Advanced Illustrator training

1 day
In centre:
£195+ VAT
£please call+ VAT


Dates and booking

Birmingham / Bromsgrove training centres

20 Nov

Bristol training centre

12 Aug
Key details

Key details

Advanced Illustrator training course teaching existing users enhanced skills, to power-user level.

Whether you are a graphic designer looking to create logos and info-graphics, a web designer looking for an integrated web graphics package or an illustrator looking to streamline the drawing process, this course will teach you stunning techniques to speed up your workflows and create slick graphics. Sessions include:

  • Blending colours, lines and shapes.
  • Advanced type and effects.
  • Transparency and colour.
  • 3D objects.

Whilst we have a standard syllabus for this course, as far as possible we tailor the training to focus on the techniques of interest to the delegates in attendance. Our trainer discusses this with the group at the start of the course.

At the end of the course, we run an open session looking at topics requested by delegates, answering any questions you have and looking at areas you’re having problems with.

Upcoming course dates

Birmingham / Bromsgrove
Milton Keynes
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Accredited Illustrator training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide Advanced Illustrator training.

Advanced Illustrator courses are hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors with vast experience of using the application professionally. For further details, see Expert trainers.

How will I learn?

Advanced Illustrator training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running Illustrator.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Because of the flexible ‘workshop approach’ adopted with this course, delegates take their own notes on the topics covered, rather than work through a set training guide.

Delegates receive an e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited Advanced Illustrator training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Advanced Illustrator training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Illustrator trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


Delegates should be familiar with the fundamentals of Illustrator, i.e. have attended Introduction to Illustrator training or have equivalent knowledge.

Illustrator version

Training is based primarily on Illustrator 2020. The techniques taught are relevant to all recent releases of Illustrator.

Advanced Illustrator training is suitable for both Windows and Mac users.

Our guarantees to you

Our price guarantee is your assurance that you’re getting the best value for money.

Our training guarantee ensures that you learn the concepts and skills you need.

On-request Illustrator training available

As well as our scheduled courses, Advanced Illustrator training is also available on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group, hosted at one of our centres, or your venue.

On-request training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in Illustrator. Please contact us for a quote.

General information

General information

Course times



Payment for Illustrator training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.

Cancellations and transfers

If a booking on a scheduled Advanced Illustrator course is cancelled giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If a delegate requests a transfer to a different scheduled Advanced Illustrator course giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a transfer fee is payable. View transfer terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Advanced Illustrator training courses are hosted by:

Pete Owen

Pete Owen Autodesk Certified Instructor

As a long-standing Adobe Certified Instructor, Pete has trained and facilitated individuals and teams from a wide range of industries from organisations including Coca Cola, Disney, Nestlé, Guinness and McDonald’s. expertise

Adobe applications in which Pete runs regular training courses include InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

In his professional work, Pete has worked in the field of design across a broad range of media for many years. He has specialist knowledge in a wide range of topics including:

  • Illustration: Pete is an award-wining illustrator.
  • Author: Pete has designed, written and illustrated over twenty published traditional print books on a variety of subjects including graphic arts.
  • Interactive media, mobile publishing and app development for tablets and smartphones.
  • Website development.

Away from training, Pete spends as much time as possible indulging his passion for outdoor pursuits.

Mark Gatter

Mark Gatter Autodesk Certified Instructor

Mark is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) with expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.

Mark has specialised in all aspects of the digital pre-press process for over three decades, including 18 years in California, where he worked as the production manager for the biggest print shop in the north part of the state.

He began training in 1998, and he holds a teaching qualification.

He has published five books, which you’ll find on Amazon, covering topics relating to graphic design and polytunnel gardening, one of Mark’s interests when not delivering training.

Greta Powell

Greta Powell Autodesk Certified Instructor

Greta Powell is long-established consultant and trainer in graphic design, print and digital publishing, specialising in the key Adobe applications: InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

She has worked as a consultant to some of the biggest publishing companies in Europe.

Greta also has expert knowledge of Adobe’s e-Learning development application, Captivate, and the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Away from her training and consultancy work, Greta has a passion for photography.

Phil Talbot

Phil Talbot Autodesk Certified Instructor

Phil works as an Adobe Design Specialist and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI).

He has expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, and uses all four applications extensively in his professional work.

Phil’s professional qualifications and extensive experience provide an ideal base to train delegates using blended learning techniques to improve the individuals’ and organisations’ capabilities.

He has worked with and trained many blue-chip organisations, including FTSE 100 companies, in a career spanning 25 years.

Philip Odell

Philip Odell Autodesk Certified Instructor

Philip is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), specialising in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and FrameMaker.

Philip began his working life with Texas Instruments, before joining Adobe in 1995, where he worked for five years. Philip still has links with Adobe, manning their stands and carrying out presentations when they’re exhibiting in the UK.

For the last eighteen years, Philip has worked as a graphic design specialist, consultant and trainer. He continues to use Adobe applications extensively in his day-to-day professional work.

Course content

Course content

Colour Management

  • Introduction – principles of colour management
  • Calibration and profiling colour management policies

Blending colours, lines and shapes

  • Blend tool
  • Blending colours
  • Blending shapes
  • Gradient Mesh tool

Editing colours

  • Colour groups
  • Recolour artwork
  • Search colours and swatches

Advanced type

  • Spell checking
  • Formatting type
  • Style Sheets – Paragraph and Character
  • Using Opentype
  • Glyphs panel
  • Tabs
  • Fonts – searching and grouping
  • Distorting type
  • Type as masks
  • Using Typekit

Advanced effects

  • Warp tools
  • Live Paint – applying colour to paths and shapes in real time
  • Distort and Transform – Pucker, Bloat


  • Graphs – importing data, creating graphs
  • Combining graphics with data


  • Managing files through Bridge
  • Organising files through Metadata

Placing files

  • Embedding/linking files
  • Unembedding files
  • Packaging files
  • Multi-file place
  • Links panel – managing placed files


  • Constructing perspective grids
  • Drawing in perspective
  • Isometric drawing

3D objects

  • Rotate, Revolve and Extrude
  • Applying surface textures
  • Lighting and rendering

and colour

  • Applying transparency
  • Overprinting
  • Overprint preview
  • Flattening artwork
  • Transparency masks

Sending to print

  • Colour separations
  • Print options

Saving for the Web

  • Slice tools
  • Using the pixel grid
  • Save for Web
  • Export to Flash
  • Generate and extract CSS code
  • Export SVG graphics styles in CSS


  • Variables – data-driven graphics
  • Actions – creating repeatable processes in Illustrator

Open session

  • Mixture of topics according to delegates’ requests.
Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

To make your Illustrator training as affordable as possible, we offer:

Illustrator training bundle


for £495 + VAT, saving £45+ VAT.

The bundle price is applied automatically when you book these two courses.

Training discounts

Multiple places

If you book multiple course places, we can offer you:

  • 10% discount if you book two places.
  • 15% discount if you book three or four places.
  • 20% discount if you book five or more places.

This can be for several people attending one course, one person attending several courses, or a combination.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.


We offer a 10% discount on scheduled Illustrator course places to:

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.

These discounts are available for both classroom-based courses and remote training.

Please call us if you qualify for a discount. Evidence of your status that entitles you to a discount may be requested.

Terms and exclusions

Only one of the above discounts can be applied to any booking.

The above discounts are not available for training bundles or on-request course bookings (one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group).

Price guarantee

When you book training with Armada, we want you to be certain that you’re not paying over-the-odds. So, if you book a place on any scheduled (public) course and then find the same course at a lower price elsewhere, we will match that price.

To qualify for the price match:

  • The course you find must be comparable. By this we mean it must:
    • Cover the same subject.
    • Be the same duration or longer.
    • Hold the same accreditations as our course, i.e. it must be provided by an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).
    • For classroom-based courses, be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
    • For remote training, be a live course, i.e. not pre-prepared e-learning content.
  • The lower price must be advertised on the other company’s website.

To claim a price match, just call any time before attending your course and tell us where you saw the price.

“Great course, great tutor, thank you for your help.”

Michelle M

“The tutor is very, very knowledgeable.”

Preyesh C

“Excellent course, lots of material to learn and practice.”

Vanessa C

“Really informative and helpful. Well tailored to everyone's needs. Very impressed.

Anna D

“Fun & Interactive. Specific on what we needed. Good overall tips and tricks that are very helpful.”

Anna D

“This was a great course that was easy to follow and understand. It was also very well tailored to our departments needs.

Stephanie C

“A very detailed course that covered a lot of topics in one day. Would recommend to anyone that needed to use illustrator daily or even from time to time. Good set of tools learnt across the board.”

Nicola D

“Good session to deep dive in to different tolls reflecting work we would do on a daily basis. Perforations were a big focus in this session which will make it easier to work more efficiently.”

Liza C

Remote training is available for our most popular courses. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Remote training.