Mastering Adobe® Illustrator

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Adobe® Illustrator

Explore new paths with the essential vector tool.

Adobe® Illustrator® software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment with new transparency in gradients and multiple art boards that invite you to explore more efficient ways to design.

 

 

  • Duration: 30 Hours
  • Prerequisites: windows knowledge
  • Objective:
    • Customize Illustrator workspace
    • Recognizing the variations of file formats provided by Illustrator and their advantages
    • Draw and understand the root of drawing in Illustrator
    • Create a powerful artwork using simple shapes
    • Accurately place objects in the Illustration window
    • Convert bitmaps to vector artwork with Live Trace
    • Color images with Live Trace & Live Paint
    • Create and manipulate multiple layers to compose objects easily
    • Add text
    • Add filters & effects
    • Produce and print consistent color
Fundamentals & Beyond
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Introduction

What do you know and what do you need

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Getting Started

Overview of the standard Adobe Illustrator, workflow to The User Interface,
Creating a basic blend, Creating a symbol, Creating a clipping mask, Using the align feature
Using the pathfinder feature, Creating a clipping mask, Using the new 3-D effect
Cloning the crayon, Changing the color of the crayon, Applying transparency, Creating the
Crescent shape, Adding live effects

2

Getting to Know the Work Area

Getting started, Viewing artwork, Changing the view of artwork, Using Adobe online services,
Review questions, Review answers

2

Selection Basics

Getting started, Using the Selection tool, The Direct Selection tool, Exploring on your own,
Review questions, Review answers

2

Creating Basic Shapes

Getting started, Setting up the document, Using basic shape tools, Drawing the pencil shape,
Drawing the piece of stationery, Drawing with the Rectangular Grid tool, Decorating the stationery
border, Tips for drawing polygons, spirals, and stars, Painting the logo,
Copying and scaling shapes, Review questions, Review answers

2

Drawing with the Pen tool

Getting started, Creating straight lines, Creating curved paths, Building a curve, Curves and corner
anchor points, Creating the pear illustration, Editing curves, Finishing the pear illustration, Exploring
on your own, Review questions, Review answers

2

Painting

Getting started, Filling with color, Stroking with color, Building custom swatches,
Copying paint attributes, Copying appearance attributes, Saturating a color,
Painting with patterns and gradients, Painting with a Pattern brush, Review questions,
Review answers

2

Applying Transparency and Blending Modes

Getting started, Changing the opacity of an object, Changing the blending modes,
Isolating the blending, Using an opacity mask, Editing an opacity mask,
Exploring on your own, Review questions, Review answers

2

Working with Layers

Getting started, Creating layers, Locking layers, Viewing layers, Pasting layers,
Creating clipping masks, Merging layers, Applying appearance attributes to layers,
Exploring on your own, Review questions, Review answers

2

Transforming Objects

Getting started, Scaling objects, Rotating objects, Distorting objects, Shearing objects,
Positioning objects precisely, Reflecting objects, Changing the perspective, Using the Free
Transform tool, Making multiple transformations, Exploring on your own, Review questions,
Review answers

2

Working with Placement and Order of Objects

Getting started, Creating custom guides, Creating the vector logo, Applying the warp and
pathfinder features, Arrangement and object order, Putting the logo together
Exploring on your own, Review questions, Review answers

2

Applying Appearance Attributes, Styles, and Effects

Getting started, Using appearance attributes, Copying, applying, and removing styles and
appearances, Saving and printing files with transparency effects, Exporting and importing
flattening settings, Exploring on your own, Review questions, Review answers

2

Working with type

Getting started, Adding type to a document, Sampling type, Changing the character size,
Reshaping text with an envelope, Creating columns of type, Changing character attributes of placed
text, Changing paragraph attributes, Saving and Using Styles, Wrapping type around a graphic, Typing
along a path, Creating type outlines, Creating type masks, Saving your file for electronic distribution,
Review questions, Review answers

2

Blending Shapes and Colors

Getting started, Creating a gradient fill, Adjusting the direction of the gradient blend,
Adding colors to a gradient, Creating smooth-color blends, Blending intermediate steps,
Modifying the blend, Combining blends with gradients, Exploring on your own,
Review questions, Review answers

2

Working with Symbols

Getting started, Creating a symbol, Using the Symbolism tools, Editing symbols,
Updating a symbol, Using the Symbols palette as a database, Mapping a symbol to 3D
artwork, Exploring on your own, Review questions, Review answers

2

Working with Brushes and Scribbles

Applying brushes to paths, Getting started, Using Art brushes, Using Scatter brushes,
Applying a scatter brush to paths, Changing the color attributes of brushes, Using a fill color
with brushes, Using Calligraphic brushes, Using Pattern brushes, Creating brushes, Applying the
Scribble effect, Exploring on your own, Using a brush library, Review questions, Review answers

2

Creating Airbrush Effects

Getting started, Setting Smart Guides preferences, Painting with the Mesh tool,
Applying colors to the mesh, Highlighting a mesh object, Editing mesh points,
Reflecting mesh objects, Modifying mesh lines, Warping a mesh, Applying transparency to a mesh,
Review questions, Review answers

2

Combining Illustrator Graphics and

Photoshop Images, Combining artwork, Vector versus bitmap graphics, Getting started,
Placing an Adobe Photoshop file, Duplicating a placed image, Adjusting color in a placed image
Masking an image, Sampling colors in placed images, Replacing a placed image, Exporting a
layered file to Photoshop, Exploring on your own, Review questions, Review answers

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Final Project   Make your final project like professional Designers

 

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