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Adobe Illustrator Fundamentals 2 Days

Course Overview

Opening illustrations Creating new documents Using document profiles Saving Illustrator files Exploring panels and workspaces Useful shortcuts


Artwork components
Outline vs Preview mode
Rulers, guides and grids
Intuitive Smart Guides
Paths, point and handles
Grouping objects
Introducing layers
Working in Group Isolation Mode

Creating basic shapes
Using the Shaper tool
Manipulating shapes with the Shaper tool
Creating primitive shapes
Creating polygons, stars and spirals
Drawing lines, grids and arcs
Using the Live Corners widget
Transforming live shapes
Identifying live shapes in eh Layers panel
Converting to and from live shapes
Storing assets in CC libraries

Applying colour
Colour models
Applying colour to objects
Spot vs process colour
Process and global process colours
Managing swatches
Creating colour groups
Loading swatch libraries

Working with layers
Creating layers
Using layers effectively

Drawing in Illustrator
Drawing with the Pencil tool
Drawing with the Curvature tool
Working with paths, points and direction handles
Drawing paths
Tips for drawing curves
Editing, manipulating and modifying paths
Adding and deleting anchor points
Splitting cutting and erasing paths
Using the Average and Join commands
Using the Join tool

Getting Organised
Introducing multiple artboards
Editing the artboard size
Using guides and smart guides
Aligning and distributing artwork

Painting in Illustrator
Manipulating stroke options
Creating dashed lines
Adding arrowheads to strokes
Using the Blob brush
Using Variable Width profiles
Using the Variable Width tool

Placing imported graphics
• Linked vs embedded images
• Creating template layers

Using Image Trace
• Automatically tracing artwork
• Converting Image Trace objects

Using LivePaint
• Creating LivePaint groups
• Painting LivePaint objects
• Detecting gaps
• Modifying LivePaint groups

Transforming objects
• Using the Transform tools and menu commands
• Using the Transform panel
• Performing numerical transformations

Creating complex shapes
• Introducing the Shape Builder tool
• Creating compound shapes
• Expanding compound shapes

Working with type
• Using type tools
• The Touch Type tool
• Using the Character and Paragraph panel
• Creating outlines from text
• Creating type on a path

Saving and exporting
• Packaging your Illustrator file for hand-off
• Creating Adobe PDF files
• Exporting files from Illustrator