Illustrator essentials

At a glance

  • 9.30am–4.30pm
  • Workbook & supportSupport
  • 1 day
  • Accelerated learning
  • See Team training for pricing
  • Adobe CC2023

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Overview

If you’re new to Adobe Illustrator, our essentials course is a great first step into the world of illustration. During the training you’ll get to grips with the Illustrator interface, understand how the most frequently used features work and leave with the skills to create logos, infographics and more.

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 looking to get into illustration.

What you will learn

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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

Each category below is 1 hour in duration

Introduction

  • Interface and workspace
  • Preferences

Create new documents

  • Intent and setup
  • The concept of artboards

Shape Basics

  • Anchors, fill and paths
  • Stroke attributes
  • Bezier curves
  • Bounding box - transformation

Colours and more

  • Create colour
  • Create gradients
  • Create swatches

Create a logo

  • Rings
  • Output options 

Using shape builder tool

  • Shape creation
  • Pathfinder
  • Exploring

Pen tool basics

  • Understanding the logic
  • Creating paths
  • Joining paths
  • Deleting paths

Working with Brushes

  • Brushes logic
  • Creating brush effects
  • Brush preferences

Type 101

CC Libraries

  • Understanding CC libraries
  • Saving to a library
  • Loading from a library
  • Workflow options

Exercise - explore type

S4 Images and trace image

S5 Symbols

S6 put it together

Create own logo and create print version and web version

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Day one – Getting to grips with Illustrator

Essential Illustrator concepts

  • What are vector graphics?

The Illustrator interface

  • Exploring panels and workspaces
  • Using the control panel
  • Navigation
  • Preview options
  • Setting up your document
  • Managing a custom workspace

Creating new documents for print or web

  • Advanced document controls
  • Modifying your document
  • Changing units of measurement
  • Working with grids
  • Working with guides
  • Smart guides

Working with colour

  • Adjusting Illustrator colour settings
  • Process or global swatches
  • Basics of the colour guide panel
  • The colour panel
  • RGB v CMYK
  • Defining swatches
  • Working with gradients

Selection essentials

  • The selection, direct and group selection tools
  • The lasso tool
  • Magic wand
  • Select same
  • Editing anchor points
  • The bounding box

Basic Shapes 

  • Exploring the various shape tools
  • Understanding fills and strokes
  • Compound shapes
  • Pathfinder options
  • Duplicate objects
  • Fill and stroke attributes
  • Grouping

Transformation Tools

  • Scale
  • Rotate
  • Shear
  • Reflect

Alignment, distribution and spacing

  • Aligning, distribution and spacing to selected objects
  • Aligning, distribution and spacing to artboard
  • Aligning, distribution and spacing to key object

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

Object transformations and duplicating

  • Moving and copying objects
  • Rotating and scaling objects
  • The transform panel

Basic text editing

  • Creating point text
  • Creating area text
  • Text formatting
  • Creating text threads

Placing images

  • Working with images
  • Using the links panel
  • The basics of image trace
  • An introduction to live paint

Working with artboards

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

Working with paths and the pen tool

  • Understanding vectors - paths and anchors
  • 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 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
  • Working with area type
  • Formatting text
  • Tracking and kerning
  • Saving time with keyboard shortcuts

Working with images

  • Embedding images into Illustrator
  • Masking images
  • Deeper into image trace
  • Using live paint and fixing problems
  • Clipping masks

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

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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“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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