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Adobe Illustrator Introduction Training
The Adobe Illustrator Introduction course includes a thorough review of the Illustrator interface including how to use tools and panels, and how to customize and save workspaces.
This class includes a thorough review of the Illustrator interface including how to use tools and panels, and how to customize and save workspaces. You will learn how to set up documents and save document presets, use multiple artboards, and navigate and zoom in and out as needed as you create illustrations.You will also learn to use the selection and drawing tools to create basic shapes and paths, and then combine them to create more complex drawings. A thorough understanding of how to use type in illustrator includes point and area type, as well as the use of styles, and creating type on a path. The class also includes a lesson on the layers panel, and how to organize the elements of your design, and use layers for creating multiple versions of a layout.
Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:• Identify the components and capabilities of Illustrator CC.• Create basic shapes.• Create custom paths.• Create graphics that contain custom text.• Customize objects.• Customize basic shapes.• Prepare documents for deployment.
Getting to Know the Work AreaIntroducing Adobe IllustratorStarting Illustrator and opening a fileExploring the workspaceGetting to know the Tools panelWorking with the Properties panelWorking with panelsDocking panelsSwitching workspacesSaving a workspaceUsing panel and context menusChanging the view of artworkUsing view commandsUsing the Zoom toolScrolling through a documentViewing artworkNavigating artboardsUsing the Artboards panelArranging multiple documentsFinding resources for using IllustratorTechniques for Selecting ArtworkStarting the lessonSelecting objectsUsing the Selection toolUsing the Direct Selection toolCreating selections with a marqueeHiding and locking objectsSelecting similar objectsSelecting in Outline modeAligning objectsAligning objects to each otherAligning to a key objectAligning anchor pointsDistributing objectsAligning to the artboardWorking with groupsGrouping itemsEditing a group in Isolation modeCreating a nested groupExploring object arrangementArranging objectsSelecting objects behindUsing Shapes to Create Artwork for a PostcardStarting the lessonCreating a new documentWorking with basic shapesCreating and editing rectanglesRounding cornersWorking with the Rounded Rectangle toolCreating and editing ellipsesChanging stroke width and alignmentCreating and editing a circleCreating polygonsEditing the polygonsCreating a starDrawing linesWorking with drawing modesUsing the Draw Inside modeWorking with Draw Behind modeFinishing upEditing and Combining Shapes and PathsStarting the lessonEditing paths and shapesCutting with the Scissors toolJoining pathsCutting with the Knife toolOutlining strokesUsing the Eraser toolTransforming ArtworkStarting the lessonWorking with artboardsAdding artboards to a documentEditing artboardsAligning artboardsRenaming artboardsReordering artboardsWorking with rulers and guidesCreating guidesEditing the ruler originTransforming contentWorking with the Bounding BoxPositioning artwork using the Properties panelScaling objectsReflecting objectsRotating objectsDistorting objects with effectsTransforming with the Free Transform toolShearing objectsCreating an Illustration with the Drawing ToolsStarting the lessonAn intro to drawing with the Pen toolSelecting pathsDrawing straight lines with the Pen toolIntroducing curved pathsDrawing a curve with the Pen toolDrawing a series of curves with the Pen toolConverting smooth points to corner pointsRounding corner pointsEditing paths and pointsDeleting and adding anchor pointsConverting between smooth points and corner pointsWorking with the Anchor Point toolCreating a dashed lineAdding arrowheads to a pathWorking with the Pencil toolDrawing freeform paths with the Pencil toolDrawing straight segments with the Pencil toolJoining with the Join tool
Using Color to Enhance SignageStarting the lessonExploring color modesWorking with colorApplying an existing colorCreating a custom colorSaving a color as a swatchCreating a copy of a swatchEditing a global swatchEditing a non-global swatchUsing the Color Picker to create colorUsing Illustrator swatch librariesAdding a spot colorAdding Type to a PosterStarting the lessonAdding type to the posterAdding text at a pointAdding area typeWorking with Auto SizingConverting between area type and point typeImporting a plain-text fileThreading textFormatting typeChanging font family and font styleFixing missing fontsChanging font sizeChanging font colorChanging additional character formattingChanging paragraph formattingWorking with GlyphsModifying text with the Touch Type toolResizing and reshaping type objectsSampling text formattingWrapping textWorking with type on a pathCreating type on a pathCreating type on a closed pathCreating text outlinesFinishing upOrganizing Your Artwork with LayersStarting the lessonUnderstanding layersCreating layers and sublayersCreating new layersCreating sublayersEditing layers and objectsLocating layersMoving content between layersViewing layersReordering layersChanging layer orderExporting AssetsExporting artboards and assetsExporting artboards
Adobe Certified Associate
Before taking this course, students should be familiar with the basic functions of their computer's operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. Students should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.
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