Illustrator advanced

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At a glance

  • Central LondonOnline, Instructor-led
  • 9.30am–4.30pm
  • Workbook & supportSupport
  • Lunch & refreshmentsVideo recording of course
  • 2 days
  • Accelerated learning
  • Business: £399339+VAT
  • Individual / charity: £339288+VAT (£406.80345.60)
  • Adobe CC2023

Course dates

Remote

  • 05–06 June 2024
  • 10–11 July 2024
  • 14–15 August 2024
  • 18–19 September 2024
  • 23–24 October 2024
  • 27–28 November 2024

London

  • 10–11 July 2024
  • 14–15 August 2024
  • 18–19 September 2024
  • 23–24 October 2024
  • 27–28 November 2024

Course dates

Remote

  • 05–06 June 2024
  • 10–11 July 2024
  • 14–15 August 2024
  • 18–19 September 2024
  • 23–24 October 2024
  • 27–28 November 2024

London

  • 10–11 July 2024
  • 14–15 August 2024
  • 18–19 September 2024
  • 23–24 October 2024
  • 27–28 November 2024

Overview

This Illustrator advanced training course is the natural next step for those that have previously attended the Illustrator introduction course - or know over 85% of the course outline.

Over the two days of training you’ll learn how to create compound paths, raster effects, workflows and more specialist features that Illustrator has to offer.

This course will be delivered through our Accelerated learning approach, allowing you to learn more information, easier and more efficiently than standard training approaches.

Target Audience

This course is for designers, marketers, developers or anyone that has previously attended an introduction training course and wants to learn more of the advanced features within Illustrator.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Master the specialist features that most aren't even aware of in Illustrator
  • Be comfortable using the pen tool, envelope distortions and the brush tool at an advanced level
  • Get the most out of type, colour and how to adjust appearances
  • Create infographics, 3D shapes and how to take full advantage of live paint

Accelerated learning

Our Accelerated learning approach at Certitec is unique within the Adobe training industry. Our focus is not on what you learn, but how you learn. Referred to as ‘Accelerated Learning’, this process allows you to digest a significant amount of information more quickly, and more easily than through other methods.

Accelerated learning

  • Establish a firm understanding on the learning process before embarking
  • Overcoming any learned helplessness by reframing what will be learnt upon completion
  • Sessions no longer than 60 minutes each to maximise how we learn 
  • The use of course workbooks to strengthen memory retention (classroom)
  • Finding a balance between new and recap learning
  • Kinaesthetic (‘hands-on’) techniques
  • Video of entire course upon completion (remote)

Find out more about our Accelerated learning process.

Outline

What to expect from this course

Over the two days of training you’ll learn the more specialist features that Illustrator has to offer and go that bit deeper when compared to the introduction course.

Our Adobe certified training team will help you get to grips with workflows, custom brushes, transparency and more!

You’ll leave the course with the skills to use features that most aren’t even aware of and the confidence to start working on a whole new level.

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Day one – Enhancing vector processes

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 attributes
  • Resizing your artwork
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting and transforming objects
  • Repeating transformations
  • Reflecting and skewing objects
  • Aligning and distributing objects

Advancing the pen tool

  • Understanding anchor points
  • Drawing straight segments
  • Editing a path as you draw it with keyboard shortcuts
  • Inserting and removing anchor points
  • Adding curvature
  • Control handless
  • 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

  • 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

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

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

Introduction to Charts

  • Creating 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 and area type
  • Placing and flowing text
  • Threading text
  • Selecting type and choosing fonts
  • Adjusting type size
  • Leading, tracking and kerning
  • Baseline shift
  • First line indents
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Creating paragraph styles
  • Redefining paragraph styles
  • The glyphs panel
  • Spell-checking
  • Creating text on a path
  • Converting text into paths

Adjusting appearances

  • 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

Day two – Pushing forward and consolidation

Tracing

  • Converting pixels to paths with Image Trace
  • Exploring the Image Trace panel
  • Tracing photographs
  • Tracing line art
  • 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

  • Placing images into Illustrator
  • Placing an image to create a dynamic link
  • Working with the links panel
  • Embedding images into Illustrator
  • Cropping images with a mask
  • Best file types to use

Working with brushes

  • Introducing the brushes panel
  • Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
  • Applying and editing art brushes
  • Applying and editing a scatter brush
  • Replacing an existing brush
  • Creating and refining a brush
  • Creating and editing a pattern brush
  • Adjusting the bristles in a bristle brush

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-resolution bitmap images
  • Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign

Charts and data

  • Importing correcting and editing data
  • Swapping between graph type
  • Changing the graph type settings
  • Selecting and colouring graph elements
  • Creating and defining a design for Illustrator charts
  • Applying a chart design to a marker
  • Adding numeric values to a column chart

Customising graphics and 3D

  • Designing your own charts
  • Creating a 3D pie chart
  • Rotating objects in 3D space

Gradient tool

  • Creating gradients
  • Applying a gradient fill
  • Using the gradient annotator
  • Editing multiple gradients
  • Creating a radial gradient
  • Adjusting the midpoint skew
  • Making a transparent gradient
  • Assigning a gradient to editable text
  • Assigning a gradient to a stroke

The blend tool

  • Using the blend tool
  • Creating a multi-colour blend
  • Editing blended paths
  • Adjusting the number of blended steps
  • Blending between levels of opacity
  • Applying a blend to a new path
  • Establishing a clipping mask

Gradient mesh

  • Introducing the gradient mesh
  • Working with the mesh tool
  • Adding colours to the 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

Warps and warp brushes

  • Introducing the warp tools
  • Brush size
  • Introducing envelope distort
  • Editing the contents of an envelope
  • Warping an envelope mesh
  • Working with an envelope mesh

Drawing in perspective

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

Classroom trainint

Advantages of classroom training

Classroom training has many advantages over other formats of training since in-person interaction and communication plays an extremely important part to absorbing information. 

Classroom training allows you to get trained in a safe, quiet, clean environment, away from the noise and pressures of the office or home. The classroom environment provides the important “human touch,” which is often missing in technology-based training. 

You can’t beat real life interaction when asking important questions and receiving immediate feedback. 

Other benefits of classroom training include:

  • Group interaction. People learn from one another as well as from the trainer
  • Training groups can be large or small
  • Classroom training also teaches us how to interact with one another in a professional, productive, cooperative way, which is something that other forms of training often don’t provide

Remote training

Advantages of remote training

Remote training introduces a virtually no-limits training option since it's extremely flexible. You can attend a remote training session anywhere in the world and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. 

Remote training plays itself into your hands and you can harness technology to enable you to use traditional computers, tablets and even phones for complete flexibility.

You can see your trainer (webcam) and they will take you through the training session like you're actually attending a classroom training event.

Other benefits of remote training include:

  • No travel to the classroom - you can attend remote training in your pj's if you wish!
  • Training groups can be large or small and even split over multiple locations and even multiple countries at the same time
  • You have the ability to interact with your trainer by talking, electronically raising your hand and even allow for them to see your screen (if you authorise)
  • All remote training sessions are recorded - so you can play-back at anytime in the future and enhance your learning experience

FAQs

Are there any discounts for individuals/self funders and charities?

You will save 15% off the course price if you’re a non-business delegate and includes the following:

  • Self funding individual
  • Charity

When you select your booking status (as above) then our system then automatically deducts 15% from the price.

How do I actually book my course?

Find the course you wish and then click on the ‘book now’ button and complete the form.

What are the payment terms?

Please refer to our how to pay document.

How do I enter / use a PO when making my booking?

When you book your course and select the 'company' option - you will be able to enter a PO number into the relevant field. We will then issue your invoice with the PO embedded.

If you missed the PO field - just email us back with your PO and we'll do the rest.

What are the training times?

We start at 9.30 and finish at 4.30pm with plenty of breaks and 40 minutes for lunch. For more details visit our specific timings page.

Is there any pre or post study required prior to undertaking any course?

The simple answer is no.

If you have booked an 'Adobe certified' course with us - you do have the option to view some sample documents we send across prior to your exam.

Although this would only affect your scoring by a couple of percent either way.

What is Adobe certification?

Adobe certified professional. Build a unique portfolio and gain a professional certification that communicates your advanced knowledge- that is what becoming Adobe certified is about.

Is there any technical support after the course completes?

After your course, we don’t leave you high-and-dry. Our technical support is provided for a lifetime.

How do I gain multiple Adobe certifications?

Become an Adobe certified professional with our Adobe certification masterclass. It will provide you with a solid qualification in the design / video sector and increase your chances of landing your dream job!

I become Adobe certified a couple of years ago. Does this mean I'm still Adobe certified?

When you undertake and pass an Adobe certified professional (or the retired 'Adobe certified associate) exam, then you will always be certified in the specific version of the exam you undertook.

e.g. You become Adobe certified in Premiere Pro CC2022 and you will always possess this accreditation.

However, as time moves onwards, Adobe will release more recent versions (e.g. CC 2023, CC2024 etc).

Therefore to remain 'current' then you will need to ensure you have passed the very latest version of the Adobe certified professional exam.

How do I obtain the Adobe Creative Cloud software?

You can either subscribe to the entire suite (that’s all the applications) or just one application on a monthly basis. Adobe offers a free 7-day trial for each application if you wish to try before you subscribe. 

Just visit the Adobe Creative Cloud page and see what might be the best option for you.

What happens if I am unwell on the morning of my course?

This is just fine from a course perspective since you can re-arrange again (according to our course schedule) for no fee.

Can I jump immediately to an advanced course?

Delegates attending an Advanced course must already possess at least 85% of the knowledge of the (previous) Introduction course. This is so you are not out of your depth in the Advanced course and also so other delegates are not affected.

Will I be able to work to my own agenda in the training?

Our courses are scheduled and run with the same outline and objectives.

Whilst our trainers can field some ad hoc questions along the way we are unable to provide specific information on your personal project.

Is the training just 'watching' or is it interactive?

The training is interactive just like you were in the training room with the trainer.

You will download the training files and work through modular exercises with your Adobe certified instructor.

If you need assistance you can ask your trainer and they will help you work through any issues you experience.

What if I fail my Adobe certified exam?

Should you not pass the first time, you can retake the exam (up to 5 separate free attempts are allowed) for no charge when the course runs again in our schedule.

The Adobe certified professional (ACP) exam is facilitated solely by Certiport and their testing solution (Exams from Home [EFH]).

See our booking conditions should the Certiport EFH system become inaccessible or inoperable.

Will I get a certificate for attending?

Yes - your Adobe training centre certificate of attendance will be emailed after your training course completes.

What do I receive after my course completes?

Upon completion of your course, you will receive the following assets:

  • a video of your actual course with your trainer (remote)
  • a video of your classroom trainer delivering the course syllabus which you covered (classroom)
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • links to supplementary 'help' documents if applicable to your course

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Great virtual training session. For what it a very detailed and vast software Alistair was fantastic in teaching what this software has to offer at entry level. I feel very informed and a lot more confident in creating digital content using this software

Linda Williams. 15th November, 2023

I learnt a lot! Donna was amazing! Everything what she was teaching us was clear and if it was not clear to us she was explaining again until it was clear to everybody. Thank you so much!

Rachel Hector. 22nd October, 2023

This advanced course contained the right balance of tools and workflows – I was very impressed. I loved the healthy delegate ‘snack-box’ - what a great idea!

Frida Perrett. 3rd September, 2023

Superb course and it surpassed my expectations on all angles!

Julie Crossley. 8th August, 2023

I attended the introduction course for Illustrator last month and this advanced course was recommended by my trainer. The course surpassed my expectations and thank you!

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“I have used Illustrator for a while, but I used to struggle with grasping the pen tool and the concept of paths. After my 2 days of training I now understand both, plus lots more. Thank you.”

Jim Daley, Designer, JD Design

“The training was extremely focussed, covered lots of information, but it didn’t feel overwhelming at all. It was a great week and I can’t believe that I’m now Adobe certified!”

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“I was very impressed on how much information about Illustrator I remembered and I’m looking forward to creating professional infographics for my company!”

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“I initially signed-up to start creating professional vector graphs in Illustrator… but I learnt so much more and cannot stress how impressed I was with Certitec. Thank you.”

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“Having an Illustrator trainer who knew his stuff made a huge difference to the learning process for me. I loved the flash cards after each exercise and I learnt so much as a result!”

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