Adobe Illustrator - Fundamentals

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Course Overview

Adobe Illustrator is an essential design tool for anyone who needs to express ideas visually in print, on the web, and in any other medium. In Illustrator Training course, you will get a thorough overview of the interface, tools, and features of Illustrator. Through hands-on exercises, you will learn the basics of working with Illustrator to incorporate visual effects into your workflow.

Course Content

Getting to Know the Work Area   

  • Workspace
  • Adjusting the user interface brightness
  • Tools panel
  • Control panel
  • Panels
  • Resetting and saving your workspace
  • Panel menus
  • Changing the view of artwork
  • Zoom tool
  • Scrolling through a document
  • Viewing artwork
  • Navigating multiple artboards
  • Navigator panel
  • Rulers
  • Arranging multiple documents
  • Document groups

Selecting and Aligning   

  • Selecting objects
  • Selection tool
  • Direct selection tool
  • Creating selections with a marquee
  • Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting similar objects
  • Aligning objects
  • Aligning objects to each other
  • Aligning to a key object
  • Aligning points
  • Distributing objects
  • Aligning to the artboard
  • Groups
  • Grouping items
  • Working in isolation mode
  • Adding to a group
  • Object arrangement
  • Arranging objects
  • Selecting objects behind
  • Hiding objects
  • Applying selection techniques

Creating and Editing Shapes   

  • Creating a new document
  • Basic shapes
  • Creating rectangles
  • Creating rounded rectangles
  • Creating ellipses
  • Creating polygons
  • Drawing modes
  • Draw behind mode
  • Creating stars
  • Changing stroke width and alignment
  • Line segments
  • Joining paths
  • Using the width tool
  • Outlining strokes
  • Combining and editing shapes
  • Shape builder tool
  • Pathfinder effects
  • Shape modes
  • Using draw inside mode
  • Editing content drawn inside
  • Using the eraser tool
  • Using image trace to create shapes
  • Cleaning up traced artwork

Transforming Objects   

  • Artboards
  • Adding artboards to the document
  • Editing artboards
  • Reordering artboards
  • Transforming content
  • Rulers and guides
  • Scaling objects
  • Reflecting objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Distorting objects
  • Shearing objects
  • Positioning objects precisely
  • Changing perspective
  • Applying multiple transformations
  • Using the free distort effect

Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools   

  • Starting with the pen tool
  • Creating straight lines
  • Creating curved paths
  • Building a curve
  • Converting smooth points to corner points
  • Creating the violin illustration
  • Drawing curves
  • Selecting a curved path
  • Drawing a curved path
  • Drawing a closed path with curves
  • Drawing the violin shape
  • Creating the strings
  • Splitting a path
  • Adding arrowheads
  • Creating a dashed line
  • Editing curves
  • Deleting and adding anchor points
  • Converting between smooth points and corner points
  • Drawing with the Pencil tool
  • Editing with the Pencil tool
  • Finishing the violin illustrationAssembling the parts
  • Assembling the parts
  • Painting the artwork

Color and Painting   

  • Color
  • Color modes
  • Color controls
  • Creating color
  • Building and saving a custom color
  • Editing a swatch
  • Using Illustrator swatch libraries
  • Creating a spot color
  • Color picker
  • Creating and saving a tint of a color
  • Copying appearance attributes
  • Creating color groups
  • Color guide panel
  • Editing a color group
  • Editing colors in artwork
  • Kuler panel
  • Assigning colors to your artwork
  • Adjusting colors
  • Painting with patterns
  • Applying existing patterns
  • Creating your own pattern
  • Applying a pattern
  • Editing a pattern
  • Live Paint
  • Creating a Live Paint group
  • Editing Live Paint regions
  • Working with gap options

Working with Type  

  • Type
  • Creating point type
  • Creating area type
  • Importing a plain text file
  • Overflow text and text reflow
  • Threading text
  • Creating columns of text
  • Formatting type
  • Changing the font size
  • Changing the font color
  • Changing additional text attributes
  • Glyphs
  • Resizing type objects
  • Changing paragraph attributes
  • Creating and applying text styles
  • Creating and applying a paragraph style
  • Editing a paragraph style
  • Sampling text formatting
  • Creating and applying a character style
  • Editing a character style
  • Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp
  • Reshaping text with an object
  • Creating text on an open path
  • Creating text on closed paths
  • Creating text outlines


  • Creating layers
  • Selecting and moving objects and layers
  • Duplicating layer content
  • Moving layers
  • Locking layers
  • Viewing layers
  • Pasting layers
  • Creating a clipping mask
  • Merging layers
  • Locating layers
  • Applying appearance attributes to layers
  • Isolating layers

Blending Colors and Shapes   

  • Gradients
  • Creating and applying a linear gradient to a fill
  • Adjusting the direction and angle of a gradient fill
  • Applying a gradient to a stroke
  • Editing a gradient on a stroke
  • Creating and applying a radial gradient
  • Editing the radial gradient color
  • Adjusting the radial gradient
  • Applying gradients to multiple objects
  • Exploring other methods for editing gradient colors
  • Adding transparency to gradients
  • Working with blended objects
  • Creating a blend with specific steps
  • Modifying a blend
  • Creating and editing smooth color blends


  • Calligraphic brushes
  • Editing a brush
  • Fill color with brushes
  • Removing a brush stroke
  • Art brushes
  • Drawing with the paintbrush tool
  • Editing paths with the paintbrush tool
  • Creating an art brush
  • Editing an art brush
  • Using bristle brushes
  • Changing bristle brush options
  • Painting with a bristle brush
  • Using pattern brushes
  • Creating a pattern brush
  • Applying a pattern brush
  • Changing the color attributes of brushes
  • Changing a brush color using tints colorization
  • Changing the brush color using hue shift colorization
  • Blob brush tool
  • Drawing with the blob brush tool
  • Merging paths with the blob brush tool
  • Editing with the eraser tool

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