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Adobe Illustrator Beginners Course

One day Adobe Illustrator beginners course gives an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and the basics of graphic design. This course will introduce you to the essential tools and techniques of Adobe Illustrator, and allow you to create and edit simple artwork and designs.

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Beginners Adobe Illustrator course summary

Beginners Illustrator course duration: 1 day
Level: Beginners introduction
Software: Illustrator CC versions, Illustrator CS6, Illustrator CS5

Who is the course aimed at ?
This course is aimed at those who currently have little or no Illustrator skills, and want to learn the basics of Illustrator.

Course requirements
You should have good general computer skills.
Some previous knowledge of design software would be helpful, but not essential.

One to one or small group of up to 4 trainees.
Trainees in a group should have the same skill level and the same requirements.

Adobe Illustrator beginners courses are available on-site at the client's premises (office or home) in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Worcester, Warwick, Oxford, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol and around the UK.


Adobe Illustrator beginners course outline

An introduction to Adobe Illustrator and the tools and techniques used to create simple artwork and designs.

Illustrator Workspace
Overview of the main tools and palettes
Moving around the document
Zooming in and out (Zoom tool, keyboard shortcuts, menus)

Creating a New Document
Starting a new document
Viewing the document and working in artwork or preview modes
Grids, guides, and features to help you accurately position objects
Using guidelines - locking and unlocking, positioning

Selection Tools
Selection Tools (Selection, Direct Selection, Group Selection)

Shape Tools
Creating shapes (Rectangle, Ellipse, star or polygon)
Specify shape dimensions
Set a fill colour for an object
Set stroke colour and stroke weight
Drawing with the pencil and paintbrush tools

Modifying Shapes and Objects
Shape modifying (Transform, Rotate, Scale, Shear)
Duplicate objects
Group objects
Lock objects
Align objects
Use the Transform palette to resize and re-position objects

Custom Shapes
Using the pen tools to create custom shapes and modify shapes
Use Pathfinder to modify shapes
Create compound shapes (e.g. a hollow ring)

Picking RGB, CMYK & Pantone colours
Using the eyedropper
Gradients and blends
Saving and modifying colours

Pictures and Graphics
Placing photographs and other artwork into Illustrator
Choosing whether to link or embed image files
Checking linked images with the Links palette
Tracing artwork or photographs

Text and Typography
Text Tools
Create type on the page
Set type colour
Flowing type between two text frames
Basic typography (leading, kerning, tracking, etc.)

Using Layers to organise images, graphics and text
Creating, deleting, and changing stacking order
Visibility and locking layers
Moving selected objects between layers

Saving Files
Saving a document and organising files
Exporting artwork for use in other applications


A two day Adobe Illustrator course is available to cover Illustrator in more detail and allow time to look at your own designs and artwork.
Adobe Illustrator beginners & intermediate training


Adobe Illustrator training is available onsite (at your home or office) in Birmingham and Midlands areas, including Solihull, Coventry, Warwick, Derby, Leicester, Redditch, Worcester. Adobe Illustrator training can be be arranged around the UK including Oxford, Manchester, Yorkshire, Bristol and other areas.

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Adobe Illustrator beginners course in Birmingham and Midlands and around the UK.