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"Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 Fundamentals" is a comprehensive 2 day course that covers Illustrator essentials while providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive while using the tool.

This course includes in-depth training on core introductory, intermediate and even advanced Illustrator CC 2017 topics to provide a solid foundation for any type of post-class Illustrator work that a student will engage in. The class material is delivered at a brisk pace but adequate time is provided for the instructor to thoroughly cover all topics and for students to complete all hands-on exercises.



Because of the amount of material we cover in this class, we do require students to be comfortable using a mouse, opening and saving files, and the general operations of computers.  We highly recommend working with the application tutorial before coming to the course.



Lesson 1  Getting to know the Work Area

Getting started

Understanding the workspace

Adjusting the user interface brightness

Working with the Tools panel

Exploring the Control panel

Working with panels

Editing panel groups

Resetting and saving your workspace

Using panel menus

Changing the view of artwork

Using the view commands

Using the Zoom tool

Scrolling through a document

Viewing artwork

Navigating multiple artboards

Using the Navigator panel

Arranging multiple documents

Finding Resources for using Illustrator


Lesson 2  Selecting and Aligning

Getting started

Selecting objects

Using the Selection tool

Using the Direct Selection tool

Creating selections with a marquee

Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool

Selecting similar objects

Selecting in Outline mode

Aligning objects

Align objects to teach other

Aligning to a key object

Aligning anchor points

Distributing objects

Aligning to the artboard

Working with groups

Grouping items

Working in isolation mode

Creating a nested group

Exploring object arrangement

Arranging objects

Selecting objects behind

Hiding and locking objects


Lesson 3  Creating and Editing Shapes

Getting started

Creating a new document

Working with basic shapes

Understanding drawing modes

Creating rectangles

Creating rounded rectangles

Creating ellipses

Creating polygons

Working with Draw Behind mode

Creating stars

Changing stroke width and alignment

Working with line segments

Joining paths

Using the Width tool

Outlining strokes

Combining and editing shapes

Working with the Shape Builder tool

Working with Pathfinder effects in the Pathfinder panel

Working with shape modes in the Pathfinder panel

Using Draw Inside mode

Editing content drawn inside

Using the Eraser tool

Using Image Trace to create shapes

Cleaning up traced artwork


Lesson 4  Transforming Objects

Getting started

Working with artboards

Adding artboards to the document

Resizing artboards

Editing document setup options

Renaming artboards

Reordering artboards

Transforming content

Working with rulers and guides

Scaling objects

Reflecting objects

Rotating objects

Distorting objects with effects

Shearing objects

Positioning objects precisely

Positioning with Smart Guides

Transforming with the Free Transform tool

Applying multiple transformations


Lesson 5  Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools

Getting started

Starting the Pen tool

Selecting paths

Constraining lines

Introducing curved paths

Drawing a curve with the Pen Tool

Drawing a series of curves with the Pen Tool

Converting smooth points to corner points

Combining curves and straight lines

Creating the ice cream illustration

Drawing the ice cream

Drawing half of the ice cream dish

Finishing the ice cream dish

Editing curves

Deleting and adding anchor points

Converting between smooth points and corner points

Cutting with the Scissors tool

Creating a dashed line

Cutting with the Knife tool

Adding arrowheads

Drawing with the Pencil tool

Editing with the Pencil tool


Lesson 6  Color and Painting

Getting started

Understanding color

Exploring Color modes

Understanding the main color controls

Working with color

Applying an existing color

Creating and saving a custom color as a swatch

Creating a copy of a swatch

Editing a swatch

Creating and editing a global swatch

Using the Color Picker to create color

Using Illustrator swatch libraries

Creating a spot color

Creating and saving a tint of a color

Adjusting colors

Copying appearance attributes

Creating a color group

Working with color in the Color Guide panel

Editing a color group in the Edit Colors dialog box

Editing colors in artwork

Assigning colors to your artwork

Working with the Kuler pattern

Assigning colors to your artwork

Painting with patterns

Applying existing patterns

Creating your own pattern

Applying your pattern

Editing your pattern

Working with Live Paint

Creating a Live Paint group

Painting with the Live Paint Bucket tool

Adding to and modifying a Live Paint group


Lesson 7  Working with type

Getting started

Working with type

Creating point type

Creating area type

Converting between area and point type

Importing a plain text file

Working with overflow text and text reflow

Creating columns of text

Understanding text flow

Working with overflow text and text reflow

Threading text

Creating columns of text

Formatting type

Changing font family and font style

Changing font size

Changing font color

Changing additional text attributes

Modifying text with the Touch Type tool

Changing paragraph attributes

Working with glyphs

Resizing and reshaping type objects

Creating and applying text styles

Creating and applying a paragraph style

Editing a paragraph style

Creating and applying a character style

Editing a character style

Sampling text formatting

Warping text

Reshaping text with a preset envelope warp

Editing the envelope warp

Working with type on a path

Creating type on a path

Creating type on a closed path

Editing type on a path options

Wrapping text around an object

Creating text outlines


Lesson 8  Working with layers

Getting started

Understanding Layers

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


Lesson 9: Working with Perspective Drawing

Getting started

Understanding the Perspective Grid

Working with the Perspective Grid

Using a preset grid

Adjusting the perspective grid

Drawing objects in perspective

Selecting and transforming objects in perspective

Duplicating content in perspective

Moving objects in a perpendicular direction

Moving plans and objects together

Drawing with no active grid

Adding and editing text in perspective

Moving a plane to match an object

Adding Symbols to the Perspective Grid

Editing Symbols in perspective

Grouping content in perspective

Releasing content from perspective


Lesson 10  Blending Colors and Shapes

Getting started

Working with gradients

Creating and applying a linear gradient to a fill

Adjusting the direction and angle of a gradient fill

Applying a gradient on a stroke

Editing a gradient stroke

Creating and applying a radial gradient

Editing the radial gradient colors

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 specified steps

Modifying a blend

Creating and editing smooth color blends


Lesson 11  Working with Brushes

Getting started

Working with brushes

Using Calligraphic brushes

Applying a Calligraphic brush to artwork

Drawing with the Paintbrush tool

Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool

Editing a brush

Removing a brush stroke

Using Art brushes

Applying an existing Art brush

Creating an Art brush using a roster image

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

Editing the Pattern brush

Working with the Blob Brush tool

Drawing with the Blob Brush tool

Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool

Editing with the Eraser tool


Lesson 12  Applying Effects

Getting started

Using live effects

Applying an effect

Editing and deleting effects

Styling text with effects

Editing shapes with a Pathfinder effect

Applying an effect to convert a shape

Applying a Stylize effect

Applying the Offset Path effect

Applying Distort & Transform

Applying Photoshop effects

Working with 3D effects

Applying an Extrude & Bevel effect

Applying a Revolve effect

Applying the same effect to multiple objects


Lesson 13  Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles

Getting started

Using the Appearance attributes

Editing appearance attributes

Adding another stroke

Adding another fill

Reordering appearance attributes

Applying an appearance attribute to a layer

Using graphic styles

Applying an existing graphic style

Creating and applying a graphic style

Updating a graphic style

Applying a graphic style to a layer

Editing the layer's graphic style formatting

Applying multiple graphic styles

Scaling strokes and effects

Applying a graphic style to text

Saving content for the web

Aligning content to a pixel grid

Slicing content

Selecting and editing slices

Using the Save For Web command

Creating CSS Code

Setting up your design for generating CSS

Working with character styles and CSS code

Working with graphic styles and CSS code

Copying CSS

Exporting CSS


Lesson 14  Working with Symbols

Getting started

Working with symbols

Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries

Creating Symbols

Editing a symbol

Replacing symbols

Breaking a link to a symbol

Editing symbol options

Working with Symbolism tools

Spraying symbol instances

Editing symbols with the Symbolism tools

Copying and editing symbol sets

Storing and retrieving artwork in the Symbols panel

Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork

Working with symbols and Adobe Flash integration


Lesson 15  Combining Illustrator CC Graphics with other Adobe Applications

Getting started

Working with Adobe Bridge CC

Combining artwork

Understanding vector versus bitmap graphics

Placing image files

Placing an image

Transforming a placed image

Placing a Photoshop image with Show Import Options

Placing multiple images

Applying color edits to images

Masking an image

Applying a simple clipping mask to an image

Editing a mask

Masking an object with a shape

Masking an object with multiple shapes

Creating an opacity mask

Editing an opacity mask

Sampling colors in placed images

Working with image links

Finding link information

Embedding and unembedding images

Replacing a linked image

Packaging a file

Exporting Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Muse, Adobe Fireworks, and Adobe Flash



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