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Illustrator CC Essentials

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Level 1: For students new to the software or skill being taught, or with broad gaps in knowledge, but familiar with the concepts under discussion

This and all of our classes require these basic computer skills

Required class(es) (or equivalent experience):

Not required, but may be useful before taking this course:

$575 • two days (12 hours)
meets 9:30am–4:30pm

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Class Description

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Illustrator student

Who uses Illustrator? Architects, artists, designers, engineers, and Photoshop divas who need some vector graphics power tools. Illustrator's ability to create graphics in a freeform way or with incredible precision appeals to all these users. Learn to utilize this amazing tool to design logos, create detailed maps, illustrate products and more.

what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students in attendance)

Create both basic and complex shapes
  • create simple, "logo-esque" shapes
  • secrets of the "basic" shape tools
  • know when to edit and when to redraw
Bend and twist graphics with powerful transformation tools
  • the Scale, Rotate, and Reflect tools
  • the Liquify tools: Warp, Twirl, Pucker, Bloat, and friends
  • Free Transform
  • the Bounding Box
  • point by point editing
  • adjust line weight variably for gorgeous, custom calligraphic effects
Control your illustrations with Layers
  • control stacking order of your illustration's parts
  • organize complex illustrations (like maps)
  • selecting objects from the Layers panel
  • hiding, locking, and more
Create and control color swatches
  • the power and pitfalls of Illustrator swatches
  • using color libraries (like Pantone®)
  • the joys of Live Color: recolor whole illustrations elegantly
Use Gradients effectively
  • surprising ways to add depth to objects
  • shading and subtlety
Using Type
  • the Adobe type engine
  • font choices
  • controlling typographic features
  • converting type to graphics
  • flowing text along a path
  • flowing text inside a path
  • getting text from other applications
Adding images from other programs to your illustrations
  • take advantage of Photoshop features in Illustrator
  • linking vs embedding
Tracing scanned images: pros and cons
  • line drawing to vector paths
  • photos to vector forms
  • taming the Live Trace feature
Working intuitively: Live Paint
  • from vector shape quilting to drawing the way you want
  • mind the gap: pitfalls in Live Paint
Transparency
  • transparency risks made clear (puns intended)
  • opacity, blending modes, and output
  • transparency effects vs overprinting
Combining Shapes
  • shape modes
  • using shapes as tools on other shapes
  • using the shape builder tool
Basics of Blends
  • morphing of objects
  • using blends to create subtle shading
Graphic Styles
  • saving appearance attributes for later use
  • make major changes globally and efficiently
Saving and Exporting
  • saving for older versions of Illustrator
  • PDF and EPS

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