Adobe Photoshop CC:

Introductory project techniques

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Create new documents

Setup your documents correctly for use in print and on-screen. Manage layers, artboards, grids and guides.

Edit vector objects

Discover methods for selecting, arranging and transforming objects within your composition.

Create unique shapes

Create artwork from simple shapes and master the Pen tool for creating custom shapes and illustrations.

Work with colour

Mix colour swatches to match your brand or generate vivid patterns and gradients with powerful colour editing tools.

Apply effects

From drop shadows to inner-glows, you'll learn how to organise and control the delicate touches to finish your artwork.

Export and print

Discover way to export artwork for web or screen viewing or print your artwork with confidence to industry standards.

Learn the core concepts.

1. About this course

An overview of Adobe Illustrator.

What you should know before starting this course.

Downloading the class files.

2. The editing environment

The five facets of Illustrator

Navigating Menus

Managing Panels

The Tools Panel and the Control Panel

Switch between Workspaces

3. Navigating documents

Magnification

Panning

Saving views

Image windows

4. Document Setup

Planning your projects in advance

Pixels and Vectors

Colour modes of RGB and CMYK

Considerations for print projects

Media size, bleed, and binding

Document types

Creating new documents

Define new document characteristics

Artboards

Control Panel settings for Artboards

The Artboard Options dialogue

The Artboard Panel

Working with layers

Adding layer structure

Adding artboard guides

Saving documents

5. Select and transform artwork

Selecting artwork

Select one or more objects

Pasting and duplicating objects

Arrange objects

Mirror and rotate objects

Group multiple objects

Isolation mode

Sub-object editing

Transform objects and repeat

Magic wand selections

Scale objects

Moving objects between layers

Scale text frames

Moving artwork between documents

6. Drawing and building artwork

Creating straight lines with the Line Segment Tool

Create and modify spirals

Drawing techniques

Create rectangular and elliptical shapes

Modify object anchors and handles

Creating shapes with the Pen Tool

Effortless curves with the Reshape Tool

Drawing with the Pencil Tool

It’s not all about Pens and Pencils

Working with text and type

Importing and formatting copy

Formatting text

Applying text wrap

Adding text along a path

Generate vector art from a pixel-based image

Clean-up vector traced artwork

Create and add Symbols

Edit and manage Symbols

Working with clipping masks

7. Colour and effects

Creating and managing swatches

Create a process colour

Adding basic fill and stroke attributes

Create a gradient

Adding transparency effects

Define stroke characteristics

Create variable width strokes

Working with template layers

Duplicating shapes with appearance effects

Create patterns

8. Edit, review and output

Output and hand-off

Export for use in other applications

Export artwork for responsive web design

Output artwork to the web (Legacy)

PDF output for professional print

Package project artwork

9. Bonus exercises

Create a Pro-Essentials workspace

Create a custom Tools Panel

Creating a Facebook template

Create artwork from simple shapes

Create the envelope illustration

Create the pencil illustration

Create the sunshine illustration

Complete your artwork using the Pathfinder Panel

Build aeroplane artwork with Pathfinder

Build the knife and fork artwork

Create shapes with the Pen Tool

Create shapes with the Pen Tool and corner widgets

Create A-symmetrical shapes with the Pen Tool

Create an Instagram style icon

Create the bat artwork

Create people infographic icons

Create the busy bee shapes

Create a gradient along a stroke

Work with the Brush Tool and brush presets

“Super intro course.”

Bruce Rowan | July 2017

I have learned so much from this course. The explanations are clear and very helpful. I particularly like the themed examples. I am glad that I bought this course. This class is about fundamentals and not just the basics. This class gives you the foundation that is necessary to start creating something sophisticated, or simple.

“Fantastic course, I was hooked from the start.”

Sarah Dawson | November 2017

Fantastic course & tutor - couldn't have asked for anything better. Very good value for money!

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About

Creative Frontiers is an online digital training provider, supporting creative talent. Our courses are designed to nurture and enhance your talent; we'll take the knowledge that you have got and help you become more adept, more effective and more productive. We'll share with you proven best practice techniques and little known short-cuts that can and will save you hours - all delivered in a style and language that you can relate to.

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About Us | Courses | Articles | Testimonials | Affiliates programme | Support

About

Creative Frontiers is an online digital training provider, supporting creative talent. Our courses are designed to nurture and enhance your talent; we'll take the knowledge that you have got and help you become more adept, more effective and more productive. We'll share with you proven best practice techniques and little known short-cuts that can and will save you hours - all delivered in a style and language that you can relate to.

Adobe Illustrator CC:

Introductory project techniques