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Advanced Illustrator

£449.00 inc. VAT

About Advanced Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is the professional’s choice for producing vector based imagery. This course expands on the introductory course by giving in-depth demonstrations of high end features and hands on experience. It is designed for people who require a very high level of competence.

£449.00 inc. VAT

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  • Advanced Illustrator

    Course Overview
    Adobe Illustrator is the professional choice for producing resolution independent vector based imagery. This course expands on the introductory course by giving in-depth demonstrations and allows for much hand on experience. The course explores advanced colouring using gradient meshes, perspective and 3D projection of text. Also looked at are styles and appearances, symbols and patterns. Finally learners are introduced to live trace and live paint as tools for quickly realising complex illustration.

    Who Should Attend
    This course is intended as a follow up to the introductory course. It is ideal for those wishing to develop their Illustrator skills further or improve the results of current projects. Also of great benefit to those who have used Illustrator without any structured training.

    Further Learning
    Have a personalised course designed for you.
    Bring real-world issues or troublesome files and get your questions answered.
    Cover the corners of Illustrator not normally covered in our scheduled courses.
    Fast-track learning into Illustrator's extended features.
    Call our training consultant on 0117 922 5661 with your requirements for a quote or to make a booking.

    What You’ll Learn
    The Illustrator environment. Making sure that you’re starting in the right place.
    Advanced Illustrator - how advanced? Sample of work to awe and inspire.
    Using smart guides for speed and accuracy.
    Illustrator file formats, exporting and using Illustrator in other applications.
    Brushes and brush effects, including making and using bristle brushes.
    Using Illustrator for sketching and free hand drawing.
    Live trace and the tracing tools.
    Mixing and matching colour harmonies
    Recolouring artwork
    Working with the Calligraphic, Scatter, and Art Brushes
    Live paint. New ways to colour quickly and painlessly.
    Using the blend tools for morphing colour and shape.
    How to use distortion envelopes to change the shape of the objects on the page while keeping them editable.
    When to use symbols for speed and efficiency.
    Using the symbol sprayer and symbol modifiers to quickly generate natural clusters of objects.
    Using distortion tools to make beautiful and complex designs.
    Appearance attributes, using styles and effects to modify shapes.
    Creating shadows, depth, and volume with gradient meshes
    Controlling transparency and visibility with opacity masks
    Warping and distorting artwork with Liquefy and Envelope Distort
    Assembling a seamless pattern brush for repeated elements
    Making charts and graphs from imported data
    The 3D tools, drawing and using perspective effects.
    Using the perspective grids for rapid drawing of realistic objects.
    Mesh objects for high-quality illustration.
    Add lighting and wrap images around 3D shapes to easily create objects such as packaging mock- ups.

    Much of this course is hands-on by the delegate with the tutor guiding.

    Delegates should have a good understanding of the Mac OS. Whilst not essential, an ability to draw is a definite advantage! Completion of the following course preferable: Introduction to Illustrator.

    How Do I Book?
    To book a training course, please call our Training Coordinator on 0117 922 5661 or alternatively send an email to

  • Upcoming Course Dates

    30th-31st March
    29th-30th June

  • Course Duration: 2 Days

    Course Outline
    The following outline is a summary of the subjects that will be covered on the course. All of our courses are responsive to the requests and learning needs of learners and as such content may be changed, adjusted or otherwise altered on the day and as thus should be taken as indicative only.

    Delegates should note that content on the day may change due to circumstances outside of our control, such as changes by the manufacturer. Importantly, delegates should not that this is not a running order.

    Introduction Welcome
    Understanding the colour-managed workflow, establishing the optimal colour settings

    Working With The Pen Tool
    Paths, strokes and fills.
    Understanding anchor points, Editing anchor points
    Drawing freeform, straight and curved paths with the Pen tool
    Smoothing and erasing paths. Joining and averaging paths
    Using the Scissors and Knife tools, working with the Join tool
    Tracing artwork with the Pen tool

    Customizing a single character of type
    Combining a letter form with a path outline
    Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
    Dynamic effects and OpenType
    Applying a dynamic effect to type
    Creating a basic bevel effect, building up a multi-stroke effect Drop shadows and Raster Effects settings
    Duplicating attributes and effects
    Ligatures, swashes, ordinals, and fractions
    Small caps and the Glyphs panel
    Warping text and increasing resolution

    The Colour Guide Panel
    Generating colours using harmony rules
    Introducing the Colour Guide panel, the colour harmony rules, diagrammed. Using Adobe Colour.
    Mixing and matching colour harmonies. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
    Working in the Edit Colours dialogue box
    Constraining colours to a predefined library Lifting harmony rules from colour groups
    Harmony layouts and the Lab colour wheel Limiting a colour group to spot colours
    Recolouring selected artwork
    Recolouring with custom colour groups
    Swapping colours with the Colour Bars feature Using the options in the Assign panel

    Live Trace
    Tracing an imported image
    Raster and vector previews
    Threshold, Min Area, and Max Colours
    Tracing options: The raster functions, using the Ignore White option. The vector
    Expanding traced artwork

    Assigning a gradient fill
    Editing multiple gradients
    Establishing symmetrical gradients
    Creating a radial gradient, adjusting the midpoint skew
    Mixing gradients with blend modes, making a transparent gradient Assigning a
    gradient to a stroke

    Recolouring Artwork
    Introducing the Recolour Artwork command
    Recolouring with the help of swatch groups, changing the colour-assignment order
    Reducing the number of colours in your art
    Applying tints and shades of a single swatch. Recolouring artwork that contains gradients

    Calligraphic, Scatter, And Art Brushes
    Painting with path outlines
    Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
    Applying and scaling an art brush
    Applying and editing a scatter brush
    Formatting and scaling brushed text
    Designing a custom art brush
    Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
    Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
    Distorting text with the Width tool

    Transparency And Blend Modes
    Creating translucency with the Opacity value
    Darken, Multiply, and Colour Burn
    Lighten, Screen, and Colour Dodge
    Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
    Hue, Saturation, Colour, and Luminosity
    Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
    Isolating blending and Knock out Group
    Exporting transparency from Illustrator

    Graphic Styles
    Document Raster Effects Settings. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
    Vector vs. raster effects
    The pixel-based Effect Gallery
    Copying effects from one layer to another
    Repeating the last effect applied
    Applying multiple passes of a single effect, applying effects inside effects, assigning an effect to an entire layer
    Rotating continuously overlapping objects
    Combining and saving styles

    The Appearance Panel
    Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
    Creating depth using translucent strokes
    Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
    Duplicating entire groups of attributes
    Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
    Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
    Applying the Convert to Shape effect
    Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
    Employing overlapping gradient strokes
    Drawing circular stroke elements
    Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect

    Blends And Masks
    The gradient-intensive illustration
    Creating a multi colour blend
    Establishing a clipping mask
    Reinstating the mask colours
    Editing blended paths
    Adjusting the number of blended steps
    Using the Blend tool

    Live Paint
    Filling and stroking virtual areas
    Stroking with the Live Paint Bucket tool
    Using the Live Paint Selection tool
    Adding a path to a Live Paint group
    Constructing the base objects
    Adding gradients and depth

    Dynamic Effects
    Repeating a series of transformations
    Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
    Applying a stroke to an entire layer
    Applying a single effect multiple times
    Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
    Subtracting editable text from a path
    Editing text inside a dynamic effect

    Using Smart Guides

    Working with Symbols
    Creating and naming symbols
    Duplicating and replacing symbol instances
    Advanced symbol modifications
    Breaking a symbol link and envelope fidelity
    Distorting and expanding a symbol
    Updating an existing symbol definition
    Applying a basic “local” colour adjustment
    Laying down a random symbol set
    Editing selected instances

    Gradient Mesh
    Creating a gradient mesh
    Adding and deleting lines with the Mesh tool, assigning colours to mesh points
    Lifting colours from a tracing template
    Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
    Creating soft and sharp transitions
    Converting a linear gradient to a mesh, editing a linear gradient mesh
    Converting a radial gradient to a mesh, and editing a radial gradient mesh

    Distortion Tools
    Introducing the Warp tool
    Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
    The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
    The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
    Envelope Distort
    Warping an envelope mesh, liquefying the contents of an envelope
    Creating and editing an envelope mesh, editing the contents of an envelope

    Applying and editing brushes
    Editing the path outlines of an art brush.
    Creating and refining an art brush.
    Creating a pattern brush and designing the perfect side pattern. Start, end, and corner tiles
    Expanding and filling brush outlines
    Combining a text brush with the Width tool
    Introducing the bristle brushes, adjusting the bristle brush

    Graphs And Pictographs
    Importing and graphing data, correcting and editing data
    Selecting and colouring graph elements, issues with manual adjustments
    Creating and applying graph designs
    Making a basic pictograph
    Composing and customizing a graph

    Perspective Drawing
    Isometric projection, One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
    Setting up a Perspective Grid, tips and tricks
    Drawing a basic perspective cube
    Drawing and editing a perspective shape
    Shifting between planes on the fly
    Creating a freeform shape in perspective
    Working with perspective symbols, replicating symbols in perspective
    Adding and editing perspective text
    Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane

    3D Effects
    3D Revolve, rotate and extrude effects.
    Adjusting shading and light.
    Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces.
    Creating live, editable3D type with extrude and bevel.
    Mapping artwork onto a 3D object.
    Adding a photographic texture, unifying textures with Smart Filters.

    Recording a practical action. Editing an action set in a text editor.
    Troubleshooting an action.
    Ways to play an action, streamlining by disabling the dialogue boxes.
    Batch-processing a folder of files.
    Recording a transformation sequence.
    Recording actions within actions.