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Illustrator CC Level 2

Skill Level 2

$325 • one day (6 hours)
meets 9:30am–4:30pm

Not currently scheduled. However, custom training and consulting are available: contact us for rates and information.

Class Description

Instructor is both an expert and skilled instructor ­ very engaging. The class is chock full of great information and still fun.
Illustrator student

You understand the basics: shapes, the transformation tools (scaling, rotating, etc.), using text, the essentials of Live Paint and Image Trace, and maybe even a bit of Pathfinder.

In this class, go far deeper and learn how to combine paths and strategically alter them to enhance your illustrations. Learn how to shade and sculpt your artwork in precise and artistic ways. Leave with plenty of useful tips and techniques for working more efficiently in Adobe Illustrator. Make the difference between a good start and a finished piece — and improve your work output by learning the best ways to create a wide variety of graphics.

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what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students attending)

Advanced Effects
  • "simple" shapes made complex (but still tasteful)
  • go well beyond Drop Shadows
  • use the 3D effects skillfully and practically
  • simple patterns
  • geometric patterns
  • organic, seamless patterns
A deeper look at Color
  • create and use color harmonies
  • take advantage of different color models to find your perfect color palette
  • restrict an entire, full color illustration to just a few spot colors
  • share colors with other Adobe applications
Create effective libraries
  • finding and reusing assets
  • strategies for working in teams
  • leverage the new cloud-based libraries
Mastering Brushes
  • calligraphy brushes
  • integrate images into your brushes
  • sprinkle artwork along your paths
  • simulate traditional media
  • turn simple paths into artwork (like our fun pretzel pencil)
  • have your frequently used graphics close at hand
  • reuse artwork
  • update maps and other large illustrations quickly
  • keep your complex pieces relatively lightweight
  • morph shapes into other forms
  • shade with precision and subtlety
  • add texture
  • create many from a few: drawing with blends
Sculpt with the Gradient Mesh
  • use a few vector paths to create complex shading effects
Envelope Distortions
  • alter the shape and size of even your most complex artwork
  • how to create manageable envelope meshes
  • thinking ahead: building art with envelopes in mind
  • clipping masks: using shapes to hide unwanted content
  • opacity masks: Photoshop layer masks find their way into Illustrator
  • pitfalls, benefits, and do's and don'ts

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This is a "Level 2" class

Level 2: For students comfortable with the basics, but in need of deepened insight into more challenging features and/or application of them

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

All of our classes require basic computer skills.

Not currently scheduled. However, custom training and consulting are available: contact us for rates and information.


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