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Brimming with creativity? Looking to bring these ideas to life, but not sure of where to start? Adobe Illustrator is the answer to your worries. Illustrator is a programme that allows you to create high-quality drawings, illustrations and artwork using a typical desktop computer or laptop.  Despite stiff competition from programmes such as Affinity Designer, CorelDRAW and Sketch, Illustrator is still considered to be the best all-round software for creating images using geometric and mathematical commands. It may sound complicated, but this Adobe Illustrator CC Beginner course makes it simple to learn.

Illustrator can be used to create icons, logos and typographies, as well as more complex illustrations and app interfaces, and on this course, you will first learn why it’s considered such an important tool by the graphic design and artistic community. You will then be taught how to navigate the programme, as well as some of the basic features, including creating shapes, measuring and transforming objects and useful keyboard commands. Next, you will learn how to fill objects with colour and paint with the various brushes, before you conclude the course with lessons in applying effects and exporting to other formats.

This course is a must for anyone with an interest in creating digital art, and many of the skills you learn are transferable to other illustration and Adobe Creative Suite programmes.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain a greater understanding of Adobe Illustrator and how it can be used to create drawings and artwork.
  • Identify some of the different features of Illustrator and how they can be used for your benefit.
  • Learn some of the basic techniques, such as applying fills and strokes and how to paint with the brushes.
  • Explore the different effects, from shadow to transparency, and why and when these can be used.
  • Understand how to export and print files from Illustrator in order to share your creations with others.

Method of Assessment:

Upon conclusion of the course, there’s an online multiple-choice quiz assessment, which will determine whether you have passed the course. The test is marked immediately and results are published instantly (60% pass mark).

Certification:

Certificates can be obtained at an additional cost of £9.99 for PDF, £16.99 for Printed Hardcopy format and £24.99 for Both for Both PDF and Hardcopy Certificates.

Requirements

There are no academic entry requirements for this course, and it is open to students of all academic backgrounds.

Course Curriculum

Introduction
Introduction 00:02:00
Introduction to Illustrator
Why Adobe Illustrator? 00:06:00
Using Selection Tools 00:03:00
Creating New Documents 00:11:00
Saving Adobe Illustrator Files 00:06:00
Navigating in Illustrator 00:07:00
Managing Workspaces 00:07:00
Using Adobe Bridge 00:05:00
Drawing Basics
Creating Basic Shapes 00:08:00
Creating Additional Shapes 00:05:00
Using the Drawing Tools 00:05:00
Mastering the Pen Tool 00:11:00
Editing Shapes 00:11:00
Understanding Layers 00:08:00
Measuring and Transforming Objects
Working with Rulers and Guides 00:05:00
Discovering the Transform Panel 00:04:00
Using Transform Tools 00:07:00
Applying Fills and Strokes
Editing Fills 00:13:00
Modifying Strokes 00:07:00
Creating Gradients 00:07:00
Working with CC Libraries 00:06:00
Setting Type
Using Type Tools 00:06:00
Adding Type on a Path 00:04:00
Discovering Type Panels 00:10:00
Inserting Special Characters 00:04:00
Working with Typekit 00:07:00
Painting with Brushes
Discovering the Brush Panel 00:06:00
Creating Custom Brushes 00:04:00
Using the Blob Brush 00:03:00
Applying Effects
Using the Appearance Panel 00:05:00
Understanding the Effects Menu 00:04:00
Using Transparency 00:04:00
Exporting from Illustrator
Exporting to Other Formats 00:08:00
Creating PDF´s 00:06:00
Understanding Metadata 00:05:00
Printing in Illustrator 00:04:00
Conclusion
Course recap 00:02:00

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