Adobe Illustrator

Duration: 
2 months

Adobe Illustrator is the most popular and user friendly software. The advanced version of Adobe Illustrator is named as 'CC'. Illustrator is mainly used to create banners, CD labels, envelopes, brochures, visiting cards, letterheads and Webs etc. Illustrator can be also utilized for just about anything outside of photographic images.

Lesson 1 - Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Working with the Tools Panel
  • The Control Panel
  • Working with Panels and Panel Menus
  • Saving Your Workspace
  • Viewing Artwork
  • Navigating Multiple Artboards
  • Arranging Documents
  • Using the Navigator Panel
  • Finding Resources for Using Illustrator
  • Checking for Updates

Lesson 2 - Selecting and Aligning

  • Using the Selection Tool
  • Using the Direct Selection Tool
  • Selections with the Magic Wand
  • Grouping Items
  • Aligning Objects
  • Applying Selection Techniques

Lesson 3 - Creating Basic Shapes

  • Using Basic Shape Tools
  • Outlining Strokes
  • Working with Line Segments
  • Joining Paths
  • Working with Shape Modes
  • Using Live Trace to Create Shapes

Lesson 4 - Transforming Objects

  • Scaling Objects
  • Reflecting Objects
  • Distorting Objects
  • Shearing Objects
  • Positioning Objects Precisely
  • Changing the Perspective
  • Making Multiple Transformations

Lesson 5 - Drawing with the Pen Tool

  • Creating Straight Lines
  • Creating Curved Paths
  • Building a Curve
  • Curves and Corner Anchor Points
  • Selecting and Manipulating Curve

Lesson 6 - Color and painting

  • Color Modes
  • Understanding the Color Controls
  • Color Fundamentals
  • Copying Attributes
  • Using the Appearance Panel
  • Building and Saving Your Own Custom
  • Color
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Creating a Spot Color
  • Creating Color Groups
  • Editing Color with Live Color
  • Creating a Color Group with Live Color
  • Assign Colors to Your Artwork
  • Using Patterns
  • Creating Your Own Pattern
  • Working with Live Paint
  • Create a PDF from your artwork

Lesson 7 - Working with Type

  • Importing a Text File
  • Creating Columns of Text
  • Understanding Text Flow
  • Working with Overflow Text
  • Threading Text
  • Working with Font Size and Color
  • Paragraph Attributes
  • Saving and Using Styles
  • Creating Character Styles
  • Sampling Text
  • Creating Text on Paths and Shapes
  • Creating Text Outlines

Lesson 8 - Working with Layers

  • Creating Layers
  • Moving Objects and Layers
  • Locking Layers
  • Viewing Layers
  • Pasting Layers
  • Creating Clipping Masks
  • Merging Layers
  • Applying Appearance Attributes to Layers
  • Isolating Layers

Lesson 9 - Blending Shapes and Colors

  • Working with Gradients
  • Creating and Applying a Linear Gradient
  • Adjusting the Direction and Angle of a
  • Gradient
  • Creating a Radial Gradient
  • Changing Colors and Adjusting the
  • Gradient
  • Applying Gradients to Multiple Objects
  • Adding Transparency to Gradients
  • Working with Blended Objects
  • Creating a Blend with Specified Steps
  • Modifying the Blend
  • Creating Smooth Color Blends

Lesson 10 - Applying Attributes and Graphic Styles

  • Using Appearance Attributes
  • Adding an Additional Stroke and Fill
  • Using Graphic Styles
  • Applying Graphic Styles to Objects and
  • Layers
  • Adding to an Existing Graphic Style
  • Applying an Appearance to a Layer
  • Copying, Applying, and Removing Graphic
  • Styles

Lesson 11 - Working with Symbols

  • Using Illustrator Symbol Libraries
  • Editing Symbols
  • Creating Symbols
  • Applying a Symbol Instance
  • Using the Symbolism Tools
  • Updating a Symbol
  • Breaking a Link to a Symbol

Lesson 12 - Overview of Printing and Color Separations

  • Learning about Printing Devices
  • Halftone Screens
  • Output Device Resolution
  • The RGB Color Model
  • The CMYK Color Model
  • Spot Colors
  • Synchronizing Color Using Adobe Bridge
  • Separations Preview
  • Specifying the Bleed Area
  • Saving in the EPS Format
  • Exporting and Importing Flattening
  • Settings
  • Saving as Adobe PDF

Lesson 13 - Setting up your page

  • Making your moves Easier
  • Manipulating Windows and Panels
  • Workspaces
  • Objects
  • Bezier-Editing Tools
  • Align Panel
  • Joining and Averaging
  • Transformation
  • Saving as PDF
  • Image Formats
  • Actions
  • Bridge

Lesson 14 - Zen of Illustration

  • Building houses
  • Grids and Lines
  • Zen Scaling and Rotation
  • Power Keys
  • Pen tool

Lesson 15 - Drawing and Coloring

  • Stroke and Fill
  • Color Panels
  • Two-in-One Eyedropper
  • Free Transform and Liquify tools
  • Path Simplify
  • Custom Coloring
  • Gudies for Arcs, Isometric System, and
  • Distorting Views
  • Intricate Patterns
  • Color Guidance

Lesson 16 - Isolation Mode

  • Compound Paths and Shapes
  • The Blob Brush
  • Live Trace
  • Live Paint
  • Coloring Sketches
  • Trace Techniques

Lesson 17 - Brushes and Symbols

  • Symbols vs. Scatter Brush
  • Pattern Brush
  • Symbol Libraries
  • Nature's Brushes

Lesson 18 - Layers and Appearances

  • Layer Options
  • Appearance Panel
  • Digitizing a Logo
  • Organizing and Nesting Layers
  • Establishing Perspective

Lesson 19 - Artboards and Type

  • Working with Multiple Artboards
  • Eight Type Panels
  • Three types of Type
  • Threaded Text
  • Wrapping Area Type around Objects
  • Character and Paragraph Styles
  • Advantage of OpenType
  • Glyphs Panel
  • Converting Type to Outlines
  • Masking Words
  • Making a typeface
  • Brush your Type
  • Antiquing Type

Lesson 20 - Blends, Gradients, and Mesh

  • Simplest Mesh
  • Contouring Mesh
  • Shaping Blends
  • Warping Blends
  • Unified Gradients
  • Molding Mesh

Lesson 21 - Transparency

  • Opacity Mask
  • Transparent Color
  • Adding Highlights
  • Floating Type
  • Glass and Chrome
  • Tinting a Scan
  • Blending Elements

Lesson 22 - Live Color

  • Recoloring Artwork
  • Live Color, not Magic Color
  • Fashionable Colors
  • Night into Day
  • Reducing Color

Lesson 23 - Live Effects and Graphic Styles

  • Effect Menu
  • Raster Effects
  • Scribble, Warps and Enveloping
  • Graphic Styles
  • Scrathboard Art

Lesson 24 - Live 3D Effects

  • Extruding, Revolving and Rotating an Object
  • Surface Shading
  • Mapping art onto an Object
  • 3D with a 2D Twist
  • 3D Effects

Lesson 25 - Advanced Techniques

  • Clipping Masks
  • Simple Masking
  • Masking Details
  • Glowing Starshine

Lesson 26 - Web and Animation

  • Web Design Basics
  • Create an Animation
  • Illustrator to Flash
  • Slicing
  • Layering Frames
  • Flash Animation

Lesson 27 - Illustrator and Other Programs

  • Placing Artwork in Illustrator
  • Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat
  • Illustrator and 3D Programs