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Adobe Illustrator - Essentials

Course description: 

Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based software that is perfect for creating logos, icons, digital illustrations, and more. 

What you should already know: 

You should have basic computing skills (i.e. using a mouse and keyboard, formatting text, and saving and organizing files).

What you will learn: 

In this introductory class, you will learn how to set up your file, navigate the interface, and create simple vector shapes using drawing tools, such as shapes, the pen tool, live trace, and more. You will learn about Illustrator's inherent layers, arranging, and how to distribute or align objects. Finally, you will learn different ways to export and save your art.

Course outline: 
  1. Introductions
  2. Overview of the Workshop: Objectives & Outline
  3. What is Illustrator?
    1. Interface
    2. File formats
    3. Web vs. Print
    4. RGB vs. CMYK
    5. Resolution
    6. Vector vs. raster graphics
  4. Organizing artwork
    1. Rulers
    2. Guides
    3. Grids
    4. Lock and hide artwork
    5. Artboards
  5. Creating shapes and paths
  6. Fills & Strokes
  7. Editing and Transforming
    1. Resize artwork
    2. Rotate objects
    3. Group objects
  8. Layers
  9. Working with type
    1.  Creating text on a path
  10. Working with images
  11. Saving and Exporting
  12. Wrap Up
    1. Questions
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