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Illustrator Training Workshop

Adobe Illustrator Workshop Overview

In this one-day Illustrator seminar, discover why creative professionals of all types use Illustrator to create their wireframes, logos, web assets, and more. Join us at this Illustrator one-day workshop and learn the essential skills you need to successfully create beautifully rendered vector artwork. This information-packed seminar is presented by instructors from American Graphics Institute, authors of more than 10 books on Illustrator. This workshop is led by a live instructor in the same classroom with you if taken at one of AGI's classroom locations, or a live instructor if taken online. A complete list of topics for this Illustrator course is provided below the dates on this page.

This workshop covers essential skills for working in Illustrator. For anyone that will be working more regularly with Illustrator, we suggest our more comprehensive class, the Introduction to Adobe Illustrator course.

This one-day workshop is also available as a private class for groups. Contact American Graphics Institute for details.

Adobe Illustrator Workshop Length

This one-day Illustrator workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m with a one hour break for lunch at mid-day. Lunch is on-your-own.

Other Workshops

This Illustrator workshop is part of our Creative Cloud Classes, which includes InDesign workshops and Photoshop workshops.

Illustrator Training Workshop: one-day seminar 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 Workshop: one-day seminar Online
Live instructor-led class online
Illustrator Training Workshop: one-day seminar Boston
American Graphics Institute
AGI Training Boston
120 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
Illustrator Training Workshop: one-day seminar Philadelphia
American Graphics Institute
AGI Training Philadelphia
101 West Elm St.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Illustrator Training Workshop: one-day seminar New York
American Graphics Institute
AGI Training New York
21 W 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
Illustrator Training Workshop: one-day seminar Online
Live instructor-led class online

Adobe Illustrator Workshop Topics

Lesson 1: Understanding the Illustrator workspace

  • Exploring the interface
  • Using artboards
  • Zooming and scrolling
  • Using tools and panels
  • Working with panels and the dock

Lesson 2: Essential skills for working with Illustrator

  • Using the shape tools
  • Repositioning and resizing shapes
  • Selecting artwork
  • Using the shape and transform tools
  • Introducing layers
  • Repeating transformations

Lesson 3: Adding color to your designs

  • Exploring the Appearance panel
  • Changing colors
  • Adding effects
  • Using Live Paint
  • Adding a symbol
  • Saving swatches
  • Using the Color panel
  • Adding Pantone colors

Lesson 4: Using the drawing tools to create great artwork

  • Understanding the Pen tool
  • Straight, curved, and hinged lines
  • Tracing images
  • Creating a tracing template
  • Working with Image Trace
  • Editing existing paths
  • Using the Shape Builder

Lesson 5: Additional color options to enhance your artwork

  • Adding tonal values with gradients
  • Applying a pattern
  • Editing a pattern
  • Using the Color Guide

Lesson 6: Designing with text

  • Formatting text
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Using paragraph and character styles
  • Editing styles
  • Putting text on a path
  • Warping text
  • Putting text in a shape
  • Checking spelling
  • Using Find and Replace

Lesson 7: Using layers to work more creatively and effectively

  • Getting to know the Layers panel
  • Using layers to organize an illustration
  • Selecting using the Layers panel
  • Creating new layers
  • Showing, and hiding layers
  • Locking, and unlocking layers
  • Rearranging layers
  • Moving items between layers
  • Remembering layers when pasting
  • Creating a template layer

Adobe Illustrator Workshop: Prerequisites

This one-day workshop requires that you have general computer skills but no previous Illustrator experience. While a computer is provided, along with Illustrator for use during the session, you can obtain a free trial version of Illustrator for your own use after the seminar at the Adobe website.

Adobe Illustrator Workshop: Course Materials

You will receive selected materials from the Adobe Illustrator Digital Classroom book, written by the presenters of this workshop.


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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