Adobe Illustrator Training when you need it
Adobe Illustrator is an industry-standard vector graphics application that lets you create logos, icons, drawings, typography, and many other complex illustrations for any medium. Illustrator designs can be used in websites, magazines, annual reports, fashion and product design and elements such as infographics.
One of the advantages of creating images using Illustrator is that they are scalable, meaning you can resize them with no loss of quality.
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Any of our courses can be tailored to the unique requirements of your team. Our Off the Shelf courses are modularised with this option in mind, which means that you could mix and match from a selection of existing topics, or we can work with you to develop something specific to your organisation. Either way, we are on hand for advice on the best way to structure your customised training course.
To help you with your customised option, you can choose from our extensive list of course topics. We can then help you to assign the appropriate amount of content based on your training timeframe, and the best order of topics to ensure your training flows well. Our aim is to help every participant gain valuable knowledge and skills.
Standard 1 Day Adobe Illustrator Courses
Comprehensive training manual with exercise files. Lifetime post-course support.
Pricing from: $480 / per participant.
Getting Started with Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is the way to go if you need to create vector images. Learn to create illustrations such as company logos, promotional catalogues, brochures, and posters in print and digital formats.
Illustrator Beyond the Basics
Take your skills up a notch and delve deeper into Illustrator, working with libraries and collaborative tools. More advanced features such as transform, masks and image tracing are also covered.
Getting Started with Adobe Illustrator
Participants on this Adobe Illustrator – Getting Started with Illustrator 1 day course will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of Illustrator, including document setup and selection techniques, before working with layering to achieve image effects.
You will gain a solid foundation of skills upon which to build.
The course assumes no prior knowledge of Illustrator, however people with limited exposure to the software or those who are using images created by others will also benefit from this course.
The trainer has a true talent for communicating and negotiating where the outcome is beneficial for all involved. I highly recommend Keystroke Learning for any computer based training.
- 23 March 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at The Thrive Network – Melbourne
- 3 June 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at The Thrive Network – Melbourne
- The Illustrator Interface
- Navigation Tools
- Opening illustrations
- Creating new Documents
- Exploring Panels & Workspaces
- Useful Shortcuts
Organising your Artwork
- Introducing Multiple Artboards
- Editing the Artboard Size
- Aligning & Distributing Artwork
- Rulers, Guides and Grids
- Intuitive Smart Guides
- Paths, Point and Handles
- Grouping Objects
- Working in Group Isolation Mode
Creating Basic Shapes
- Using the Shaper Tool
- Creating Primitive Shapes
- Creating Polygons, Stars & Spirals
- Drawing Lines
- Storing Assets in Libraries
- Colour Modes
- Applying Colour to Objects
- Spot vs Process Colour
- Managing Swatches
- Creating Colour Groups
- Loading Swatch Libraries
Drawing in Illustrator
- Drawing Paths
- Tips for Drawing Curves
- Editing, Manipulating and Modifying Paths
- Adding & deleting Anchor Points
- Splitting Cutting and Erasing Paths
Working with Layers
- Creating Layers
- Using Layers Effectively
Painting in Illustrator
- Manipulating Stroke
- Creating Dashed Lines
- Adding Arrowheads to Strokes
Working with Type
- Using Type Tools
- Using the Character and Paragraph Panel
- Creating Outlines from Text
- Type on a Path
Saving and Exporting
- Packaging Files for Hand Off
- Creating Adobe PDF Files
- Exporting Files from Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator Beyond the Basics
Participants on this 1 day Adobe Illustrator – Illustrator Beyond the Basics course will delve deeper into Illustrator, working with libraries and collaborative tools. More advanced features such as transform, masks, and tracing will also be covered.
The course assumes prior knowledge of Illustrator, however people with limited exposure to the software or those who are using illustrations created by others will also benefit from this course.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
However, we can add extra courses on demand. This generally occurs once 3 or more people are interested in a course.
The Transform Tools
- Scaling, Rotating, Reflecting & Shearing Objects
- Changing Object Perspectives
- The Distortion Tools
- Distorting Objects
- Different Types of Patterns
- Creating & Applying Pattern
- Scaling & Moving Patterns
- Editing a Pattern
Brushes and Symbols
- The Brushes Panel
- Understanding Brush Libraries
- Applying Brush Stroke to a Path
- Creating Different Brushes
- Using the Eraser Tool
Creating Complex Shapes
- Understanding Pathfinder
- Creating & Modifying Compound Shapes
- Cutting and Dividing Objects
- Understanding & Using Effects
- Understanding 3D Effects
- Understanding the Appearance Panel
Graphics & Clipping Masks
- Placing imported graphics
- Linked vs embedded images
- Understanding Clipping Masks
- Creating a Clipping Mask
- The Image Trace Panel
- Using Image Trace
- Expanding Paths in a Traced Image
- Creating LivePaint Groups
- Painting LivePaint Objects
- Detecting Gaps
- Modifying LivePaint Groups
Frequently Asked Questions
Adobe Illustrator is a program used by artists and graphic designers, as well as anybody who needs to create vector images. These images can be used for company logos, promotional catalogues, brochures, and posters, both in print and digital form.
It is typically used to create illustrations, charts, logos, diagrams, cartoon renderings of real photographs, and much more.
Illustrator is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which also includes Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Lightroom and several other tools. Illustrator integrates tightly with these other Adobe products. Learn more about Creative Cloud.
Key features of Illustrator:
- Precise Photo Editing
- Graphics Creation
- Website Design
- Project Layout
- ePub Support
These are just some of the features in Adobe Illustrator, but keep in mind that it is a huge application that you can use for years and still not know everything about it.
Have you ever wondered why the Dummies books are so popular? Well, it’s probably because so many of us are self-taught, using Google to find out how to use a function, or we are shown how to use software by someone at work. Although this can be useful, it also means we tend to spend a lot of time with trial and error, or we are just picking up somebody else’s bad habits. Trial and error, unfortunately, involves a lot of error, and the bad habits you pick up will probably be passed on to the next person, so soon they spread across the business, meaning entire teams can end up working inefficiently.
At this point, you might head to the bookstore or do an online search to find an Adobe Illustrator for Dummies book to help solve some of those tricky issues. That’s a step in the right direction, and we sometimes use reference manuals ourselves. The problem is that trying to learn by trial and error may cost you many times the cost of a good training course.
Our Adobe Illustrator courses are designed to target the key features and tools included in the application to help you get back to work and apply them right away.
Attending an Adobe Illustrator course can help you to save time right away. You will be shown the best ways to use the application and you will learn shortcuts and tips that will continue to be of use long after your training course with Keystroke Learning has finished.
Typically, one of our experienced trainers will walk you through the features and functions of the software, then you will try them out on your own, with tips and guidance on getting the best out of the features. We also encourage participants to ask lots of questions to help you get the most out of your learning experience.
You’ll receive a manual to take away at the end of the course, as well as exercise files so you can practice later, or just to jog your memory when you need.
Creating vector images allows you to create artwork that can be scaled up and down infinitely without any loss of quality. You have probably seen resized images that are pixelated and look horrible. If the image was too small, to begin with, you may need to start all over again.
This is not the case with Adobe Illustrator. Unlike the familiar formats such as gif, jpeg, tiff, etc. vector images are not made up of pixels. Instead, they are instead created by paths. These paths relate to each other using mathematical formulas, allowing them to be scaled infinitely.
This makes Adobe Illustrator an ideal program for creating images and logos that can be small enough to fit on a business card or large enough to appear on a billboard.
Technically there is very little difference between a Layer and a Group. They both create a parent object that can contain one or more child objects. The main difference is in the purpose of each element.
Groups are generally used to bundle artwork items that you want to keep together when scaling or moving. Layers are normally used for managing visibility and stacking order of objects. Layers can also be used to control the visibility of parts of an image.
To create a table in Adobe Illustrator, do the following. First, draw an object such as a rectangle using the rectangle tool. Make sure the shape is selected, then go to the object menu and select the path, split into a grid.
In the Split into Grid dialog box, use the spinners to choose the number of columns and rows required, along with any other options such as width, height, gutter etc. Then click on the ok button.
This is a common task. Maybe you have an image sitting open in your desktop, but it’s outside of your Illustrator window. You want to use one of the image colours in your text, but you don’t know exactly what the colour is. No problem, Eyedropper tool to the rescue!
Select the eyedropper tool, then click and hold down on the document window. While the mouse is still held down, drag over the area of the screen you want to sample the colour from and then release. The eyedropper is loaded with the external colour, ready to use.
No way, if you want to base a new drawing on an existing piece of artwork, you can trace it. For example, you can create a graphic based on a pencil sketch drawn on paper or a raster image saved in another graphics application and tracing over it.
The easiest way to trace artwork is to open or place a file into Illustrator and automatically trace the artwork with the Live Trace command. You can control the level of detail and how the tracing is filled. When you are satisfied with the tracing results, you can convert the tracing to vector paths or other objects as needed. This technique can be a huge time saver.
Your learning doesn’t stop once you have completed your course. We hope you will continue your experience by taking some time to practice what you have learned and apply it to your own situation and environment.
If we have done our job well, you may be inspired to learn even more by attending another course. If you are looking for something other than Adobe Illustrator, we have a comprehensive range of courses available for you to choose from.
We are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further advice.
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