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Adobe Illustrator CC

In this Introduction to Illustrator Creative Cloud training class, students will get started creating graphics and illustrations, starting with the basics, including using the tools and utilities the program offers to create layouts and illustrations.

Self-Paced28 Course Hours | 13 Weeks
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Arts & Design
Adobe Illustrator CC


What you will learn

  • How to navigate the Illustrator environment
  • Methods to create documents and basic shapes
  • Working with colors, swatches, and fill and stroke
  • Organize a project and work with layers and artboards
  • Discover advanced illustration techniques

How you will benefit

  • Students will benefit by gaining skills with the Adobe Illustrator program
  • Gain confidence in your ability to create stunning graphics
  • Open the door for new employment and freelance opportunities


  1. Getting to Know the Illustrator Environment

    1. Menus and Navigation
    2. Panels
    3. Tools
    4. Workspace
    5. Rulers and Guides
    6. File Management
    7. Exercise: Illustrator Environment
  2. Getting Started

  3. Creating a Project

  4. Create a New Document

  5. Exercise: Create New Document

  6. Creating Basic Shapes

  7. Selection

  8. Using Drawing Modes

  9. Exercise: Draw components of the project

  10. Working with Colors

  11. Working with Swatches

  12. Fill and Stroke Attributes

  13. Exercise: Format Artwork

  14. Organizing a Project

  15. Organizing a Project

  16. Creating Layers and Sublayers

  17. Layer options

  18. Layer Organization

  19. Exercise: Work with Layers

  20. Artboards

  21. Working with Duplication of Artboards

  22. Exercise: Artboards and Duplication

  23. Creating Advanced Illustrations

  24. Using Advanced Techniques

  25. Using the Pencil Tool

  26. Exercise: Drawing with the Pencil Tool

  27. Using the Pen Tool

  28. Exercise: Drawing with the Pen Tool

  29. Using the Line Tools

  30. Exercise: Drawing with the Line Tools

  31. Transforming Objects

  32. Align and Distribute Objects

  33. Liquefy Tools

  34. Working with Grouped Objects

  35. Exercise: Manipulate Project Components

  36. Advanced Management of Shapes

  37. Management of Shapes

  38. Working with Appearance

  39. Exercise: Appearance Panel

  40. Working with Pathfinder

  41. Working with Shape Builder Tool

  42. Exercise: Path and Shape Builder Tools

  43. Working with Coloring and Painting

  44. Live Paint

  45. Creating Patterns

  46. Exercise: Brushes and Patterns

  47. Using Gradient Tools

  48. Exercise: Gradients

  49. Working with Graphic Styles

  50. Exercise: Styles

  51. Working with Type

  52. Working with Type

  53. Create Text

  54. Format Text

  55. Exercise: Creating Types of Text

  56. Working with Styles

  57. Using Tabs

  58. Exercise: Styles and Tabs

  59. Working with Glyphs

  60. Converting Type to Outlines

  61. Exercise: Type to Outlines

  62. Managing Project Components

  63. Project Components

  64. Reusing Design Elements

  65. Custom Art Brush

  66. Sharing Color Themes

  67. Exercise: Reuse

  68. Import Text and Thread Text Frames

  69. Import Styles

  70. Import Artwork

  71. Exercise: Import

  72. Manage Linked and Embedded Project Components

  73. Exercise: Working with Linked Content

  74. Sharing Your Project

  75. Sharing your project

  76. Proofing Tools

  77. Preview Project

  78. Exercise: Proof

  79. Printing

  80. Export Options

  81. Save for Video

  82. Save for Web

  83. Generate CSS

  84. Exercise: Print and Export

  85. Package a Project



There are no specific prerequisites for this program, but experience with basic software programs such as Microsoft Word is recommended.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 11.0 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Illustrator (not included in enrollment)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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