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Illustrator CC Essentials

Skill Level 1

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

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Class Description

Steve presented the materials in such a way as to excite and intrigue, rather than frighten and overwhelm. The hands on experience is wonderful! There's no other way to really learn a software program. I definitely learned way more than anticipated...practical tools, tips and tricks that I will use in my daily work as a graphic designer. The fun "test" on the second day made me realize that I had retained what I was learning. Perfect! My only regret is that my other co workers were not able to attend.
Illustrator student

This class includes the long-overdue and very welcome features included in the recent releases of Illustrator CC. As always, we'll let you know which features are new and what users did without them in older versions.

Used by architects, artists, designers, engineers, and Photoshop divas who need some vector graphics power tools, Illustrator has many parts and many ways of creating. Whether one wants to work in a freeform way or with incredible precision, there are tools and features to please—and we teach them. Learn to utilize Illustrator to design logos, create detailed maps, illustrate products, and much 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
  • draw both freeform and mathematically precise shapes
Bend and twist graphics with powerful transformation tools
  • the Scale, Rotate, and Reflect tools
  • 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)
  • learn powerful selecting tools and methods
  • hiding & locking objects
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
  • how to share colors between users and applications, including mobile apps
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
  • the perils and joys of getting text from other applications
Adding images from other programs to your illustrations
  • take advantage of Photoshop features in Illustrator
  • linking vs embedding
Tracing images: pros and cons
  • line drawing to vector paths
  • photos to vector forms
  • taming the Image 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
Combining Shapes
  • shape modes
  • using shapes as tools on other shapes
  • join diverse lines into coherent shapes
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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This is a "Level 1" class

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

Required Knowledge: The following (or equivalent experience) is Required:

All of our classes require basic computer skills

To register for Illustrator CC Essentials,
see prerequisites above, then select starting date below

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