Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 Training: Level 2

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Illustrator CC 2017

Level 2: 2-Day Training

Students receive a course text which serves as a valuable resource and reference for post-training practice.

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  • Adobe Certified instructors
  • Hands on classes
  • Personal attention
  • Small class size

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  Photoshop CC 2017

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  InDesign CC 2017

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  Dreamweaver CC 2017

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  Animate CC 2017

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  Captivate 9

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  Acrobat DC

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  Muse 2017

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  EPUB with InDesign


Class Description

This 2-day intensive hands-on advanced Illustrator training goes beyond the basics to teach you little-known time-saving tools and techniques that will take your creativity and productivity to a whole new level. Create and save custom libraries of graphic & text styles, brushes, patterns and symbols to use and re-use. Use variables and custom actions to automate repetitive tasks. Learn illustration techniques used in the creation of photo realistic art. This and so much more. Topics include:

  • Asset management w/symbols
  • Brushes for stunning effects
  • Precision painting with mesh
  • Automating repetitive tasks
  • Mastering charts & graphs
  • Creating data-driven graphics
  • Using the 3D tools
  • Creating perfect patterns

Course Curriculum

Illustrating without drawing: the art of complex shape building

  • Averaging & joining to merge objects
  • Shape construction with the pathfinder panel
  • Using warp with mesh
  • Making and using compound shapes
  • Compound shapes vs. compound paths

Creating with brushes for unlimited possibilities

  • Customizing brush settings
  • Creating custom scatter brushes
  • Creating custom art brushes
  • Creating custom calligraphic brushes
  • Making tapered brushes

Creating scalable vector graphics from pixel-based images

  • Maximizing live trace
  • Painting with gradient mesh
  • Precision paths with the pen tool

Creating engaging graphs and charts

  • Setting a default chart or graph style
  • Entering data manually
  • Importing tab-delimited data
  • Re-accessing numerical data
  • Defining a graph design element
  • Designing graph markers

Digging deeper into illustrator’s text capabilities

  • Character and paragraph styles
  • Working with threaded text
  • Type orientation
  • Change case
  • Fit headline
  • Show hidden characters
  • Converting type to outlines
  • Custom text paths

Harnessing the power of symbols

  • Flash and illustrator integration
  • Preparing artwork for Flash
  • The symbol library as an asset repository

Creating custom patterns

  • Understanding pattern creation basics
  • Creating seamless geometric patterns
  • Constructing irregularly textured patterns
  • Creating corner tiles for brush patterns
  • Updating and replacing patterns

Effects and graphic styles

  • Capturing complex effects as graphic styles for easy reuse
  • Creating graphic styles based on 2 or more existing styles
  • Applying, editing, duplicating and deleting graphic styles

Working with data-driven graphics

  • Using the variables palette
  • Creating unbound variables
  • Binding variables to object attributes
  • Editing variables
  • Deleting variables
  • Using data sets
  • Loading and saving variable libraries
  • Saving templates for data-driven graphics