Adobe Illustrator, Introduction

Illustrator's vector-based, small graphic format makes it a must for print and Web graphics. This hands-on course introduces the essential features and tools of Adobe Illustrator. Students develop basic competency in the use of this complex software, with emphasis on the Pen tool.

Topics include:



  • Using the Pen tool to draw curved, corner and cusp points

  • Using templates

  • Selection techniques

  • Layers

  • Color swatches

  • Transformation tools

  • Moving dialog boxes

  • Painting objects

  • Gradients and blends

  • Gradient Mesh tool

  • Transparency

  • Type basics: point, area, path

  • Patterns and brushes

  • Compound paths, masks




Skills Needed: Working familiarity with the Mac and/or Windows operating system including the fundamentals of file management and navigation.