Create stunning vector art to help tell your story. This course focuses on Illustrator CS6, the Adobe Creative Suite program used to create and edit “drawn” graphics, while enabling its users to integrate content from other creative environments (such as photos from Photoshop). Illustrator's many tools and features participants will unlock the creative impulses of the artist and the would-be artist alike. A sound understanding of Illustrator will enhance the creative process and encourage the ideas and “what ifs” along the way.
On day one participants will explore the detailed Illustrator interface, create simple artwork using the basic drawing and painting tools available in Illustrator. The class also covers working with live text and text paths that may become integral parts of graphics and other designs. Day two topics include creating more complex artwork using advanced tools, options, and effects. In this course, students will draw complex illustrations, enhance them using painting options, transparency and blend modes. Additionally participants will learn to manage colors, format type, work with effects, prepare artwork for commercial printing, and prepare graphics for the web.
Performance Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:
- Identify the components and capabilities of Illustrator CS6.
- Create and customize basic shapes.
- Create custom paths.
- Create graphics that contain custom text.
- Customize objects by working with strokes, fills and gradients
- Create and apply text styles
- Wrap text
- Update linked text from external files
- Customize the Illustrator interface
- Work with grids and guides
- Create complex illustrations
- Work with layers
- Trace artwork
- Explore with transparency and blending modes
- Apply effects to objects
- Create object styles
- Prepare Illustrator files for varying output formats
Competencies covered in this course: Prepares participants to edit and create illustrations.
Intended Audience: This course is intended for designers, publishers, pre-press professionals, marketing communications professionals, or people taking on design responsibilities who need to use Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, advertisements, or other graphic documents.
Recommended Prerequisites: Before taking this course, students should be familiar with Windows functions such as creating folders; launching programs; copying and pasting objects; formatting text; and retrieving and saving files. Familiarity with other Adobe software applications is helpful.