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Illustrator Intro - 2 days

£350 per person, per day.

Min 4 people, max 10.

 

Getting started:

  • Preference settings
  • Creating and saving workspaces
  • A quick run through the Tools panel
  • Getting around - zoom and scroll
  • Outline’ and ‘preview’ modes
  • Grids, guidelines and ‘smart guides’
  • 'Undo' and 'redo'

 

Creating a new document:

  • Creating files for print
  • Creating files for the web
  • Modifying your document
  • Managing multiple documents
  • Using rulers
  • Preview modes

 

Working with Artboards:

  • Re-sizing artboards
  • Creating new artboards and copying artboards
  • The Artboard panel

 

The Layers panel:

  • Visibility and Locking
  • Selecting objects with the layers panel
  • Sub-Layers
  • Deleting layers
  • Grouping and naming layers
  • Changing the stacking order
  • Moving objects from one layer to another
  • Copying objects from one layer to another
  • Adjusting layer previews

 

Working with colour:

  • RGB vs. CMYK
  • Adjusting Illustrator colour settings
  • Process vs. global swatches
  • Using the Swatches and Colour panels
  • Strokes and fills
  • The Colour Guide panel

 

Selecting and Transforming:

  • The Selection tools
  • The Magic Wand tool
  • The Lasso tool
  • Selecting objects by attribute
  • Grouping objects
  • Using isolation mode
  • Rotating and 'stacking' objects
  • Distorting and transforming objects
  • Repeating transformations
  • Reflecting and skewing objects
  • Aligning and distributing objects

 

Working with paths:

  • The Pen tool
  • Joining and averaging paths
  • Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool

 

Useful drawing tools:

  • The Line tools
  • The Shape tools
  • The Ellipse tool
  • The Scale tool
  • The Reflect tool
  • The Rotate tool
  • The Shape Builder tool
  • Creating a mask

 

Keyboard shortcuts

 

Working in outline mode

 

Working with type:

  • Point vs. Area type
  • Paragraph and Character Styles
  • 'Placing' text
  • Creating threaded text
  • Selecting type and choosing fonts
  • Adjusting type size
  • Leading
  • Tracking and kerning
  • Adding indents

 

Working with Symbols:

  • The Symbol Sprayer toolset
  • Using the symbols libraries
  • Creating new symbols
  • Breaking the symbol link
  • Redefining symbols

 

Working with Images:

  • 'Placing' images
  • Embedding vs. linked images
  • Cropping images

 

Saving, Printing and Exporting:

  • Saving to legacy formats
  • Saving Templates
  • Saving for the web
  • Exporting your work
  • Illustrator in InDesign and Photoshop
  • Creating PDF files

Illustrator Advanced - 2 days

£350 per person, per day.

Min 4 people, max 10.

 

The Appearance panel:

  • 'Attribute stacking order'
  • Applying multiple fills
  • Applying multiple strokes
  • Adjusting appearance with live effects
  • Saving appearances as graphic style

 

Live Paint

  • Using Live Paint
  • Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
  • The Live Paint Selection tool
  • Adding a path to a Live Paint group

 

Tracing images

  • Auto-tracing in Illustrator
  • Embedding images
  • Linking images
  • Auto-tracing and resolution
  • Adjusting layer previews
  • The Threshold option
  • The Noise option
  • Expanding and simplifying traced paths
  • Flipping and fusing shapes
  • Scaling resolution-independent vectors

 

Drawing in perspective

  • Defining a perspective grid
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Applying artwork to the grid

 

Creating 3D objects:

  • 3D Revolve
  • 3D Bevel and emboss
  • 3D Revolve

 

Infographics and Dynamic data

  • Creating and defining Illustrator graphs
  • Importing, correcting and editing data
  • Swapping between graph types
  • Changing graph settings
  • Selecting and colouring graph elements
  • Applying a design to a marker
  • Adding numeric values to a column graph
  • Designing your own graphs
  • Creating a 3D 'pie' graph
  • Designing an infographic project
  • Visualising data

 

Working with brushes

  • Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
  • Applying and scaling art brushes
  • Applying and editing a scatter brush
  • Formatting and scaling brushed text
  • Editing the path outlines of an art brush
  • Replacing an existing art brush
  • Creating and refining an art brush
  • Creating and editing a pattern brush
  • Expanding and filling brush outlines
  • Brushes meet text
  • Adjusting the bristles in a bristle brush
  • Creating brushes for a Fashion drawing
  • Producing a children’s illustration utilising brushes

 

Envelope distortions

  • Introducing Envelope Distort
  • Editing the contents of an envelope
  • Warping an envelope mesh
  • Creating and editing an envelope mesh
  • Blending an envelope into a background

 

Creating and editing gradients

  • Creating radial and linear gradients
  • Applying a gradient fill to objects and text
  • Using the gradient annotator
  • Editing multiple gradients
  • Adjusting the blend point
  • Mixing gradients with blend modes
  • Making a transparent gradient
  • Drop shadows and dynamic effects
  • Assigning a gradient to editable text
  • Assigning a gradient to a stroke

 

The Gradient mesh tool

  • Introducing the gradient mesh
  • Working with the Mesh tool
  • Adding colours to mesh points
  • Applying a gradient mesh to a shape
  • Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
  • Editing a linear gradient mesh
  • Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
  • Editing a radial gradient mesh

 

The Blend tool

  • Creating a multi-colour blend
  • Editing blended paths
  • Adjusting the number of blended steps
  • Blending between levels of opacity
  • Applying a blend to a new path
  • Blending groups