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Understanding how to use Illustrator’s advanced features will revolutionise the way you work. This course will build upon the knowledge from Illustrator 101 by taking creation of simple illustrations to definitely more complex ones. You’ll go beyond the basics with features like filters and effects, explore more in depth typographical adjustments and the printing process of your layouts.

You will be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam at the end of this course

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Graphic designers or people switching into a design job or taking on design responsibilities. They will have some previous experience with Adobe Illustrator.

Assumed Knowledge

Have already taken the Adobe Illustrator 101 training course or solid knowledge of topics covered in that workshop.


  • Further adjust Bezier curves by creating Compound paths
  • Create Custom Brushes and various Graphic Style
  • Work with Transparency and other raster effects like drop shadows
  • Accurately adjust type in an artwork
  • Prepare documents for composite and commercial printing
  • Enhance the workflow
  • Integration of Illustrator with the rest of Creative Suite

You will also be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam at the end of this course

So you wont just know Adobe Illustrator, you can prove it!

  • Course content

    Advanced environment management
    * Work with multiple art-boards

    Advanced drawing techniques
    * Use the Pen tool
    * Use the Appearance panel
    * Work with compound paths
    * Use the Expand Appearance command
    * Use the Outline strokes command
    * Create and use Graphic Styles
    * Use Envelope Distort
    * Create clipping masks
    * Use the Width tool
    * Use Pathfinder
    * Create Transparency and opacity masks
    * 3D shading with the gradient mesh tool
    * Use the Perspective Grid Tool

    * Blend objects shapes and colours
    * Understand how blends work
    * Update blends

    Graph Tool
    * Create graphs
    * Modify graphs
    * Create and apply graph Designs

    Create custom brushes
    * Calligraphy brushes
    * Scatter brushes
    * Pattern brushes
    * Art brushes
    * Bristle brushes

    Setup for Print

    * Use the Attributes panel
    * Use the Separations panel
    * Use the Flattener Preview panel
    * Understand print terminology
    * Create trim marks

    Use Live tools

    * Generate a colour group
    * Recolour artwork with colour guides
    * Trace bitmap images
    * Improve the trace result

    Apply special effects
    * 3D effects: revolve, extrude and bevel, rotate
    * Advanced blending techniques
    * Photoshop effects in Illustrator
    * Shadows and shading
    * Create patterns

    Advanced type features
    * Create character and paragraph styles
    * Horizontal and vertical scaling
    * Add text to a vector path
    * Add gradients to type

    Save and export
    * Create a PDF
    * Edit options for PDFs
    * Create separations with spot colour

Duration: 3 days
Level: Advanced
Price: £697.00

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