Course Introduction

Adobe Illustrator CS6 is a powerful drawing software program offered by Adobe.  Anyone, regardless of artistic or computer ability, can use Illustrator to draw shapes and lines, create text, or import graphics and pictures.   You can use Illustrator to do a layout for a book, create a web page, and the list goes on.   The best thing about it is, however, that you can do all these things easily using Illustrator once you learn the program and what different functions and features it provides.

This course was designed to teach you everything you need to know to make full use of Adobe Illustrator.   However, you should be forewarned that Illustrator is a large program because there is so much you can do with it.   If you’ve used Illustrator before, then the first half of this course may serve as a review to you.    That’s because we start at the beginning, showing you around the program and teaching you how to do the most basic functions.    These are the building blocks that will make Illustrator’s advanced features easy to learn and use when we start to cover them later in the course.

Take a look at just some of the things that you’ll learn how to:

  •    Navigate Illustrator and where to find all the tools and features you’ll need
  •    Draw basic shapes
  •    Draw objects
  •    Create vector images, then edit those vector images quickly and easily
  •    Add color to your work
  •    Use blends, gradients, and patterns
  •    Create symbols to place into your work to save time
  •    Create layers and masks
  •    Draw landscapes such as buildings and houses with ease using perspective
  •    Add graphs to your documents
  •    Add text to your documents – and even to your objects and shapes
  •    Create drawings, business cards, brochures, or anything you want using Adobe Illustrator CS6
  •    And much, much more!

If you’re new to Illustrator, don’t be nervous or worry.  Again, we’ll start at the beginning and teach you everything you need to know in simple, everyday language so you understand and learn.   We’ll even give you lesson exercises and assignments to aid you on your way.   By the end of the course, no matter who you are or how much experience you’ve had with the program in the past, you will be an advanced user capable of using Adobe Illustrator like a professional.



Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS6

Lesson 2: Working With Documents

Lesson 3: Drawing and Transforming Objects

Lesson 4: Making and Saving Selections

Lesson 5: Working with Shapes and Objects

Lesson 6: Working with Color

Lesson 7: Gradients, Pattern Fills, and Blends

Lesson 8: Points and Paths

Lesson 9: Working With Paths

Lesson 10: Working With Layers

Lesson 11: Working with Type

Lesson 12: Drawing and Painting

Lesson 13: Illustrator Effects

Lesson 14: Symbols

Lesson 15: Outputting Your Work


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