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Whether you are a designer or a technical illustrator producing artwork for print publishing, multimedia graphics or a creator of web pages, this course will teach you the tools you need to get professional quality results using Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Course Outline
Adobe® Illustrator® CS5 software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment with new transparency in gradients and multiple artboards that invite you to explore more efficient ways to design. Whether you are a designer or a technical illustrator producing artwork for print publishing, an artist producing multimedia graphics or a creator of web pages or online content, this course will teach you the tools you need to get professional quality results using Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Course Outline: Lesson 1 – Getting to know the Work Area
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Understanding the workspace
 Working with Tools panel
 The Control panel
 Working with panels
 Resetting and saving your workspace
 Using panel menus
 Changing the view of artwork
 Using the View commands
 Using the Zoom tool
 Scrolling through a document
 Viewing artwork
 Navigating multiple artboards
 Using the Navigator panel
 Understanding rulers
 Arranging multiple documents
 Document groups
 Finding Resources for using Illustrator
 Searching for a topic in the Search For Help Box
 Checking for updates
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 2 – Selecting and Aligning
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Selecting objects
 Using the Selection tool
 Using the Direct Selection tool
 Creating selections with a marquee
 Creating selections with the Magic Wand tool
 Selecting similar objects
 Aligning objects
 Align objects to teach other
 Aligning to a key object
 Aligning points
 Distributing objects
 Aligning to the artboard
 Working with groups
 Group items
 Working in isolation mode
 Adding to a group
 Object arrangement
 Arrange objects
 Selecting objects behind
 Hiding objects
 Applying selection techniques
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 3 – Creating and Editing Shapes
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Creating a document with multiple artboards
 Working with basic shapes
 Accessing the basic shape tools
 Understanding drawing modes
 Creating rectangles
 Creating rounded rectangles
 Creating ellipses
 Creating polygons
 Draw Inside mode
 Changing stroke width and alignment
 Working with line segments
 Joining paths
 Creating Stars
 Using the Eraser tool
 Using the Width tool
 Outlining strokes
 Combining and editing shapes
 Working with the Shape Builder tool
 Working with Pathfinder effects
 Working with shape modes
 Using Live Trace to create shapes
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 4 – Transforming Objects
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Working with artboards
 Adding artboards to the document
 Editing artboards
 Renaming artboards
 Reordering artboards
 Transforming content
 Working with rulers and guides
 Scaling objects
 Reflecting objects
 Rotating objects
 Distorting objects
 Shearing objects
 Positioning objects precisely
 Changing the perspective
 Multiple transformations
 Using the Free Distort effect
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 5 – Drawing with the Pen and Pencil Tools
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Creating straight lines
 Creating curved paths
 Building a curve
 Converting curved points to corner points
 Creating the violin illustration
 Drawing curves
 Selecting a curve
 Drawing a curved shape
 Drawing different kinds of curves
 Drawing the violin shape
 Creating the strings
 Splitting a path
 Adding arrowheads
 Creating a dashed line
 Editing curves
 Deleting and adding anchor points
 Convert between smooth points and corner points
 Drawing with the Pencil tool
 Editing with the Pencil tool
 Finishing the violin illustration
 Creating text on open paths
 Creating text on closed paths
 Assembling the parts
 Painting the artwork
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 6 – Color and Painting
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Understanding color
 Color modes
 Understanding the color controls
 Creating color
 Building and saving a custom color
 Editing a swatch
 Using Illustrator swatch libraries
 Creating a spot color
 Using the Color Picker
 Creating and saving a tint of a color
 Copying attributes
 Creating color groups
 Working with the Color Guide panel
 Editing a color group and colors in artwork
 Working with the Kuler pattern
 Assigning colors to your artwork
 Adjusting colors
 Painting with gradients and patterns
 Applying existing patterns
 Creating your own pattern
 Applying a pattern
 Editing a pattern
 Working with Live Paint
 Creating a Live Paint group
 Editing Live Paint regions
 Working with Gap options
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 7 – Working with type
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Working with type
 Creating point type
 Creating area type
 Importing a plain text file
 Creating columns of text
 Understanding text flow
 Working with overflow text and text reflow
 Threading text
 Resizing type objects
 Formatting type
 Changing font size
 Changing font color
 Changing additional text attributes
 Changing paragraph attributes
 Saving and using styles
 Creating and using a paragraph style
 Creating and using a character style
 Sampling text
 Reshaping text with an envelope warp
 Wrapping text around an object
 Creating text outlines
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 8 – Working with layers
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Creating layers
 Moving objects and layers
 Locking, viewing and pasting layers
 Creating clipping masks
 Merging layers
 Applying appearance attributes to layers
 Isolating layers
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 9: Working with Perspective Drawing
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Understanding perspective
 Understanding the Perspective Grid
 Working with the Perspective Grid
 Using a preset grid
 Editing the Perspective Grid
 Drawing objects in perspective
 Selecting and transforming objects in perspective
 Attaching objects to perspective
 Editing planes and objects together
 Adding and editing text in perspective
 Working with symbols in perspective
 Adding Symbols to the Perspective Grid
 Transforming Symbols in perspective
 Release content from perspective
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 10 – Blending Colors and Shapes
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Creating a gradients
 Creating and applying a linear gradient
 Adjusting the direction and angle of a gradient blend
 Creating a radial gradient
 Changing colors and adjusting the gradient
 Applying gradients to multiple objects
 Adding transparency to gradients
 Working with blended objects
 Creating a blend with specified steps
 Modifying the blend
 Creating smooth color blends
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 11 – Working with Brushes
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Working with brushes
 Using Calligraphic brushes
 Editing a brush
 Using a fill color with brushes
 Remove a brush stroke
 Using Art brushes
 Drawing with the Paintbrush tool
 Editing paths with the Paintbrush tool
 Creating an Art brush
 Edit an Art brush
 Using Bristle brushes
 Changing bristle brush options
 Painting with a bristle brush
 Using Pattern brushes
 Creating a Pattern brush
 Applying a pattern brush
 Changing color attributes of brushes
 Changing a brush color using Tints colorization
 Changing the brush color using Hue Shift colorization
 Working with the Blob Brush tool
 Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
 Merging paths with the Blob Brush tool
 Editing with the Eraser tool
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 12 – Applying Effects
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Using live effects
 Applying an effect
 Editing an effect
 Styling text with effects
 Editing shapes with a Pathfinder effect
 Offsetting paths
 Applying Photoshop effect
 Working with a 3D effect
 Creating a revolved object
 Changing the lighting of a 3D object
 Mapping a symbol to the 3D artwork
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 13 – Applying Appearance Attributes and Graphic Styles
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Using appearance attributes
 Editing and adding appearance attributes
 Reordering appearance attributes
 Adding an additional stroke and fill
 Using graphic styles
 Creating and saving a graphic style
 Applying a graphic style to an object
 Applying a graphic style to a layer
 Applying existing graphic styles
 Adding to an existing graphic style
 Applying an appearance to a layer
 Copying, applying, and removing graphic styles
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 14 – Working with Symbols
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Working with symbols
 Using existing Illustrator symbol libraries
 Creating Symbols
 Editing a symbol
 Breaking a link to a symbol
 Replacing symbols
 Working with symbolism tools
 Spraying symbol instances
 Editing symbols sets using the symbolism tools
 Copy and edit symbol sets
 Storing and retrieving artwork in the Symbols panel
 Mapping a symbol to 3D artwork
 Symbols and Flash integration
 Exploring on your own

Lesson 15 – Combining Illustrator CS5 Graphics with other Adobe Applications
 Lesson overview
 Getting started
 Working with Adobe Bridge
 Combining artwork
 Vector versus bitmap graphics
 Placing Adobe Photoshop files
 Placing a Photoshop file
 Duplicating and editing a placed image
 Embed a Photoshop image with Layer comps
 Applying color edits to a placed image
 Masking an image
 Applying a clipping mask to an image
 Editing a mask
 Masking an object with multiple shapes
 Release a mask
 Creating an opacity mask
 Sampling colors in placed images
 Replacing a placed, linked image
 Exporting a layered file to Photoshop
 Illustrator and Adobe InDesign
 Illustrator and Adobe Flash
 Illustrator and Adobe Flash Catalyst
 Illustrator and Adobe Flex
 Exploring on your own
Prerequisites & Certificates

Because of the amount of material we cover in class, we do require students to be comfortable using a mouse, opening and saving files, and the general operations of computers. While we will make every reasonable effort to help, students with insufficient skills may be required to observe the class lessons or do their best to keep up without slowing down the rest of the class.

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion

Cancellation Policy
Our cancellation/reschedule policy requires notification at least 10 business days before the class start date for a full refund. Please note that you are responsible for notifying NTG of your inability to attend class or you will be invoiced for the full payment.

Should you need to cancel in less than 10 business days before the start of the class, you will be given a 100% credit towards a future class that must be taken within 6 months of the start of the original class. If you are not able to reschedule to a future class, you will be charged 50% of the upfront registration fee.

Classes are subject to cancellation by NTG up to two weeks prior to the class date. It is important to keep this in mind before you purchase a non-refundable airline ticket.

Map & Reviews
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We have not received any reviews specific to this course as yet, however here are some reviews of the training vendor.

I liked the pace and the "teach then try" style that was used. It was engaging, we weren't listening to long sets of info then trying to remember it and it made the day fly by. I also retained more as I was instantly engaged with trying the skills myself.
Reviewed by 2016
Todd McCall is a passionate, well-informed and thoughtful instructor. His course exceeded my training needs and his commitment to experiential learning is superb! I will definitely take another class if he is the instructor.
Reviewed by 2014
Andrew was a great instructor!
Reviewed by 2014
Good course, absolutely satisfied
Reviewed by 2013
This was a good course to learn the essentials of Captivate as a software program.
Reviewed by 2012
The instructor was great and followed the curriculum as per Adobe's book but Dreamweaver is a beast of a software with a high learning curve. I found that this course just scratched the surface and taught me the basics and that I would need more practice and learning to create a simple website with ease. This is not a criticism of the course really but I felt I would personally benefit from a slightly slower pace and an extra day. I didn't know that at the time as I seemed to follow the instructor's instructions well and it seemed to make sense in the classroom but once I got home I felt a little stuck!
Reviewed by 2011

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