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Illustrator Training Class - Introduction

Illustrator Training Class - Introduction: Course Overview

In this Adobe Illustrator course, you will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create high quality illustrations, logos, and other custom artwork. This is the entry-level of our Illustrator classes, and introduces you to the powerful Pen tool, discover how to transform existing shapes, and learn how to add color to drawn objects. You’ll also use layers to organize your artwork, and explore the options for exporting Illustrator files.

All Illustrator courses at our training centers or at your location are led by a live instructor in the same classroom with you. If you do not want to travel to one of our classroom locations, we also offer live online Illustrator training.

Illustrator Training Class - Introduction: Course Length

This two-day (or four evening) Illustrator training class is available as a regularly scheduled class at AGI’s classroom locations, as a private or custom course at your location or online. This Illustrator training class is delivered by the instructors who wrote the Adobe Illustrator Digital Classroom. You learn from Illustrator experts in a small group setting when you take an Illustrator class with AGI.

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

Illustrator Training Class Introduction: Complete Topics Covered

Module 1: Getting to Know the Adobe Illustrator Workspace

  • Exploring the Illustrator interface
  • Choosing a workspace
  • Opening a file
  • Using artboards
  • Changing your view
  • Zooming and scrolling
  • Using tools and panels
  • Exploring the Control panel
  • Working with panels and the dock
  • Saving workspaces and shortcuts

Module 2: Adobe Illustrator Essentials

  • Using Illustrator's shape tools
  • Repositioning and visually resizing the shapes
  • Putting the Transform panel to work
  • Constraining a shape
  • Entering exact dimensions
  • Selecting artwork
  • Using the shape and transform tools
  • Introducing layers
  • Cutting and pasting objects
  • Repeating transformations

Module 3: Adding Color

  • Exploring the Appearance panel
  • Changing colors in Illustrator
  • Adding effects
  • Using Live Paint
  • Adding a symbol
  • Saving swatches
  • Selecting the same color
  • Creating a color group
  • Using the Color panel
  • Adding Pantone colors

Module 4: Working with the Adobe Illustrator Drawing Tools

  • Understanding the Pen tool
  • Drawing straight, curved and hinged lines
  • Tracing images
  • Creating a tracing template
  • Working with Image Trace
  • Using the Line, Pencil and Eraser tools
  • Editing existing paths
  • Adding and removing points
  • Cutting and joining paths
  • Combining shapes with the Shape Builder

Module 5: Exploring Additional Adobe Illustrator Color Options

  • Adding tonal values with gradients
  • Customizing an existing gradient
  • Saving the gradient
  • Applying a second instance of the gradient
  • Using the Gradient panel
  • Updating a gradient
  • Creating and using patterns
  • Creating a bounding box
  • Applying the pattern
  • Editing a pattern fill
  • Locating existing patterns
  • Finishing up the illustration
  • Creating a Color Group
  • Using the Color Guide

Module 6: Working with and Formatting Text using Illustrator

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

Module 7: An Introduction to Illustrator's Layers

  • Getting to know the Layers panel
  • Using layers to organize your illustrations
  • Using the Layers panel to make selections
  • 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


Illustrator Training Class - Introduction: 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 at from the Adobe website.

Adobe Illustrator Training Class - Introduction: Course Materials

You will receive a comprehensive course manual 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 Adobe Illustrator Digital Classroom for versions CC, CS6, and CS5. You can see examples of our training content by viewing our Illustrator tutorials.


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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