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Adobe Illustrator Level 1

Suitable for versions CC / CS

Whether you are a new user or have been using Illustrator for years, this course will vastly increase your understanding of Illustrator. Existing users will learn how to get the most out of Illustrator, break any bad habits, learn shortcuts and discover a massive range of hints and tips from our Certified Adobe Expert Instructors.

This course is designed for new or existing basic users of Adobe Illustrator.
Delegates will learn to create professional vector graphics using Illustrator's vast array of manipulation tools. Delegates will also learn shortcuts, tips and tricks in how to best use Illustrator; design theory and trend analysis will also be discussed allowing for a greater scope and use of the software.
At the end of the course you’ll be able to create logos, promotional materials and design simple illustrations. You will be confident to use the basic tools and techniques for creating complex artwork.

Introduction to Illustrator

  • Theory of vectors, bitmaps, resolution and colour spaces
  • Define media format and publishing
  • Illustrator’s interface and workspace
  • Rulers, guides and grids
  • Navigation

Basic drawing and colouring

  • Transform and modify elements
  • Create and manipulate text
  • Create basic geometric shapes
  • Create a logo using simple shapes
  • Organise artwork using layers
  • Applying strokes and fills
  • Using the brushes
  • Using the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Draw and understand Bézier curves
  • Applying and modifying colours and gradients
  • Creating colour swatches

Working with basic shapes and transformations

  • Aligning objects accurately
  • Duplicating objects
  • Grouping objects
  • Working with groups and subgroups
  • Understanding Illustrator’s selection tools
  • Basic transformations
  • Apply transparency to objects

Effects and transparency

  • Apply transparency to objects
  • Working with bitmaps
  • Placing raster images
  • Blend elements using blend effects
  • Using links and the links panel
  • Convert bitmap images to vector
  • Trace and colour your hand drawn artwork with Live Trace

Publish artwork

  • File formats and how to choose the right one
  • Export for Web
  • Export for Print
Prices below are for scheduled courses held in our Edinburgh Training Centre or Live Virtual Classroom. Major discounts available for onsite or private courses: click General Enquiry button below to enquire about private courses.
Group discount
1 place £ 360 n/a
2 places £ 720 n/a
3 places £ 1080 £ 1015
4 places £ 1440 £ 1339
5 places £ 1800 £ 1656
6 places £ 2160 £ 1966
7 places £ 2520 £ 2268
8 places £ 2880 £ 2563