Introduction to Illustrator training

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Key details

Key details

Illustrator training course for beginners, teaching key techniques for creating and editing vector graphics quickly and effectively.

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-leading application for working with vector graphics. The comprehensive set of tools and features available provides everything you need to produce extraordinary graphics for print, video, the web and mobile devices.

Introduction to Illustrator training covers key tools and features, teaching you how to:

  • Use Illustrator’s powerful drawing tools to work with shapes and layers, and apply effects and styles.
  • Create sophisticated artwork and graphics for print, web, interactive, mobile and motion designs.
  • Create logos with special type effects.
  • Use Illustrator’s powerful Live Trace and Live Paint tools.

You also investigate the most effective ways of integrating Illustrator into your workflow.

This course is ideal for new and novice Illustrator users who needs to create illustrations, logos, maps, graphs, diagrams, advertisements and other graphics.

Accredited Illustrator training

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

Expert trainers

Illustrator training is hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors, who are Adobe Certified Experts in the application, with vast experience of using it professionally.

How will I learn?

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

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Illustrator, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited Illustrator training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

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

Prerequisites

No prior Illustrator knowledge is necessary.

Illustrator version

Training is based primarily on Illustrator CC 2018. The techniques taught are relevant to all recent releases of Illustrator.

All 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, Introduction to 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

9.30am–4.30pm.

Payment

Payment for Illustrator training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

Accommodation

See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations

If a company or delegate cancels an Illustrator training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

 

Course content

Course content

Introduction

  • Interface – window/palettes/menus
  • Bitmap vs vector graphics
  • Resolution/print theory
  • Locating help

Drawing basics

  • New documents – document setup
  • Basic shapes – rectangles/ellipses
  • Viewing – preview/outline
  • Object Stacking order
  • Selecting and modifying shapes
  • Colour – fills and strokes

Selections

  • Selection and Direct select tools
  • Magic Wand and Lasso selections

Simple drawing

  • Shaper tool – ‘predictive’ drawing
  • Pencil tool – freehand drawing
  • Paintbrush and Blob brush tools
  • Eraser/Scissors/Knife
  • Curvature tool – simple, smooth, more accurate shapes

Drawing – pen tool

  • Drawing with the pen tool
  • Modify shapes – cut, join, align
  • Alignment/smart guides
  • Drawing using guides
  • Drawing over a template

Transformations

  • Free transform tool
  • Cutting/joining paths

Fills and textures

  • Colour theory – RGB/CMYK
  • Colours – creating, editing, sharing Spot colours – Pantone™
  • Creating Patterns Creating Gradients
  • Libraries – sharing/accessing various elements throughout Illustrator and CC

Transformations

  • Free Transform tool
  • Scale, rotate, reflect and shear tools
  • Repeating transformations

Editing

  • Grouping/Locking/Visibility
  • Isolation mode
  • Edit colours – edit colours throughout a graphic

Symbols

  • Symbols – updateable graphics Modifying symbols

Layers

  • Introduction to layers
  • Controlling layers – viewing/locking/printing
  • Exporting layers – to InDesign, Acrobat and Photoshop

Saving and file formats

  • Saving – file types – ai, eps, pdf…
  • Exporting – file types
  • Share on behance – online showcase

Preferences

  • Configuring preferences – units, increments, grids/guides, interface…

New artboards

  • Artboard tool – rotating/moving/resizing

Styling

  • Brushes – art/scatter/calligraphic/bristle/ pattern
  • Effects – Applying editable effects as bitmap or vector

Type

  • Type characteristics – size/leading/tracking…
  • Point and area type tools
  • Importing type
  • Threading text boxes
  • Text wrap
  • Outlining type – pros and cons
  • Touch type tool – adjust individual letters

Clipping masks

  • Masking objects – draw inside and Clipping Masks

Tracing

  • Live Trace – vectorising bitmap images
  • Live Paint – quicker painting for areas

Combining shapes

  • Compound paths Shapebuilder tool
  • Pathfinder – combine several shapes
Discounts and bundles

Discounts and bundles

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

  • A range of training discounts on our scheduled (public) Illustrator training courses.
  • Bundle prices if you attend Introduction to Illustrator along with other courses.
  • A price guarantee that you won’t get Illustrator training for less.

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.

Concessions

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

  • Students, teachers and lecturers.
  • People who work for a registered charity.
  • ISTC members.
  • Delegates self-funding their training for career progression purposes.

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 course for your group).

Bundle prices

Illustrator training bundle. Attend:

for £475 + VAT, saving £15 + VAT.

Three-course Adobe Creative Cloud bundle. Attend:

  • Introduction to Illustrator (2 days), and
  • Two other introductory-level courses in Adobe Creative Cloud applications, such as InDesign and Illustrator.

and save £140 + VAT.

Four-course Adobe Creative Cloud bundle. Attend:

  • Introduction to Illustrator (2 days), and
  • Three other introductory-level courses in Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

and save £200 + VAT.

Bundle discounts are calculated automatically when you book online.

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).
    • Be in the same region, i.e. within 50 miles of our centre.
  • 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.

Testimonials
“Great course - very relevant to apply in my own work environment.”

Chantelle S

“Great course with great accommodation and trainer. I would recommend course and provider to colleagues and others.”

Christopher B

“The training was fantastic. I feel that now I can go back to work and share the things I have learnt with my colleagues. Thank you very much!”

Maddie H

“All of our artists have spoken very favourably about the Illustrator course, and in particular the trainer. They all seem to be inspired by what they have saw.”

John H

“Training felt more personal and relevant. Enjoyable as well as education couple of days.”

Oliver B

“I believe this course is essentials for anyone who wishes to be a part of the design process. The course was accurate and informative, and the techniques taught were simple to grasp and apply to my daily work processes.”

Hitesh P

“;This course was well tailored to our requirements. This gave us a good opportunity to gain exactly what we required from it.”

Christopher H

“I would recommended this training. All of my questions were answered and my eyes were opened to the potential of the software. I could relate to how I would use this application in my personal work.”

Harjit S

“The trainer tailored the course to my individual needs, so I will be able to use my newfound skills straight away.”

Jo Y

“Learning to confidently use Illustrator takes time and there are multiple methods to achieve your results. The course helped me polish those skills and learn more efficient shortcuts to create better, more accurate results. I appreciated having formal training because up until this point, I am self-taught.”

Amy W

“Instructor well prepared, with Illustrator files relating to our company to cover the different topics. I would definitely recommend this training. As well, keeping the book at the end is a real plus.”

Gaelle G

“I would strongly recommend the session as the trainer provided many helpful tips, essential keyboard shortcuts and encouraged trainees to think about the application of the training content, and how this can be practiced when using the software on a day-to-day basis.”

Manisha K

“Very knowledgeable and patient tutor.”

John M

“I really enjoyed the course and it went at a pace that was easy to understand.”

Tracy W

“Very professionally done whilst mainintaining a good level of humour.”

Matthew H

“Pleasant environment and very knowledgeable tutors. Happy to answer questions that will be relevant to your own work as well as demonstrate how certain effects also work in other Adobe programs.”

Anne R

“Pleasant environment and very knowledgeable tutors. Happy to answer questions that will be relevant to your own work as well as demonstrate how certain effects also work in other Adobe programs.”

Anne R

“The training was extremely beneficial and during the course, I was able to relate it back to what I do in my work environment.”

Gemma S

“A huge amount was covered in two days extremely thoroughly.”

Julia I

“It gave me exactly the basis of knowledge I was and have been looking for in Illustrator for sometime.”

Alex E

“Great experience from start to finish, relaxed yet focused atmosphere, very small class size.”

Tiphanie M

“Great training, went from not knowing anything to wanting to explore much more of the illustrator programme. Thanks again Philip.”

Roberto M

“This is my 3rd course with Pete and once again it was delivered in a high quality and professional manner.”

Dean R

“I signed up for the Introduction to Adobe Illustrator course with Armada. The course was a really good run down of the basics of the program and showing the potential of the program. Our instructor, Pete, was excellent and really helpful. He was really knowledgeable in the program and went through in a good pace. Would recommend”

Morgan H

“Learnt a lot from these two days of training and was explained very well and overall good”

Ben F

“Excellent trainer!”

Callan W

“Great training, went from not knowing anything to wanting to explore much more of the illustrator programme. Thanks again Philip.”

Roberto M

Price cut: in 2017, this course was priced at £375 + VAT. For 2018 courses, we've cut the price by £80 + VAT.