Graphic Design and PrintingIllustrator


The Graphic Design and Printing course is an advanced course for working in Illustrator program, as well as an introductory course into print preparation process.

In this course, you will master a lot of advanced options that Illustrator has to offer, which will certainly increase productivity through the use of additional program settings. One part of the course is dedicated to a further discussion on color-related topics and a more detailed information on color profiles, as well as to the consistency of color rendering across different devices. In addition to other advanced techniques, we will also discuss about the most-known plug-ins, without which professional working in Illustrator cannot be imagined. Furthermore, you will learn about advanced design and drawing techniques, as well as the materials used in professional print preparation and printing technologies. Upon completion of the theoretical part of the course, a visit to the Čugura Print printing company will be organized, where students will be introduced to the technologies used for printing, as well as the types of media used for printing. Dušan Čurugović, the director of Čugura Print, will introduce you to the secrets of professional print preparation, which will guarantee that the materials you send for printing, will not be returned for further corrections.

This course is very valuable for all future professional graphic designers, because it gives a uniquely synthesized knowledge of theory and practical application.

Workspace – additional options
• Graphic environment – selecting, resetting and saving the layout
• Working with multiple documents
• Save as and Save a copy
• Save as template
• Package
• Document setup
• Slices
• Trim marks
• Overprint and pixel preview

Advanced settings
• Changing the shortcuts and settings (Preferences)
• My settings

Advanced selecting and object copying
• Selection with Lasso and Magic Wand tools
• Group selection tool
• Advanced work with groups (groups within a group)
• Paste on all artboards
• Copy techniques when creating a design

Manipulating objects and paths 1
• Envelope distort
• Distort and transform effect
• Stylize effect
• Warp effect

Manipulating objects and paths 2
• Drawing a line, a spiral and a grid
• Deforming objects with Warp tool
• Cutting with the Knife tool
• Advanced techniques with Shape Builder
• Change paths by using the menu

Perspective and pixel techniques
• Painting with Live Paint Bucket tool (isometric perspective and pixel grid)
• Exercise
• Perspective Tool
• Exercise

Color adjustment
• A brief look at color theory
• Adjusting object color
• Color guide panel
• Color settings
• Assign profile
• Color corrections with Adobe Photoshop and the Phantasm plugin

Advanced work with brushes
• Texture brushes
• Advanced work with transparency panel and gradient tool
• Gradient mesh
• Digital painting with Adobe Illustrator
• Exercise

Mastering the use of shortcuts
• Exercise for a faster workflow

Advanced work with text
• Solving the missing fonts problem
• Working with special characters
• Creating styles for text and columns
• Creating, using, and applying paragraph styles
• Text deformation
• Text styling and editing with Warp effect
• Check spelling
• Type menu

Techniques for 3D and abstract objects
• Blend tool
• 3D effects
• Applying Photoshop Effects
• Rasterize
• Flatten transparency

Possibilities for UI design
• Margins, guides, artboards
• Settings for designing a brochure or a magazine
• Website or mobile app design settings

A brief look at the Plugins for Adobe Illustrator

Minimal requirements for a good quality file
• Minimal photo quality
• Minimal bleed depending on the type of work
• Fonts, curves, big lines, bending points
• Getting files ready for imprinting
• The size of adhesive flaps

Printing techniques
• Digital sheetfed Printing
• Digital roll printing
• Offset printing

Materials for printing
• Paper (basic paper types, designed paper)
• Alu papers for offset printing
• Pvc materials for offset and digital printing

• CMYK and RGB color space, PANTONE colors
• Difference in color shades on different materials

Pricing structure for printing
• How to get the most out of printing for the least money without compromising on design

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

Stefan Lakić
Graphic Designer @ Freelance
Scholarship: Young Talents of Belgrade
Scholarship: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Member of Association of Film Artists of Serbia (UFUS)

Film and TV Camera graduate turned graphic designer, Stefan holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Media from the Bremen University of Arts in Germany and an Adobe Expert certification for Adobe Illustrator. Starting as a camera assistant during his university years, he was awarded Best Student Award for Academic Year 2005-06 at the Academy of Arts Belgrade and went on to receive a talent scholarship from the city of Belgrade. In 2010, he became a Member of Association of Film Artists of Serbia (UFUS) thanks to his work as a director of photography in documentary movies. After having an internship at Lifestream Creations GmbH in Bremen, Germany, he returned to Belgrade and started working as a freelance graphic designer. He teaches Illustrator, Teen Illustrator, Graphic Design and Printing, InDesign and Architecture Student Module 1 at Crater VFX Training Center.



180 EUR for classes in Serbian
270 EUR for classes in English cat. 1*
360 EUR for classes in English cat. 2*
VAT included. Class is 45 minutes
* Country category list

20 classes

basic computer skills
* or equivalent computer skills


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