Illustrator Day 1: Illustrator Essentials

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM*
Trainer: Chana
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*All times are in the US/Pacific timezone.

Quotes from our Illustrator students

  • "I had a wonderful experience in this 3 day training. I felt like I learned a tremendous amount of information, tips and tricks. The instructors were focused, patient and extremely competent. The Illustrator Day 2 & 3 instructor was quite funny and I appreciated the 80's movie references he used, it brought a sense of lightness to very intense software instruction. I would take courses from you again and would recommend to others, thank you very much."
    - Emily Brandt, Graphic Design & Yearbook, Scotts Valley USD

Class Details

Price per person:$349
Length of class:one day
Version covered:CC 2017


In this one-day class, taught by an Adobe Certified Instructor, you will learn from an Adobe Certified Instructor how to work efficiently and creatively with the industry-standard illustration tool. Master all of the essential concepts and techniques, including understanding bitmap vs vector graphics and file formats, the best ways to navigate, how to work with color, how to use the drawing and selection tools, manipulate objects and work in layers.


This class is designed for people with good mousing skills, but no Adobe Illustrator or graphics experience is required.


Application Overview
- understanding bitmap vs. vector
- overview of the Workspace, toolbox & panels
- templates and creating a new document
- multiple artboards and the new Artboard panel
- using Adobe Bridge
- setting prefs, saving files, choosing file formats

- viewing images using the Navigator panel
- zooming and using the Hand tool
- custom views
- viewing images in Preview mode and Artwork mode

- choosing and applying fills and strokes
- using the Swatches panel / saving groups
- loading custom color libraries
- advanced colors

Using Tools
- ellipse, rectangle, star and polygon tools
- line, polar grid and spiral tools
- selection, direct selection and group selection tools
- lasso and magic wand tools

Working with Objects
- selecting multiple objects
- saving selections / select by item
- grouping and ungrouping / isolation tool
- working with compound paths
- pathfinder and the align tool
- paste in place
- drawing mode, shape builder tool, stroke alignment
- scale, rotate, distort, and free transform tools
- using guides and grids
- creating radial symmetry

Working with Layers

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