Adobe Illustrator Course for beginners

This one day Adobe Illustrator beginners course is an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and the basics of graphic design and illustration, and will allow you to create and edit simple artwork and designs.

Learn the basics of illustration and design with an Adobe Illustrator course available in Birmingham, Solihull, Midlands areas and around the UK.


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Beginners Adobe Illustrator Course - Summary

Adobe Illustrator course duration: 1 day
Level: Beginners introduction
Software: Illustrator CC versions, Illustrator CS6, Illustrator CS5
Numbers: One to one or small groups of up to 4 trainees
Trainees in a group should have the same skill level and the same requirements.
At client's office or home in Birmingham and Midlands areas and around the UK.

Adobe Illustrator course requirements:
You should have good computer skills.
Some previous knowledge of design software would be helpful, but not essential.


Adobe Illustrator beginners course outline - 1 day

An introduction to Adobe Illustrator and the tools and techniques used to create simple artwork and designs.

Creating a new Illustrator document
Starting a new document
Viewing the document and working in artwork or preview modes
Grids, guides, and other features to help you accurately position objects
Adding and using guidelines - locking and unlocking, positioning accurately

Illustrator workspace
Floating palettes
Opening, shrinking and expanding to see extra options
Hiding palettes

Zooming in and out
Zoom tool, keyboard shortcuts, menu

Moving around the document

Selection tools & basic shapes
Selection Tools - Selection - Direct Selection - Group Selection

Shape tools
Creating shapes (rectangle, ellipse, star or polygon)
Specify shape dimensions

Set a fill colour for an object
Set stroke colour and stroke weight

Drawing with the pencil and paintbrush tools

Modifying shapes and selected objects
Shape Modifying (transform, rotate, scale, shear)
Duplicating selected objects
Grouping selected objects
Locking objects
Align objects
Using the Transform Palette to resize objects and re-position objects

Custom shapes
Using the pen tools to create custom shapes and modify shapes
Use pathfinder to modify shapes
Compound shapes (e.g. a hollow ring)

Picking RGB, CMYK & Pantone colours
Using the eyedropper
Gradients and blends
Saving and modifying colours

Pictures and graphics
Placing photographs and other artwork into Illustrator
Choosing whether to link or embed image files
Checking linked images with the Links palette
Tracing the outlines of scanned artwork or photograph

Text & typography
Text Tools
Create type on the page
Set type colour
Flowing type between two text frames
Basic typography (Leading, Kerning, Tracking, etc.)

Using Layers to organise images, graphics and text
Creating, deleting, and changing stacking order
Visibility and locking layers
Moving selected objects between layers

Saving Files
Saving a document and organising files
Exporting artwork for use in other applications



A two day Adobe Illustrator course is available to cover Illustrator in more detail and allow time to look at your own designs and artwork.
Adobe Illustrator beginners and intermediate training course


Adobe Illustrator training is available onsite (at your home or office) in Birmingham and Midlands areas, including Solihull, Coventry, Warwick, Derby, Leicester, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Worcester. Adobe Illustrator training can be be arranged with trainers around the UK including Oxford, Manchester, Yorkshire, Bristol and other areas.


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