Adobe Illustrator 101

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Course Description

Course Introduction

Adobe Illustrator 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

·    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.

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    Course Lessons

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    Lesson 1. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

    This first lesson will provide an introduction to Adobe Illustrator, a powerful software drawing program offered by Adobe. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 1 Video
    • Review Article: Adobe Illustrator Information
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
    • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS6

    Lesson 2. Working With Documents

    We are going to continue with documents in this lesson and learn even more about how to create and get started working with them. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Creating Documents in Adobe Illustrator; How to Use Multiple Artboards in Adobe Illustrator
    • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Working With Documents

    Lesson 3. Drawing and Transforming Objects

    Illustrator is a drawing program that uses vector graphics. However, if you have never worked with vector graphics before, it can be confusing to understand even the purpose for this software program. This lesson will demonstrate how to use these graphics 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: Raster images versus Vector Images; Tools Galleries; Illustrator Drawing Basics
    • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Drawing and Transforming Objects

    Lesson 4. Making and Saving Selections

    Now that you know how to draw objects, learning how to select them will be very important for the rest of this course, as well as when using Illustrator. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Review Article: Illustrator 101- Selection Tools
    • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Making and Saving Selections

    Lesson 5. Working with Shapes and Objects

    In this lesson, we are going to show you how to trace an image using the Image Trace Panel. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Review Article: Methods For Combining Objects
    • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Working with Shapes and Objects

    Lesson 6. Working with Color

    Color modes will define the colors that are represented in your document. In this lesson we will discuss how you work with color in your documents. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 6 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Working with Color

    Lesson 7. Gradients, Pattern Fills, and Blends

    In this lesson we will discuss and demonstrate how to use Gradients, Patern Fills, and Blends. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Review Article: Working Patterns in Illustrator
    • Review Video: Create Intricate Patterns in Illustrator
    • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Gradients, Pattern Fills, and Blends

    Lesson 8. Points and Paths

    In this lesson, we are going to learn about Illustrator's pen tools, as well as creating simple and complex paths. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Points and Paths

    Lesson 9. Working With Paths

    The Reshape tool in the toolbox lets you move points and segments around and modify paths. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 9 Video
    • Review Article: Help with Adjusting Path Segments
    • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Working With Paths

    Lesson 10. Working With Layers

    Most complex graphics editing programs nowadays use layers or some variation thereof. Layers work pretty much just as they sound. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 10 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: How to Work with Layers in Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Illustrator CS6 Sneak Peek: Pattern Creation
    • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Working With Layers

    Lesson 11. Working with Type

    Adobe Illustrator CS6 has six different type tools: Type, Area Type, Type on a Path, Vertical type Vertical Area Type, and Vertical Type on a Path. This lesson will teach you how to work with type in Illustrator. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 11 Video
    • Review Article: Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for Type, Text Effects and Logos
    • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Working with Type

    Lesson 12. Drawing and Painting

    In this lesson, we are going to learn how to use paint and all the various brush tools as well. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 12 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Painting Methods; Live Paint Groups
    • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Drawing and Painting

    Lesson 13. Illustrator Effects

    It is time to start having a lot of fun with Illustrator! Adobe Illustrator effects give you ways to get creative and have fun with your work. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 13 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: 53 Killer Photoshop Illustrator Effects and Tutorials; Smashing Magazine- The Best Illustrator Video Tutorials
    • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Illustrator Effects

    Lesson 14. Symbols

    When we think of symbols, we think of the "@" sign. We do not tend to think of objects. However, in Illustrator that is exactly what symbols are. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 14 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Quick Tip: Working with Symbols in Adobe Illustrator; About symbols in Illustrator
    • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 14: Symbols

    Lesson 15. Outputting Your Work

    All documents and files that you save in Illustrator are automatically saved in Illustrator format, or AI. However, you have several options when saving your work. 41 Total Points
    • Lesson 15 Video
    • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 15: Outputting Your Work
    • Complete: The Final Exam
    Total Course Points

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Describe what Adobe Illustrator is and what it can potentially do for you.
    • Demonstrate working with documents.
    • Demonstrate drawing and transforming objects.
    • Demonstrate making and saving selections.
    • Demonstrate working with shapes and objects.
    • Demonstrate working with color.
    • Demonstrate using gradients, pattern fills, and blends, points, and path.
    • Demonstrate working with layers.
    • Demonstrate working with type in Illustrator.
    • Demonstrate drawing and painting techniques in Illustrator.
    • Demonstrate using Illustrator effects and symbols, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Adobe Illustrator 101
    Course Number: 8900135
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    Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,419 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
    CEU Value: 1.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
    CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
    Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
    Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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    Student Testimonials

    • "Getting to read the material and also see a video made everything come together. I liked that I could go in my illustrator and try it out myself. Very Hands on (which I need)!" -- Vanessa P.
    • "I liked all the videos and netlinks that showed more advanced examples." -- Michael R.
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    • "It was great." -- Emily O.
    • "Feels great knowing how to use a program tha has been treated like a secret operating system. I am able to understand Adobe illustrator fully." -- Kerin B.

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