Graphic Design and Printing

Adobe Illustrator is very powerful drawing software and arguably the most popular vector graphic software on the market nowadays. First version was released in 1987. It is an essential design tool, the de-facto standard for creation of product designs and illustrations to express ideas visually in print, on the web, and in any other medium. This course will teach you, step-by-step, the key techniques, as well as tips and tricks, for working in Illustrator CC. This training course is a well-balanced combination of instructor-led demonstration and hands-on practice.


Basic information:

course duration: 3 weeks
requirements:  basic computer skills
                      Digital Image Editing and Creation*
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      *or  equivalent computer skills  
    **price based on minimum 5 participants
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Course program: 

Getting to know the work area

  • Introducing Adobe Illustrator 
  • Starting Illustrator and opening a file 
  • Exploring GUI (Graphical User Interface)
  • Resetting and saving your workspace 
  • Changing the view of artwork 
  • Using the Zoom and view tool 
  • Using the Artboards panel 
  • Arranging multiple documents 

Techniques for electing artwork

  • Selecting objects 
  • Using the Selection tool and Direct Selection tool 
  • Creating selections with a marquee 
  • Hiding and locking objects 
  • Selecting similar objects 
  • Selecting in Outline mode 
  • Aligning and distributing objects 
  • Grouping items 
  • Editing a group in Isolation mode 
  • Creating a nested group 

Using shapes to create artwork for a postcard

  • Creating a new document 
  • Working with basic shapes (rectangle, ellipse, circle, polygon)
  • Changing stroke width and alignment 
  • Drawing lines and star
  • Working with the Shaper tool  
  • Working with drawing modes (Draw Behind, Draw Inside)
  • Using Image Trace 

Editing and combining shapes and paths

  • Editing paths and shapes 
  • Cutting with the Scissors tool 
  • Joining paths 
  • Cutting with the Knife tool 
  • Using the Eraser tool 
  • Combining shapes 
  • Working with the Shape Builder tool
  • Working with the Pathfinder panel 
  • Creating a compound path 
  • Using the Width tool 
  • Outlining strokes 

Using Illustator CC with other Adobe applications

  • Placing image files 
  • Scaling a placed image and multiple images
  • Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options 

Transforming artwork

  • Adding, editing, renaming and reordering artboards to the document 
  • Working with rulers and guides 
  • Positioning artwork using the Transform panel and Smart Guides
  • Object transformations (scaling, reflecting, distorting and shearing)
  • Transforming with the Free Transform tool 

Creating an illustration with the drawing tools

  • Crawing straight lines with the Pen tool 
  • Drawing a curve with the Pen tool 
  • Converting smooth points to corner points 
  • Combining curves and straight lines 
  • Creating artwork with the Pen tool 
  • Drawing with the Curvature tool 
  • Editing curves 
  • Reflecting the spoon shape 
  • Editing paths and points 
  • Deleting and adding anchor points 
  • Creating a dashed line 
  • Adding arrowheads to a path 
  • Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool 
  • Drawing straight segments with the Pencil tool 
  • Joining with the Join tool 

Using color to enhance signage

  • Creating a custom color using the Color panel 
  • Saving a color as a swatch 
  • Creating and editing a global swatch 
  • Using the Color Picker to create color 
  • Adding a spot color 
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color 
  • Converting colors 
  • Copying appearance attributes 
  • Editing colors in artwork 
  • Assigning colors to your artwork 
  • Working with Live Paint 
  • Creating and modifying a Live Paint group 
  • Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool  

Ading type to a poster

  • Adding text at a point 
  • Adding area type 
  • Working with Auto Sizing 
  • Importing a plain-text file 
  • Threading text 
  • Formatting text 
  • Fixing missing fonts 
  • Changing text size and color
  • Changing additional character formatting 
  • Working with Glyphs 
  • Changing paragraph formatting 
  • Modifying text with the Touch Type tool 
  • Resizing and reshaping text objects 
  • Creating columns and styles of text 
  • Creating, applying and editing a paragraph and character style 
  • Sampling text formatting 
  • Wrapping text 
  • Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp 
  • Editing the envelope warp 
  • Working with text on a path 
  • Creating text outlines 

Creating a PDF

Organizing your artwork with laye

  • Creating layers and sublayers 
  • Locating layers 
  • Moving content between layers 
  • Viewing and reordering layers 
  • Collecting into a new layer 
  • Duplicating layer content  
  • Changing font family and font style 
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers 
  • Creating a clipping mask 

Gradients, blends and patterns

  • RWorking with gradients 
  • Applying a linear gradient to a fill 
  • Editing and saving a gradient 
  • Adjusting a linear gradient fill 
  • Applying and editing a linear gradient to a stroke 
  • Applying and editing a radial gradient to artwork 
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects 
  • Adding transparency to gradients 
  • Working with blended objects 
  • Creating and editing a smooth color blend 
  • Painting with patterns 
  • Creating and editing your own pattern 

Using brushes to create a poster

  • Working with brushes 
  • Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool 
  • Editing a brush 
  • Removing a brush stroke 
  • Using Art brushes 
  • Creating and editing an Art brush using a raster image 
  • Using Pattern brushes 
  • Creating and editing Pattern brush 
  • Working with the Blob Brush tool 
  • Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool 
  • Editing with the Eraser tool 

Exploring creative uses of effects  and graphic styles

  • Using the Appearance panel 
  • Editing appearance attributes 
  • Adding another stroke and fill to artwork and text 
  • Reordering appearance attributes 
  • Working with effects (using live effects, applying an effect, editing an effect) 
  • Styling and editing text with a Warp effect 
  • Applying the Offset Path effect 
  • Applying a Photoshop Effects 
  • Working with 3D effects 
  • Using graphic styles 
  • Applying an existing graphic style 
  • Creating and applying a graphic style 
  • Updating a graphic style 
  • Scaling strokes and effects 

Creating artework for a T-Shirt

  • Working with symbols
  • Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries 
  • Working with dynamic symbols (creating, duplicating, and replacing symbols) 

Final work



* all literature is available to students at the Crater VFX Training Center library


Upon completion of the course students will receive the internationally recognized Adobe Certificate of Completion, as well as the Crater VFX Training Center Certificate.


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