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Illustrator Certification Jumpstart


The most intense and in-depth Illustrator training course of its kind in the UK
Immerse yourself in Adobe Illustrator. Learn Illustrator from beginners to an advanced level and Get
Certified by Adobe by taking the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) and Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam in Adobe Illustrator

The Adobe Illustrator Certification training package includes the entire curriculum for total immersion into Adobe Illustrator. The Creative License in Illustrator package is a training program that features a combination of 3 Adobe Illustrator courses for a discounted price. The package does not have a schedule of its own. Each class is scheduled separately and can be taken over a year’s period so you can take the classes as quickly or as slowly as you desire.

Courses include

  • Illustrator 101: Rookie
  • Illustrator 201: Hot shot
  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam preparation and exam
  • Illustrator 301: Super Hot Shot
  • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam preparation and exam
  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam preparation and exam

Not only will you know everything there is to know about Illustrator from zero to Super Hero but you’ll also have the opportunity to prove your knowledge by taking the Adobe Certified Associate and Expert Exams in Illustrator although we recommend at least 3 months between the 201 and 301 class and taking the ACE exam.

Adobe Certified Exams

Demonstrate your Adobe product expertise by becoming an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator. Use Adobe Certification as a way for getting a pay increase, finding a job, or differentiating yourself by promoting your vast expertise.
Exams can be taken at Academy Class London (exam price included) or at a Pearson Prometric testing Centre


This course is intended for graphic designers, small business owners, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print. Also ideal for students who want to break into the industry

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example, you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.


You’ll learn everything about Illustrator from start to finish. So if you have little or no knowledge of Adobe Illustrator right now then we can guarantee by the end of the Creative Licence in Illustrator training package that you will have more knowledge than most Illustrator users in the industry!

You will also have the opportunity to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) AND the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam in Illustrator so you won’t just know Illustrator; you can actually prove you know it and become an elite member of the Adobe community

  • Course content

    Creating basic Documents

    • Explore the prebuilt Document Profiles
    • Shortcuts to navigate the Artboard effectively
    • Create custom Workspaces

    Drawing in Illustrator

    • Draw Paths with the Pen tool
    • Add
    • delete or adjust points along a path
    • Understand how Bézier Curves work
    • Freeform Drawing tools
    • Live Trace to transform images or hand drawn sketches
    • Into vector artworks that can be further adjusted
    • Create Logo using simple Shapes
    • Discovering basic Blends
    • Symbols in Illustrator & Symbol Sprayer options

    Modifying Objects

    • Lasso select and the other goodies in the Select Menu
    • Be precise using Smart Guides
    • Grids & Guidelines
    • Align
    • Group & Duplicate to achieve better results
    • Transform objects with Twirl
    • Bloat & other Warp tools
    • Layers palette: Hide & Lock Objects
    • Intro to Isolation Mode for effective editing

    Working with Colours in Illustrator

    • Difference between Swatches and Colour palette
    • Applying colour to Stroke and/or Fill
    • Adjusting Stroke attributes with Stroke panel
    • Introducing Gradients & Patterns

    Text in Illustrator

    • Point
    • Area and Type on a path
    • Import Body Type & fix Spelling Errors
    • Find and Replace Text or Insert Typographic Characters
    • Create Text Outlines to design your own fancy headlines

    Outputting your Artwork

    • Defining cropping area
    • Saving your artwork in vector formats
    • Save for Web & Devices

    Creating Complex Illustrations

    • Working with Compound Paths
    • Use Expand Appearance to modify individual elements
    • Keep your paths Simple & Cleaned Up
    • Outline Strokes technique & option to add
    • multiple Attributes to an Object
    • Share the appearance attributes with Graphic Styles
    • Create Custom Brushes: Calligraphy
    • Scatter
    • Pattern or Art – to place objects along a path
    • Graphs – use your artworks instead of a simple bars

    Modifying Artworks

    • Discover Envelope Distort
    • Utilize Clipping Masks for advanced design
    • Live Paint as an easy way to colour artwork
    • Learn about Transparency & Opacity Masks
    • Stylize with Drop Shadows and Outer Glows
    • Explore Gradient Mesh & its ability to add realistic
    • 3D Shading and highlights to 2D graphics
    • Learn the difference between Filters & Live Effects
    • Advanced Blending techniques

    Advanced Typographical Features

    • Character Palette – adjust the kerning
    • Baseline shift
    • Horizontal & vertical scaling
    • Paragraph Palette – Justification and Hyphenation options
    • Use the 3D feature to extrude text or other Illustrator objects

    Printing your Artwork

    • Simulate multiple pages in Illustrator using the artboard and document setup
    • Flattening Transparency for raster effects like drop shadows
    • Glows and blurs
    • Creating separations with Spot color vs. Process colour

    Enhancing your workflow

    • Live Colour for perfect Complementary / Analogous colours
    • Creating Smart objects
    • Dragging-and-dropping and exporting layers into Photoshop
    • Editing options for PDFs
    • Explore Links & Actions palettes
    • Release to Layers command for quick web animations
    • Get the best from Illustrator to Flash (SWF)

    Advanced Techniques

    • Working with Artboards
    • Creating templates
    • Drawing and transforming objects
    • Pen tool best practices
    • Brush types and the Blob brush tool
    • The Width tool and options with Strokes
    • Working in Isolation mode
    • Opacity and Clipping masks
    • Live paint
    • Recolour Artwork
    • Gradients
    • Tracing photographs and pixel images
    • Advanced type features
    • Working with Live effects and the Appearance panel
    • Graphic styles
    • Working with Symbols
    • Shape builder tool
    • Drawing in perspective
    • Preparing for Web and Flash
    • Preparing for print

    Adobe Certified Expert Preparation

    • What to expect on exam day and how to book an exam
    • Example questions
    • Practice Exam
    • Results
    • What next?

Duration: 5 days
Level: Fast Track - Introduction to Advanced
Price: £1497.00

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