Knowledge of MAC or PC computers. The delegate should be familiar with using a mouse, and working in a Windows environment.
List and identify the components and features that make up the Illustrator interface. Attendees will be introduced to the drawing tools that Illustrator has to offer, and learn how to modify both shape and colour options.
This introduction to Illustrator course will provide a firm basis to delegates with little or no previous experience of illustration software. The course covers the basic functions of the software giving delegates the ability to use the software quickly and confidently.
The course covers numerous aspects of the software and provides delegates with ability to create illustrations from scratch and prepare them for print output.
Getting to grips with Illustrator
Vector and bitmaps, interface overview, creating, editing and saving illustrator files, artboard, rulers, grids and guides, print areas and the control palette, toolbox, setting up documents for print.
RGB/CMYK, Colour palette, adding/editing colour, process, spot and global colours, sampling colour in current artwork, filling and stroking, gradients.
Scaling, rotating, reflection, free distort, envelope distort, step and repeat.
Using the pen tool, editing and manipulating the pen tool, slicing paths and anchor points, hints and tips for using the pen.
Objects and drawing
Selecting objects, reshaping objects, drawing lines and geometric shapes, applying colour fills and stokes, object transformation, object duplication.
Adding type, type to outlines, shaped type areas, character formatting, paragraph formatting, text on a path, textbox attributes.
Using styles to enhance objects, creating, editing, saving and applying styles.
Graphs and charts
Creating and editing basic graphs, column and bar charts, graph options, importing data from Excel.
Understanding layers, layer positioning, shuffling layers, layer order.
Preview Illustrator documents, output, export to PDF, export artwork in alternative formats, file formats, export to Photoshop, print options, print alternatives.
1 Day course