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CC Adobe Illustrator

You have created simple artwork by using the basic drawing and painting tools available in Adobe® Illustrator® CC. You now want to use advanced tools, options, and effects to create complex artwork. In addition, you want to ensure that your artwork is ready for commercial printing and save it for the web. In this course, you will draw complex illustrations and enhance them by using various painting options. You will also use painting tools, manage colors, format type, work with effects, prepare artwork for commercial printing, and prepare graphics for the web. This course covers the Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator CC objectives to help students prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam. This course is designed to cover the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam objectives.
Duration: 4 Days   |   Location : Online
Course Prerequisites:
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Course Content

Lesson 1: Adobe Illustrator CC Jumpstart

  • The project
  • Setting up the Artboard
  • Creating the background shape
  • Combining shapes
  • Using the new Kuler panel
  • Applying a fill and stroke
  • Creating the smaller combined shape
  • Applying color and effects
  • Cloning the small shape
  • Aligning and distributing the shapes
  • Adding text
  • Applying the Warp effect
  • Adding text to the small shape areas
  • Distorting a shape
  • Importing an image
  • Adding lines of text
  • Using the new Touch Type tool

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Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace

  • Opening Illustrator
  • Exploring the Illustrator CC interface
  • Choosing a workspace
  • Opening a file
  • The document window
  • Using Artboards
  • Navigating multiple Artboards
  • Using the Artboards panel
  • Creating new Artboards
  • Switching screen modes
  • Changing your view
  • Preview versus Outlines
  • Zooming and scrolling
  • Scrolling with the Hand tool
  • Changing views with the Navigator panel
  • The Tools panel
  • Using tools and panels
  • The Control panel
  • Moving the Control panel
  • Panel groups and the dock
  • Custom workspaces
  • Saving workspaces
  • Using the Manage Workspaces dialog box
  • Customizing keyboard shortcuts
  • Default shortcuts
  • Custom shortcuts
  • Saving shortcut sets
  • Deleting shortcut sets

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Lesson 3: Illustrator CC Essentials

  • Using the shape tools
  • Repositioning and visually resizing the rectangle
  • Finding or changing the shape’s dimensions using the Transform panel
  • Rotating and shearing using the Transform panel
  • Constraining a shape
  • Entering exact dimensions
  • Selecting artwork
  • Helpful keyboard shortcuts for selections
  • The selection tools
  • Using shape and transform tools to create artwork
  • Using the transform tools
  • Adding a fill color
  • Entering a shape size in the Transform panel
  • Viewing in Outline view
  • Rotating the shape
  • Changing the color of the triangles
  • Using layers when building an illustration
  • Creating a new blank layer
  • Cutting and pasting objects
  • Creating bubbles
  • Cloning the bubble group
  • Repeating a resize transform
  • Moving objects from one layer to another

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Lesson 4: Adding Color

  • Basics of the Appearance panel
  • Changing colors
  • Adding effects
  • Creating a colorful illustration
  • Using Live Paint
  • Converting the artwork to a Live Paint group
  • Applying Live Paint to the group
  • Adding a symbol to your artwork
  • Expanding the symbol
  • Saving swatches
  • What is a Global Color?
  • Selecting the Same color
  • Saving a set of colors as a group
  • Creating a color group from selected colors
  • Using the Color panel
  • Adding Pantone (Spot) Colors
  • Adding Pantone colors
  • Taking advantage of the new and improved Kuler panel

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Lesson 5: Working with the Drawing Tools

  • Working with the Pen tool
  • Drawing straight lines
  • Drawing curved lines
  • Drawing hinged curves
  • Drawing curved lines to straight lines
  • Drawing straight lines to curved lines
  • Tracing images
  • Placing an image as a template
  • Placing an image using Image Trace
  • Working with the new Image Trace Method option
  • Other drawing tools
  • Using the Line Segment and Arc tools
  • Using the Pencil, Smooth, and Path Eraser tools
  • Using the Eraser tool
  • Editing existing paths
  • Adding and removing points
  • Refining a curve
  • Cutting and joining paths
  • Combining shapes using the Shape Builder tool
  • Combining the shapes
  • Subtracting with the Shape Builder tool
  • Creating the fish eyes

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Lesson 6: Exploring Additional Color Options

  • Taking a look at the finished illustration
  • 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

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Lesson 7: Using Patterns

  • The Pattern Options panel makes creating patterns more manageable
  • Creating a pattern
  • Applying a pattern
  • Editing a pattern swatch
  • Editing a pattern in an object
  • Editing a pattern’s application visually

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Lesson 8: Working with and Formatting Text

  • Formatting type
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Formatting imported type
  • Paragraph and character styles
  • Editing styles
  • Advanced techniques with text
  • Text on a path
  • Warping text
  • Text in a shape
  • Creating outlines
  • Check spelling
  • Find and Replace

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Lesson 9: Organizing your Illustrations with Layers

  • Getting to know the Layers panel
  • Using layers to organize your illustrations
  • Using the Layers panel to make selections
  • Creating new layers and moving items between layers
  • Paste remembers layers
  • Template layers

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Lesson 10: Working with Symbols

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

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Lesson 11: Using Effects and Transparency

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

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Lesson 12: Exporting and Saving Files

  • Saving using the AI file format
  • Saving an illustration with layers
  • Making a template layer
  • Using the Transform Effect
  • Duplicating a Stroke
  • Saving different versions of the logo onto separate layers
  • Expanding appearance
  • Saving the first version
  • Using Live Paint
  • Using the Color Guide panel
  • Saving the third version
  • Using Recolor Artwork
  • Saving a layered PDF
  • Integration with other applications
  • Exporting for Photoshop
  • Integrating with InDesign
  • Integrating with Flash
  • Integrating with Microsoft Expression Blend (XAML)
  • Integrating with Premiere and After Effects
  • Saving as EPS
  • Saving for the Web
  • Making a Flash animation
  • Exporting a Flash animation

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Lesson 13: Advanced Blending Techniques

  • Using the Blend tool
  • Applying a gradient
  • Applying radial gradients
  • Applying gradients using Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh options
  • Adjusting the Mesh
  • Revisiting Blend options
  • More mesh work
  • Overlapping images
  • Applying a gradient mesh using the Mesh tool
  • Finishing up with the Mesh tool and automatically adding a Highlight
  • Using the Symbol tools
  • Creating a symbol
  • Modifying a symbol’s appearance

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Lesson 14: Adobe Illustrator CC New Features

  • What makes Adobe Illustrator CC so great?
  • Opening the finished file
  • Creating the luggage tag
  • Punching out the strap holder
  • Cloning the tag
  • Placing multiple images
  • Converting an image to vector art
  • Investigating the improved Links panel
  • Adding text
  • Using the new Touch Type tool
  • Embedding an image
  • Creating an image brush
  • Applying the image brush to a stroke
  • Packaging a file

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CTU Training Solutions , Updated: October 27th, 2020

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