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Illustrator Training Class - Advanced

Illustrator Training Class - Advanced: Class Length

In this two-day (or four evening) advanced Illustrator course you will discover the power and versatility of vector artwork. As the most advanced of our regularly scheduled Illustrator classes, this course takes you beyond the basics to learn the many capabilities available to you in Illustrator. This two-day course also covers troubleshooting for production personnel as well as advanced techniques for interesting design effects.

Illustrator Training Class - Advanced: Versions Covered

This Illustrator training class has been updated for Adobe Illustrator CC, but is suitable for users of versions CS6 and CS5 as well, and training for previous versions of Adobe Illustrator is also available. This Illustrator training class is available as a regularly scheduled class at our classroom location, or as a private class at your location or online. This Illustrator training class is delivered by the instructors who wrote the Adobe Illustrator Digital Classroom, so you learn from expert instructors that have extensive experience designing and teaching.

Illustrator Training Class - Advanced Course Dates

All classes in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.
and are led by a live instructor in the same classroom with you.
All online classes are led by a live instructor and run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Course Title Course Dates Course Location Fee Register
Illustrator Training Class - Advanced Online
Live instructor-led class online
Illustrator Training Class - Advanced Boston
American Graphics Institute
AGI Training Boston
120 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
Illustrator Training Class - Advanced Philadelphia
American Graphics Institute
AGI Training Philadelphia
101 West Elm St.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Illustrator Training Class - Advanced New York
American Graphics Institute
AGI Training New York
21 W 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
Illustrator Training Class - Advanced Online
Live instructor-led class online

Illustrator Training Class - Advanced: Complete Course Topics

Illustrator Essentials skills review

  • Setting up the artboard
  • Creating a background shape
  • Combining shapes
  • Sampling a color
  • Applying a fill and stroke
  • Applying color and effects
  • Aligning and distributing shapes
  • Adding text
  • Distorting a shape
  • Importing an image

Working with symbols in Illustrator

  • Understanding symbols and instances
  • Cleaning out the symbol library
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing symbols
  • Importing a symbol library
  • Modifying symbol instances
  • Using the symbolism tools
  • Editing nested symbols
  • Replacing symbols
  • Saving symbol libraries

Using Adobe Illustrator effects and transparency

  • Working with the Appearance panel
  • Applying effects
  • Editing effects
  • Using graphic styles
  • Creating and saving graphic styles
  • Working with object transparency
  • Experimenting with multiple opacities
  • Understanding blending modes
  • Saving and importing graphic styles
  • Applying graphic styles to layers and symbols

Exporting and saving files from Illustrator

  • Saving using the AI format
  • Saving an illustration with layers
  • Saving a layered PDF
  • Exporting for Photoshop
  • Integrating with InDesign
  • Integrating with Flash
  • Integrating with Microsoft Expression Blend
  • Integrating with Premiere and After Effects
  • Saving as EPS
  • Saving for Web

Advanced Illustrator blending techniques

  • Using the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator 
  • Applying a gradient
  • Understanding linear vs. radial gradients
  • Using Gradient Mesh options
  • Adjusting a mesh
  • Revisiting Blend Options
  • Selecting multiple mesh points
  • Overlapping images
  • Using the Mesh tool
  • Adding a highlight

Adobe Illustrator new features

  • 64-bit support
  • New, adjustable user interface
  • Image Trace
  • Pattern Options panel
  • Gradients on strokes
  • Make Mask and Release button
  • Expandable color spectrum
  • Character panel enhancements
  • Transform panel additions
  • Redesigned Control pane


Adobe Illustrator Training Class - Advanced: Prerequisites

We recommend that you have the Adobe Illustrator application before starting the class. You can purchase the software, license Creative Cloud, or obtain a trial version of it from the Adobe website. Participants should have knowledge of all topics covered in the introduction to Illustrator course.

Adobe Illustrator Training Class Advanced Course Materials

With this Illustrator class participants receive a comprehensive book for this class developed by the Adobe Certified Instructors at AGI. AGI instructors that have created many of the official Illustrator training guides and books for Adobe Systems, including the best-selling Adobe Illustrator Digital Classroom book. Our Illustrator tutorials provide an example of the training materials created by our instructors.


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AGI's team of experienced instructors are led by the design and usability expert and best-selling author of more than 20 books including Creative Cloud for Dummies, Creative Suite for Dummies, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. Classes are led by experienced UX professionals who have extensive professional and training experience, and also work in our UX consulting practice