Adobe Illustrator: Advanced

Since its release in 1986, Adobe Illustrator has firmly established itself as a market leader in digital illustration and "infographics". Everywhere you look there are examples of how Adobe Illustrator has shaped the way branding and advertising has evolved over the decades. From cereal box design, to multi-national corporate logo and identity. Adobe illustrator is at the heart of global visual communications.

Who should attend

Those working with logos, information graphics and other forms of illustrative artwork as part of their job role occasionally, or on a day-to-day basis. Learning how to use professional vector editing software correctly can be hugely rewarding, cost effective and time-saving. This course looks at not only the fundamental skills required to create manage and edit vector artwork, but also a sound introduction to the concepts of vector graphics and their implementation within the design process. If you are a complete beginner you have the opportunity to acquire good habits and avoid time consuming and costly mistakes. If you are self-taught and have found getting the results you want frustrating or have struggled to navigate the Illustrator interface this course is ideal.

What you'll learn

Simplify the process of creating complex and challenging illustration work • Explores techniques for developing image finessing, styles and effects • Importing and enhancing scanned images • Create 3D illustrations, lighting effects, and apply artwork to 3D objects • Create vibrant, concise statistical data with graph tools • Explore advanced typographic features.

Creating and applying brushes

Brushes let you stylise the appearance of paths. Learn how to create your own Illustrator brushes, including image-based brushes.

  • Create Calligraphic, Scatter, Art, Pattern, and Bristle Brush

Transforming and morphing vector shapes

Edit beyond the simple limitations of an object bounding box and discover the possibilities of distortions, warps and meshes to sculpt your artwork.

  • Free Transform tool
  • Apply a gradient Mesh
  • Envelope Distort Mesh/Top Object/Warp
  • Modify shape dynamics
  • Shaper tool
  • Opacity masks

Drawing and prototyping

Unshackle yourself from the methodical Pen tool and learn how to build vector artwork more efficiently.

  • Drawing modes
  • Curvature tool
  • Shaper tool
  • Smoothing and simplifying paths
  • Shape Builder tool

Colour and paint

Source colours from the world around you with digital apps to capture colour themes, mix new swatches, colour groups and recolour document artwork to achieve more realistic real world shading.

  • Live Paint groups/Painting strokes and fills
  • Live paint bucket and Live paint selection tools
  • Blob brush/Options/Merging
  • Appearance panel/stacking order/multiple fills and strokes
  • Live effects
  • Graphic styles
  • Gradient Mesh
  • The Blend tool/Menu commands/Spines
  • Colour guide panel
  • Recolouring artwork
  • Colour themes based on a company colour
  • Spray symbol artwork

Creating 3D vector artwork

3D effects enable you to convincingly create the appearance of 3D objects from 2D artwork. Illustrator provides features to control object, lighting, and shading features and the ability to apply vector artwork onto 3D shapes.

  • Create 3D Extrude/Revolve/Rotate
  • Lighting and texture/Extrusion settings
  • Add symbol artwork to 3D

Responsive SVG and CSS extraction

Create scalable vector artwork for the web that can adapt to the confines of hand-held devices or desktop web experiences, and extract CSS code direct from your illustrator artwork and preview the results in Brackets.

  • CSS panel
  • Export/Copy CSS
  • Preview in Brackets
  • Export SVG/Responsive SVG

Using a Wacom tablet and pen

Ever wondered how to get to grips with a graphics tablet and pen stylus? Our digital training suite is furnished with Wacom tablets that will allow you to gain real hand gesture brush strokes that respond to the pressure, tilt and bearing of the pen.

  • Introduction to graphics tablets
  • Apply brush strokes with a Wacom tablet and pen
  • Define brush settings for use with a graphics tablet
  • Define Pen pressure/Stylus wheel/Tilt/Bearing/Rotation

Explore Illustrator  plug-ins.

Explore some of the ways in which you can extend the creative output of artwork from Illustrator with plug-ins.

  • Extending the creative capability of Illustrator
  • About plug-ins
  • Install plug-ins
  • Using Astute Graphics plug-ins

Type

Sculpt your type and free yourself from the confines of the baseline to achieve beautiful results with your editable text.

  • Touch Type
  • Type around a path
  • Text within a shape
  • Converting text into paths

Charts

Create rich info graphics with illustrator artwork.  Import and edit excel data within your illustrator Chart tools.

  • Importing correcting and editing data
  • Swapping between Graph Type
  • Changing the Graph Type settings
  • Selecting and colouring graph elements
  • Creating and defining a chart designs
  • Applying a chart design to a marker
  • Defining values to a column chart

Creative Cloud Integration

Explore new possibilities in Illustrator Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps and get up to speed with the latest creative, time-saving techniques.

  • Creating, managing and sharing CC libraries
  • Using CC library items across Illustrator Photoshop and InDesign
  • iPad apps

 

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Adobe Illustrator: Advanced

Duration: 2 days

This course is ideal for beginners who need to learn the key skills of vector editing, or for those who need to brush up on their skills and shake bad habits.

£450 One-2-One (self-funding)

£550 One-2-One

£375 per day x2 delegates

£450 per day x3 delegates

£525 per day x4 delegates

We are open from 09.00 for light refreshments. Class times are between 09.30—16.00.

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How our courses are priced

One-2-One training

£250 per day (self funding)*

One-2-One training

£300 per day (businesses)

Bespoke group training

£300.00 per day x1 delegate

£375.00 per day x2 delegates

£450.00 per day x3 delegates

£525.00 per day x4 delegates

£600.00 per day x5 delegates

£675.00 per day x6 delegates

£750.00 per day x7 delegates

£825.00 per day x8 delegates

Special offers

£1000.00 for 2 days training  x4 delegates.

£50 off your second days One-2-One training.

*Self-funding is defined as an individual who pays for their training privately for their own personal gain.

Training studio address

Creative Frontiers

The Grange,

Church Street,

Dronfield, S18 1QB

Telephone 01246 418 730

About

Creative Frontiers is run by Gary Bradley, an Adobe Certified Instructor and an award winning graphic designer based in Derbyshire, England.

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Adobe Illustrator: Introduction

Since its release in 1986, Adobe Illustrator has firmly established itself as a market leader in digital illustration and "infographics". Everywhere you look there are examples of how Adobe Illustrator has shaped the way branding and advertising has evolved over the decades. From cereal box design, to multi-national corporate logo and identity. Adobe illustrator is at the heart of global visual communications.

Who should attend

Those working with logos, information graphics and other forms of illustrative artwork as part of their job role occasionally, or on a day-to-day basis. Learning how to use professional vector editing software correctly can be hugely rewarding, cost effective and time-saving. This course looks at not only the fundamental skills required to create manage and edit vector artwork, but also a sound introduction to the concepts of vector graphics and their implementation within the design process. If you are a complete beginner you have the opportunity to acquire good habits and avoid time consuming and costly mistakes. If you are self-taught and have found getting the results you want frustrating or have struggled to navigate the Illustrator interface this course is ideal.

What you'll learn

The fundamental characteristics and concepts of vector graphics • Learn to open and define specifications for new document settings, as well as saving and exporting artwork • Navigate, modify and save changes to the user interface that better suit your workflow • Create simple shapes and objects with shape and line tools, and explore how to use the pen tool to create custom shapes • Work with colour, styles and effects to characterise your artwork • Format type characters and paragraphs • Work with layers to maximise your workflow efficiency  • Export to print quality PDF and on-screen viewing, and output artwork for use in websites.

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How our courses are priced

One-2-One training

£250 per day (self funding)*

One-2-One training

£300 per day (businesses)

Bespoke group training

£300.00 per day x1 delegate

£375.00 per day x2 delegates

£450.00 per day x3 delegates

£525.00 per day x4 delegates

£600.00 per day x5 delegates

£675.00 per day x6 delegates

£750.00 per day x7 delegates

£825.00 per day x8 delegates

Special offers

£1500.00 for 2 days training  x4 delegates.

£50 off your second days One-2-One training.

*Self-funding is defined as an individual who pays for their training privately for their own personal gain.

Adobe Illustrator: Introduction

2 days | 09:30-16:00

One-2-One from £450* | Groups of 2-8 from £750

Since its release in 1986, Adobe Illustrator has firmly established itself as a market leader in digital illustration and "infographics". Everywhere you look there are examples of how Adobe Illustrator has shaped the way branding and advertising has evolved over the decades. From cereal box design, to multi-national corporate logo and identity. Adobe illustrator is at the heart of global visual communications.

Who should attend

Those working with logos, information graphics and other forms of illustrative artwork as part of their job role occasionally, or on a day-to-day basis. This course looks at the fundamental skills required to create, manage and edit vector artwork.

What you'll learn

Learn to open and define specifications for new documents • Navigate the user interface • Create simple shapes and objects, preset shapes and the pen tool • Work with colour, styles and effects to characterise your artwork • Format type  • Work with layers • Export to PDF and for the web.

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