Adobe Illustrator 101

no certificate
- OR -
with CEU Certificate*
Start Right Now!
Taking multiple courses? Save with our platinum program.

Course Description

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 Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:

- Adobe Illustrator CS4 - CS6 (recommended) *
- a high school reading level.

No books will be required.
*students interested can download the free trial version of Adobe Illustrator CS6 for this course.

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

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to Adobe Illustrator.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review exam along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS69
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Lesson 2: Working With Documents10
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Lesson 3: Drawing and Transforming Objects10
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 4: Making and Saving Selections10
Lesson 5 Assignment1
Lesson 5: Working with Shapes and Objects10
Lesson 6 Assignment1
Lesson 6: Working with Color10
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Lesson 7: Gradients, Pattern Fills, and Blends10
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Lesson 8: Points and Paths10
Lesson 9 Assignment1
Lesson 9: Working With Paths10
Lesson 10 Assignment1
Lesson 10: Working With Layers10
Lesson 11 Assignment1
Lesson 11: Working with Type10
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Lesson 12: Drawing and Painting10
Lesson 13 Assignment1
Lesson 13: Illustrator Effects9
Lesson 14 Assignment1
Lesson 14: Symbols10
Lesson 15 Assignment1
Lesson 15: Outputting Your Work10
The Final Exam30
Total Points:194

Related Articles