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Adobe Illustrator Class New York City

The Illustrator Essentials class concentrates on the most common topics that you will need to quickly create vector graphics. When you are finished with this class you will be able to create vector art for design and websites, create Perspective Drawings, and control your brushes to create a more natural brush stroke. This class is perfect to Graphic Designers, Amateur and Professional Graphic Artists, and Advertising Designers.

Course Outline

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Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Use the Welcome screen
  • Open an Adobe Illustrator file  
  • Select tools in the Tools panel
  • Work with panels
  • Use viewing options to enlarge and reduce artwork
  • Navigate multiple artboards and documents
  • Understand rulers
  • Work with Document groups

Lesson 2: Selecting & Aligning

  • Differentiate between the various selection tools and employ different selection techniques
  • Recognize smart guides
  • Clone items with the Selection tool
  • Hide and lock items for organizational purposes
  • Save selections for future use
  • Group and ungroup items
  • Work in isolation mode
  • Use tools and commands to align shapes and points to each other and the artboard
  • Arrange content
  • Select behind content

Lesson 3: Creating & Editing Shapes

  • Create a document with multiple artboards
  • Use tools and commands to create basic shapes
  • Work with drawing modes
  • Use rulers and smart guides as drawing aids
  • Scale and duplicate objects
  • Join and outline objects
  • Edit strokes with the Width tool
  • Work with the Shape Builder tool
  • Work with Pathfinder commands to create shapes
  • Use Live Trace to create shapes

Lesson 4: Transforming Objects

  • Add, edit, rename, and reorder artboards in an existing document
  • Navigate artboards
  • Select individual objects, objects in a group, and parts of an object
  • Move, scale, and rotate objects using a variety of methods
  • Work with smart guides
  • Reflect, shear, and distort objects
  • Adjust the perspective of an object
  • Apply a distortion filter
  • Position objects precisely
  • Repeat transformations quickly and easily
  • Copy to multiple artboards

Lesson 5: Drawing with the Pen & Pencil Tools

  • Draw curved lines
  • Draw straight lines
  • Use template layers
  • End path segments and split lines
  • Select and adjust curve segments
  • Create dashed lines and add arrowheads
  • Draw and edit with the Pencil tool

Lesson 6: Color & Painting

  • Use color modes and color control
  • Create, edit, and paint with colors using the Control panel and shortcuts.
  • Name and save colors, create color groups, and build a color palette.
  • Use the Color Guide panel and the Edit Colors/Recolor Artwork features.
  • Copy paint and appearance attributes from one object to another.
  • Create and paint with patterns.
  • Work with Live Paint.

Lesson 7: Working with Type

  • Import text
  • Create columns of type
  • Change text attributes
  • Use and save styles
  • Sample type
  • Wrap type around a graphic
  • Reshape text with a warp
  • Create text on paths and shapes
  • Create type outlines

Lesson 8: Working with Layers

  • Work with the Layers panel
  • Create, rearrange, and lock layers, nested layers, and groups
  • Move objects between layers
  • Paste layers of objects from one file into another
  • Merge layers into a single layer
  • Apply a drop shadow to a layer
  • Make a layer clipping mask
  • Apply an appearance attribute to objects and layers
  • Isolate content in a layer

Lesson 9: Working with Perspective Drawing

  • Understand perspective drawing
  • Use and edit grid presets
  • Draw and edit objects in perspective
  • Edit grid planes and content
  • Create and edit text in perspective
  • Attach symbols to perspective

Lesson 10: Blending Colors & Shapes

  • Create and save gradients
  • Add colors to a gradient
  • Adjust the direction of a gradient blend
  • Adjust the opacity of color in a gradient blend
  • Create smooth-color blends between objects
  • Blend the shapes of objects in intermediate steps
  • Modify a blend, its path, shape, and color

Lesson 11: Working with Brushes

  • Use the four brush types: Art, Calligraphic, Pattern, and Bristle
  • Apply brushes to paths created with drawing tools
  • Paint and edit paths with the Paintbrush tool
  • Change the brush color and adjust brush settings
  • Create new brushes from Adobe Illustrator artwork
  • Work with the Blob Brush tool and the Eraser tool

Lesson 12: Applying Effects

  • Use various effects like Pathfinder, Distort & Transform, Offset Path, and Drop Shadow effects
  • Use Warp effects to create a banner logotype
  • Use Photoshop effects to add texture to objects
  • Create 3D objects from 2D artwork
  • Map artwork to the surfaces of 3D objects

Lesson 13: Applying Appearance Attributes & Graphic Styles

  • Create and edit an appearance attribute
  • Add a second stroke to an object
  • Reorder appearance attributes and apply them to layers
  • Copy, turn on and off, and remove appearance attributes
  • Save an appearance as a graphic style
  • Apply a graphic style to an object and a layer
  • Apply multiple graphic styles to an object or layer

Lesson 14: Working with Symbols

  • Apply symbol instances
  • Create a symbol
  • Modify and redefine a symbol
  • Use the symbolism tools
  • Store and retrieve artwork in the Symbols panel
  • Work with symbols and Adobe Flash

Lesson 15: Combining Illustrator Graphics with Other Adobe Applications

  • Differentiate between vector and bitmap graphics
  • Place linked and embedded Adobe Photoshop graphics in an Adobe Illustrator file
  • Create and edit a clipping mask
  • Create a clipping mask from compound paths
  • Make an opacity mask to display part of an image
  • Sample color in a placed image
  • Replace a placed image with another, and update the document
  • Export a layered file to Adobe Photoshop

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Client Testimonials
I took a two-day Adobe Illustrator course here and found it well worth my time. Eugenio was the instructor and covered everything I was looking for, and more. The class was small, so he made extra effort to make sure our individual needs were met. His teaching style is mostly hands-on, and very quick, which I find to be helpful in courses like this, where there's a ton to learn and you really just need an overview. He had many examples to test out the tools in real time, printed takeaway material, and his contact information for questions later. If you're looking for a beginner to intermediate course on Illustrator, I'd definitely recommend NYIM, especially with Eugenio. Bring ideas and questions if you want more personalized help--there's time allotted for this. 04/26/2018- John K. attended Illustrator Essentials
Eugenio is such a patient teacher! He is so knowledgeable and always providing tips and tricks for the class. Very fun and very flexible with his teaching.- Rosanna C. attended Illustrator Essentials