator, PDF, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Illustrator & 3D Programs
  • Web Graphics
  • Creating Animation with Layers