Adobe Illustrator is a powerful graphic software and certainly the most popular software for creating vector graphics, in today’s market.

The first version of the program was launched in 1987. Since then, the use of Illustrator has become a de facto standard for product design and illustrations that need to be realized through print, Web or in some other form such as displayed on screens – for example, through websites or mobile applications. During this course, you will master key techniques, as well as useful tricks for working with Illustrator. This course is a well-balanced combination of demonstrations by instructors and independent work

Introducing the workspace
• Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
• Examples of Illustrator work (logo, illustrations, UI design)
• Starting Illustrator and opening files
• Display manipulation tools
• Using Artboards panel
• Exercise: Abstract illustration (exploring the workspace and tools)

Graphic object selection techniques
• Selecting objects and parts of objects with Selection and Direct Selection tools
• Hiding and locking objects
• Similar objects selection
• Outline mode selection
• Aligning and arranging objects
• Object grouping and Isolation mode

Using the Shape Object Creation Tool
• Working with simple shapes (rectangle, ellipse, circle, polygon, star)
• Live corners option
• Changing the line width and its alignment
• Working in drawing regime (Draw Behind, Draw Inside)
• Image vectorization

Changing and combining Shape objects and paths
• Changing paths and Shape objects
• Cutting paths with Scissors tool and joining paths
• Using the Eraser tool
• Combining objects with the Pathfinder panel and the Shape builder tool
• Creating complex paths
• Working with Width tool
• Adding an Outline effect

Using Illustrator with other Adobe programs
• Image uploading and resizing
• Uploading the Photoshop images using Show Import Options

Transforming the workspace
• Adding, editing, renaming and changing the order of document workspaces
• Working with rulers and guides
• Workspace positioning using the Transform panel and Smart Guides
• Modifying objects (size, reflection, distortion and skew)
• Modifying with the Free Transform tool

Creating illustrations with drawing tools
• Draw straight and curved lines with Pen tool
• Changing the type of point pass through from smooth to angular
• Drawing objects with Pen tool
• Changing paths and points
• Deleting and adding Control Points (Anchor Point)
• Creating a dashed line
• Adding arrows to the path
• Drawing free paths with Pencil tool
• Joining with Join tool
• Exercise: Mastering the paths

Working with colors
• Creating a new color using the Color panel
• Saving a color as a sample (Swatch)
• Creating and changing color swatches
• Using Color Picker tool to create colors
• Creating and saving color shades
• Color conversion
• Copying attributes
• Changing object colors
• Working with Live Paint tool
• Creating and modifying Live Paint groups

Adding text
• Adding Point Type text
• Adding Area Type text
• Changing font family and style
• Text overflow between columns
• Text formatting
• Resizing and changing text color
• Paragraph formatting
• Changing text with Touch Type tool
• Resizing and changing the shape of entered text
• Reading and copying parameters of one text object to another
• Placing text along the path
• Creating text outline

Exporting files in different formats
• Setting parameters for creating a PDF file
• Exporting Photoshop PSD files
• Export option for screens
• Panel Asset export

Organizing the graphics by using layers
• Creating layers and sublayers and their positioning
• Moving objects between layers
• Viewing and changing the layer layout
• New layer grouping
• Duplicating layer content
• Applying visual attributes to a layer
• Creating a clipping mask

Gradients, blend objects and textures
• Application of linear gradient
• Changing and saving gradients
• Adjusting the linear gradient fill
• Applying and changing the radial gradient
• Adding transparency to the gradient
• Working with Blend Objects
• Creating and changing your own textures

Working with brushes
• Working with brushes
• Changing the paths with Paint Brush tool
• Changing brush settings
• Using and Changing Art Brush brushes
• Using and Changing the Pattern Brush brushes
• Working with Blob Brush tool

Creative application of effects and graphic styles
• Working with the Appearance panel
• Adding another Stroke and Fill effect to graphics and text
• Changing the order of the attribute
• Working with effects (applying and changing effects)
• Applying the Offset Path effect
• Working with 3D effects
• Using graphic styles
• Creating and implementing a new graphic style
• Graphic style update
• Changing the size of Stroke Effect and Other Effects

Creating graphics using symbols
• Working with symbols
• Working with dynamic symbols (creating, duplicating and replacing symbols)
• Exercise: Illustration

Final work
• Illustration for portfolio

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.


150 EUR for classes in Serbian
225 EUR for classes in English cat. 1*
300 EUR for classes in English cat. 2*
VAT included. Class is 45 minutes
* Country category list

24 classes 

basic computer skills
* or equivalent computer skills