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Adobe Illustrator Intermediate Training


2 Days

Designed for those already familiar with Adobe Illustrator who need to get the most from this leading graphics application, this is a two day Adobe authorised "power user" course.

The course has been developed for those who wish to increase their productivity and explore more creative options when using Adobe Illustrator.

This practical, hands-on course explores the most efficient ways of producing professional artwork for both print and the web and will enable you to realise your creative and productive potential.


Any one wanting to expand their existing knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and learn how to create logos, professional type effects, complex airbrush effects and colour control using Illustrator & perfect complex logos that support PDF and PSD files ready for conversion to raster and vector graphics for posters and web graphics with full colour management.


You should have attended the Introduction to Illustrator course or have an equivalent level of experience.


Drawing and Path editing
• Drawing complex bezier shapes
• Setting anchor points and handle display preferences
• Using the Control Panel to edit paths
• Outlining strokes

Managing colours efficiently
• Use of colour
• Editing colours using menu commands
• Extracting colours from artwork
• Using the Color Guide panel
• Using the Color Theme panel
• Creating ASE Swatch libraries

Using CC Libraries effectively
• Sharing assets between applications
• A link to your library with other users
• Collaborating with other users
• Controlling Edit permissions for other users

Appearances and effects
• Document Raster Effects settings
• Applying resolution independent raster effects
• Targeting object attributes
• Adding multiple attributes to a single object
• Manipulating the appearance stacking order
• Applying Live Effects
• Editing Live Effects
• Expanding Appearances and Artwork

Using Clipping Masks
• Working with clipping masks
• Modifying clipping masks

Complex painting techniques
• Painting with the Paintbrush
• Using the Bristle brush
• Setting Bristle brush characteristics
• Painting with Images in Brushes
• Creating custom Variable Width profiles
• Creating custom brushes
• Using Drawing Behind and Drawing Inside
• Working with Gradients
• Working with Gradient Meshes
• Working with Blends

Compound Shapes and paths
• Using Shape Builder to combine, edit and fill shapes
• Creating shapes with Pathfinder options

Working with Symbols
• Creating and editing symbols
• Managing symbols
• Creating symbol libraries
• Updating symbols

Manipulating type and objects with Envelope distortions
• Understanding Envelope Options
• Uses and limitations of Envelope Distort
• Applying Warp, Mesh and Top Object distortions
• Editing Envelope distortions
• Releasing and expanding distortions

Creating Transparent art
• Displaying transparency
• Applying transparency to attributes, objects, groups and layers
• Working with opacity masks
• Adding texture using Opacity Masks
• Using blending modes
• Guidelines for successful output

Creating Patterns
• Working with the Pattern Options panel
• Creating symmetrical patterns
• Creating asymmetrical patterns
• Saving pattern swatches

Working in 3D
• Creating custom 3D shapes
• Creating 3D type
• Using lighting effects
• Mapping symbols onto surfaces

Creating high resolution PDFs
• Creating PDFs
• Global PDF export options

Exporting and printing
• Cleaning up your files
• Advanced printing concerns

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