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Adobe Illustrator CC

If you need to design a logo, build infographics, create all the materials for a trade show stand, or just draw cool stuff, Adobe Illustrator CC is the best and biggest vector drawing programme on the market today. It's easy to use, fast, and fun.

You can create materials for just about any size, as vector art is 'infinitely scalable' – there are no pixels, so your work can't suffer from detail loss. Whether you want to design for a device, a laptop, a poster or a billboard, Illustrator can do it easily. 

There are loads of great special effects as well as the ability to turn a 2D drawing into a 3D object. You can 'map' art onto surfaces, design in perspective, create brushes and more. It's endless. And amazing. 

Tunnel Vision Ltd offers Adobe Illustrator CC courses from beginner to expert. See our course outlines, below..

We also have training videos available – please check out our Video Tutorials page. If you like what you see, the whole course can be found at (Udemy) / (Skillshare).

Any questions or comments, please contact us (see below).

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