Illustrator Basic & Advanced Skills Package


Adobe Illustrator CS6: Advanced shows you how to create professional graphics and effects by controlling some of the intricate features of the software.

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Expand your knowledge of the Illustrator application by signing up for this package that covers both basic and advanced skills so that you can benefit from a comprehensive understanding of all of its key features and functions, including the more complex tools. As a key application used by designers worldwide, Illustrator is a perfect tool for anyone who wishes to push their artistic and creative skills to the next level, creating outstanding graphics that could rival those created by a professional, every single time. Whether you’re hoping to impress prospective employees, or you’d like to become a more versatile, and thus highly valuable, member of your current team, signing up to this all-encompassing course would be a great place to start.

A Complete Illustrator Course, Online

Delivered solely online, this creatively brilliant course encompasses all aspects of the Illustrator application, and should take an average of 16 hours to complete. Don’t be overwhelmed by the study hours though – you have up to a year to progress through the course and walk away with the course completion certificate.

Cover Essential and Complex Skills

You will cover subject areas including creating objects, colours and colour spaces, gradients and the Adobe type engine, as well as more complex topics such as clipping and opacity masks, using the mesh tool, advanced type effects and distorting your illustrations. Learn everything that you could ever need to know about the Illustrator programme – all in one place, and at the click of a mouse button!

Key Learning Points

This course would be ideal for anyone wishing to broaden their professional skill set by delving into graphical design, but would also suit those who enjoy expanding on their personal development and learning how to use a valuable application to create professional results every time.

  • Explore the Illustrator interface and navigate the various menus, toolbars and panels.
  • Learn how to set up individual, and multiple, artboards and learn how to overlap them when needed.
  • Learn how to draw simple 2D shapes, such as rectangles, circles and polygons. Draw arcs and spirals and get to grips with editing your creations using the direct selection tools.
  • Explore some of the uses of the Adobe pen tool, including drawing shapes with Bezier points and adding, deleting and converting anchor points. Understand more complex features, including the uses of the blob tool, and the variable width tool.
  • Explore the colour panel and the eyedropper tool, and understand the difference between RCB and CMYK colour spectrums.
  • Learn how to use the blend tool to help automate shapes and colours.
  • Explore the Adobe type engine, and learn how to work with point text, area text and the character panel. Understand more complex features, such as glyphs, fractions and ligatures.
  • Learn how to complete quick image cropping, and how to clip an image to text.
  • Use a gradient to control opacity and create real-life shading effects using the mesh tool.
  • Trace drawings and photographs automatically with image trace functions.
  • Learn how to draw with perspective, making use of the perspective grid.
  • Learn how to draw in 3D, including the extrusion of a stick figure into a 3D object, revolving and rotating objects and mapping patterns, which have been created using the pattern editor, onto 3D objects.
  • Explore distortion of illustrations, and the tools that can be used to do it, including warp, twirl, pucker, bloat and scallop.
  • Learn how to create a composite proof and export your creations to a folder, drive or disc.

Advantages of this course

  • Learn a complete range of Illustrator skills with this all-in-one course – from basic through to advanced.
  • Add this graphic design skill to your CV and start using it practically from day one of learning.
  • Grow your confidence, improve your job prospects and become a valuable member of any design team!
  • Interactive courseware support available to help you navigate the courseware and learn how to use it.
  • Course material is available for a full 12 months after signup, giving you plenty of time to work through the syllabus at your own pace.
  • Interactive simulations, combined with hands on practice using trial software, will ensure that you learn by doing and are able to apply your training in a practical sense.
  • Test yourself with self-assessments, to help monitor your progress and to retain the material.

Draw on your creative skills and talents, and sign up to this extensive Illustrator course, today!


Illustrator CS6: Essentials

Illustrator Interface & Setup
  • Opening Documents
  • Working with Multipls Documents
  • Zooming & Panning
  • Exploring the Menus & the Toolbar
  • Exploring the Panels
  • Vector vs. Raster & Working with Different File Types
  • Setting UI Brightness
Document Setup & Artboards
  • Creating a New Document & Setting Preferences
  • Introducing the Artboard Tool
  • Working in a Video Preset
  • Setting Up Multiple Artboards
  • Using Multiple Artboards
  • Overlapping Artboards
Creating Objects
  • Locking a Selection, Enabling Smart Guides & Setting Up the Ruler
  • Drawing a Rectangle & Using Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Drawing a Rounded Rectangle & an Ellipse
  • Drawing a Polygon, a Star & a Flare
  • Drawing Lines, Arcs, Spirals & Grids
  • Editing Shapes with the Direct Selection Tool
The Adobe Pen Tool
  • The Pen Tool Explained
  • Pen Tool Basics
  • Drawing Shapes with Bezier Points
  • Adding, Deleting & Converting Anchor Points
  • Using Bezier Controls to Draw a Heart Shape
  • Tracing an Image with the Pen Tool
Groups, Layers & Transformations
  • Understanding Object Hierarchy
  • Changing Object Stacking Order
  • Grouping Objects
  • Performing Basic Transformations
  • Transform Strokes, the Transform Panel & Transform Multiple Objects
  • Using the Transform Each Command & Isolation Mode
  • Using the Transform Tools & Resizing the Artboard & Its Content
Colors & Color Spaces
  • Basic Fills & Strokes
  • The Color Panel & the Eyedropper Tool
  • RGB vs. CMYK
  • Color Spaces & Adjusting the Appearance of Black
Swatches, Gradients & Patterns
  • The Swatches Panel
  • Loading a Swatch Library
  • The Basics of Gradients
  • Saving & Editing Gradients
  • Gradient Recommendations
  • Creating & Working with Patterns
Strokes, Effects & Appearance
  • Stroking a Path via the Control Panel
  • Using the Stroke Panel
  • Modifying Corner Type, Stroke Alignment & Corner Limit
  • Using the Appearance Panel & the Offset Path Command
  • Using the Appearance Panel to Recreate Artwork
  • Applying a Gradient Stroke, Editing Effects, Saving & Applying Graphic Styles
Automating Shapes & Colors
  • Using the Shape Builder Tool
  • Recoloring Artwork Automatically
  • Aligning, Distributing & Averaging Shapes
  • Using the Blend Tool
  • Using the Transform Again Command
  • The Pathfinder Panel
  • Creating a Gear
The Adobe Type Engine
  • Working with Point Text
  • Area Text vs. Point Text
  • Using the Character Panel
  • Using Keyboard Shortcuts in the Character Panel
  • Styling Document Text
  • Adjusting Leading with Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Fine Text Adjustments & Placing Area Text
  • Flowing & Formatting Area Text
  • Type on a Path & the Glyphs Panel
Saving & Sharing Your Work
  • Saving Your Files
  • Exporting & Creating PDFs for Print
  • Setting Basic Printing Options
  • Using the Save for Web Command & Making Art Pixel-Perfect

Illustrator CS6: Advanced

Clipping & Opacity Masks
  • Quick Image Cropping
  • More Complex Clipping Path
  • Clipping an Image to Text
  • Creating an Opacity Mask
  • Editing an Opacity Mask
  • Creating Opacity Masks from Text
Advanced Drawing Tools
  • Drawing with the Blob Brush Tool
  • Using the Variable Width Tool
  • Using Built-in Stroke Profiles & Creating Your Own
  • Drawing & Pasting Inside
Controlling Transparency & Layer Modes
  • Using a Gradient to Control Opacity
  • Using a Gradient inside the Transparency Panel
  • Using Blend Modes to Create Transparency & Darker Colors
  • Using Blend Modes to Create Lighter Colors
Using The Mesh Tool
  • Creating Real-World Shading Effects
  • Gradient Mesh Editing Techniques
  • Applying a Gradient Mesh to Existing Artwork
Using Image Trace
  • Tracing a Drawing Automatically
  • Tracing Photos Automatically
  • Tracing a Drawing Manually
Painting & Recoloring
  • Using Live Paint to Color a Drawing
  • Working in the Recolor Artwork Dialog Box
  • Recoloring a Traced Image
  • Recoloring Using Global Colors
  • Using the Color Guide Panel
  • Choosing Colors with Kuler
Drawing With Perspective
  • Understanding the Perspective Grid
  • Adjusting the Perspective Grid
  • Using the Perspective Selection Tool
Advanced Type Effects
  • Glyphs, Fractions & Ligatures
  • Applying Styles to Text
  • Warping Text Using Envelopes
Presenting Data With The Graph Tool
  • Inserting a Graph & Displaying Data
  • Modifying a Graph
  • Creating a Pictograph
  • Creating a Pictograph as a Bar Graph
Drawing In 3D
  • Extruding a Stick Figure into a 3D Object
  • Mapping a Pattern onto a 3D Object
  • Revolving Objects in 3D
  • Rotating Objects in 3D
Creating Patterns
  • Creating Square Patterns with the Pattern Editor
  • Creating Non-Square Patterns with the Pattern Editor
  • Creating Patterns Manually
  • Using Your Patterns in Other Documents
  • Deconstructing a Shape that has a Pattern
Creating a Pattern Brush
  • Creating a Brush Pattern
  • Colorizing Strokes of the Pattern Brush
  • Creating a Bristle Brush
  • Creating an Art Brush
  • Creating a Scatter Brush
  • Using a Calligraphic Brush
Distorting Your Illustrations
  • Distorting with the Warp & Twirl Tools
  • Distorting with Pucker, Bloat & Scallop
  • Distorting with Crystallize & Wrinkle
Creating, Using & Editing Symbols
  • Creating Your Own Symbols
  • Using the Symbol Sprayer Tool
  • Editing Symbols
  • Applying 9-Slice Scaling to Symbols
Understanding Color Management
  • Color Models & Color Settings Profiles
  • Black Isn’t Always Black
  • Assigning a Color Profile to a Document
Using Illustrator With Photoshop
  • Synchronizing Settings
  • Bringing Images in from Photoshop
  • Re-Linking a Missing File
  • Embedding a PSD in Illustrator
  • Sending Illustrator Artwork out to Photoshop
Exporting, proofing & Pre-Press
  • Creating a Composite Proof
  • Using the Flattener Preview
  • Using the Separations Preview & Overprint Fill
  • Trapping Colors
  • Creating a Proof within Illustrator
  • Printing Color Separations
  • Credits