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Adobe Illustrator Essentials

  • Length 2 days
  • Version CC2023
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Why study this course

Adobe Illustrator® enables you to create professional vector graphics for posters, flyers, logos, infographics, web banners and icons, packaging, and even fashion design. Using the latest version, Illustrator CC2023, you'll learn how to draw, combine, and edit shapes to create patterns, gradients, and vibrant effects such as glows and drop shadows. We'll share time-saving techniques and best practice workflows. Illustrator is also a powerful typographic tool so you’ll learn how to enter, import, and (most importantly) style your text to make your message stand out.

To fast-track and reinforce your Illustrator training, City Desktop has developed their own courseware (step-by-step workbooks) that you can take with you after the course.

City Desktop Public Schedule

With Lumify Group's recent acquisition of City Desktop Training, we're pleased to now offer you an extensive public schedule of Adobe end user training in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. As we move to consolidate our end user offering with both Nexacu and City Desktop, you can access the schedule of the most closely aligned courses and book, by clicking on the link below.

What you can expect with City Desktop Training

  • Small classes (average 4 to 6)

  • Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC) with industry experienced, certified instructors

  • Course eBook and sample files

  • Class exercises relevant to industry

  • AATC Adobe endorsed certificate upon course completion

  • After-course support

  • Free course resit (6 months) *

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* Free resit applies to all public courses; does not include custom or private training.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, students will have the knowledge to:

  • Personalise your workspace

  • Set up documents and artboard

  • Use templates and layers

  • Add curves and shapes with the pen tool

  • Combine shapes to create logos

  • Convert hand drawn sketches to vector files

  • Understand masks and patterns

  • Use the colour, swatches, and gradient panels

  • Add special effects with the appearance panel

  • Work with type and brushes

  • Output files for print, web, and Adobe applications

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City Desktop Training, part of the Lumify Group, is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).

Who is the course for?

Designed for beginners or those who need to refresh their core skills, this course covers essential techniques and key concepts for working in Adobe Illustrator.

Course subjects

The Illustrator Interface

  • Adobe CC Mobile Apps

  • Workspace Efficiency Tips

  • Explore the Start Workspace

  • Explore the Illustrator Interface

  • Customise Illustrator Preferences

  • Explore the Control Panel

  • Explore the Tools Panel

  • Hide/Show Illustrator Panels

  • Change Illustrator Workspaces

  • Use Illustrator Help

  • Illustrator File Types

  • The Artboard and Pasteboard

  • Use the Context Menu

  • Zoom and Pan a Document

  • Navigate using Document Tabs

  • Preview and Outline Views

  • Undo, Redo and Revert Changes

Illustrator Essentials

  • Graphic Formats

  • Explore Vector Graphics

  • Create a New Illustrator Document

  • Use Illustrator Templates

  • The Illustrator Artboard

  • Create Artboards/Artboard Tool

  • Delete Artboards

  • Use Rulers and Guides

  • Use Smart Guides

The Selection Tools

  • Use the Selection Tool

  • Use the Direct Selection Tool

Drawing Shapes and Paths

  • Explore Vector Paths

  • Draw Shapes using Shape Tools

  • Use Live Corners

  • Draw Straight Lines with the Pen Tool

  • Draw Curves with the Pen Tool

  • Change the Curve Direction

  • Adjust the Shape of a Curve

  • Add and Delete Anchor Points

  • Change, Smooth and Corner Points

  • Cut and Join Paths

  • Adjust the Weight of a Path

  • Create Rounded Endpoints

  • Outline Paths

  • Use the Curvature Tool

  • Draw Paths/The Pencil Tool

  • Smooth Paths/The Smooth Tool

  • Erase Paths/The Eraser Tool

  • Add Arrowheads to Paths

Combining and Warping Shapes

  • Use the Pathfinder Panel

  • Combine Shapes with the Shape Builder Tool

  • Apply Warp Effects

Arranging Objects

  • Group Objects

  • Isolate Groups

  • Move Objects

  • Duplicate Objects

  • Align Objects Accurately

  • Stack Objects

  • Lock and Hide Objects

  • Select Objects by Characteristics

Transforming Objects

  • Scale Objects

  • Shear Objects

  • Reflect Objects

  • Work with Live Shapes

  • Use the Transform Panel

  • Rotate Objects/The Rotate Tool


  • Understand Colour Modes

  • Apply Colour to Objects

  • The Colour Panel - Unsaved Colours

  • The Swatches Panel - Saved Colours

  • Create Colour Swatches

  • Global and Tint Swatches

  • Manage Colour Swatches


  • Create Text in Illustrator

  • Adjust Text with Selection Tools

  • Convert Text from Point Type to Area Type

  • Import Text to Illustrator

  • Format Text Properties

  • Work with Glyphs

  • Convert Text into Vector Graphics

  • Create Type on a Path

  • Use the Touch Type Tool

Gradients and Patterns

  • Explore Gradients

  • Create Gradients - The Gradient Panel

  • Create Gradients - The Gradient Tool

  • Create Patterns


  • Explore Elements of an Infographic

  • Create an Infographic


  • Using the Layers Panel Overview

  • Create a New Layer

  • Explore Layer Options

  • Move Objects to a Different Layer

  • Create Template Layers

  • Select all Objects on a Layer

  • Duplicate Layers

  • Merge and Flatten Layers

Placing Images

  • Explore Image Resolution

  • Place Images

  • Link and Embed Images

  • Use the Links Panel

  • Update Modified Links

  • Relink Missing Links

  • Embed and Unembed Placed Images

  • Package Files

Image Trace

  • Image Trace

  • Change the Display of a Tracing Object

  • Use Image Trace Presets

  • Explore Trace Options

  • Expand a Tracing Object

  • Release a Tracing Object

Clipping Masks and Transparency

  • Explore Clipping Masks

  • Create a Clipping Mask

  • Edit a Clipping Mask

  • Release Objects from a Clipping Mask

  • Set Transparency

  • Apply Blending Modes

Saving and Exporting

  • Examine Illustrator File Types

  • Examine Illustrator Format (AI) Options

  • Examine EPS Format Options

  • Examine PDF Format Options

  • Save Graphics for the Web and Screen

  • Export for Screens



Terms & Conditions

The supply of this course by Lumify Work is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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