Illustrator Basics

In this course, students will learn powerful and versatile tool for creating illustrations, logos, and graphics for print and the Web.

myAOLCC Hub (Online)
60 Hours
What you'll learn
  • Getting to know Illustrator
  • The Illustrator Workspace
  • The Shape Tools
  • Selecting and Arranging Shapes
  • Working with Strokes and Color
  • Gradients
  • Advanced Selection, Organizing, and Painting
  • Working with Multiple Objects
  • Freeform Drawing Tools
  • Easy Erasing
  • Live Paint
  • Layers
  • Transformations and Distortions
  • A Pen Tool Overview
  • Points and Paths
  • Cutting, Carving, and Dividing Paths
  • Exploring the Type Tools
  • Modifying and Combining Objects
  • Alignment and Distribution
  • Shape Building Tools and Commands

Course Introduction

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful and versatile tool for creating illustrations, logos, and graphics for print and the Web. In this course, students will learn important menus, tools, and panels, then explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool (a lesson unto itself) as well as transformations/distortions, Type tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Hands-on class projects include a robot, a CD cover, photo tracing, a postcard, a bus ad, and visual identity design.

Course Prerequisites


Course Outline

Illustrator Basics

Lesson 1:

Getting to know Illustrator; The Illustrator Workspace; The Shape Tools; Selecting and Arranging Shapes; Working with Strokes and Color; Using Color; Gradients; Navigating, Viewing, and Saving Artwork

Lesson 2:

Advanced Selection, Organizing, and Painting; Selecting Directly; Working with Multiple Objects; Drawing Aids; Freeform Drawing Tools; Easy Erasing; Live Paint; Layers

Lesson 3:

Transformations and Distortions; Transforming and Distorting Objects; The Transform Panel

Lesson 4:

Of Path and Pen Tools; A Pen Tool Overview; Points and Paths; Cutting, Carving, and Dividing Paths

Lesson 5:

Working with Type; Exploring the Type Tools

Lesson 6:

Modifying and Combining Objects; Alignment and Distribution; Shape Building Tools and Commands; Additional Methods of Object Modification

Course Notes

Evaluation is based solely on an Academy of Learning Career College final exam. Prior to taking the final exam, students must successfully complete all the components of the online course material. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

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