Adobe Illustrator CC

32 Hours / Access Length: 180 Days / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Adobe Illustrator allows you to create artwork that you can use for web pages or any print or electronic media. This course will give students a good overview of the tools and features of Illustrator. Students will create artwork using the various tools including the pencil and pen tools. Students will learn the various ways to apply color to their artwork. Students will work with layers, the 3D effects, and symbols.

This course prepares a student to take the Adobe Graphic design & illustration using Adobe Illustrator certification exam.

Students will need to have a copy of Adobe Illustrator CC in order to do coursework.

Students will:
  • Students will identify the features of the Illustrator screen.
  • Students will create and edit basic shapes.
  • Students will use the pen tools to create drawings.
  • Students will add color to their Illustrator documents.
  • Students will work with text objects in Illustrator.
  • Students will edit drawings using masks, blending modes, envelopes and meshes.
  • Students will define and use symbols and edit their drawings using filters and effects.
  • Students will use the Illustrator filters, effects and graphic styles in their Illustrator projects.
  • Students will work with symbols, importing graphics from other sources and printing their Illustrator artwork.
  • Students will create a project in Illustrator to demonstrate what they have learned in this course.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1:  Getting Started

In this lesson, students will get comfortable with the Illustrator environment and look at some of the basic tools you will be using throughout the course. Students will also look at the differences between bitmap and vector graphics and why you might choose one format over the other. Additionally, one will spend some time getting comfortable with the Illustrator workspace and customize it to meet one's needs. Next, one will explore the various ways you can select objects, use the align and distribute tools, and finally group and lock objects.

Lesson 2: Creating and Transforming Shapes

In this lesson, you will learn to work with some of the drawing tools Illustrator CC has to offer. You will draw rectangular and elliptical shapes and draw polygons and stars. Once you have drawn the objects you will learn to edit them by changing the shape of the objects, changing their fill, the stroke and using the transform tools to rotate, skew, sheer and otherwise distort the objects.  Additionally, in this lesson, students will gain knowledge to confidently use the Pen Tool so they can create freeform objects as well. Once this lesson has been completed, students will have mastered numerous techniques that can be used within Illustrator CC to add life to an otherwise empty image.

Lesson 3: Working with Color

In this lesson, you will explore the color features in Illustrator. You will learn how to apply fill and line colors to your artwork and save colors used regularly into the Color Palette. You will create groups of color using the Color Guide panel and create patterns to paint your artwork. Also, students will understand when they work on the computer, the color space they are in makes a big difference (whether that is RGB or CYMK). This is an important lesson to focus on as participants will need this knowledge to use other tools in future lessons applying what has been learned here.

Lesson 4: Working with Text

In this lesson, students will work with text within Illustrator CC. You will add various types of text: point, path and area, and learn how to apply character and paragraph formatting and styles. You will also learn about warping text and converting text to paths.  Additional information in this lesson includes different tools that one would use to add text onto an image or page. This includes titles, blocks of text, paths, and converting text to outlines that can be edited whether as a word or individually themselves.

Lesson 5: Working with Layers

In this lesson, students will be working with layers to help you organize your projects. Similar to a cake, this concept is an important one that is often used in Illustrator CC and many other programs in the suite. The benefit with using layers is you can add effects on top of one another much like when people used tracing paper and placed said sheets on top of one another. Specifically for this lesson, one will learn how to organize their projects in layers to control content displays; adjust layers as needed as well as the attributes of them.

Lesson 6: Blending and Brushes

In this lesson, students will create blends and work with brushes. These are unique touches to a photo which can further enhance the quality and beauty of images, documents, and even online elements. The Blend Tool is the focal point of this lesson as it allows you to create new shapes by blending existing shapes and allows us to copy shapes. One will also explore the different kinds of brushes available in Illustrator as well as the bristles the brushes have.

Lesson 7: Effects and Graphic Styles

In this lesson, students will add effects and graphic styles to objects drawn in Illustrator CC. One of the most important panels when looking at different effects and graphic styles is the Appearance panel. This will be discussed in detail within this lesson. Additionally, students will become familiar as to how to optimize their graphics so they can be used on the internet with little or no issue. A final topic that will be reviewed here includes Adobe Illustrator CC's 3D effects and capabilities. As these are becoming more common in mainstream media, it is important to have a comprehensive grasp as to how to create images and use effects with these tools.

Lesson 8:  Creating Outputs & Sharing Projects

In this lesson, students will gain knowledge on how to create images and media that are exported outside of Adobe Illustrator CC. For example, some of the most common exports as mentioned in the text are website applications. T-shirts, believe it or not, are another common way that designers use Adobe Illustrator CC to publish their designs. Whether that is through a hot laminated press or machines that directly sew onto a garment, students must have a strong grasp of the software in order for outputs to come out successfully. The other part of this lesson focuses on how projects created within Illustrator CC can be shared with others - whether that is in the cloud or directly.

Lesson 9:  Using Illustrator with Other Applications

In this lesson, students will take a look at combining Illustrator artwork with images from other applications. One of the great things about the Adobe platform is a number of programs work interchangeably with others that are part of the suite. This limits the number of errors that may be caused going from one platform to another as limiting the amount of time (if any) that has to be spent on tweaking a file in transit. As one becomes more familiar with other programs the company offers, the processes to import and export to others are fairly similar in nature.

Lesson 10: Putting It All Together

You made it! You have now had a chance to work with most of the tools Adobe Illustrator CC offers. Now it will be up to you to practice what you have learned and apply it to the work you plan to do with Illustrator. This lesson will allow you to use the tools you have learned in this class to create a project of your own. You can edit what you currently have to submit as a final assignment or start on something from scratch.

All necessary materials are included.

Certification(s):

This course prepares a student to take the Adobe Graphic design & illustration using Adobe Illustrator certification exam.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **