Adobe Illustrator Introduction – 2 days

Create logos, icons, sketches and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video and mobile.

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What to expect from this training course

Imagine being able to create logos, professional type effects, complex airbrush effects, infographics and colour control using Illustrator after just 2 days training. Discover high-quality drawing and illustration with Adobe Illustrator. You will start with an overview of Illustrator and work on lessons that will move you up to a greater skill level. Discover the unique features of this powerful vector based application - Adobe Illustrator.

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Overview

This is an introductory course for anyone new to the Illustrator environment, or those who have not had formal training. You will produce an exciting graphic project using both the classic features and the new and improved tools in Illustrator, and will leave this class with the ability to create and incorporate vector graphics for different projects.

Who is this course for?

Graphic designers, or people transitioning into a design job or taking on design responsibilities, who need to use Adobe Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, infographics or other graphic documents. You may have little or no experience with Illustrator, although you may already use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop.

Assumed knowledge

You do not require any previous Illustrator experience.

Do you already have some experience of Adobe Illustrator?

You might already be self-taught or been using Illustrator without formalised training for a while and not sure if this Introduction course is suitable? We recommend that you read the course outline and if you know 85% or more of the content then choose the Advanced course - if less than 85% then this Introduction course will provide you the building-block skills you require.

What you will learn

  • Draw and understand Bézier curves
  • The root of drawing in Illustrator
  • Create a logo using simple shapes
  • Accurately place and measure objects in the Illustration window
  • Trace and colour your hand drawn artwork with Live Trace
  • Creating symbols for intelligent updates
  • Basic infographics
  • Working with RGB and CMYK
  • Live Paint and Live Colour
  • Save illustrations for both print and web purposes

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Course outline

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Getting started

  • Understanding vector graphics
  • A run through of the Tools panel
  • The dark vs. the light interface
  • Panels and workspaces
  • Cycling through screen modes
  • Setting preferences
  • Creating and saving workspaces
  • Creating files for print

Navigation

  • Navigation and scroll shortcuts
  • Outline’ and ‘preview’ modes
  • Using ‘Smart guides’
  • Navigating within a document
  • Zooming and panning your artboards

Setting up your document

  • Creating new documents for print or web
  • Managing a custom workspace
  • Advanced document controls
  • Modifying your document
  • Back saving
  • Changing units of measurement
  • Creating and using custom views
  • Working with Grids
  • Working with Guides

Making selections

  • Using the Lasso tool
  • The Selections tools
  • The Lasso tool
  • Selecting Same
  • Saving Selections

Understanding the layers panel

  • Visibility and Locking
  • Selecting via the layers panel
  • Sub-Layers
  • Deleting layers
  • Grouping and naming layers
  • Changing the stacking order
  • Moving objects from one layer to another
  • Copying objects from one layer to another
  • Adjusting layer previews

Drawing, transforming and working with objects

  • The Line Tool
  • Rotating, and stacking
  • Using the Ellipse tool
  • Drawing a multi-point star
  • Drawing rounded rectangles
  • Reflecting across an axis
  • Scaling and copying with the Scale tool
  • Reflecting and copying with the Reflect tool
  • Rotating and copying with the Rotate tool
  • Using the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with Pathfinder
  • Grouping objects
  • Using isolation mode
  • Locking and hiding artwork

Working with artboards

  • Working with different page sizes
  • Re-sizing and Modifying artboards
  • Creating new artboards and copying artboards
  • The Artboard panel

Working with colour

  • RGB vs. CMYK
  • Adjusting Illustrator colour settings
  • Process or global swatches
  • Basics of the Colour Guide panel
  • The Colour panel

Alignment, distribution and spacing

  • Aligning, Distribution and Spacing to Selected Objects
  • Aligning, Distribution and Spacing to Artboard
  • Aligning, Distribution and Spacing to Key Object

Working with paths and the pen tool

  • Understanding paths
  • Understanding anchor points
  • Drawing straight segments
  • Adding curvature
  • Working with open and closed paths
  • Joining and averaging paths
  • Adjusting control handles
  • Using Pathfinder

Working with brushes

  • The Calligraphic Brush
  • The Scatter Brush
  • The Art Brush
  • The Pattern Brush
  • The Bristle Brushes

Graphic styles

  • Exploring the Appearance panel
  • Creating Graphic Styles

Working with symbols

  • What are symbols?
  • Using the symbols libraries
  • Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
  • Creating new symbols
  • Breaking the symbol link
  • Redefining symbols

Introduction to infographics

  • Creating an Infographic using basic shapes 
  • Creating an Infographic using Shapebuilder and Live Paint
  • Creating Data for Charts and Infographics
  • Creating Bar Charts
  • Creating Line Charts
  • Creating Pie Charts
  • Importing data from Excel
  • Colouring your charts

Working with type

  • Creating a grid with guides
  • Working with Point Type
  • Working with Area type
  • Formatting Text
  • Tracking and Kerning
  • Saving time with keyboard shortcuts

Working with images

  • Placing images into Illustrator
  • Working with the Links panel
  • Embedding images into Illustrator
  • Masking Images
  • Using Image Trace
  • Using Live Paint

Saving, printing and exporting

  • Saving to legacy formats
  • Saving Templates
  • Saving for the web
  • Creating bitmap images
  • Using Illustrator files in InDesign and Photoshop
  • Creating PDF files

Offers

The FlexiCredit - earn rewards on all courses

Get rewarded if you book any weekday scheduled course with Certitec – that's the FlexiCredit! If you are self-funding your training then for special pricing click here.

Collecting FlexiCredits and savings off a future course

  • Book a 1-day course - receive £50 + VAT
  • Book a 2-day course - receive £70 + VAT
  • Book a 3-day course - receive £100 + VAT
  • Book a 4-day course - receive £120 + VAT
  • Book a 5-day course - receive £150 + VAT

This offer does not include private training

How to book

Just reference your original booking invoice number

Terms and conditions

  • FlexiCredits can only be used as payment or part-payment towards a Certitec scheduled training course
  • You will be emailed your FlexiCredits after payment and completion of your course with Certitec
  • FlexiCredit is applicable only if the full RRP is paid for your course(s). Any discounting invalidates the FlexiCredit. If discounting has been applied you can pay back the difference in order to qualify for the offer
  • Any booking paid or part-paid by a FlexiCredit does not earn FlexiCredits
  • You can 'give' your FlexiCredits to another person/company providing you email us intention of 'hand-over' and the delegate name(s) for the course benefitting from the credits
  • You cannot mix-and-match FlexiCredits from a company booking to a self-funding booking (or vice-versa)
  • The FlexiCredit offer lasts for 6 months from the first date of your qualifying booking(s)

Training dates

London Covent Garden Add dates to your calendar

  • 17–18 June 2017 (weekend)
  • 26–27 June 2017
  • 5–6 August 2017 (weekend)
  • 7–8 August 2017
  • 18–19 September 2017
  • 23–24 September 2017 (weekend)
  • 30–31 October 2017
  • 11–12 November 2017 (weekend)
  • 11–12 December 2017
  • 16–17 December 2017 (weekend)

Cardiff Add dates to your calendar

  • 3–4 July 2017
  • 4–5 September 2017
  • 23–24 October 2017
  • 18–19 December 2017

Bristol Add dates to your calendar

  • 3–4 July 2017
  • 4–5 September 2017
  • 23–24 October 2017
  • 18–19 December 2017

If you don't see any suitable dates here, it might be more economical to deliver a private training course for you

Training Locations

London Covent Garden

90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9RZ

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Situated in one of the most vibrant parts of London, our Covent Garden office at 90 Long Acre runs parallel to the Strand, between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. Around the corner from the Royal National Opera, Drury Lane, the Piazza and the Apple Store, it truly is a great location. Recently refurbished, the training centre has large windows, an impressive double-height reception and a central atrium so that most offices have lots of natural light. All delegates have full use of the business lounge and all wifi is free of charge. Our neighbours include companies in the retail trade and creative industries, such as website development, film production, publishing and theatre supply. Travel to Covent Garden Underground station on the Piccadilly line and 5 minutes from Charing Cross mainline and Holborn. (more Covent Garden info).

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Cardiff/Caerdydd

15th Floor, Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff CF24 0EB

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The Cardiff training centre is in the heart of the city with all amenities and transport links on the doorstep. A great location for those taking the train since it's immediately behind Queen Street station, and there are numerous car parks nearby for those who prefer to drive. Fantastic views of Cardiff can be seen from Brunel House and our training room is modern, air conditioned, has super-fast internet links and has the trainer’s monitor is situated next to each delegate.

Bristol

Broad Quay House, Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4DJ

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Broad Quay House is situated on Bristol's waterfront in the heart of the city. Our training room occupies one of the most visible positions in Bristol, just yards from Queen Square, overlooking the floating harbour and surrounding areas. Easy access by road and rail - an ideal central city location with high-speed internet links and air conditioned offices. Bristol Temple Meads station is just a 4-minute taxi ride away (typically a 15-minute walk).

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Further information and FAQs

Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of Windows or Macintosh.

General information

  • Courses start at 10am and finish at 5pm. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the course on the first day.
  • We supply all computers, software and courseware, pads, pens, lunch and refreshments.
  • Access to a secure section of our site that offers useful tips and tricks.

What's for Lunch ...

We provide flexible lunch vouchers which can be redeemed at outlets nearby such as:

  • Bella Italia
  • Boots
  • Burger King
  • Co-operative
  • Eat
  • Greggs
  • McDonalds
  • Nandos
  • Pizza Express
  • Pret A Manger
  • Starbucks
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • to name but a few.

Support

We supply 6-months rock-solid support via email on the subject matter covered during the course. Find out more…

FAQs

What's the difference between scheduled and private training?

Scheduled training courses take place in a classroom at one of our training centres. The dates and course structure are set in advance, and class sizes are usually limited to fewer than 10 delegates.

Private training courses take place at your premises or ours, and allow us to offer a session tailored to your organisation's needs.

The best value for money is most often found in our scheduled training, though private training can be cost effective for large groups.

Do you charge any travel or hotel expenses for private training?

If you are within a 50-mile radius of any of our London, Cardiff or Bristol training venues then no additional charge for travel or accommodation is applied. For more specific information then please see our private training courses page.

Introduction or Advanced training - what is best for me?

Our best advice is to carefully check our course outlines, which set out everything our trainers will cover in each course. If you feel comfortable with more than 80% of the outline to an introduction course, you should be ready to take an advanced course. If not, an advanced course could leave you feeling out of your depth, and an introduction course would be the better option.

Am I eligible for free or discounted Adobe software (by taking a course)?

Unfortunately, no. However, Adobe has released the Creative Cloud, which means you can now license your software on a monthly or yearly basis at a great price! Licensing costs are much lower for students, educational bodies and charities.

What's the difference between 'company' and 'self-funding status'?

Self-funding is for people who are unemployed, employed by a company but taking the training for their own gain (not a function within that company) or looking to start their own business (but not already started). Please visit our more detailed self-funding page which contains all the information required to identify advantages and disadvantages of 'company' and 'self-funding' status – it is very important to understand the differences.

I have a FlexiCredit voucher for another course - how do I spend it?

Each course of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 days will accrue a FlexiCredit voucher of £50, £70, £100, £125 and £150 + VAT respectively. Just use the discount field for FlexiCredit on your next course booking or call us on 0800 0789 462 and we'll then deduct the amount from your next course. We just need you to supply the invoice number of the qualifying booking which accrued that FlexiCredit.

I am from overseas –  can I attend a training course?

Yes, anyone over 16 years old can attend a Certitec training course. Payment for the training course must be paid for in advance in order to satisfy UK guidelines.

How do I book my training course?

You can either book online (look at the main navigation menu above, navigate to your course of choice and select BOOK COURSE) or call us on 0800 0789 462. You are not required to fill in any bookings forms – we'll take your information and then email you the 'ePaperwork' – simple. Please ensure you have added mail@certitec.com to your list of accepted email addresses.

Will I receive any type of reminder prior to my course?

Yes, 5 days beforehand. This reminder by email (to the person who made the booking) will contain information such as course, venue, dates, start/end times, and delegate names. Please ensure you have added mail@certitec.com to your list of accepted email addresses.

Is the training with Mac or Windows?

We cater for both operating systems at all our training centres. Just let us know your preference when you book and we'll ensure everything is in place when you attend your course. We currently use Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and Windows 10 (October 2016).

Is there much difference between Mac and Windows?

Besides the slight difference in opening and saving files on a Mac (using the Finder) and Windows (using Explorer), that's pretty much it. The Mac uses the keyboard accelerator 'Command' key and Windows uses the keyboard accelerator 'Control' key. So if you've learnt on a Mac and then switch to use Windows (or vice versa), don't worry – you'll adapt straight away.

Is there any type of dress code?

No, just wear whatever is comfortable for you.

Who attends your courses?

We train people from all walks of life, from self-funding individuals, freelancers and charity workers all the way up to leaders of large organisations. If you're over 16 and have basic computer skills, you can attend our courses.

As well as receiving some great training, you might even make a contact or two – so bring your business cards and get ready to meet people with similar interests.

What do I need to bring to the course?

Just arrive in plenty of time and we'll handle the rest. You'll be given writing pads, pens and a first-class course book that's yours to keep – a perfect way to refer back to techniques covered by the trainer.

Can I bring along my own laptop?

Yes, although the training itself has to be carried out on our workstations, because of software licensing agreements with Adobe. You're free to use your own laptop and devices during breaks, and we offer Wi-Fi internet access.

Can I bring my own project for you to help me with?

We'll always try to deal with personal requests when time allows but we can't guarantee that our trainers can assist with all such issues. Our main goal is to ensure that all delegates are given expert guidance in the topics listed on our published training outlines and that they each receive the training they have paid for.

Can I bring my Wacom (or compliant) graphics tablet?

Yes, so long as you give us 24 hours notice, because we'll need to install the driver software ahead of time.

If you have a Wacom (or compliant) tablet but you have never used it before, we don't recommend that you bring it with you, as you may be hindered during the course.

Is there car parking at my training venue?

Most of our training locations are based in major city centres, so we recommend using public transport or local car parks. Our London, Cardiff and Bristol venues have NCP car parks near the training venues (fees payable to NCP), and Cardiff has bicycle parking at the back of Brunel House.

What about refreshments and lunch?

Our training centres have a lunch voucher scheme with different outlets to suit various diets. We also offer free tea, coffee and biscuits during breaks.

What about payment for my course?

We'll auto-invoice companies with an existing credit record, with payment allowed up to 28 days after the course.

For self-funding individuals and companies without an existing credit record, payment is required 10 working days before the course starts. We accept payment by bank transfer, BACS, CHAPS, cheque and all major debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX – with transactions in British Pounds, Euros or American Dollars). Payment instructions can be found in the email containing your invoice.

How about splitting my course?

All our 5-day Masterclass courses can be taken in smaller segments. For example, our Design Masterclass, which comprises 2 days of Photoshop, 2 days of InDesign and 1 day of Illustrator, can be split so you can take the courses over different periods. Just let us know when booking or making your enquiry.

Does my course come with a certificate?

Thanks to extensive customer feedback, we use a very successful eCertificate system after completion of your course. At 11pm on the final day of your course, we'll email you a personalised certificate. Gone are the days of soggy certificates – now you can save and print them forever!

After my course, do I become Adobe Certified?

You'll receive an official Adobe Authorised Training Centre course completion certificate after your course, which is different from the Adobe Certified Associate Associate or Expert qualification.

However, we do run courses that enable you to get on the fast track to Adobe Certified status.

I have taken my ACA exam and need to re-access my account

In readiness for your Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam, you will have set up an account with Certiport (www.certiport.com). You'll need to use your Certiport username and password to access your Certiport account.

We don't hold your Certiport login details on record: despite our similar names, Certitec and Certiport and not part of the same organisation.

Course Enquiry

Interested in one of our courses but need a couple of questions answered first?

Use our simple form below to send a message directly to our consultant trainers. We value great customer service and will endeavour to get back to you within the hour inside normal business hours.

If you require an immediate response then please do not hesitate to call 0800 0789 462.

Course : Adobe Illustrator Introduction – 2 days

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You can use the form below to make a course reservation with Certitec. We are an established company with over 15 years’ experience training Adobe products and have a high regard in the industry. Alternatively just call us on 0800 0789 462.

If the course is available we will send you confirmation with joining instructions and invoice over email - this is your ePaperwork so keep it in a safe place. Reminders are sent 5 working days prior to your course. If the course is not available we will email you alternative courses/dates. Typically we have availability up to 2 weeks before each course.

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Beginner
2 days

Weekday training

Company
£449+VAT
Self Funding
£382+VAT

(2 day course)

  • 1 – 2 delegates: £1,598 + VAT
  • 3 – 4 delegates: £1,698 + VAT
  • 5 – 6 delegates: £1,798 + VAT
  • 7 – 8 delegates: £1,898 + VAT
  • 9 – 10 delegates: £1,998 + VAT

Training at Certitec venue

  • No surcharge
  • Free refreshments and lunch

Training at your venue

  • No travel costs if within 50-mile radius of London, Cardiff or Bristol
  • Up to 4 laptops free
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Weekend Training (London)

Company
£359+VAT
Self Funding
£299+VAT
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  • Move your course - no fees
  • Re-attend your course - free
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London Covent Garden

  • 17–18 June 2017 (weekend)
  • 26–27 June 2017
  • 5–6 August 2017 (weekend)
  • 7–8 August 2017

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Cardiff

  • 3–4 July 2017
  • 4–5 September 2017

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Bristol

  • 3–4 July 2017
  • 4–5 September 2017

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Quality 500 page training book and USB drive supplied with this Illustrator training course

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(2 day course)

  • 1 – 2 delegates: £1,598 + VAT
  • 3 – 4 delegates: £1,698 + VAT
  • 5 – 6 delegates: £1,798 + VAT
  • 7 – 8 delegates: £1,898 + VAT
  • 9 – 10 delegates: £1,998 + VAT
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