Adobe Illustrator CS6 Foundation

2 days

Course Overview

This course covers Illustrator CS6 which is used to create “drawn” graphics, while enabling its users to integrate content from other domains such as photo-oriented graphics and animation. With Illustrator’s many, easily used tools, you will discover that not only can you unlock the same creative impulses you’ve always had as you’ve picked up a pencil to sketch out an idea, but also capture those multiple ideas and “what ifs” during the creative process in ways that you never imagined. And for those of you who are just embarking on building your creative skills, you will be surprised at “how good” your work will appear even at the outset of your exploration of the world of graphic design.

You will draw complex illustrations, and enhance them using various painting options. You will also learn techniques such as using painting tools, manage colors, format type, work with effects, prepare artwork for commercial printing, and prepare graphics for the web.

Target student

This course is intended for designers, publishers, pre-press professionals, marketing communications professionals, or people switching to a design job or taking on design responsibilities and who need to use Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, or other graphic documents.

Prerequisites

To ensure your success in this course, you should be familiar with the basic functions of your computer’s operating system such as creating folders, launching programs, and working with windows. You should also have basic Windows application skills, such as copying and pasting objects, formatting text, saving files, and so on.

Familiarity with basic design terminology, such as palette, color mode, shapes, text, and paths, is highly recommended.

Course Outline

Introduction to Illustrator® CS6

  • Evaluate Graphics Scalability
  • Navigate, View, and Measure Graphics
  • Customize the User Interface

Creating Documents Containing Basic Shapes

  • Create Documents
  • Save Documents
  • Draw Basic Shapes

Creating Graphics Containing Customized Paths

  • Draw Paths
  • Modify Paths

Creating Graphics Containing Customized Text

  • Insert Text
  • Flow Text Along a Path
  • Insert Bounded Text
  • Thread Text
  • Apply Text Styles
  • Insert Typographical Characters

Customizing Objects

  • Import and Link Graphics
  • Alter the Appearance of Objects

Customizing Basic Shapes

  • Apply Strokes
  • Fill Shapes
  • Apply Gradients
  • Apply Graphic Styles
  • Distort Text with Text Envelopes

Preparing Documents for Deployment

  • Update Text
  • Wrap Text
  • Hyphenate Text
  • Optimize Content for Print
  • Optimize Content for the Web
  • Optimize Content for PDF Documents

Customizing the Illustrator Interface

  • Set User Interface Preferences
  • Work with the Grid and Guides
  • Manage Workspaces

Drawing Complex Illustrations

  • Combine Objects to Create Complex Illustrations
  • Work with Layers
  • Create a Perspective Drawing
  • Trace Artwork

Enhancing Artwork Using Painting Tools

  • Paint Objects with Fills, Strokes, and Gradients
  • Paint Objects Using Live Paint Groups
  • Paint with Custom Brushes
  • Add Transparency and Blending Modes
  • Apply Meshes to Objects
  • Apply Patterns

Customizing Colors and Swatches

  • Manage Colors
  • Customize Swatches
  • Manage Color Groups
  • Access Pantone Plus Color Libraries

Formatting Type

  • Set Character Formats
  • Apply Advanced Formatting Options to Type
  • Adjust Hyphenation

Enhancing the Appearance of Artwork

  • Apply Effects to an Object
  • Create Graphic Styles
  • Apply a Blend to an Object
  • Apply a Mask to an Object
  • Create Symbols

Preparing a Document for Print Output

  • Set Up Artwork for Printing
  • Prepare Transparent Artwork for Printing
  • Manage Colors in Printing

Preparing Graphics for the Web

  • Create Slices and Image Maps
  • Save Artwork in the SVG Format
  • Save Graphics for the Web