Illustrator Day 2: The Pen Tool, Live Trace and Gradients

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, July 6, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM*
Trainer: Chana
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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:$379
Length of class:one day
Version covered:CC 2017


The Pen tool is the most powerful tool in Illustrator and is an important part of most other Adobe design apps, as well. Many people, however, use it incorrectly or inefficiently. In this one-day class, taught by an Adobe Certified Instructor, you will learn how to properly use the Pen tool to create graceful curves and complex paths that can be easily edited later. You will also learn how to use Live Trace, Live Paint and Live Color, as well as how to create and apply color gradients to objects.


This class is ideally suited for people who have attended Level 1 or who have more than six months of experience using Adobe Illustrator.


Mastering the Pen Tool
- creating curves and straight lines
- tracing objects with the Pen tool
- modifying pen paths
- basic key commands
- tracing bitmap images
- working with compound paths
- the Pencil and Eraser tools
- using the Width Tool to customize strokes
- the Join command
- PathFinder
- divide and unite
- ShapeBuilder tool

Live Trace and Live Paint
- tracing images and logos into vector shapes
- using the Links panel
- dynamic link between Photoshop and Illustrator
- exporting color swatches
- dynamically applying colors
- using the new Eraser tool

Live Color
- dynamically remapping colors

Curvature tool

- using the gradient and blend tools
- adjusting opacity and gradients
- rasterizing objects
- creating and viewing objects as pixels

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